Ultimate Reality TV: A Crazy Plan for a Mars Colony

Ultimate Reality TV: A Crazy Plan for a Mars Colony

It might become the mother of all reality shows. Fully 704 candidates are soon to begin competing for a trip to Mars to establish a colony there. Broadcasting rights are to fund the mission, but a return ticket is not part of the deal. By Manfred Dworschak more... Video ]




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The Unprotected A Gaza Family Destroyed by Israeli Bombs

The Unprotected: A Gaza Family Destroyed by Israeli Bombs

For an entire week, eight people -- women, children and an elderly man -- were trapped in their house in Gaza. They couldn't leave and nobody could help. An hour before the cease-fire, the family was wiped out by Israeli bombs. By Julia Amalia Heyer and Juliane von Mittelstaedt more...


'I Could Have Stopped Them' Ex-CIA Lawyer Defends Waterboarding Decision

'I Could Have Stopped Them': Ex-CIA Lawyer Defends Waterboarding Decision

In an interview, former top CIA lawyer John Rizzo says the US' waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation methods" for terror suspects had "deep trouble" written all over them. But he doesn't regret his decision to approve the measures. Interview Conducted by Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Caliphate of Fear The Curse of the Islamic State

Caliphate of Fear: The Curse of the Islamic State

Images of Yazidis fleeing parts of Iraq and Syria have shocked the world and the battle against the jihadists with the Islamic State has united Americans, Europeans, Kurds and Iranians. Can the Islamists be stopped? By SPIEGEL Staff more...

The Drama of Sinjar Escaping the Islamic State in Iraq

The Drama of Sinjar: Escaping the Islamic State in Iraq

Last week, thousands of Yazidis were evacuated from the Sinjar Mountains in Iraq, where they had fled due to marauding fighters from the Islamic State. Kurdish fighters from the PKK helped them escape, but it remains unclear if anyone can stop the IS jihadists. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Suras and Tolerance Meet Europe's Gay Imam

Suras and Tolerance: Meet Europe's Gay Imam

A homosexual French Muslim imam is spreading a message of religion and tolerance in Europe. In addition to opening a gay-friendly mosque in Paris, he also recently married a lesbian couple in Sweden. By Takis Würger more... Comment ]

'They're Killing Us' The Disturbing Rise of the Islamic State

'They're Killing Us': The Disturbing Rise of the Islamic State

The Islamic State is conquering cities in Syria and Iraq with disturbing frequency and tens of thousands of Christians and Yazidis are fleeing. The US has begun air strikes, but the Islamists are benefiting from instability in both countries. By Katrin Kuntz and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

The Spoils of War Violence in Gaza Leads to Youth Radicalization

The Spoils of War: Violence in Gaza Leads to Youth Radicalization

The most recent cease-fire appears to be holding in the Gaza Strip, but vast damage has already been done. In addition to the appalling loss of life and destruction of property, the war has pushed even more Palestinians to the radical fringes. By Julia Amalia Heyer in Rafah, Gaza Strip more... Comment ]

One-Man State Presidential Election Set to Seal Erdogan's Supremacy

One-Man State: Presidential Election Set to Seal Erdogan's Supremacy

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan began his political career as a democratic reformer. But those days are long gone. His battles against the country's old elite and the demonstrators of Gezi Park revealed his despotic tendencies. Now, he wants to become president. By Hasnain Kazim and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Gaza Crisis 'The Real Danger to Israel Comes from Within'

Gaza Crisis: 'The Real Danger to Israel Comes from Within'

Israel pulled out of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, but left behind death and destruction. Israeli sociologist Eva Illouz tells SPIEGEL that her country is gripped by fear and is becoming increasingly suspicious of democracy. Interview Conducted by Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

Global Missionary John Kerry's Faltering Effort to Redefine US Foreign Policy

Global Missionary: John Kerry's Faltering Effort to Redefine US Foreign Policy

John Kerry has spent months rushing from one conflict to the next, but has little show for it. His failures are symptomatic of an America that lacks a foreign policy identity -- and of a country that seems uncomfortable with its role as a superpower. By Holger Stark more... Comment ]