'Waiting for the World': An Interview with One of Aleppo's Last Doctors

'Waiting for the World': An Interview with One of Aleppo's Last Doctors

One of the few remaining doctors in Aleppo discusses the city's desperate situation, speaks of targeted attacks on doctors and hospitals and laments the inability to provide comprehensive treatment in an area ravaged by war. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]





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The Russian Threat NATO Struggles to Recover after Years of Budget Cuts

The Russian Threat: NATO Struggles to Recover after Years of Budget Cuts

A recent study set off widespread concern about NATO's readiness to confront Russian aggression. Now, alliance member states are ratcheting up defense spending -- but the numbers still don't add up. By Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]


Blowing the Whistle Former US Official Reveals Risks Faced by Internal Critics

Blowing the Whistle: Former US Official Reveals Risks Faced by Internal Critics

US President Barack Obama has said that Edward Snowden should have used official channels instead of taking NSA spying public. Now, a former high-ranking US government official has revealed how the Pentagon retaliates against internal critics. By Mark Hertsgaard, Felix Kasten, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark more... Comment ]


Wrong Majorities What Extremist Success Means for Democracy

Wrong Majorities: What Extremist Success Means for Democracy

Democracy reflects the will of the people. But what if the will of the people threatens democracy? With the right wing on the rise, there is only one appropriate approach. A Commentary by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

An Exhausted Democracy Donald Trump and the New American Nationalism

An Exhausted Democracy: Donald Trump and the New American Nationalism

Is America capable of preventing Donald Trump from coming to power? Although the candidate is himself no fascist, his campaign has certainly shown plenty of parallels. An Essay By Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Global Migration? Actually, The World Is Staying Home

Global Migration? Actually, The World Is Staying Home

The refugee debate creates the impression of unprecedented mass migration. That image is completely incorrect. The real question, when we look at migration globally, is why there is so little of it. By Guido Mingels more... Comment ]

Questionable Deal EU to Work with African Despot to Keep Refugees Out

Questionable Deal: EU to Work with African Despot to Keep Refugees Out

In an effort to help keep refugees from Africa at bay, the EU is planning to deliver personal registration equipment to Sudan, whose president is wanted on war crimes charges. Germany is leading the way. By Jürgen Dahlkamp and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

'Death Awaits' Africa Faces Worst Drought in Half a Century

'Death Awaits': Africa Faces Worst Drought in Half a Century

The worst drought in half a century has stricken large parts of Africa -- a consequence of El Niño and high population growth. More than 50 million people are threatened by hunger and few countries have been hit as hard as Ethiopia. By Bartholomäus Grill more... Comment ]

Free Tradeoffs TTIP is Flawed -- But Necessary

Free Tradeoffs: TTIP is Flawed -- But Necessary

The planned TTIP free trade agreement between Europe and the United States has generated significant backlash for good reasons. But it's time for Europeans to get on board, or risk being left behind. A Commentary By Michael Sauga more...

Saudia Arabia and Iran The Cold War of Islam

Saudia Arabia and Iran: The Cold War of Islam

The archenemies Iran and Saudi Arabia are battling for supremacy in the Middle East and are carrying out their struggle in proxy wars in Yemen, Syria and Iraq. Domestically, though, the two countries are facing remarkably similar problems. By Susanne Koelbl, Samiha Shafy and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]