Mullah Omar Biographer: 'The World's Most Mysterious Political Leader'

Mullah Omar Biographer: 'The World's Most Mysterious Political Leader'

Following reports of the death of Mullah Omar, the situation in Afghanistan is chaotic -- the peace process is on the fritz and the Taliban is divided. A Dutch journalist writing a biography of the Islamist leader says his role has been exaggerated. By Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]


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SPIEGEL Interview with Julian Assange 'We Are Drowning in Material'

SPIEGEL Interview with Julian Assange: 'We Are Drowning in Material'

In an interview, Julian Assange, 44, talks about the comeback of the WikiLeaks whistleblowing platform and his desire to provide assistance to a German parliamentary committee that is investigating mass NSA spying. Interview Conducted By Michael Sontheimer more... Comment ]


'I'm Not a Butcher' An Interview with Islamic State's Architect of Death

'I'm Not a Butcher': An Interview with Islamic State's Architect of Death

For one and a half years, Abu Abdullah was responsible for organizing Islamic State's suicide bombings in Baghdad. He is one of the organization's rare leading figures to be captured alive. SPIEGEL met with him in a high-security prison in Baghdad. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


America's Greece Fixing Puerto Rico Could Provide Answers for Europe

America's Greece: Fixing Puerto Rico Could Provide Answers for Europe

The Greek crisis could have been stopped years ago if European politicians hadn't been so stubborn. They should have followed the example set by the United States in dealing with Puerto Rico's problems. An Essay By Barry Eichengreen more... Comment ]

Brzezinski on Russia 'We Are Already In a Cold War'

Brzezinski on Russia: 'We Are Already In a Cold War'

Former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski believes the West should stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine. "We should make it more costly for the Russians to use force," he tells SPIEGEL ONLINE in an interview. An Interview by Sebastian Fischer and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

The Allure of the Islamic State Money and Status Attract Fighters

The Allure of the Islamic State: Money and Status Attract Fighters

A bricklayer got a $60 a month raise by trading his construction tools for a Kalashnikov and becoming a soldier for the Islamic State. Subsidies and other benefits appear to be part of the holy war's allure for some. By Katrin Kuntz in Erbil, Iraq more... Comment ]

Relentless Terror The Everyday Horrors of the Islamic State

Relentless Terror: The Everyday Horrors of the Islamic State

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 ]

Confronting the Past America Finally Turns Its Attention to Rampant Racism

Confronting the Past: America Finally Turns Its Attention to Rampant Racism

Why is America only now having an honest debate about racism? The dead from Charleston are also the dead of a nation that has long refused to work through its past mistakes. A Commentary by Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]

Lifting the Veil How Working Women Are Remaking Saudi Arabia

Lifting the Veil: How Working Women Are Remaking Saudi Arabia

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 ]