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Lifting the Veil: How Working Women Are Remaking Saudi Arabia

Lifting the Veil: How Working Women Are Remaking Saudi Arabia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 23, 2015

A growing number of women in Saudi Arabia are joining the workforce and chipping away at discriminations enshrined in its laws. But they face conservative opposition and -- even now -- a ban on driving. By Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

The New Kingdom: Saudi Arabia's Contradictory Transformation

The New Kingdom: Saudi Arabia's Contradictory Transformation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2015

During his reign, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has created a new leadership role for Saudi Arabia. But his changes are filled with contradictions -- and may only make the region more unstable. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

An Eye To Iran: European Businesses Prepare for Life After Sanctions

An Eye To Iran: European Businesses Prepare for Life After Sanctions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 18, 2015

In Germany, officials believe Iran has investment needs of $100 billion per year. German companies are eager to rebuild ties and business in a lucrative market once a nuclear deal is reached and sanctions lifted. By Martin Hesse, Susanne Koelbl and Michael Sauga more... Comment ]

Interview with Iranian Foreign Minister: 'We Will Have Differences with US No Matter What'

Interview with Iranian Foreign Minister: 'We Will Have Differences with US No Matter What'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 16, 2015

In an interview with SPIEGEL, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discusses his optimism that a deal will be reached over Tehran's nuclear program. But he warns this does not mean the country is seeking rapprochment with the West. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Interview with Saudi Prince Turki Bin Faisal Al Saud: 'We Try To Learn from Our Mistakes'

Interview with Saudi Prince Turki Bin Faisal Al Saud: 'We Try To Learn from Our Mistakes'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 13, 2015

In a SPIEGEL interview, Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud discusses Saudi Arabia's push for modernity, its role in the Yemeni civil war, anti-Iranian sentiment and the human rights situation in the Gulf's powerful but conservative monarchy. Interview Conducted By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

The Persian Paradox: Iran Is Much More Modern Than You Think

The Persian Paradox: Iran Is Much More Modern Than You Think

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2015

People in the West tend to have a monolithic view of Iran. But there's a lot more to the country than the mullah-led theocracy, and it often gets ignored. And national pride is alive and well. An Essay by Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Proxy War in Yemen: Saudi Arabia and Iran Vie for Regional Supremacy

Proxy War in Yemen: Saudi Arabia and Iran Vie for Regional Supremacy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2015

A Saudi Arabia-led coalition continues to bombard Yemen in an effort to stop the advance of an Iran-backed Shiite militia there. The conflict is becoming a proxy war for regional supremacy. The risks to the House of Saud are great. By Dieter Bednarz, Christoph Reuter and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Geopolitical Tremors: America, Nuclear Talks and the New Middle East

Geopolitical Tremors: America, Nuclear Talks and the New Middle East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2015

The US is rethinking its approach to the Middle East and has even found commonalities with erstwhile archenemy Iran. Meanwhile, relations with traditional American allies, such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, are cooling. A nuclear deal could further the shift. more... Comment ]

Opinion: A Bad Deal with Iran Is Better than None

Opinion: A Bad Deal with Iran Is Better than None

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2015

Iran cannot be a trusted partner with its support for terrorists, a dire human rights record and it's denial of Israel's right to exist. But demonizing the country is not a viable policy. It's time for the West to reach a nuclear deal with Tehran. By Omid Nouripour more... Comment ]

Interview with Isaac Herzog: 'Israelis Are Fed Up with Politics of Fear'

Interview with Isaac Herzog: 'Israelis Are Fed Up with Politics of Fear'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 16, 2015

In an interview, Israeli prime minister candidate Isaac Herzog says the country's people are "fed up" with Benjamin Netanyahu's "politics of fear." If elected, he says he wants to "reignite" the peace process and is prepared to negotiate with the Palestinians. Interview Conducted by Nicola Abé and Juliane von Mittelstaedt more... Comment ]