The 'Caliphate's' Colonies: Islamic State's Gradual Expansion into North Africa

The 'Caliphate's' Colonies: Islamic State's Gradual Expansion into North Africa

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2014

Chaos, disillusionment and oppression provide the perfect conditions for Islamic State. Currently, the Islamist extremists are expanding from Syria and Iraq into North Africa. Several local groups have pledged their allegiance. By Mirco Keilberth, Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

After the Arab Spring: The Return of the Generals

After the Arab Spring: The Return of the Generals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 04, 2014

After the uprisings of 2011, the Arab world seemed to be moving towards democracy, but the recent resurgence of strongmen have illustrated just how deep certain divides still are -- and how desperate people are for stability. By Shadi Hamid more... Comment ]

529 Steps Back: Egyptian Death Sentences Reveal Deep Societal Rift

529 Steps Back: Egyptian Death Sentences Reveal Deep Societal Rift

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 01, 2014

Over 500 members of the Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced to death last week in the small Egyptian city of Minya. But what really happened? A visit to the town reveals the vast divide in Egyptian society. By Ralf Hoppe and Daniel Steinvorth 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 ]

Laboratory of Violence: Egypt Struggles for Control of Sinai

Laboratory of Violence: Egypt Struggles for Control of Sinai

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2013

The Sinai Peninsula is both a vacation paradise and a haven for jihadists and gangs of thugs. The military and the police are trying to regain control over the region. But a new class of haughty warlords and a resentful public mean the state's chances are remote. By Ralf Hoppe, Samiha Shafy and Daniel Steinvorth 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 ]

Troop Exercises: Turkey Prepares for Retaliatory Syrian Gas Attacks

Troop Exercises: Turkey Prepares for Retaliatory Syrian Gas Attacks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 26, 2013

What would happen if NATO intervenes in Syria? Turkey, for one, fears that it could be attacked with chemical weapons in retaliation. The country has criticised the United Nations for being too hesitant and is willing to take action itself against Assad -- without a UN mandate if necessary. By Hasnain Kazim in Istanbul more... Comment ]

Sanctions Debate: EU Scrambles to Address Egyptian Violence

Sanctions Debate: EU Scrambles to Address Egyptian Violence

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 21, 2013

European capitals are alarmed by the escalating turmoil in Egypt, but can't decide how to react. At a crisis meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Wednesday, diplomats will take on the difficult task of pressuring Cairo without losing influence. By Katharina Graça Peters and Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

Battling the Islamists: Egypt Risks Further Radicalization

Battling the Islamists: Egypt Risks Further Radicalization

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 20, 2013

The arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leader Badie is just the latest step in the Egyptian military's ongoing attempt to stamp out Islamism. In justifying their iron-fist approach, many point to Germany's own history with the Nazis, but further radicalization could be the result. By Matthias Gebauer in Cairo more... Comment ]