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The Persian Paradox: Iran IsáMuch More Modern Than You Think

The Persian Paradox: Iran IsáMuch More Modern Than You Think

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2015

People in the West tend to have a monolithic view of Iran. But there's a lot more to the country than the mullah-led theocracy, and it often gets ignored. And national pride is alive and well. An Essay by Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Proxy War in Yemen: Saudi Arabia and Iran Vie for Regional Supremacy

Proxy War in Yemen: Saudi Arabia and Iran Vie for Regional Supremacy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2015

A Saudi Arabia-led coalition continues to bombard Yemen in an effort to stop the advance of an Iran-backed Shiite militia there. The conflict is becoming a proxy war for regional supremacy. The risks to the House of Saud are great. By Dieter Bednarz, Christoph Reuter and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Geopolitical Tremors: America, Nuclear Talks and the New Middle East

Geopolitical Tremors: America, Nuclear Talks and the New Middle East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2015

The US is rethinking its approach to the Middle East and has even found commonalities with erstwhile archenemy Iran. Meanwhile, relations with traditional American allies, such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, are cooling. A nuclear deal could further the shift. more... Comment ]

Opinion: A Bad Deal with Iran Is Better than None

Opinion: A Bad Deal with Iran Is Better than None

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2015

Iran cannot be a trusted partner with its support for terrorists, a dire human rights record and it's denial of Israel's right to exist. But demonizing the country is not a viable policy. It's time for the West to reach a nuclear deal with Tehran. By Omid Nouripour more... Comment ]

Interview witháIsaac Herzog: 'Israelis Are Fed Up with Politics of Fear'

Interview witháIsaac Herzog: 'Israelis Are Fed Up with Politics of Fear'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 16, 2015

In an interview, Israeli prime minister candidate Isaac Herzog says the country's people are "fed up" with Benjamin Netanyahu's "politics of fear." If elected, he says he wants to "reignite" the peace process and is prepared to negotiate with the Palestinians. Interview Conducted by Nicola AbÚ and Juliane von Mittelstaedt more... Comment ]

Iranian Nuclear Negotiator: 'We Can't Just Turn Back the Clock'

Iranian Nuclear Negotiator: 'We Can't Just Turn Back the Clock'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 10, 2014

Time is running out on the Nov. 24 deadline for a comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and the West. In an interview, leading Tehran diplomat Takht Ravanchi expresses skepticism over the outcome of talks. Interview Conducted By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

Iraqi Election Fear: 'No One Is Safe Anymore'

Iraqi Election Fear: 'No One Is Safe Anymore'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 28, 2014

Iraq's former interim prime minister, Ayad Allawi, is hoping to oust the current government in this week's elections. He speaks to SPIEGEL about his belief that the Americans robbed him of power and about the country's escalating violence. Interview Conducted By Dieter Bednarz and Klaus Brinkbńumer more... Comment ]

TheáReturn of Terror: Violence Rocks Iraq as Elections Approach

TheáReturn of Terror: Violence Rocks Iraq as Elections Approach

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2014

With just six weeks to go before parliamentary elections in Iraq, sectarian violence has once again gripped the country. Car bombs have become a regular occurrence and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is under fire. By Dieter Bednarz and Klaus Brinkbńumer more... Comment ]

Ban Ki-Moon Interview: 'Somewhat Helpless' in Syria

Ban Ki-Moon Interview: 'Somewhat Helpless' in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 04, 2014

In an interview, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discusses negotiations with Damascus, the international community's paralysis on the issue of Syria and why he believes Germany must take on a stronger role in the world. Interview By Nikolaus Blome and Juliane von Mittelstaedt more... Comment ]

Hope in Montreux? A Starting Point for Peace in Syria

Hope in Montreux? A Starting Point for Peace in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2014

Violence in Syria has been appalling in the run up to this week's peace talks in Switzerland, where rebel and government representatives are to sit down together. Secret meetings in recent months give cause for hope. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]