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Universal Wrongs

Human rights continue to be a black eye for governments worldwide. From the Sudan to Russia, to the War on Terror, the International Criminal Court and the European Court of Human Rights have a full docket of cases from around the globe.

Within Reach: Gloria Steinem's Life-Long Fight for Women's Rights

Within Reach: Gloria Steinem's Life-Long Fight for Women's Rights

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 06, 2016

In the 1960s, Gloria Steinem became the icon of the women's movement and she hasn't slowed down since. Now, the US may elect a female president for the first time in its history. Has feminism finally reached its goal? By Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

Ugandan President Museveni: 'This Is Our Continent, Not Yours'

Ugandan President Museveni: 'This Is Our Continent, Not Yours'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 10, 2016

SPIEGEL speaks with Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled Uganda for three decades, about the West's role in fostering African Islamist terror, his opposition to the International Criminal Court and whether he is himself abusing his power. Interview Conducted by Susanne Koelbl and Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Sex Slave Legacy: The Children of Islamic State

Sex Slave Legacy: The Children of Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 14, 2016

Islamic State fighters are known to keep sex slaves. Although they usually force the women to use contraception, many still become pregnant with their rapists' babies. The women who manage to escape are left with deep emotional scars. By Katrin Kuntz and Maria Feck (Photos) more... Comment ]

Satire on Trial: Erdogan's Demand for Legal Action Puts Merkel in a Bind

Satire on Trial: Erdogan's Demand for Legal Action Puts Merkel in a Bind

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 12, 2016

Turkey is calling for criminal proceedings against a German comedian who crudely disparaged its president on public television. Personally ordered by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the complaint threatens to create a massive political crisis for Chancellor Merkel. By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

Erdogan's Tightrope Walk: How Turkey's Reform Project Ended in Isolation

Erdogan's Tightrope Walk: How Turkey's Reform Project Ended in Isolation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 08, 2016

When he first came to power, Turkish President Erdogan embarked on a path of modernization. But the growth of a new elite withered those reforms and now, an autocracy is taking hold. It is time for the West to rethink its relations with Turkey. An Essay by Michael Werz more... Comment ]

Turkish Author Elif Shafak: 'We've Forgotten How to Laugh'

Turkish Author Elif Shafak: 'We've Forgotten How to Laugh'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 10, 2015

Turkish author Elif Shafak sees her country as a "wobbly democracy," increasingly authoritarian, polarized and depressed. And she is disappointed by European silence. Interview by Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Delayed Justice: Trial Against Ex-Chad Dictator a Legal Milestone

Delayed Justice: Trial Against Ex-Chad Dictator a Legal Milestone

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 02, 2015

It was over 25 years ago that former Chad dictator Hissène Habré terrorized his population with the blessing of the Reagan White House. Now, he is on trial in Dakar. The proceedings could become a milestone of international criminal law. By Bartholomäus Grill more... Comment ]

The Vanishing: Why Are Young Egyptian Activists Disappearing?

The Vanishing: Why Are Young Egyptian Activists Disappearing?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 10, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's security forces have been kidnapping scores of young activists in the country. They include former revolutionaries and Islamists who are, in many cases, being denied due process. By Nicola Abé more... Comment ]

Berlin's NSA Fears: Treason Investigation Reveals Anxiety at the Top

Berlin's NSA Fears: Treason Investigation Reveals Anxiety at the Top

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 10, 2015

Germany's federal prosecutor was just forced out of office after launching a treason investigation against journalists. The scandal, just like the "SPIEGEL Affair" 50 years ago, reveals a growing state of anxiety among the country's political elite. A Commentary by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

Selling Out: Berlin Sends Wrong Message By Welcoming Sisi

Selling Out: Berlin Sends Wrong Message By Welcoming Sisi

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 03, 2015

The German government is welcoming Egypt's contentious President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during a state visit on Wednesday. By doing so, Berlin is betraying its own values and interests in order to facilitate a multibillion euro business deal. A Commentary By Raniah Salloum more... Comment ]

Burma's Stateless Muslims: The World's Most Persecuted Minority

Burma's Stateless Muslims: The World's Most Persecuted Minority

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 03, 2015

In Burma, thousands of members of the Rohingya Muslim minority are fleeing persecution from Buddhists. Abused by smugglers, they are being turned away from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. By Katrin Kuntz in Sittwe, Burma more... Comment ]