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Embattled Land

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.

An Israeli in Berlin: The Chocolate Pudding Exodus

An Israeli in Berlin: The Chocolate Pudding Exodus

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2014

A young Israeli is calling on his fellow citizens to move to Berlin, where life is cheaper than in Tel Aviv. Politicians back home are outraged by 25-year-old the expatriate's online campaign. By Raniah Salloum more...

Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?

Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2014

Although there is always reason to celebrate the toppling of an autocrat, the outcome of the Iraq war and the rise of Islamic State have demonstrated in horrific terms that the alternative can be even worse. A Commentary By Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Kids Behind Bars: Israel's Arbitrary Arrests of Palestinian Minors

Kids Behind Bars: Israel's Arbitrary Arrests of Palestinian Minors

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2014

Last year, approximately one thousand Palestinian children were arrested by Israeli forces, often for no reason. Advocates point to systemic abuse, including beatings and forced confessions, but the Israeli military remains steadfast. By Julia Amalia Heyer more...

The Syrian Front: Waiting to Die in Aleppo

The Syrian Front: Waiting to Die in Aleppo

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2014

Bashar Assad's troops have control of western Aleppo and drop barrel bombs on the eastern half every day. Death is ever present. SPIEGEL recently spent a week in what has become a ghost town. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Airstrike Uncertainties: Obama's Dangerously Vague New War

Airstrike Uncertainties: Obama's Dangerously Vague New War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2014

Obama has spent much of his term withdrawing the US from quagmires abroad. But now, in the battle against Islamic State extremists, he has a war of his own. His plan of attack, though, is filled with uncertainties and America's ultimate goal remains unclear. By Markus Feldenkirchen, Christoph Reuter and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Michael Ignatieff Interview: 'Those Fighting Islamic State Are the Lesser Evil'

Michael Ignatieff Interview: 'Those Fighting Islamic State Are the Lesser Evil'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2014

In an interview, Harvard professor and UN advisor Michael Ignatieff discusses his concept of the responsibility to protect civilian populations threatened by genocide, German weapons deliveries to the Kurds in Iraq and the idea of a deal with Assad to bring peace to Syria. Interview Conducted By Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Factory and Lab: Israel's War Business

Factory and Lab: Israel's War Business

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 27, 2014

Israel invests more money in research than most other countries -- and in no other place are research institutes, the defense industry, the army and politics as interwoven. The result is a high-tech weapons factory that successfully exports its goods globally. By Markus Becker in Tel Aviv, Israel more... Comment ]

The Unprotected: A Gaza Family Destroyed by Israeli Bombs

The Unprotected: A Gaza Family Destroyed by Israeli Bombs

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 21, 2014

For an entire week, eight people -- women, children and an elderly man -- were trapped in their house in Gaza. They couldn't leave and nobody could help. An hour before the cease-fire, the family was wiped out by Israeli bombs. By Julia Amalia Heyer and Juliane von Mittelstaedt more...

The Spoils of War: Violence in Gaza Leads to Youth Radicalization

The Spoils of War: Violence in Gaza Leads to Youth Radicalization

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 11, 2014

The most recent cease-fire appears to be holding in the Gaza Strip, but vast damage has already been done. In addition to the appalling loss of life and destruction of property, the war has pushed even more Palestinians to the radical fringes. By Julia Amalia Heyer in Rafah, Gaza Strip more... Comment ]

Gaza Crisis: 'The Real Danger to Israel Comes from Within'

Gaza Crisis: 'The Real Danger to Israel Comes from Within'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 05, 2014

Israel pulled out of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, but left behind death and destruction. Israeli sociologist Eva Illouz tells SPIEGEL that her country is gripped by fear and is becoming increasingly suspicious of democracy. Interview Conducted by Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]