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Fear Unveiled: Why Banning the Burqa Makes No Sense

Fear Unveiled: Why Banning the Burqa Makes No Sense

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2016

Calls in Germany to ban the burqa are misguided and the move would do little to liberate Muslim women. The fight for emancipation must come from inside the religion. A SPIEGEL Editorial by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Burqa Ban Debate: Full Veils Already Mostly Prohibited in Germany

Burqa Ban Debate: Full Veils Already Mostly Prohibited in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2016

Some conservative German politicians would like to see a ban on burqas and other veils. Doing so, however, would likely violate the constitution -- and there are plenty of practical rules already in place. By Jan Friedmann, Dietmar Hipp and Conny Neumann more... Comment ]


Anti-Semitism in Germany: 'I Don't See Any Reason for Jews Here To Emigrate'

Anti-Semitism in Germany: 'I Don't See Any Reason for Jews Here To Emigrate'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 08, 2015

In an interview, the heads of Germany's Protestant and Jewish communities discuss Martin Luther's anti-Semitism, growing fears after the Paris attacks and whether Islam truly belongs to the country. more... Comment ]

'Risk Has Gotten Greater': German Jews Advised Against Wearing Kippah

'Risk Has Gotten Greater': German Jews Advised Against Wearing Kippah

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 27, 2015

How anti-Semitic is Germany? The Central Council of Jews is warning members of the community against wearing traditional head coverings. It is a precaution that 26-year-old Mark Krasnov has been taking for some time. By Peter Maxwill in Berlin more... Comment ]


A Fleeting Renaissance: German Jewish Communities Face Uncertain Futures

A Fleeting Renaissance: German Jewish Communities Face Uncertain Futures

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 06, 2015

In recent decades, Germany's Jewish community enjoyed considerable growth. Due to changes in the government's immigration policy, however, the number of new members has fallen and the population is graying fast. Has the boom ended? By Pavel Lokshin more... Comment ]

Pilgrims Inc.: Soul Searching and Commerce on the Way of St. James

Pilgrims Inc.: Soul Searching and Commerce on the Way of St. James

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 07, 2014

Not long ago, only a few people would make the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Now, over 200,000 people a year spend several grueling weeks along the route. Traditionalists turn up their noses at the crowds, but the rewards are still vast. By Juan Moreno on the Camino de Santiago  more... Comment ]


The Muslims of Tromsø: Ramadan in the Land of the Midnight Sun

The Muslims of Tromsø: Ramadan in the Land of the Midnight Sun

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2014

During Ramadan, Muslims fast until the sun goes down. But what if you live in a place where there is no sunset? The believers in Tromsø, Norway spent years searching for a solution to that conundrum. Now that they have found one, new problems have arisen. By Dennis Betzholz  in Tromsø, Norway more... Comment ]

Foreign Minister Zebari: 'Iraq Is Facing a Mortal Threat'

Foreign Minister Zebari: 'Iraq Is Facing a Mortal Threat'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2014

In an interview, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurd, warns that his country is threatened with collapse under the pressure posed by ISIS terrorists. But, he says, it isn't a civil war yet. Interview Conducted By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]


Days of Terror: Iraqi Christians Live in Fear of ISIS

Days of Terror: Iraqi Christians Live in Fear of ISIS

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2014

Some 40,000 Christians live in Qaraqosh, a town near Mosul, Iraq. Residents have been gathering daily in 12 local churches as ISIS jihadists advance towards the community. Their existence is a precarious one. By Katrin Kuntz in Qaraqosh, Iraq more... Comment ]

Pope John Paul II's Canonization: The Making of a Miracle

Pope John Paul II's Canonization: The Making of a Miracle

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 07, 2014

Pope John Paul II will be canonized in April. A woman from Costa Rica experienced a stunning recovery from a brain aneurysm after praying to the late pontiff. Her story provides a unique look at the Vatican's miracle workshop. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]