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The World Wide War

With the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, terrorism vaulted to the top of government agendas at the turn of the century. Led by the United States and its War on Terror, terrorism has helped shape a new geopolitical balance following the end of the Cold War.

Paradise Lost: Paranoia Has Undermined US Democracy

Paradise Lost: Paranoia Has Undermined US Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2013

While far from a dictatorship, the United States has employed a number of paranoid tactics that delegitimize its democracy. This phenomenon is on display in the fictional TV series "Homeland," which depicts hysterical CIA agents in a hysterical country. By Dirk Kurbjuweit 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 ]

Nairobi Attack: Threat of Somali Militants Spreads Beyond Borders

Nairobi Attack: Threat of Somali Militants Spreads Beyond Borders

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2013

The Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab has been weakened at home. But the devastating terrorist attack on a shopping center in Nairobi shows that the group poses a growing risk to neighboring countries. By Bartholomäus Grill more... Comment ]

'Project 6': CIA Spies Operating in the Heart of Germany

'Project 6': CIA Spies Operating in the Heart of Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2013

For years, intelligence services from the US and Germany conducted a secret project on German soil. Together, they developed a counter-terrorism database -- with even a journalist coming under suspicion. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

An Arab Nightmare: West Dithers Over Taking a Side in Egypt

An Arab Nightmare: West Dithers Over Taking a Side in Egypt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 15, 2013

Egypt's political unravelling puts the West in a tight spot. Its reaction to this week's massacre will affect its image in the Arab world for many years to come. So far, it has been anything but assertive. A Commentary by Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Terror Retooled: Al-Qaida Thinks Globally But Acts Locally

Terror Retooled: Al-Qaida Thinks Globally But Acts Locally

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2013

The new warning last week of possible imminent attacks by al-Qaida fueled fears far beyond America's borders. But the movement founded by Osama bin Laden has long since shifted from mass international attacks to local battles -- with success. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Pining for Beirut: How I Made Hezbollah's Blacklist

Pining for Beirut: How I Made Hezbollah's Blacklist

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2013

Over the last half-century, Beirut has gone from the being the "Switzerland of the Middle East" to a country plagued by instability. In a personal account, SPIEGEL reporter Erich Follath explains his difficult relationship with Hezbollah and his love of Beirut. more... Comment ]

EU Terror List: Hezbollah Unlikely to Feel Sanctions

EU Terror List: Hezbollah Unlikely to Feel Sanctions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 22, 2013

EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday to put the military wing of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah on the bloc's list of terrorist groups. But sanctions will have little impact on the "Party of God," which has long since become Lebanon's most powerful political force. By Ulrike Putz in Beirut, Lebanon more... Comment ]

Military Justice: Secrecy Shrouds Guantanamo Hearings

Military Justice: Secrecy Shrouds Guantanamo Hearings

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2013

The biggest terrorism trial in American history has yet to begin, but many are already questioning whether it can approach fairness. Aggressive surveillance tactics, an ongoing detainee hunger strike and questions about the future of the camp are overshadowing ongoing pre-trial hearings. By Mathieu von Rohr in Guantanamo more... Comment ]

Islamist Raids: German Police Shoot Down Model Plane Terror Plot

Islamist Raids: German Police Shoot Down Model Plane Terror Plot

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 25, 2013

German officials on Tuesday targeted two men suspected of planning to carry out terrorist attacks using remote-controlled model airplanes. The pair is thought to be influenced by radical Islam, but are not considered to be members of a terror group. more... Comment ]