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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?

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 ]

'Abyss of Autocracy': A Protest Movement Simmers in Kuwait

'Abyss of Autocracy': A Protest Movement Simmers in Kuwait

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 30, 2013

Why should the citizens of one of the richest countries in the world take to the streets? Fed up with the paternalizing, incompetent leadership of the ruling family, a citizen's movement is waking in Kuwait, much to the fear of its neighbors in the Gulf. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

Obama's Syria Problem: 'We Didn't Have a Strategy'

Obama's Syria Problem: 'We Didn't Have a Strategy'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 01, 2013

In a SPIEGEL interview, former United States National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, 85, discusses President Barack Obama's tepid response to the civil war in Syria and allegations that chemical weapons have been deployed in the country. more... Comment ]

Desertec on the Ropes: Competitors and Opponents Threaten Energy Plan

Desertec on the Ropes: Competitors and Opponents Threaten Energy Plan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2013

The ambitious Desertec plan to supply Europe with solar power from the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East seems to have stalled. It could now be facing even greater problems as competitors arise and local opposition mounts. By Nicolai Kwasniewski more... Comment ]

Exiled After Threats: Blogger Wants More Freedoms in Morocco

Exiled After Threats: Blogger Wants More Freedoms in Morocco

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 29, 2013

After coming out as a secularist in Muslim Morocco, blogger Kacem El Ghazzali became the subject of harrassment and death threats. At a time when many young people go to college, he saw no choice but to apply for political asylum in Switzerland, where he has spent the past two years. By James Kirchick in Geneva more... Comment ]

Arab Spring at Risk: Belaïd Assassination Exposes Deep Rifts in Tunisia

Arab Spring at Risk: Belaïd Assassination Exposes Deep Rifts in Tunisia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 19, 2013

The murder of opposition politician Chokri Belaïd was also an assault on Tunisia's emerging democracy. It has exposed the chasm between Islamists and secularists, and threatens to plunge the nation at the forefront of the Arab Revolution into chaos. By Christoph Scheuermann more...

Black Bloc: Egypt's Opposition Gets More Radical

Black Bloc: Egypt's Opposition Gets More Radical

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 06, 2013

Protests against Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood are becoming increasingly violent. One factor behind this is the founding of the "Black Bloc," a loosely organized group of activists that is not afraid to clash with the government. By Daniel Steinvorth more... Comment ]

Morsi Meets Merkel: Visit Dashes Hopes for Quick Aid

Morsi Meets Merkel: Visit Dashes Hopes for Quick Aid

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 30, 2013

Right in the middle of the biggest crisis of his presidency, Egyptian President  Mohammed Morsi has come to Germany. Morsi had been hoping Berlin would forgive hundreds of millions of euros in debt. He ended up getting something far less tangible: advice on how to run his country. By Raniah Salloum more...