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Saudia Arabia and Iran: The Cold War of Islam

Saudia Arabia and Iran: The Cold War of Islam

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2016

The archenemies Iran and Saudi Arabia are battling for supremacy in the Middle East and are carrying out their struggle in proxy wars in Yemen, Syria and Iraq. Domestically, though, the two countries are facing remarkably similar problems. By Susanne Koelbl, Samiha Shafy and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Saudi Foreign Minister: 'I Don't Think World War III Is Going To Happen in Syria'

Saudi Foreign Minister: 'I Don't Think World War III Is Going To Happen in Syria'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 19, 2016

In an interview, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir expresses his continued support for regime change in Syria and his desire for rebels to be supplied with anti-aircraft missiles that could shift the balance of power in the war. Interview Conducted By Samiha Shafy and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]


Opening Soon: Germans Race to Capture the Iranian Market

Opening Soon: Germans Race to Capture the Iranian Market

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2015

Ahead of the planned lifting of Western sanctions against Iran, businessmen from around the world are visiting the country, and as one group from Germany discovered, there is no shortage of opportunities. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

The Iranian Project: Why Assad Has Turned to Moscow for Help

The Iranian Project: Why Assad Has Turned to Moscow for Help

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 06, 2015

Iran has long been sending troops and material to help Syrian autocrat Bashar Assad wage war against his own people. But now Tehran is busy establishing a state within a state -- which is why Assad now wants help from Russia. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Israeli Defense Minister: 'We Can in No Way Tolerate an Iran with Nuclear Weapons'

Israeli Defense Minister: 'We Can in No Way Tolerate an Iran with Nuclear Weapons'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 07, 2015

In an interview, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon explains why he considers the nuclear deal with Iran to be an historical error. He also addresses recent crimes committed by extremist Israelis. Interview Conducted By Ronen Bergman and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Iranian Hostage Crisis: West Germany's Secret Role in Ending the Drama

Iranian Hostage Crisis: West Germany's Secret Role in Ending the Drama

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 04, 2015

In 1981, Jimmy Carter said the world could never know West Germany's role in the negotations for the release of 52 hostages from the US Embassy in Tehran. New research sheds light on the important part the country played in ending the crisis. By Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]


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 ]