Death in the Sahara: An Ill-Fated Attempt to Reach Fortress Europe

Death in the Sahara: An Ill-Fated Attempt to Reach Fortress Europe

One year ago, a group of 113 people set off from Niger hoping for a better future in the European Union. A few days later, they were left stranded in the Sahara Desert without vehicles or water. Only 17 survived to tell the tale. By Hauke Goos and Bernhard Riedmann (Photos) more... Comment ]



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From Berlin to Santa Monica Isherwood's Legacy Lives on in Don Bachardy

From Berlin to Santa Monica: Isherwood's Legacy Lives on in Don Bachardy

In 1968, David Hockney completed a portrait of one of the 20th century's most vibrant pairings: author Christopher Isherwood and artist Don Bachardy. The gay couple opened their home, where the painter still lives today, to Hollywood's luminaries. By Philipp Oehmke more... Comment ]


Nine Days in the Caliphate A Yazidi Woman's Ordeal as an Islamic State Captive

Nine Days in the Caliphate: A Yazidi Woman's Ordeal as an Islamic State Captive

When Islamic State fighters conquered the border region between Iraq and Syria, the Yazidi village of Kocho also fell into their hands. Twenty-year-old Nadia was among dozens of young women who were abducted and abused. This is the story of her ordeal. By Ralf Hoppe more... Comment ]

The Call of Jihad Families Struggle as German Kurds Join Islamists in Syria

The Call of Jihad: Families Struggle as German Kurds Join Islamists in Syria

Islamic State has no qualms about killing Kurds in Syria. Yet the organization has still managed to attract Kurdish supporters in Europe. In Hamburg, a number of families are struggling to cope with their sons' decisions to answer the call of jihad. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

The Last Days of Kobani A Decisive Battle in the Fight against Islamic State

The Last Days of Kobani: A Decisive Battle in the Fight against Islamic State

Turkey stands by doing nothing while US bombs have been unable to slow down Islamic State fighters: The battle for Kobani has revealed the West's helplessness in the face of radical jihad. Worries of a massacre are growing. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

An Israeli in Berlin The Chocolate Pudding Exodus

An Israeli in Berlin: The Chocolate Pudding Exodus

A young Israeli is calling on his fellow citizens to move to Berlin, where life is cheaper than in Tel Aviv. Politicians back home are outraged by 25-year-old the expatriate's online campaign. By Raniah Salloum more...

Anarchy vs. Stability Dictatorships and Chaos Go Hand in Hand

Anarchy vs. Stability: Dictatorships and Chaos Go Hand in Hand

The argument that a stable, autocratic state is better than a failed one has become increasingly fashionable. But it misses the fact that autocracies are ultimately the source of that chaos. A Commentary By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Freedom vs. Stability Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?

Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?

Although there is always reason to celebrate the toppling of an autocrat, the outcome of the Iraq war and the rise of Islamic State have demonstrated in horrific terms that the alternative can be even worse. A Commentary By Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Digital Jihad Inside Islamic State's Savvy PR War

Digital Jihad: Inside Islamic State's Savvy PR War

Islamic State's methods may be medieval, but the group's propaganda is second to none. The Islamists target their professionally produced videos at specific audiences -- sometimes to spread a specific message, sometimes merely to terrify. By Christoph Reuter, Raniah Salloum and Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

Kids Behind Bars Israel's Arbitrary Arrests of Palestinian Minors

Kids Behind Bars: Israel's Arbitrary Arrests of Palestinian Minors

Last year, approximately one thousand Palestinian children were arrested by Israeli forces, often for no reason. Advocates point to systemic abuse, including beatings and forced confessions, but the Israeli military remains steadfast. By Julia Amalia Heyer more...