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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?

The Next Disaster: Islamic State Expands as Libya Descends into Chaos

The Next Disaster: Islamic State Expands as Libya Descends into Chaos

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 16, 2016

With two separate governments waging war against each other, Libya is crumbling. Islamic State is taking advantage of the turmoil to put down roots in the country. The US is weighing intervention. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

German UN Envoy on Islamic State's Rise: 'We Simply Can't Give Up on Libya'

German UN Envoy on Islamic State's Rise: 'We Simply Can't Give Up on Libya'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 04, 2016

With the situation rapidly deteriorating in Libya, the UN's special representative to the country, Martin Kobler of Germany, is pushing for a unity government in a last-ditch effort to halt the Islamic State's march there. He warns that time is running out. Interview Conducted By Juliane von Mittelstaedt more... Comment ]

'I Wish I Could Die': Meeting the Man Who Helped Trigger the Arab Spring

'I Wish I Could Die': Meeting the Man Who Helped Trigger the Arab Spring

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 21, 2016

The Arab Spring began five years ago when two men set themselves on fire in Tunisia. One of them survived his self-immolation -- and now wishes he hadn't. This is his story. By Clemens Höges in Kasserine, Tunisia more... Comment ]

The Vanishing: Why Are Young Egyptian Activists Disappearing?

The Vanishing: Why Are Young Egyptian Activists Disappearing?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 10, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's security forces have been kidnapping scores of young activists in the country. They include former revolutionaries and Islamists who are, in many cases, being denied due process. By Nicola Abé more... Comment ]

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 ]