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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?

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 ]

Revolution Reloaded: Difficult Path Forward for a Divided Egypt

Revolution Reloaded: Difficult Path Forward for a Divided Egypt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2013

Egypt has been racked by violence since last week's military intervention to remove President Mohammed Morsi. What, though, is the way forward? The stories of three Cairo residents help provide clues. By Ralf Hoppe and Daniel Steinvorth more... Comment ]

'Setback for Democracy': World Leaders Critical of Egyptian Coup

'Setback for Democracy': World Leaders Critical of Egyptian Coup

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 04, 2013

Leaders in Europe and elsewhere have expressed dismay at the coup which saw the Egyptian military topple the country's president on Wednesday night. Some are warning that it sets a "dangerous precedent" that could happen again. more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: 'Turkey's Youth Have Had Enough'

World from Berlin: 'Turkey's Youth Have Had Enough'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 03, 2013

With violent protests against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan continuing in Turkey, both the US and Europe have called for calm. The demonstrations -- and the government's brutal response -- pose one of the greatest challenges yet to Erdogan's decade of power, say German commentators. more... Comment ]