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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.

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 ]

Doubts about Authenticity: Momentous Syria Interview Under Fire

Doubts about Authenticity: Momentous Syria Interview Under Fire

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 01, 2016

German journalist Jürgen Todenhöfer filmed an interview with an alleged rebel commander near Aleppo. The claims made by the commander -- that the US was supporting al-Qaida -- made headlines around the world. But was the interview authentic? By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Syria à la Carte: Turkish Invasion Highlights Rapidly Shifting Alliances

Syria à la Carte: Turkish Invasion Highlights Rapidly Shifting Alliances

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 26, 2016

The Turkish advance into northern Syria marks a turning point in the Syrian conflict. Its nominal target was Islamic State, but with large powers reconsidering their alliances in the region, the Kurds stand to lose the most. By Maximilian Popp and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Unimaginable Horrors: The War-Crimes Lawyer Hunting Syrian War Criminals

Unimaginable Horrors: The War-Crimes Lawyer Hunting Syrian War Criminals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 06, 2016

In 2012, David Crane helped put notorious Liberian dictator Charles Taylor behind bars. Now he's turned his attention to Syria and is overseeing a project to assemble a massive database of President Bashar Assad's war crimes. By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]