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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 Children of War: A Humanitarian Catastrophe Unfolds in Gaza

The Children of War: A Humanitarian Catastrophe Unfolds in Gaza

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 29, 2014

Israel's incursion into the Gaza Strip triggered a bloody war. Brutal images of dead and injured Palestinians have circulated widely, but a cease-fire still appears to be a long way off. By Julia Amalia Heyer in Gaza City more... Comment ]

Ex-Israeli Security Chief Diskin: 'All the Conditions Are There for an Explosion'

Ex-Israeli Security Chief Diskin: 'All the Conditions Are There for an Explosion'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 24, 2014

In an interview with SPIEGEL, Yuval Diskin, former director of Israel's internal security service Shin Bet, speaks of the current clash between Israel and the Palestinians, what must be done to achieve peace and the lack of leadership in the Middle East. Interview Conducted by Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

German Foreign Minister: 'Further Escalation Not Out of the Question' in Ukraine

German Foreign Minister: 'Further Escalation Not Out of the Question' in Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 18, 2014

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier calls the downing of the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet over Ukraine "appalling" in an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE. He also discusses the flare-up in the Middle East and US espionage in Germany. Interview Conducted by Roland Nelles and Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

The Road to Mosul: Searching for the Real ISIS

The Road to Mosul: Searching for the Real ISIS

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2014

Fault lines in Iraq are widening as ISIS advances: Even as the Shiite government in Baghdad digs it its heels, the country's Sunnis are losing their faith in a single nation and the Kurds are hoping for independence. But what is ISIS, really? By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Gaza in Crisis: The Strong Female Voice of Hamas

Gaza in Crisis: The Strong Female Voice of Hamas

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 20, 2014

Isra al-Mudallal is the outspoken, strong-willed new spokesperson for the Hamas government in Gaza. Her goal is to become a role model for young girls -- but first she has to overcome the region's conservative traditions. By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

A Country Implodes: ISIS Pushes Iraq to the Brink

A Country Implodes: ISIS Pushes Iraq to the Brink

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 17, 2014

The terror group ISIS has occupied vast portions of Syria and Iraq in the hopes of establishing a caliphate. The jihadists' success lays bare Iraq's disintegration and could ignite yet another civil war between Shiites and Sunnis in the country. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Israel's Wildcard: The Man Who Could Stop The Peace Process

Israel's Wildcard: The Man Who Could Stop The Peace Process

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2014

Naftali Bennett, the head of the the settlements party Jewish Home rejects negotiations with the Palestinians and says he will allow the Israeli government to collapse if necessary. A decision on whether talks will proceed is expected this week. By Julia Amalia Heyer in Tel Aviv more... Comment ]

Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki: 'I Am Not Familiar With Fear'

Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki: 'I Am Not Familiar With Fear'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2014

In a SPIEGEL interview, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki discusses accusations he has become another Saddam Hussein, the return of terrorism to his country and his fear that the civil war in Syria will destabilize the entire region. Interview Conducted By Dieter Bednarz and Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

Three Years of Revolt: What Has Become of Syria's Revolutionaries

Three Years of Revolt: What Has Become of Syria's Revolutionaries

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 19, 2014

They have fled, they are hungry, they are doing what they can to survive: The Syrian civil war has caused great suffering since the protests agains President Bashar Assad began three years ago. We revisit some of those people we have met in our reporting. By Christoph Reuter and Raniah Salloum more... Comment ]

'Significant Escalation': Tensions Flare in German-Israeli Relations

'Significant Escalation': Tensions Flare in German-Israeli Relations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 18, 2014

German-Israeli relations are at a nadir as German Chancellor Merkel begins her third term. When leaders of the countries meet next week, deals on smaller issues may be possible, but divisions over Israeli settlements will persist. By Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]