Alternative strategy

A plan to heal Syria?

Washington - With U.S.-backed "moderate" opposition forces on the run in northern Syria, a mediation group is proposing an alternative strategy for local cease-fires and a gradual de-escalation of violence in a future decentralized nation. "The solution in the short term is neither transition nor power-sharing but freezing the war as it is... weiter

Sunni fighters

An army at dawn in the Middle East1

Washington - A glimpse of the anxiety sweeping the Arab world surfaced last week when an Arab woman complained during a talk in Amman at the Columbia Global Center for the Middle East. She said my speech's title about the "crisis" in the region wasn't accurate. The correct word was "disintegration." The audience cheered loudly... weiter

Brief aus den USA

Book review: Leon Panetta's "Worthy Fights"

Washington - Maybe President Obama should have asked his Cabinet secretaries to sign book-royalty agreements when they took their oaths of office, so he could share in the spoils. Too late now: Here's Leon Panetta, former defense secretary and CIA director, publishing the third memoir by a top foreign policy official while Obama is still in office... weiter

Obama's current team

Is a talent infusion in the works?

Washington - Presidents often need new energy and talent to refurbish their second terms. George W. Bush opted for such a shake-up in 2006 and it arguably saved his presidency. Barack Obama is now facing a similar moment, and there are signs he's looking to make some personnel changes after the November congressional elections... weiter

Islamic State

The challenge inside Syria1

Reyhanli, Turkey - As Syrian rebel commander Hamza al-Shamali describes the battle inside Syria, a few miles across the border, the immediate problem isn't defeating the Islamic State. It's coordinating the ragtag brigades of the Free Syrian Army into a coherent force that can fill the vacuum once the extremists are driven out... weiter

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Martin Winter als "Don Juan" (Mitte) und das Ensemble vom Wiener Staatsballett in "Don Juan" in der Volksoper in Wien. Siehe dazu auch: <a href="" target="_blank"> Wüstling, dreigeteilt</a>

Der Pavillon X am Otto-Wagner-Areal. Das gesamte Areal bleibt im Eigentum der Stadt Wien. Nutzungsrechte für die Pavillons werden nur zeitlich begrenzt und für geeignete Nutzungsformen vergeben werden. Schneebedeckte Häuser in West Seneca im US-Bundesstaat New York. Für Donnerstag werden weite Schneefälle erwartet.

Die Fleischerei RINGL in der Gumpendorferstraße ist einer der letzten "traditionellen" Betriebe in Wien, die alles selbst machen. 23.11.2014 - Eine Impression vom Pride-Marsch der Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)-Initiative im indischen Bangalore.