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Dozens of wars, endless peace negotiations, terrorism and oil: The Middle East is a tinderbox of competing national and international interests beset by religious strife. The top international interests include stabilizing Iraq's fledgling democracy and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

The Shadowy Arms Trade: A Look Back at a Questionable Tank Deal

The Shadowy Arms Trade: A Look Back at a Questionable Tank Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 28, 2018

An intermediary received a commission of almost $200 million for the sale of battle tanks to United Arab Emirates. Some of that money, though, may have been used to bribe government officials. By Sven Becker and Michael Sontheimer more... Comment ]

Victor's Logic: Syria's Uncertain Future under Bashar Assad

Victor's Logic: Syria's Uncertain Future under Bashar Assad

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 16, 2018

After seven years of war, Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has three-quarters of the country back under his control. But with Western reconstruction funding still tied to his departure, the future is murky. By Christoph Reuter, Fritz Schaap and Christian Werner (Fotos) more... Comment ]


Interview with Afghan Pop Star Aryana Sayeed: 'I Am Very Aware of the Danger'

Interview with Afghan Pop Star Aryana Sayeed: 'I Am Very Aware of the Danger'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 15, 2018

Aryana Sayeed, 33, is the only internationally known pop act in Afghanistan. She is adored by youth -- and hunted by the Taliban. Interview Conducted By Susanne Koelbl more... Video ]

Chasing Paradise: A Palestinian Clan Dreams of Going Home

Chasing Paradise: A Palestinian Clan Dreams of Going Home

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 15, 2018

The members of a large Palestinian clan dream of escaping Gaza and going back to their homeland, the village of Ni'ilya. For 70 years, they've been imagining this return to a place that no longer exists, except in their collective memories. By Alexander Osang more... Comment ]


Biological Wills: Raising Israel's Posthumously Conceived Children

Biological Wills: Raising Israel's Posthumously Conceived Children

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 28, 2018

A landmark ruling in Israel has allowed babies to be conceived from frozen embryos or sperm collected from the now deceased. But as the number of these children grows, it is raising thorny questions. Is it ethical to conceive a child who will be half-orphaned at birth? By Nicola Abé more... Comment ]

The Ghosts of Islamic State: 'Liberated' Areas of Iraq Still Terrorized by Violence

The Ghosts of Islamic State: 'Liberated' Areas of Iraq Still Terrorized by Violence

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2018

Officially, Islamic State has been driven out of the Hawija district of Iraq. But the jihadist groups are still there and continue to terrorize the populace. They often show up in the dark of night. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Trump's Jerusalem Folly: Time for Europe to Take the Lead on Peace

Trump's Jerusalem Folly: Time for Europe to Take the Lead on Peace

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump prides himself on being a deal-maker. But his decision to relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem will produce only losers. It is time for Europe to take the lead in the Middle East peace process. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Juliane von Mittelstaedt more... Comment ]

Donald Trump and Jerusalem: 'I Don't See Potential Upsides'

Donald Trump and Jerusalem: 'I Don't See Potential Upsides'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2017

Richard Haass, 66, is a former U.S. diplomat and current director of the Council on Foreign Relations. He says that the timing of President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel is troubling and potentially dangerous. Interview Conducted by Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]


'This Process Will Fail': Ex-Hamas Head Meshal on Trump's Mideast Peace Initiative

'This Process Will Fail': Ex-Hamas Head Meshal on Trump's Mideast Peace Initiative

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 03, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump is pushing for a new Middle East peace initiative. Khaled Meshal offers his take on the chances for success. He's the most powerful man within Hamas, which has been declared a terrorist organization by the EU and the U.S. Interview Conducted By Nicola Abé and Christiane Hoffmann in Doha, Qatar more... Comment ]

Child of Israel: A Terrorist, a Killing and the Search for Justice

Child of Israel: A Terrorist, a Killing and the Search for Justice

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 19, 2016

In March, Israeli soldier Elor Azaria killed a wounded Palestinian attacker. After a video of the event surfaced, the military put Azaria on trial. But for many in the country, he is a hero. Who is right? By Nicola Abé more... Comment ]