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...

Zero Hour in the Middle East: What the Arab World's Past Can Tell Us About Its Future

Zero Hour in the Middle East: What the Arab World's Past Can Tell Us About Its Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2011

The world is looking on with fascination and fear as the Arab world goes through the political transformation of the century. But will the region's future be marked by democratic peace or civil war? Four past upheavals contain lessons for what comes next. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

A War Built on Four Lies: Why Germany Must End its Deployment in Afghanistan

A War Built on Four Lies: Why Germany Must End its Deployment in Afghanistan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 18, 2011

The war in Afghanistan is based on four lies, including the premise that NATO allies are there to fight international terrorism, writes conservative ex-parliamentarian Jürgen Todenhöfer. It's time to end Germany's military engagement, he argues, and negotiating with the Taliban is the only solution. A Commentary by Jürgen Todenhöfer more... Comment ]

Life after the Americans: Uncertainty Reigns as Baghdad Enters New Era

Life after the Americans: Uncertainty Reigns as Baghdad Enters New Era

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 07, 2011

Iraq finally has a new government after months of deadlock, but the cynical horsetrading has damaged the image of politics. Residents of Baghdad no longer trust their fellow citizens and have withdrawn into private life. They pray that a civil war will not break out. By Alexander Smoltczyk in Baghdad more... Comment ]

US Involvement in Iraq: A Lot of Blood for Little Oil

US Involvement in Iraq: A Lot of Blood for Little Oil

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 06, 2010

Contrary to what many people believe, the Iraq war provided few advantages for the US oil industry. The diplomatic cables show that, in most cases, it was competitors to the Americans who often did better in the country. Only one US company truly profited: Halliburton. By Cordula Meyer more... Comment ]

Blinkered View of Iraq: Diplomats Were Misled by Saddam's 'Cordial' Manner

Blinkered View of Iraq: Diplomats Were Misled by Saddam's 'Cordial' Manner

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 06, 2010

Did one clumsy statement by the US ambassador in Iraq trigger the first Gulf War? The leaked US cables show diplomats failed to pick up signs that Saddam Hussein was preparing to invade Kuwait, and that they painted his regime in a consistently favorable light in the years leading up to the conflict. By Bernhard Zand more...