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Ronald Reagan's PR Director: 'Our Political System Is Basically Dysfunctional'

Ronald Reagan's PR Director: 'Our Political System Is Basically Dysfunctional'

June 14, 2012, 06:13 PM

David Gergen, 70, media expert and communications director for former US President Ronald Reagan, fears that even a second term won't help current President Barack Obama overcome the deep divides in Washington. The next few years are going to be tough, he says. more...


The President of Disappointments: How Obama Has Failed to Deliver

The President of Disappointments: How Obama Has Failed to Deliver

June 14, 2012, 05:49 PM

Barack Obama entered the White House as a savior. But he hasn't delivered. The ideological chasms in the US are as deep as they have ever been, with Republicans blocking the president at every turn. Who is responsible for his failure? By Ullrich Fichtner, Marc Hujer and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]


Conference in Kabul: Germany Calls for More Chinese and Russian Aid in Afghanistan

Conference in Kabul: Germany Calls for More Chinese and Russian Aid in Afghanistan

June 14, 2012, 03:09 PM

Many in the West feel that China and Russia should be contributing more to stability in Afghanistan. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle plans to demand more from Beijing and Moscow at a conference starting Thursday in Kabul. But he'll likely get little more than empty promises. By Matthias Gebauer more...

The Tehran Connection: Iran Could Distance Itself from Syrian Regime

The Tehran Connection: Iran Could Distance Itself from Syrian Regime

June 13, 2012, 05:50 PM

In the past, Iran and Syria have been considered the strongest of international partners. But experts now think it is possible that Tehran will distance itself from its ally, as Western resistance to including Iran in a solution crumbles. Could the country help bring about a solution to the bloody conflict? By Ulrike Putz more...

Five-Star Bunkers: Luxury Hotels Tap into Conflict-Zone Market

Five-Star Bunkers: Luxury Hotels Tap into Conflict-Zone Market

June 13, 2012, 10:58 AM

In places where hardly a tourist would dare to venture, the Serena Hotel chain offers its guests soft beds, fresh fruit and high security. But surrounded by barbed wire and concrete walls, is this war-zone luxury niche viable? By Hasnain Kazim in Kabul more...

End of the Honeymoon: Germans Increasingly Disillusioned with Obama

End of the Honeymoon: Germans Increasingly Disillusioned with Obama

June 13, 2012, 08:58 AM

Germans were ecstatic when Barack Obama took over the keys to the White House from George W. Bush. Now, though, a new Pew Research Center survey shows that disillusionment with the US president is widespread in Germany and that Obama has not lived up to the high expectations Europeans had of him. An Analysis by Bruce Stokes more...

'God Have Mercy Upon Us': Egypt's Choice Between Islamism and the Old-Guard

'God Have Mercy Upon Us': Egypt's Choice Between Islamism and the Old-Guard

June 12, 2012, 01:57 PM

Egypt's presidential runoff election is pitting a former Mubarak associate against an Islamist. For many Egyptians, neither man is worthy of their vote. The country could face new unrest as a result. By Daniel Steinvorth more...

Slipping Out of Assad's Grasp: Syrian Army Unable to Stop Flood of Deserters

Slipping Out of Assad's Grasp: Syrian Army Unable to Stop Flood of Deserters

June 11, 2012, 03:36 PM

The Syrian regime's troops are still able to attack insurgents almost anywhere and at any time, but they can no longer control the whole country, as the number of army defectors continues to grow. But the rebels dread the next stage of the conflict, when they expect President Assad to order his air force to attack. more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: Putin Restricts Protests with 'Scandalous' New Law

The World from Berlin: Putin Restricts Protests with 'Scandalous' New Law

June 07, 2012, 12:19 PM

The Russian parliament has passed a new law curtailing the right to protest, which is expected to enter into force before major demonstrations planned for next week. German commentators condemn the attack on civil rights. more... Comment ]

When Sanctions Backfire: Syrian War Profiteers Cash In on Insurgency

When Sanctions Backfire: Syrian War Profiteers Cash In on Insurgency

June 06, 2012, 05:51 PM

EU sanctions were designed to undermine rich businesspeople propping up the Assad regime in Syria. But they are actually helping entrepreneurs with close ties to the government. Syrian profiteers are cashing in by buying up real estate at bargain prices and selling natural gas and diesel. By Nadia Bitar in Damascus more...

The Golden Yell: Ronaldo and Messi Battle to Define a Football Era

The Golden Yell: Ronaldo and Messi Battle to Define a Football Era

June 06, 2012, 11:59 AM

Ronaldo and Messi are without doubt the two greatest footballers of their era. But which one is better? If Portugal does well in the European Football Championship, Ronaldo has a chance to once again be named player of the year. Messi's style, though, is incomparable. By Cordt Schnibben more... Comment ]