Interview with Ahmed Rashid: The West Should 'Change Its Approach to Failing States'

Interview with Ahmed Rashid: The West Should 'Change Its Approach to Failing States'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 31, 2012

Ahmed Rashid, one of the world's foremost experts on Afghanistan, once welcomed US intervention in the failed state. But in a SPIEGEL interview, the Pakistani journalist says the West's model for development is fundamentally flawed and must be changed. more... Comment ]

The Value of a Pakistani Worker: Discounter Offers $1,930 Per Victim in Factory Fire

The Value of a Pakistani Worker: Discounter Offers $1,930 Per Victim in Factory Fire

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2012

German discount textile retailer Kik plans to pay damages totalling $500,000 to the families of more then 250 workers who died in a fire at a Pakistan factory used to produce its clothing. The families say that is too little and are threatening to sue. By Hasnain Kazim and Nils Klawitter more... Comment ]

Schoolgirl Shooting: Pakistanis Fear Resurgent Taliban in Swat Valley

Schoolgirl Shooting: Pakistanis Fear Resurgent Taliban in Swat Valley

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 12, 2012

Tuesday's shooting of a 14-year-old advocate of girls' education in Pakistan has shocked and appalled the world. Doctors say Malala Yousufzai will most likely survive the attack, but it has still left Pakistanis outraged -- and afraid that a return of the Taliban's fundamentalist rule might lie ahead. By Hasnain Kazim in Islamabad more...

More Pistols than Pampers: Disillusioned German Islamists Abandoning Jihad

More Pistols than Pampers: Disillusioned German Islamists Abandoning Jihad

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 18, 2012

More than 200 Islamists are believed to have left Germany to join the jihad in Pakistan. But, after learning what life there is really like, many of them are abandoning the cause and heading home -- right into the unwelcoming arms of the law. By Özlem Gezer and Holger Stark in Istanbul more...

The Karakoram Highway: China's Asphalt Powerplay in Pakistan

The Karakoram Highway: China's Asphalt Powerplay in Pakistan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 17, 2012

China is shelling out massive amounts of money and manpower to improve Pakistan's Karakoram Highway, the highest motorway in the world. The supposed gift to its neighbor is a perfect example of China's economic strategy of taking on short-term expenses for the sake of long-term benefits. By Hasnain Kazim more...

Jihad against America: Relations Remain Icy Between Pakistan and the US

Jihad against America: Relations Remain Icy Between Pakistan and the US

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 10, 2012

Washington and Islamabad have barely been on speaking terms since US forces killed Osama bin Laden last year. But with American and NATO troops set to leave neighboring Afghanistan soon, nuclear-armed Pakistan has little motivation to improve relations. Hatred of the US is growing in the country. By Hasnain Kazim and Gerhard Spörl more... Comment ]

Raining Death: German Jihadist Killed in US Drone Attack

Raining Death: German Jihadist Killed in US Drone Attack

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 30, 2012

A US Army drone strike in March killed a German citizen who had joined the jihad in Pakistan. His death has the potential to reignite the debate over the legitimacy of air strikes by unmanned drones and may increase diplomatic tensions with the US. By Hubert Gude more...

Redefining Imminent: Are Obama's Efforts to Justify Drone Warfare Aimed at Iran?

Redefining Imminent: Are Obama's Efforts to Justify Drone Warfare Aimed at Iran?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 15, 2012

When it comes to America's security, President Barack Obama has turned out to be just as ruthlessly determined as his predecessor -- particularly when it comes to using drones to wage the war on terror. But the target of his recent legal repositioning might have much less to do with terrorists than with Iran. By Thomas Darnstädt, Marc Hujer and Gregor Peter Schmitz more...

US Disarmament Expert: 'The Risk that Nuclear Weapons Will Be Used Is Growing'

US Disarmament Expert: 'The Risk that Nuclear Weapons Will Be Used Is Growing'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 10, 2012

Anxieties are mounting as nuclear weapons make their way into unstable regions. In a SPIEGEL ONLINE interview, US disarmament expert Richard Burt discusses the growing risk of their use, why allowing Iran to get the bomb could trigger a Sunni-Shiite arms race and how an attack could make citizens demand a police state. more...

German-Pakistani Tensions: Berlin Demands Explanation for 'Spy' Detentions

German-Pakistani Tensions: Berlin Demands Explanation for 'Spy' Detentions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 24, 2012

There is tension between Berlin and Islamabad after Pakistan detained three alleged German intelligence agents near the Afghan border. The men were unable to prove their claims to be aid workers. The mysterious incident has real development organizations worried about their reputation and safety. By Hasnain Kazim in Islamabad more... Comment ]