Interview with Ahmed Rashid: The West Should 'Change Its Approach to Failing States'

Interview with Ahmed Rashid: The West Should 'Change Its Approach to Failing States'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 31, 2012

Ahmed Rashid, one of the world's foremost experts on Afghanistan, once welcomed US intervention in the failed state. But in a SPIEGEL interview, the Pakistani journalist says the West's model for development is fundamentally flawed and must be changed. more... Comment ]

Mystery in Iraq: Are US Munitions to Blame for Basra Birth Defects?

Mystery in Iraq: Are US Munitions to Blame for Basra Birth Defects?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 18, 2012

The guns have been silent in Iraq for years, but in Basra and Fallujah the number of birth defects and cancer cases is on the rise. Locals believe that American uranium-tipped munitions are to blame and some researchers think they might be right. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

The Mideast's Awakening Energy Giant: Iraq Progresses toward a Future Built on Oil Wealth

The Mideast's Awakening Energy Giant: Iraq Progresses toward a Future Built on Oil Wealth

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2012

When the US toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003, few people imagined that it would take another decade before the Iraqi oil industry was rebuilt. Now, progress is finally being made, and the country's massive reserves could bring untold wealth. But before that happens, Baghdad needs to improve security and get corruption under control. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Obama's Over-Hasty Withdrawal: Iraq Is Neither Sovereign, Stable nor Self-Reliant

Obama's Over-Hasty Withdrawal: Iraq Is Neither Sovereign, Stable nor Self-Reliant

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 27, 2012

This week, Baghdad will host its first Arab League summit since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. The historical event marks Iraq's return to the international stage but diplomats will also focus on Iran's growing influence in the country. A few months after the US withdrawal, it is clear that -- despite Obama's claims -- Iraq is neither sovereign, stable nor self-reliant. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Islamists against Assad: Foreign Extremists a Danger to Syria's Revolution

Islamists against Assad: Foreign Extremists a Danger to Syria's Revolution

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 15, 2012

Al-Qaida's leader is calling on Muslims to join in Syria's revolution and to fight the Assad regime. But jihadists from neighboring countries may already have joined the ranks of the opposition Free Syrian Army. Their presence could be the death blow to the revolution. By Ulrike Putz in Beirut more...

The World from Berlin: Without Iraq 'Arab Spring May Have Broken Out Earlier'

The World from Berlin: Without Iraq 'Arab Spring May Have Broken Out Earlier'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 16, 2011

The US has officially declared the war in Iraq to be over with a flag-casing ceremony in Baghdad. President Barack Obama said that America was leaving behind a "sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq." German commentators ask if the conflict, which lasted almost nine years, was worth the toll. more... Comment ]

Crossing into Iraq: Turkey Launches Revenge Attacks on Kurdish Militants

Crossing into Iraq: Turkey Launches Revenge Attacks on Kurdish Militants

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 19, 2011

Turkey has launched cross-border attacks into northern Iraq to hunt down Kurdish militants who killed more than 20 Turkish soldiers early on Wednesday morning. The situation threatens to explode into widespread violence in the region. By Jürgen Gottschlich in Istanbul more...

Violence Escalates in Turkey: Kurds Fear New Civil War May Be Brewing

Violence Escalates in Turkey: Kurds Fear New Civil War May Be Brewing

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 05, 2011

The violence between the Kurdish PKK and Turkish security forces continues to escalate. Each day there are new victims and the risk of a civil war is rising. The future hinges on Prime Minister Erdogan -- and whether he chooses diplomacy over military confrontation. By Jürgen Gottschlich more...

The World from Berlin: US and Germany Offer 'Feeble Opposition' to Bahrain Crackdown

The World from Berlin: US and Germany Offer 'Feeble Opposition' to Bahrain Crackdown

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 17, 2011

A government-led crackdown in Bahrain led to three protester deaths on Wednesday. Though the situation appeared calmer on Thursday, German editorialists criticize Saudi Arabia's decision to send troops in to help suppress the demonstrations and urge Western nations to not abandon the protestors. more...

Unlikely Vacation Destinations: Tempting Tourists to Tehran, Tunis and Tikrit

Unlikely Vacation Destinations: Tempting Tourists to Tehran, Tunis and Tikrit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 15, 2011

Iran, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo may not top of most people's lists when it comes to a vacation -- but that doesn't mean countries off the beaten track don't try to tempt tourists. Many unlikely holiday destinations were represented at the ITB trade show in Berlin last weekend. By Moises Mendoza in Berlin more...