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Erdogan's Cynical Game: Is Turkey Creeping Toward Civil War?

Erdogan's Cynical Game: Is Turkey Creeping Toward Civil War?

July 31, 2015, 11:22 PM

Turkish President Erdogan claims to be battling the terrorist Islamic State, but in reality he is mainly fighting against the Kurdish PKK militia. By doing so, he has shown that he is willing to derail the peace process in his country for the sake of clinging to power. By Maximilian Popp and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Turkey's Demirtas: 'Erdogan Is Capable of Setting Country on Fire'

Turkey's Demirtas: 'Erdogan Is Capable of Setting Country on Fire'

July 31, 2015, 06:50 PM

In a SPIEGEL interview, leading Kurdish opposition politician Selahattin Demirtas calls for a cease-fire between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Kurdistan Workers' Party. Interview Conducted By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]


The Dreadful Saviors: Feared Shiite Militias Battle Islamic State in Iraq

The Dreadful Saviors: Feared Shiite Militias Battle Islamic State in Iraq

July 31, 2015, 02:51 PM

Earlier, fighters with the League of Righteous Shiite militia tortured and murdered. But now they intend to save Iraq from the Islamic State. Can it work? A trip to the front in the city of Baiji explains much about the current state of the war. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Mullah Omar Biographer: 'The World's Most Mysterious Political Leader'

Mullah Omar Biographer: 'The World's Most Mysterious Political Leader'

July 30, 2015, 11:55 PM

Following reports of the death of Mullah Omar, the situation in Afghanistan is chaotic -- the peace process is on the fritz and the Taliban is divided. A Dutch journalist writing a biography of the Islamist leader says his role has been exaggerated. By Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with Julian Assange: 'We Are Drowning in Material'

SPIEGEL Interview with Julian Assange: 'We Are Drowning in Material'

July 20, 2015, 12:20 AM

In an interview, Julian Assange, 44, talks about the comeback of the WikiLeaks whistleblowing platform and his desire to provide assistance to a German parliamentary committee that is investigating mass NSA spying. Interview Conducted By Michael Sontheimer more... Comment ]

'I'm Not a Butcher': An Interview with Islamic State's Architect of Death

'I'm Not a Butcher': An Interview with Islamic State's Architect of Death

July 16, 2015, 11:22 AM

For one and a half years, Abu Abdullah was responsible for organizing Islamic State's suicide bombings in Baghdad. He is one of the organization's rare leading figures to be captured alive. SPIEGEL met with him in a high-security prison in Baghdad. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

America's Greece: Fixing Puerto Rico Could Provide Answers for Europe

America's Greece: Fixing Puerto Rico Could Provide Answers for Europe

July 08, 2015, 10:58 AM

The Greek crisis could have been stopped years ago if European politicians hadn't been so stubborn. They should have followed the example set by the United States in dealing with Puerto Rico's problems. An Essay By Barry Eichengreen more... Comment ]

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The Baltic Front:

July 03, 2015, 09:22 PM


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Brzezinski on Russia: 'We Are Already In a Cold War'

Brzezinski on Russia: 'We Are Already In a Cold War'

July 02, 2015, 03:36 PM

Former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski believes the West should stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine. "We should make it more costly for the Russians to use force," he tells SPIEGEL ONLINE in an interview. An Interview by Sebastian Fischer and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

The Allure of the Islamic State: Money and Status Attract Fighters

The Allure of the Islamic State: Money and Status Attract Fighters

July 01, 2015, 05:28 PM

A bricklayer got a $60 a month raise by trading his construction tools for a Kalashnikov and becoming a soldier for the Islamic State. Subsidies and other benefits appear to be part of the holy war's allure for some. By Katrin Kuntz in Erbil, Iraq more... Comment ]

Relentless Terror: The Everyday Horrors of the Islamic State

Relentless Terror: The Everyday Horrors of the Islamic State

July 01, 2015, 12:33 PM

Eighty lashes of the whip for alcohol. Amputation for theft. Crucifiction for robbery. These are only a few of the draconian punishments employed by the Islamic State, according to documents and the testimony of witnesses obtained by SPIEGEL. By Uwe Buse and Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]