Germany's Integration Blinkers: What's So Bad About Parallel Societies?

Germany's Integration Blinkers: What's So Bad About Parallel Societies?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 20, 2010

Chancellor Angela Merkel says that multiculturalism has been an utter failure in Germany. And many would argue that parallel societies must be avoided at all costs. But is it really such a bad thing when immigrant groups prefer to be among themselves? A Commentary by Henryk M. Broder more...

Journey of a Muhammad Caricaturist: From Pariah to Guest of Honor in Five Short Years

Journey of a Muhammad Caricaturist: From Pariah to Guest of Honor in Five Short Years

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2010

Chancellor Merkel was on hand on Wednesday night to honor Muhammad caricaturist Kurt Westergaard for his contributions to free speech rights. Yet just a few short years ago, he was a pariah in the West for having offended Islam. What happened? A Commentary by Henryk M. Broder more...


Westerwelle's Moral Hara-Kari: Ditching Principles for Diplomacy

Westerwelle's Moral Hara-Kari: Ditching Principles for Diplomacy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2010

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is openly gay and likes his partner to accompany him on foreign trips. However, he now says that he will travel alone to countries where homosexuality is an offense. He wants to promote tolerance, but not "imprudently." That's a disgrace. A Commentary by Henryk M. Broder. more...

'Dancing Auschwitz': Holocaust Survivor Becomes YouTube Star

'Dancing Auschwitz': Holocaust Survivor Becomes YouTube Star

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 12, 2010

Holocaust survivor Adam Kohn has become an unlikely YouTube star with a video in which he dances in Auschwitz to Gloria Gaynor's disco classic "I Will Survive." But not everybody finds the testimony to survival in good taste. By Henryk M. Broder more...


Middle East Debate: Ban TV from the Holy Land!

Middle East Debate: Ban TV from the Holy Land!

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 28, 2010

Are Germans allowed to criticize Israel? Spiegel reporters Erich Follath and Henryk M. Broder debated this question in a recently published exchange of letters. The dialogue continues here in the first of two letters addressing the Middle East conflict. more...

Westergaard's Life Sentence: Muhammad Cartoonist Defiant After Attack

Westergaard's Life Sentence: Muhammad Cartoonist Defiant After Attack

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2010

Four years ago, Kurt Westergaard triggered a bitter clash of cultures with his cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad. On New Year's Day, a young Muslim from Somalia tried to kill him with a knife and an ax. Despite having to live under constant protection, the Danish cartoonist refuses to give up. By Henryk M. Broder more... Comment ]


After Attack on Danish Cartoonist: The West Is Choked by Fear

After Attack on Danish Cartoonist: The West Is Choked by Fear

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 04, 2010

The attack on illustrator Kurt Westergaard wasn't the first attempt to carry out a deadly fatwa. When Muslims tried to murder Salman Rushdie 20 years ago, the protests among intellectuals were loud. Today, though, Western writers and thinkers would rather take cover than defend basic rights. An Editorial by Henryk M. Broder more...

A Great Debate: Are Germans Allowed to Criticize Israel?

A Great Debate: Are Germans Allowed to Criticize Israel?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2009

Germany's relationship with Israel has never been easy. How much criticism from Germany is allowed? And at what point does it become anti-Semitic? SPIEGEL reporters Erich Follath and Henryk M. Broder conducted a heated debate on this thorny German issue in the following exchange of e-mails. more...


Stopping Investment in Sudan: Activists Use Tools of Capitalism to Fight Darfur Genocide

Stopping Investment in Sudan: Activists Use Tools of Capitalism to Fight Darfur Genocide

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2009

The non-profit organization Investors Against Genocide is trying to dissuade Americans from investing in companies that help fund the genocide in Darfur. But, as a recent shareholder meeting showed, not everyone wants to put principle before profit. By Henryk M. Broder in Lexington, Massachusetts more...

'This Cursed Freedom': In Memoir, Egyptian Recalls Shift from Radicalism to Mainstream in Germany

'This Cursed Freedom': In Memoir, Egyptian Recalls Shift from Radicalism to Mainstream in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 03, 2009

In a new memoir Hamed Abdel-Samad, a German-Egyptian, documents a personal odyssey that began in Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and ended with a job as an academic for an Institute for Jewish History and Culture in Munich. The scholar knows the Koran by heart and German beers, too. By Henryk M. Broder more...