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Wave of Unrest

The Arab world has been gripped by a wave of revolution. Dictators in Tunisia and Egypt have already been toppled. Will the thirst for democracy transform the region, or will radical Muslim groups take control?

Interview with Egyptian President Sisi: 'Extremists Offend the Image of God'

Interview with Egyptian President Sisi: 'Extremists Offend the Image of God'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 09, 2015

In a SPIEGEL interview, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi discusses his country's struggles, the forceful overthrow of his predecessor Mohammed Morsi and the threat against Egypt posed by Islamic State and the Muslim Brotherhood. Interview Conducted by Dieter Bednarz and Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

Path to the Presidency: The Swift Rise of Egypt's Sisi

Path to the Presidency: The Swift Rise of Egypt's Sisi

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 09, 2015

In June 2014, former military officer Abdel Fattah el-Sisi became Egypt's president. Did his election represent the will of the people or was it the product of a coup? And will it mark the end of the Arab Spring or is he a leader who can provide needed stability? By Dieter Bednarz and Klaus Brinkbäumer in Cairo more... Comment ]

Once Upon a Revolution: The Broken Dream of Tahrir Square

Once Upon a Revolution: The Broken Dream of Tahrir Square

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 04, 2015

Four years after the Arab Spring uprising, Egypt has once again become a dictatorship. How could things have come to this? Author Thanassis Cambanis tracked three leaders of the revolution at Tahrir Square, documenting the slow death of their rebellion. By Thanassis Cambanis more... Comment ]

Minister and Consoler: The Man Who Wants to Fix Egyptian Society

Minister and Consoler: The Man Who Wants to Fix Egyptian Society

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 13, 2014

Mohammed el-Mahdi is Egypt's new minister for reconciliation. He's fighting to create a new country, even as society fragments. It's an uphill task in a land where the military is expanding its power and younger generations are digging their heels in for a fight. By Ralf Hoppe and Daniel Steinvorth in Cairo more... Comment ]

From Icon to Exile: The Price of a Nude Photo in Egypt

From Icon to Exile: The Price of a Nude Photo in Egypt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2013

Egyptian Aliaa Elmahdy became an icon of the Arab Spring after she posted a nude photo of herself online. Then she fled to Sweden after receiving death threats from Islamist extremists. What and whom did her statement serve? By Takis Würger more... Comment ]

Mubarak's Lawyer: 'He Will Be a Free Man'

Mubarak's Lawyer: 'He Will Be a Free Man'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 02, 2013

Farid al-Deeb, the lawyer of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, talks to SPIEGEL about his client's health and ties to the current transitional government -- and why he believes the ex-president will soon be acquitted. more... Comment ]

An Arab Nightmare: West Dithers Over Taking a Side in Egypt

An Arab Nightmare: West Dithers Over Taking a Side in Egypt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 15, 2013

Egypt's political unravelling puts the West in a tight spot. Its reaction to this week's massacre will affect its image in the Arab world for many years to come. So far, it has been anything but assertive. A Commentary by Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Echoes of Egypt: Secular-Islamist Tensions Rise in Tunisia

Echoes of Egypt: Secular-Islamist Tensions Rise in Tunisia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 14, 2013

Tunisia was the birthplace of the Arab Spring over two years ago. But growing frustration and violence have caused the chasm between secularists and Islamists to widen, leading many to fear political chaos like that gripping Egypt. By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Mobility for Women: Riyadh Metro Promises Social Change

Mobility for Women: Riyadh Metro Promises Social Change

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 09, 2013

In Saudi Arabia, a subway under construction isn't just a means of public transport -- it's a symbol of change. Officials hope the Riyadh Metro will relieve gridlock and help revive public life. It could also give women greater freedom. By Susanne Koelbl in Riyadh more... Comment ]

Opposition Mobilizes: Politician's Murder Sparks Wave of Protest

Opposition Mobilizes: Politician's Murder Sparks Wave of Protest

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 26, 2013

The murder of a leading opposition figure in Tunisia has sent thousands of Tunisians to the streets. They accuse the governing Islamists of being behind the killing, and many in the opposition hope to harness the outrage to drive them from power just as popular protest recently did in Egypt. By Ulrike Putz in Beirut more... Comment ]