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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.

Israeli-German Relations: Polemics Have No Place in True Friendships

Israeli-German Relations: Polemics Have No Place in True Friendships

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 11, 2015

With dubious Holocaust comparisons, the German Israel lobby is making life difficult for supporters of the Jewish state in Germany. Polemics should have no place in the relationship. An Essay by Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Putin Plan: The Russian President's Strategy for Syria

Putin Plan: The Russian President's Strategy for Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 14, 2015

A secret strategy paper suggests the Kremlin wants to find a political solution with the West on the issue of Syria. Pressure is mounting on Vladimir Putin as a result of the crash of a Russian jet in Egypt that may have been a terrorist attack. By Matthias Schepp in Moscow more... Comment ]


Russia's Superpower Play: Putin Bets Big on Aggressive Syria Policy

Russia's Superpower Play: Putin Bets Big on Aggressive Syria Policy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 13, 2015

The US and Europe have long opted to stay largely on the sidelines in Syria. But now Russia has begun carrying out airstrikes in the country in support of autocrat Bashar Assad. The move is likely to have far-reaching consequences. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Vanishing: Why Are Young Egyptian Activists Disappearing?

The Vanishing: Why Are Young Egyptian Activists Disappearing?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 10, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's security forces have been kidnapping scores of young activists in the country. They include former revolutionaries and Islamists who are, in many cases, being denied due process. By Nicola Abé more... Comment ]


Refugee Chaos in Macedonia: 'Life-Threateningly Dangerous for Women and Children'

Refugee Chaos in Macedonia: 'Life-Threateningly Dangerous for Women and Children'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 19, 2015

A dangerous bottleneck has formed in the Macedonian border town of Gevgelija, an important hub for refugees traveling to Western Europe. Those trying to reach the trains here face extreme heat, dangerous crowds and police bullying. By Raniah Salloum in Gevgelija, Macedonia more... Comment ]

Israeli Defense Minister: 'We Can in No Way Tolerate an Iran with Nuclear Weapons'

Israeli Defense Minister: 'We Can in No Way Tolerate an Iran with Nuclear Weapons'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 07, 2015

In an interview, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon explains why he considers the nuclear deal with Iran to be an historical error. He also addresses recent crimes committed by extremist Israelis. Interview Conducted By Ronen Bergman and Holger Stark more... Comment ]


Relentless Terror: The Everyday Horrors of the Islamic State

Relentless Terror: The Everyday Horrors of the Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 01, 2015

Eighty lashes of the whip for alcohol. Amputation for theft. Crucifiction for robbery. These are only a few of the draconian punishments employed by the Islamic State, according to documents and the testimony of witnesses obtained by SPIEGEL. By Uwe Buse and Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]

Lifting the Veil: How Working Women Are Remaking Saudi Arabia

Lifting the Veil: How Working Women Are Remaking Saudi Arabia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 23, 2015

A growing number of women in Saudi Arabia are joining the workforce and chipping away at discriminations enshrined in its laws. But they face conservative opposition and -- even now -- a ban on driving. By Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]


The New Kingdom: Saudi Arabia's Contradictory Transformation

The New Kingdom: Saudi Arabia's Contradictory Transformation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2015

During his reign, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has created a new leadership role for Saudi Arabia. But his changes are filled with contradictions -- and may only make the region more unstable. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Emrah and his Brothers: Germany's Struggle for the Soul of Returning Islamists

Emrah and his Brothers: Germany's Struggle for the Soul of Returning Islamists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 20, 2015

German Islamists are returning from war abroad, some reformed but others more dangerous than ever. Social workers, imams and extremists are fighting for their souls -- and for Germany's safety. Government officials have few answers to the problem. By Özlem Gezer more... Comment ]