An Apolitical Virus: Strife Fuels Polio's Return†to Middle East

An Apolitical Virus: Strife Fuels Polio's Return†to Middle East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2013

Polio is making a comeback in a decimated part of Syria, but the delicate politics of the war are making vaccination campaigns difficult. As an epidemic looms over the region, anger over the World Health Organization's inaction is growing. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

From Soccer to Jihad: German Football Talent Killed in Syria

From Soccer to Jihad: German Football Talent Killed in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2013

Burak Karan had a bright future as a professional soccer player in Germany and even played for the national team's youth side. But he ended his career at 20 and joined radical Islamists. He was killed in Syria in October. more... Comment ]

Lebanese Black Market: Syrian Refugees Sell Organs to Survive

Lebanese Black Market: Syrian Refugees Sell Organs to Survive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2013

In the shadow of the Syrian civil war, a growing number of refugees are surviving in Lebanon by illegally selling their own organs. But the exchange comes at a huge cost. By Ulrike Putz more... Comment ]

Cut Off: Starving Syrians Hope to Live Through Winter

Cut Off: Starving Syrians Hope to Live Through Winter

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 31, 2013

As the world focuses on Syria's chemical disarmament, thousands of people in the country face a more pressing concern: starvation. Cut off by ongoing violence, they are dying because they have no access to supplies. Many will not survive the winter. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Hamburg Unrest: One City, Two Sides, Thousands of Refugees

Hamburg Unrest: One City, Two Sides, Thousands of Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2013

The city of Hamburg continues to be rocked by protests over the treatment of thousands of asylum seekers. Both sides of the conflict have valid points -- but as the argument rages on, the refugees struggle to get by. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The 'German Camp': Jihadists from Germany Set up Base in Syria

The 'German Camp': Jihadists from Germany Set up Base in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 21, 2013

A growing number of German jihadists are heading to Syria to join the rebels in their fight against President Bashar Assad. According to German intelligence, some 200 Islamists from across the country have gathered in northern Syria in what's been dubbed the "German Camp." more... Comment ]

Nobel Peace Prize: Honor Highlights OPCW's Risky Syrian Mission

Nobel Peace Prize: Honor Highlights OPCW's Risky Syrian Mission

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2013

The OPCW has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its work to eradicate chemical weapons around the world. But the honor pointedly draws attention to its current challenge: disposing of Syria's arsenal in the midst of a civil war. By Raniah Salloum more... Comment ]

From Jail to Jihad: Former Prisoners Fight in Syrian Insurgency

From Jail to Jihad: Former Prisoners Fight in Syrian Insurgency

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2013

Some have done time for terrorism, while others were radicalized inside: Former prison inmates are now on the frontlines of the Syrian civil war. The jihadists fighting alongside the rebels are discrediting the insurgency, just as†Damascus may have hoped. By Raniah Salloum 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 Brinkbšumer more... Comment ]

Eye of the Storm: Life Goes on in Damascus Despite Civil War

Eye of the Storm: Life Goes on in Damascus Despite Civil War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2013

As the civil war rages around them, Syrians in the capital of Damascus continue to support President Bashar Assad despite their fears. They simply want to maintain their way of life. By Dieter Bednarz and Klaus Brinkbšumer 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 ]