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Victory in Defeat: How WWI Became Part of Australia's Founding Myth

Victory in Defeat: How WWI Became Part of Australia's Founding Myth

July 03, 2014, 10:36 AM

The Australians suffered a devastating defeat on Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula during World War I in 1915. But even a century later, the country's first major military mission abroad is celebrated as a crucial event for the nation's identity. By Hans-Ulrich Stoldt more... Comment ]


War in South Sudan: The World's Youngest State Faces Failure

War in South Sudan: The World's Youngest State Faces Failure

July 02, 2014, 04:52 PM

It was only three years ago that South Sudan celebrated its newfound independence from Sudan. Now, a civil war is tearing the young state apart amid reports of war crimes and ethnic cleansing. At the heart of the conflict is oil and corruption. By Bartholomäus Grill in Juba, South Sudan more... Comment ]


Foreign Minister Zebari: 'Iraq Is Facing a Mortal Threat'

Foreign Minister Zebari: 'Iraq Is Facing a Mortal Threat'

June 30, 2014, 05:44 PM

In an interview, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurd, warns that his country is threatened with collapse under the pressure posed by ISIS terrorists. But, he says, it isn't a civil war yet. Interview Conducted By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

The Road to Mosul: Searching for the Real ISIS

The Road to Mosul: Searching for the Real ISIS

June 30, 2014, 05:44 PM

Fault lines in Iraq are widening as ISIS advances: Even as the Shiite government in Baghdad digs it its heels, the country's Sunnis are losing their faith in a single nation and the Kurds are hoping for independence. But what is ISIS, really? By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Days of Terror: Iraqi Christians Live in Fear of ISIS

Days of Terror: Iraqi Christians Live in Fear of ISIS

June 26, 2014, 04:18 PM

Some 40,000 Christians live in Qaraqosh, a town near Mosul, Iraq. Residents have been gathering daily in 12 local churches as ISIS jihadists advance towards the community. Their existence is a precarious one. By Katrin Kuntz in Qaraqosh, Iraq more... Comment ]

Interview with Melinda Gates: 'Simple Things Can Have a Huge Effect'

Interview with Melinda Gates: 'Simple Things Can Have a Huge Effect'

June 26, 2014, 02:27 PM

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private global development organization in the world. In a SPIEGEL interview, Melinda Gates explains the couple's start in philanthropy, the challenges of combatting disease in conflict zones and the unique responsibility of the wealthy. Interview Conducted by Samiha Shafy and Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

The New Face of Terror: ISIS' Rise Pushes Iraq to Brink

The New Face of Terror: ISIS' Rise Pushes Iraq to Brink

June 25, 2014, 06:15 PM

The jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is relatively new on the scene, but its secretive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has quickly transformed it into one of the most feared terrorist groups around. It threatens to completely transform the Middle East. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Gaza in Crisis: The Strong Female Voice of Hamas

Gaza in Crisis: The Strong Female Voice of Hamas

June 20, 2014, 04:20 PM

Isra al-Mudallal is the outspoken, strong-willed new spokesperson for the Hamas government in Gaza. Her goal is to become a role model for young girls -- but first she has to overcome the region's conservative traditions. By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

Abbreviations Explained: How to Read the NSA Documents

June 18, 2014, 04:21 PM

NOFORN, SIGDEV, WHARPDRIVE: Intelligence services are fond of code names and abbreviations. This glossary helps explain important terms. more...

A Country Implodes: ISIS Pushes Iraq to the Brink

A Country Implodes: ISIS Pushes Iraq to the Brink

June 17, 2014, 05:17 PM

The terror group ISIS has occupied vast portions of Syria and Iraq in the hopes of establishing a caliphate. The jihadists' success lays bare Iraq's disintegration and could ignite yet another civil war between Shiites and Sunnis in the country. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]