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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.

Saudi Foreign Minister: 'I Don't Think World War III Is Going To Happen in Syria'

Saudi Foreign Minister: 'I Don't Think World War III Is Going To Happen in Syria'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 19, 2016

In an interview, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir expresses his continued support for regime change in Syria and his desire for rebels to be supplied with anti-aircraft missiles that could shift the balance of power in the war. Interview Conducted By Samiha Shafy and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Israeli Justice Minister Shaked: 'We Will Not Commit Suicide'

Israeli Justice Minister Shaked: 'We Will Not Commit Suicide'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 30, 2016

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked is a hardliner in an Israeli government that already veers sharply to the right. She views the conflict with the Palestinians as being unsolvable and emphasizes "Jewish values" as much as law and democracy. Interview Conducted By Nicola Abé and Ronen Bergman more... Comment ]


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 ]