Women's Rights: Trial Casts Light on Hardline Approach in Saudi Arabia

Women's Rights: Trial Casts Light on Hardline Approach in Saudi Arabia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 25, 2019

Three Saudi women are currently on trial in Riyadh, charged with espionage and conspiracy. The truth is that the women merely advocated for women's rights. They have reportedly been tortured in a case that has cast light on the kingdom's new hardline approach. By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

Former FBI Agent on Saudi Crown Prince: 'He Wanted to Send a Message'

Former FBI Agent on Saudi Crown Prince: 'He Wanted to Send a Message'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 20, 2018

Why would someone want Saudi Arabian Jamal Khashoggi dead? The former FBI agent Ali Soufan says that the journalist posed a threat to the House of Saud. Interview Conducted by Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]


Death on the Bosphorus: How an Apparent Saudi Hit Job Has Shaken the World

Death on the Bosphorus: How an Apparent Saudi Hit Job Has Shaken the World

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 20, 2018

A gruesome crime has quickly turned into a crisis in international relations: Saudi agents acting on behalf of the crown prince are thought to have dismembered a prominent opposition journalist. The West is disgusted and U.S. President Donald Trump finds himself in a tight spot. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Twelve Weeks in Riyadh: Exploring the New Saudi Arabia from the Inside

Twelve Weeks in Riyadh: Exploring the New Saudi Arabia from the Inside

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2018

The religious police has been stripped of power, pop concerts are now allowed and women are even permitted to drive cars. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is liberalizing Saudi Arabian society but the system remains authoritarian. Can it work? By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]


Diplomatic Tensions: Reception Grows Frosty for German Firms in Saudi Arabia

Diplomatic Tensions: Reception Grows Frosty for German Firms in Saudi Arabia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 25, 2018

Following diplomatic discord between Berlin and Riyadh, contracts for German businesses in Saudi Arabia have been drying up. Is the crown prince punishing them? By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

Revolution from Above: Prince bin Salman Drags Saudi Arabia into Modernity

Revolution from Above: Prince bin Salman Drags Saudi Arabia into Modernity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 14, 2018

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is determined to drag his country into modernity. While many of the reforms he has introduced have been broadly welcomed, he is demanding absolute obedience. By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]


The New Saudi Arabia: Absolute Power in the Hands of a Crown Prince

The New Saudi Arabia: Absolute Power in the Hands of a Crown Prince

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 01, 2017

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has embarked on a path to reform his country. But to achieve his goals, he is quashing all forms of critique. That is the wrong way to go. An Essay by Jamal Khashoggi more... Comment ]

War in Yemen: In a Devastated Country, One City Is Thriving  

War in Yemen: In a Devastated Country, One City Is Thriving  

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 15, 2017

The city of Marib in Yemen was long seen as an al-Qaida stronghold. But as the rest of the war-ravaged country descends ever deeper into chaos, it has become an unofficial capital with booming businesses and a popular university, a place poised between horror and hope. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Interview with Novelist Mohammed Hasan Alwan: Saudi Arabia 'Might Become a Totally Different Country'

Interview with Novelist Mohammed Hasan Alwan: Saudi Arabia 'Might Become a Totally Different Country'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2017

Mohammed Hasan Alwan, the winner of the 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, tells DER SPIEGEL about his new novel about Sufi saint Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi and whether his homeland is heading for a more liberal future. Interview Conducted by Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

Saudi Arabian Comic Writer: 'I Represent the Younger People'

Saudi Arabian Comic Writer: 'I Represent the Younger People'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 01, 2017

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, 34-year-old author Fahad Al Saud discusses his new comic, the first in Saudi Arabia to feature a female superhero. Interview Conducted by Susanne Koelbl more...