- November 09, 2010
For the few with money in the Gaza Strip, a new water park provided relief from monotony and widespread misery. Hamas, though, has now burned it down -- and sent a message that even the elite must conform to the Islamists' restrictive rules. more... [ Comment ]
- October 11, 2010
Like many thousands of his compatriots, Palestinian carpenter Haitham Asfur has a politically contentious job: He lays tiles for the enemy. He works on construction projects in the divisive Jewish settlements that currently threaten to derail peace negotiations. more...
- September 23, 2010
Hebron is the West Bank in miniature. While diplomats and leaders seek to find a path to Middle East peace, Jewish settlers in the heart of the West Bank's second biggest city insist that they are going nowhere. Indeed, their thirst for settlement construction is far from sated. more...
- September 01, 2010
Iraq's poorest people live on trash heaps, sleep amongst the rats and drink polluted water. In the country with the world's third largest oil reserves, a million people live in misery, despite the fact that the US has spent $53 billion on the country's reconstruction efforts. more...
- August 30, 2010
US combat troops are withdrawing from Iraq, where terrorist attacks are once again part of everyday life. The Iraqi population is suddenly mourning the departure of the once-hated occupiers, as fears of a civil war grow. more... [ Comment ]
- August 04, 2010
Did Israeli soldiers really just want to move a tree? Who shot first and what role did a Shiite commander play? One day after an exchange of fire between Israeli and Lebanese soldiers, many crucial questions are still being addressed. And while it appears that a new war between the countries has been averted, Wednesday's quiet is deceptive. more...
- June 04, 2010
The aid shipment that the Palestinian activists' flotilla was hoping to bring to Gaza before they were halted by Israeli commandos is now awaiting delivery. But Hamas will only let the badly needed goods into the territory under certain conditions. In the Gaza Strip, aid is not always greeted with enthusiasm. more...
- April 21, 2010
For decades Baghdad was the cultural capital of the Arab world. War changed all that and it is only now that the Iraqi art scene is slowly blossoming again. As artists struggle with the aftermath of conflict and a lack of patrons, they say that the state of art is closely linked with the state of their nation. more...
- February 23, 2010
Italian freelance photographer Pietro Masturzo, 30, won the prestigious World Press Photo prize for his picture of women taking part in night-time protests on a Tehran rooftop. He talks to SPIEGEL ONLINE about the risks of the job and defends himself against accusations that he was a coward for not photographing the street demonstrations. more...
- February 18, 2010
The community of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel is half a million strong and growing. They live in a parallel universe cut off from the modern world in tight-knit communities where everything revolves around religion. Only a few dare to abandon this life -- and the price for doing so is high. more...