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 ]

Europe's Challenge: A Terrorist Homeland in North Africa

Europe's Challenge: A Terrorist Homeland in North Africa

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 18, 2013

Dozens of hostages have reportedly been killed after Algerian forces attempted a rescue operation at a natural gas complex overtaken by Islamist gunmen. The incident demonstrates the brutality and determination with which militant Islamists in North Africa operate, just a short plane ride south of European soil. By Christoph Sydow more... Comment ]

An Explosive Legacy: Travels with a Bomb Disposal Unit in Libya

An Explosive Legacy: Travels with a Bomb Disposal Unit in Libya

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 07, 2012

The war in Libya is over, but life is still dangerous. The country is littered with unexploded ordinance from the 2011 rebellion that overthrew autocrat Moammar Gadhafi. Efforts to encourage militias to forfeit their weapons have made little progress. By Till Mayer more...

Islamist vs. Secularists: The Post-Revolution Struggle for the Arab Soul

Islamist vs. Secularists: The Post-Revolution Struggle for the Arab Soul

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2012

The rise of political Islam following the Arab Spring has many worried that the democratic achievements of the revolution could be lost. In Egypt and Tunisia alike, citizens are once again taking to the streets. But this time they are opposing Islamism. Does secularism still stand a chance? By Daniel Steinvorth more... Comment ]

Homework for the Second Term: What Germany Expects from Obama

Homework for the Second Term: What Germany Expects from Obama

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2012

Europe is no longer the greatest priority in American foreign policy, but many German politicians would like to see that change. Washington and Berlin face common challenges -- from the economy to Iran's nuclear program. Now that he has been re-elected, the hope is that President Obama will visit to discuss the issues. By Severin Weiland in Berlin more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: 'Benghazi's People Have Earned Our Admiration'

The World from Berlin: 'Benghazi's People Have Earned Our Admiration'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2012

Libya has cracked down on its powerful militias following a mass protest against the armed group believed to be behind the deadly attack on the US mission in Benghazi earlier this month. German commentators on Monday praise the development, but question what it will mean for the country's future. more...

Muhammad Video Protests: Protesters Set Fire to German Embassy in Sudan

Muhammad Video Protests: Protesters Set Fire to German Embassy in Sudan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 14, 2012

Angry protesters in the Sudanese capital Khartoum attacked the German Embassy on Friday, setting fire to parts of the building. They also tore down the German flag and raised an Islamist banner. The violence was part of a wave of protests against an anti-Islam film across the Muslim world. more...

Middle East Outrage Spreads: Film Sparks Attack on US Embassy in Yemen

Middle East Outrage Spreads: Film Sparks Attack on US Embassy in Yemen

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 13, 2012

Attacks on American diplomatic missions abroad continued on Thursday, when an angry mob of protesters descended on the US Embassy in Yemen's capital Sanaa. It is the latest in a string of such assaults, following violent protests in Cairo and Benghazi, where the US ambassador died in an attack on Tuesday. more...

Violent Protests in Egypt and Libya: Deadly Attack Evokes Uncomfortable Memories

Violent Protests in Egypt and Libya: Deadly Attack Evokes Uncomfortable Memories

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 12, 2012

The film clip is just 15 minutes long, but it was enough to lead Islamists protesting its disparaging depiction of the Prophet Muhammad to storm the US Embassy in Cairo and kill the US ambassador in Libya. The deadly escalation in the Middle East is an orchestrated one -- and it is not just Muslim extremists who are behind it. By Christoph Sydow more... Comment ]