Literary Sensation: The Rise of a Danish Immigrant Poet

Literary Sensation: The Rise of a Danish Immigrant Poet

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 14, 2014

Since his rise to fame, Islamists have threatened to kill 18-year-old Danish poet Yahya Hassan. They are angered by the portrayals in his writing of his immigrant family background, which he describes as backwards, hypocritical and blinded by religion. By Tobias Rapp more... Comment ]

Paris Investigation: Tensions Grow over Murder of Kurdish Activists

Paris Investigation: Tensions Grow over Murder of Kurdish Activists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 12, 2014

Did Turkey's secret service order the killing of three Kurdistan Worker's Party activists in Paris last year? Suspicion is growing that it did, and Germany's domestic intelligence agency has curtailed its cooperation with the Turks as a result. By Jörg Diehl, Özlem Gezer and Fidelius Schmid more... Comment ]

A Brother's Vengeance: The Preacher Who Could Topple Erdogan

A Brother's Vengeance: The Preacher Who Could Topple Erdogan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 09, 2014

The greatest threat yet to Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan comes from a former ally. Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen and his influential followers seem determined to accomplish what the recent protest movement could not: overthrowing the current regime. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Taliban Revenge: The Plight of Germany's Afghan Staff

Taliban Revenge: The Plight of Germany's Afghan Staff

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 18, 2013

Berlin is under pressure following the murder of a former Afghan interpreter who worked for the German army. The Taliban had threatened him for working with foreign troops. But only a small number of Afghan staff are getting German residence permits. By Nicola Abé, Matthias Gebauer and Anders Somme Hammer more... Comment ]

From Soccer to Jihad: German Football Talent Killed in Syria

From Soccer to Jihad: German Football Talent Killed in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2013

Burak Karan had a bright future as a professional soccer player in Germany and even played for the national team's youth side. But he ended his career at 20 and joined radical Islamists. He was killed in Syria in October. more... Comment ]

Where Allah Rocks: Indonesia's Tolerant Take on Islam

Where Allah Rocks: Indonesia's Tolerant Take on Islam

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2013

The Southeast Asian island nation of Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population, which practices an open-minded, gentle version of Islam in urban areas. But elsewhere Islamists are beginning to encroach. By Erich Follath more... Comment ]

The 'German Camp': Jihadists from Germany Set up Base in Syria

The 'German Camp': Jihadists from Germany Set up Base in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 21, 2013

A growing number of German jihadists are heading to Syria to join the rebels in their fight against President Bashar Assad. According to German intelligence, some 200 Islamists from across the country have gathered in northern Syria in what's been dubbed the "German Camp." more... Comment ]

Reflections: Life as a Pakistani-German Journalist in Islamabad

Reflections: Life as a Pakistani-German Journalist in Islamabad

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 16, 2013

A SPIEGEL journalist of Pakistani-German descent recently left Islamabad after four years of reporting there. In an essay, he describes life between two cultures and the conflicts his background often created for him as a foreign correspondent in Pakistan. By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

Jihad Tourists: How Dangerous Are Syria's Foreign Fighters?

Jihad Tourists: How Dangerous Are Syria's Foreign Fighters?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 27, 2013

Once just a small group, now there are several thousand foreign jihadist fighters present in Syria today. Though some rebel leaders say their presence does pose a danger, the impact of these groups is often exaggerated by the Western media. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Legal Limbo: Lawyers Seek Clarity on Headscarves in Court

Legal Limbo: Lawyers Seek Clarity on Headscarves in Court

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2013

The German court system has a patchwork of rules and regulations about whether female lawyers should be permitted to wear the hijab, or Muslim headscarf, in court. Experts say the lack of legal clarity is unsustainable, and that a big debate is brewing. By Joachim Wagner more... Comment ]