The Road to Bamiyan: A Public Works Debacle that Defines Afghanistan

The Road to Bamiyan: A Public Works Debacle that Defines Afghanistan

It was to be a symbol of reconstructed Afghanistan: a paved highway from Kabul to the beautiful valley of Bamiyan. Construction has long been underway, but the project may never be completed -- a victim of the realities in present-day Afghanistan. By Jochen-Martin Gutsch more... Comment ]




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The Caliphate Next Door Turkey Faces Up to its Islamic State Problem

The Caliphate Next Door: Turkey Faces Up to its Islamic State Problem

For years, Ankara has been tolerating the rise of the extremist Islamic State. But now that the jihadists are conquering regions just across the border in northern Syria, concern is growing that Islamist terror could threaten Turkey too. By Katrin Elger, Hasnain Kazim, Christoph Reuter and Holger Stark more... Comment ]


Interview with Ebola Discoverer Peter Piot 'It Is What People Call a Perfect Storm'

Interview with Ebola Discoverer Peter Piot: 'It Is What People Call a Perfect Storm'

Almost four decades ago, Peter Piot was part of the team that discovered the Ebola virus. In a SPIEGEL interview, he describes how the disease was isolated and explains why the current outbreak is different than any that have come before. Interview Conducted by Rafaela von Bredow and Veronika Hackenbroch more... Comment ]

The Syrian Front Waiting to Die in Aleppo

The Syrian Front: Waiting to Die in Aleppo

Bashar Assad's troops have control of western Aleppo and drop barrel bombs on the eastern half every day. Death is ever present. SPIEGEL recently spent a week in what has become a ghost town. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Kidnapping in Somalia German-American Journalist Released after Years in Captivity

German-American journalist Michael Scott Moore was kidnapped in Somalia two-and-a-half years ago while researching a book on piracy. On Tuesday, he was finally released. more...

Botched Execution The Death that Could Kill Lethal Injection

Botched Execution: The Death that Could Kill Lethal Injection

The horrific execution of Clayton Lockett by lethal injection this spring in Oklahoma took an astonishing 43 minutes to complete. Together with other botched killings, the incident has focused attention on the inexperience and incompetence that now accompanies many executions in America. By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]

King Alex The Man Behind Scotland's Independence Movement

King Alex: The Man Behind Scotland's Independence Movement

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond is the architect of the independence referendum. This week could mark his biggest political triumph to date. Yet many Scots are wary of Salmond, believing him to be self-satisfied and arrogant. By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Islamic State in Iraq 'They Know Exactly What They Are Doing'

Islamic State in Iraq: 'They Know Exactly What They Are Doing'

Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi played an infamous role in spurring the 2003 American invasion of his country. In an interview, he tells SPIEGEL about the rise of Islamic State, why the West misjudged the jihadists and whether it is time to cooperate with Assad. Interview conducted by Dieter Bednarz more... Comment ]

Airstrike Uncertainties Obama's Dangerously Vague New War

Airstrike Uncertainties: Obama's Dangerously Vague New War

Obama has spent much of his term withdrawing the US from quagmires abroad. But now, in the battle against Islamic State extremists, he has a war of his own. His plan of attack, though, is filled with uncertainties and America's ultimate goal remains unclear. By Markus Feldenkirchen, Christoph Reuter and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Proposal from Oklahoma Could Nitrogen Asphyxiation Replace Lethal Injection?

Proposal from Oklahoma: Could Nitrogen Asphyxiation Replace Lethal Injection?

There have been several botched executions by lethal injection this year, turning many Americans against the death penalty. Now an Oklahoma politician wants to put death-row convicts to death using a new method: nitrogen asphyxiation. By Markus Feldenkirchen  in Oklahoma City more... Video | Comment ]