The Return of Terror: Violence Rocks Iraq as Elections Approach

The Return 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 Brinkbäumer 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 ]

'Chance of a Century': International Investors Flock to Tehran

'Chance of a Century': International Investors Flock to Tehran

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 02, 2014

Since the West reached a landmark deal with Iran on its controversial nuclear program late last year, many Iranians are hoping for an end to sanctions. Western companies are also gearing up do big business. By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

Tehran Treaty: Winners and Losers in Geneva Nuclear Deal

Tehran Treaty: Winners and Losers in Geneva Nuclear Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 02, 2013

The Geneva nuclear treaty with Tehran offers the West new opportunities and could change the world.  But secret documents suggest it is the hardliners in Iran who stand to profit the most from the new opening. The clear losers are Israel and Saudi Arabia. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

World From Berlin: Don't Lift Iran Sanctions 'Prematurely'

World From Berlin: Don't Lift Iran Sanctions 'Prematurely'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2013

Although German commentators applaud Iran's interim deal with the West to halt its nuclear program as a significant step forward, they also argue Tehran must now prove itself. The bulk of the sanctions must remain in place until a full agreement is reached, they say. more... Comment ]

Iran Talks: Stiffer Sanctions Could Torpedo Nuclear Deal

Iran Talks: Stiffer Sanctions Could Torpedo Nuclear Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 14, 2013

Should sanctions against Tehran be tightened? US Senators believe Iran's nuclear activities can only be halted by ratcheting up the pressure. But Secretary of State John Kerry fears this hawkish stance will scuttle talks between world powers and Iran. An Analysis By Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]

Tehran Diary: Four Iranians on Life in the Time of Sanctions

Tehran Diary: Four Iranians on Life in the Time of Sanctions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2013

For the third time, SPIEGEL asked residents of Tehran to compile a diary about everyday life in Iran. In this installment, some 100 days after President Hassan Rohani took office, four Iranians share their hopes, fears and daily woes. By Nasrin Bassiri and Dieter Bednarz more... Comment ]

Ingenue in Exile: Iranian Actress a Star Everywhere But at Home

Ingenue in Exile: Iranian Actress a Star Everywhere But at Home

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2013

Actress Golshifteh Farahani is well on her way to global fame as a Hollywood star. But her work has forced her into exile from her home country of Iran, where she believes she will never live again. By Martin Wolf more... Comment ]

Geneva Nuclear Talks: Iran Bets on Easing of Sanctions

Geneva Nuclear Talks: Iran Bets on Easing of Sanctions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2013

The next round of talks on Iran's nuclear program kicks off Tuesday in Geneva. But unless Tehran offers up credible concessions, the recent trickle of goodwill could quickly run dry. By Matthias Gebauer and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]