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A Two-Faced Friendship: Turkey Is 'Partner and Target' for the NSA

A Two-Faced Friendship: Turkey Is 'Partner and Target' for the NSA

August 31, 2014, 12:00 PM

Documents from the archive of whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal wide-scale spying against Turkey by America's NSA and Britain's GCHQ. They also show the US worked closely with Ankara to battle Kurdish separatists. By Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach, Michael Sontheimer and Holger Stark more... Comment ]


Factory and Lab: Israel's War Business

Factory and Lab: Israel's War Business

August 27, 2014, 10:26 AM

Israel invests more money in research than most other countries -- and in no other place are research institutes, the defense industry, the army and politics as interwoven. The result is a high-tech weapons factory that successfully exports its goods globally. By Markus Becker in Tel Aviv, Israel more... Comment ]


'We're Like Animals To Them': An American City's Daily Racism

'We're Like Animals To Them': An American City's Daily Racism

August 26, 2014, 12:58 PM

The slaying of an 18-year-old African-American man in Ferguson, Missouri, shows that racism and racial profiling remain a serious everyday problem in some parts of America. Some worry things will never change. By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]

Forgotten in Iraq: Besieged City Faces Destruction by the Islamic State

Forgotten in Iraq: Besieged City Faces Destruction by the Islamic State

August 25, 2014, 05:53 PM

The world took notice when the Yazidis needed help. But since June, a Turkmen city in northern Iraq has been under siege by the Islamic State. The death toll continues to mount but, thus far, the people of Amirli have been left to fight the IS on their own. By Christoph Reuter and Jacob Russell more...

Dueling Jihadists: Is the Islamic State Beating Al-Qaida?

Dueling Jihadists: Is the Islamic State Beating Al-Qaida?

August 23, 2014, 04:39 PM

Within just a few years, the Islamic State has grown to become the most feared jihadist group in the Middle East. In an interview, Brookings Institution fellow Charles Lister describes IS' rise in Iraq and Syria and what can be done to stop it. Interview Conducted By Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

Ultimate Reality TV: A Crazy Plan for a Mars Colony

Ultimate Reality TV: A Crazy Plan for a Mars Colony

August 22, 2014, 01:42 PM

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 ]

The Unprotected: A Gaza Family Destroyed by Israeli Bombs

The Unprotected: A Gaza Family Destroyed by Israeli Bombs

August 21, 2014, 10:02 AM

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

August 20, 2014, 02:27 PM

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

August 19, 2014, 05:57 PM

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

August 18, 2014, 04:16 PM

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 ]