New Lives in Uruguay: Freedom Elusive after 12 Years at Guantanamo

New Lives in Uruguay: Freedom Elusive after 12 Years at Guantanamo

Six former Guantanamo prisoners have been sharing a house in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo for the last six months. The planned closure of the US detention facility could hinge on the outcome of this experiment. By Marian Blasberg in Montevideo, Uruguay more... Comment ]


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Emrah and his Brothers Germany's Struggle for the Soul of Returning Islamists

Emrah and his Brothers: Germany's Struggle for the Soul of Returning Islamists

German Islamists are returning from war abroad, some reformed but others more dangerous than ever. Social workers, imams and extremists are fighting for their souls -- and for Germany's safety. Government officials have few answers to the problem. By Ízlem Gezer more... Comment ]


Interview with Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei 'The State Is Scared'

Interview with Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei: 'The State Is Scared'

In a SPIEGEL interview, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, 57, discusses the continuing repression faced by civil rights activists in China, why he believes progressive change in the country is inevitable and shameful human rights violations in the United States. Interview Conducted By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]


The Spy Next Door The Double Life of Agent Jack Barsky

The Spy Next Door: The Double Life of Agent Jack Barsky

An East German national spent two decades spying for the KGB in the United States before his capture, establishing two families in two countries and leading a complicated double life. The story of how a former communist became the guy next door. By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

Interview with Iranian Foreign Minister 'We Will Have Differences with US No Matter What'

Interview with Iranian Foreign Minister: 'We Will Have Differences with US No Matter What'

In an interview with SPIEGEL, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discusses his optimism that a deal will be reached over Tehran's nuclear program. But he warns this does not mean the country is seeking rapprochment with the West. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Interview with SaudiáPrince Turki Bin Faisal Al Saud 'We Try To Learn from Our Mistakes'

Interview with SaudiáPrince Turki Bin Faisal Al Saud: 'We Try To Learn from Our Mistakes'

In a SPIEGEL interview, Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud discusses Saudi Arabia's push for modernity, its role in the Yemeni civil war, anti-Iranian sentiment and the human rights situation in the Gulf's powerful but conservative monarchy. Interview Conducted By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Former German NFL Player 'American Football Is Like a Nuclear Explosion'

Former German NFL Player: 'American Football Is Like a Nuclear Explosion'

Patrick Venzke was the first German national in the NFL, but he says he paid a high price both physically and psychologically. His case raises questions not only about the neurological problems linked with American football but also about a culture he describes as Darwinism run riot. Interview Conducted By Maik Gro▀ekath÷fer and Sara Peschke more... Comment ]

Syria'sáMercenaries The Afghans Fighting Assad's War

Syria'sáMercenaries: The Afghans Fighting Assad's War

Syrian dictator Bashar Assad is running out of soldiers and is forced to rely on mercenaries in his ongoing battle against rebels. Many of his foreign fighters come from Afghanistan -- men like Murad, who is now being held in Aleppo as a prisoner-of-war. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Germany's Dilemma Critics Want Tougher Berlin Stance Against Israel

Germany's Dilemma: Critics Want Tougher Berlin Stance Against Israel

Relations between Germany and Israel are at a crossroads. Is it possible for the German government to continue to steadfastly support the country even as Jerusalem continues to refuse to allow the Palestinians to establish their own state? By Nicola AbÚ, Christiane Hoffmann, Horand Knaup, RenÚ Pfister and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

The Beginning of the End Case Could Halt Lethal Injections in US

The Beginning of the End: Case Could Halt Lethal Injections in US

Following a string of horrific botched executions, the US Supreme Court is considering a case that could lead to a ban on lethal injections.áThe alternatives are so cruel that they might bring the country closer to abolishing capital punishment. By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]