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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.

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 ]

Minister and Consoler: The Man Who Wants to Fix Egyptian Society

Minister and Consoler: The Man Who Wants to Fix Egyptian Society

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 13, 2014

Mohammed el-Mahdi is Egypt's new minister for reconciliation. He's fighting to create a new country, even as society fragments. It's an uphill task in a land where the military is expanding its power and younger generations are digging their heels in for a fight. By Ralf Hoppe and Daniel Steinvorth in Cairo more... Comment ]

Syria's Bodies: 'The Stench Was Unfathomable'

Syria's Bodies: 'The Stench Was Unfathomable'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 27, 2014

Photos released last week show that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad tortures, starves and murders its prisoners. The images provide grisly evidence to support what witnesses have been telling SPIEGEL for months. By Christoph Reuter and Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Hope in Montreux? A Starting Point for Peace in Syria

Hope in Montreux? A Starting Point for Peace in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2014

Violence in Syria has been appalling in the run up to this week's peace talks in Switzerland, where rebel and government representatives are to sit down together. Secret meetings in recent months give cause for hope. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Justice or Peace? Hariri Trial Could Spark Further Unrest in Lebanon

Justice or Peace? Hariri Trial Could Spark Further Unrest in Lebanon

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 14, 2014

Proceedings in the case of murdered ex-Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri are set to being in the Netherlands this week. The trial could cause further unrest in a country that is already on the verge of chaos. By Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Brussels Summit: EU to Refocus on Stalled Defense Initiatives

Brussels Summit: EU to Refocus on Stalled Defense Initiatives

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 18, 2013

EU leaders are gathering in Brussels Thurday in an effort to shore up the bloc's common defense policy, amid growing doubts over whether Europe can bridge divergent national views on the continent's security role. By Christopher Alessi more... Comment ]

Interview with Bashar Assad: 'In the End, a Lie Is a Lie'

Interview with Bashar Assad: 'In the End, a Lie Is a Lie'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2013

In a SPIEGEL interview, Syrian President Bashar Assad discusses his fight for power, his arsenal of weapons of mass destruction and the special expectations he has for Germany. By Dieter Bednarz and Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

'Sex Jihad' and Other Lies: Assad's Elaborate Disinformation Campaign

'Sex Jihad' and Other Lies: Assad's Elaborate Disinformation Campaign

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2013

Syrian President Assad's regime is waging a PR campaign to spread stories that discredit its rivals and distract from its own crimes. Aided by gullible networks and foreign media, it has included tales of rebels engaging in "sex jihad" and massacring Christians. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]