Migrant Crime in Germany: The Lost Sons of North Africa

Migrant Crime in Germany: The Lost Sons of North Africa

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 09, 2017

Thousands of young men from North Africa come to Germany every year and many of them, like Samir, fall afoul of the law. Officials would like to accelerate the deportation process, but the criminals aren't welcome back home either. By SPIEGEL Staff 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 ]


The Streets of the Revolution: North Africa, One Year Later

The Streets of the Revolution: North Africa, One Year Later

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 22, 2011

Twelve months ago, a young man in Tunisia ignited himself and triggered a revolution that spread across northern Africa. A year later, correspondent Alexander Smoltczyk set out in a new series on a journey to assess the changes the tumultuous Maghreb region has undergone -- from Morocco to Egypt. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

Literature After the Revolt: Arab Writers 'Should Not Be Invisible Anymore'

Literature After the Revolt: Arab Writers 'Should Not Be Invisible Anymore'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 15, 2011

In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, Moroccan-born author and poet Ben Taher Jelloun talks about the Arab Spring and the burgeoning creativity in post-dictatorship countries. He also describes the challenge of writing from the perspective of Libya's former leader Moammar Gadhafi. more...


Attack in Marrakech: Likely Terror Attack Strikes Popular Tourist Cafe in Morocco

Attack in Marrakech: Likely Terror Attack Strikes Popular Tourist Cafe in Morocco

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 28, 2011

An apparent terrorist attack struck a cafe in Marrakech, Morocco on Thursday, a city popular with Western tourists. More than a dozen people died, including several foreigners. Early signs indicate the attack was likely carried out by al-Qaida's local branch in North Africa. By Yassin Musharbash more... Comment ]

'Saint Tropez Minus the Yachts': Marrakesh's Troubling Transformation into Luxury Hot Spot

'Saint Tropez Minus the Yachts': Marrakesh's Troubling Transformation into Luxury Hot Spot

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 03, 2010

Less than a decade ago, tourists shunned Morocco because of its poor infrastructure and supposedly unsafe conditions. Now, though, a major initiative started by the country's king has turned Marrakesh into a playground for the world's rich and famous. But not all of the effects have been positive. By Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]


European Manufacturing: The Rise of the Maghreb

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 06, 2009

Airbus and Renault are among a wave of companies building plants along the Mediterranean's southern shore. By Carol Matlack and Stanley Reed more...

Moroccan Resurgence: Wealth and the World Come to Tangier

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 09, 2007

Northern Morocco has long suffered from underdevelopment and poverty. Now, a gigantic new port is under construction to attract global trade. Tangier itself is undergoing a facelift as well. more...


Interview with Moroccan Islamist Nadia Yassine: 'Our Religion Is Friendly to Women'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 03, 2007

She is one of Morocco's most famous opposition figures, she's stood in the dock several times for her criticism of the royal family and she's a self-avowed feminist. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, Islamist Nadia Yassine discusses her opposition to Morocco's monarchy and the situation for women. more...

Peace for the Big Sandbox? Western Sahara Eyes a Hopeful Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 31, 2007

It's the oldest territorial dispute in Africa, but it has been dormant for over a decade and a half. Now, Western Sahara sees economic growth in its future. But can the region fend off Islamist terrorists by itself? By Daniel Steinvorth more...