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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?

'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...

Radical Past: Former Associate Calls Morsi a 'Master of Disguise'

Radical Past: Former Associate Calls Morsi a 'Master of Disguise'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 28, 2013

Is Mohammed Morsi a peacebroker or a virulent anti-Semite? A former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, who has known Morsi for 13 years, believes that behind the Egyptian president's veneer of goodwill towards Israel lies a deep-seated hatred. By Dieter Bednarz and Volkhard Windfuhr in Cairo more... Comment ]

Between Syria's Fronts: A Two-Year Travelogue from Hell

Between Syria's Fronts: A Two-Year Travelogue from Hell

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 04, 2013

Since unrest began in Syria in the spring of 2011, reporting from the country has been difficult. Former contacts are now dead or can't be located, and the country lies in ruins. Now, amid harrowing conditions, the balance of power appears to have shifted, with rebels beginning to gain the upper hand. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Increasing Barbarity: Gaining a Clearer View of the Syrian Civil War

Increasing Barbarity: Gaining a Clearer View of the Syrian Civil War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 31, 2012

After spending months reporting on the conflict, a SPIEGEL journalist has pieced together a realistic view of the situation on the ground, and reports that dictator Bashar Assad's fall seems inevitable. But as the fighting grows more barbarous on both sides, he worries what the ultimate price will be. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]