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Arab Spring

The Arab world has been gripped by a wave of revolution. Dictators in Tunisia and Egypt have already been toppled. Will the thirst for democracy transform the region, or will radical Muslim groups take control?

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Honest Broker How the Libya Summit in Berlin Took Shape

The path to this Sunday's peace conference on Libya in Berlin was anything but certain. First, officials in the German government had to convince all the parties in the conflict to attend. By Christian Esch, Matthias Gebauer, Christiane Hoffmann, Christoph Schult und Severin Weiland
17. Januar 2020, 18:11 Uhr

Return to Gadhafi Era in Libya A Warlord Rebuilds Benghazi in His Own Image

Benghazi was the center of the revolution against former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. After driving out the Islamists, warlord Khalifa Haftar has set up a culture of surveillance and fear in the city. Now he aims to conquer the rest of the country. Von Mirco Keilberth und Fritz Schaap
13. September 2019, 13:59 Uhr

Yemen Foreign Minister 'Our Enemies Want to Starve Us'

The ongoing civil war in Yemen has already cost 10,000 lives and there are no indications that peace will take hold any time soon. SPIEGEL spoke with the foreign minister of the self-proclaimed Houthi government about why the violence continues unabated. Von Susanne Koelbl
19. Mai 2017, 10:41 Uhr

German UN Envoy on Islamic State's Rise 'We Simply Can't Give Up on Libya'

With the situation rapidly deteriorating in Libya, the UN's special representative to the country, Martin Kobler of Germany, is pushing for a unity government in a last-ditch effort to halt the Islamic State's march there. He warns that time is running out. Von Juliane von Mittelstaedt
4. Februar 2016, 18:41 Uhr

The Vanishing Why Are Young Egyptian Activists Disappearing?

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's security forces have been kidnapping scores of young activists in the country. They include former revolutionaries and Islamists who are, in many cases, being denied due process. Von Nicola Abé
10. September 2015, 18:17 Uhr

Path to the Presidency The Swift Rise of Egypt's Sisi

In June 2014, former military officer Abdel Fattah el-Sisi became Egypt's president. Did his election represent the will of the people or was it the product of a coup? And will it mark the end of the Arab Spring or is he a leader who can provide needed stability? Von Dieter Bednarz und Klaus Brinkbäumer
9. Februar 2015, 12:26 Uhr

Once Upon a Revolution The Broken Dream of Tahrir Square

Four years after the Arab Spring uprising, Egypt has once again become a dictatorship. How could things have come to this? Author Thanassis Cambanis tracked three leaders of the revolution at Tahrir Square, documenting the slow death of their rebellion. Von Thanassis Cambanis
4. Februar 2015, 16:06 Uhr

Minister and Consoler The Man Who Wants to Fix Egyptian Society

Mohammed el-Mahdi is Egypt's new minister for reconciliation. He's fighting to create a new country, even as society fragments. It's an uphill task in a land where the military is expanding its power and younger generations are digging their heels in for a fight. Von Ralf Hoppe und Daniel Steinvorth
13. Februar 2014, 17:44 Uhr

From Icon to Exile The Price of a Nude Photo in Egypt

Egyptian Aliaa Elmahdy became an icon of the Arab Spring after she posted a nude photo of herself online. Then she fled to Sweden after receiving death threats from Islamist extremists. What and whom did her statement serve? Von Takis Würger
17. Dezember 2013, 13:26 Uhr

Mubarak's Lawyer 'He Will Be a Free Man'

Farid al-Deeb, the lawyer of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, talks to SPIEGEL about his client's health and ties to the current transitional government -- and why he believes the ex-president will soon be acquitted.
2. September 2013, 17:03 Uhr

An Arab Nightmare West Dithers Over Taking a Side in Egypt

Egypt's political unravelling puts the West in a tight spot. Its reaction to this week's massacre will affect its image in the Arab world for many years to come. So far, it has been anything but assertive. Von Erich Follath
15. August 2013, 19:04 Uhr

Echoes of Egypt Secular-Islamist Tensions Rise in Tunisia

Tunisia was the birthplace of the Arab Spring over two years ago. But growing frustration and violence have caused the chasm between secularists and Islamists to widen, leading many to fear political chaos like that gripping Egypt. Von Mathieu von Rohr
14. August 2013, 12:15 Uhr

Mobility for Women Riyadh Metro Promises Social Change

In Saudi Arabia, a subway under construction isn't just a means of public transport -- it's a symbol of change. Officials hope the Riyadh Metro will relieve gridlock and help revive public life. It could also give women greater freedom. Von Susanne Koelbl
9. August 2013, 10:37 Uhr

Opposition Mobilizes Politician's Murder Sparks Wave of Protest

The murder of a leading opposition figure in Tunisia has sent thousands of Tunisians to the streets. They accuse the governing Islamists of being behind the killing, and many in the opposition hope to harness the outrage to drive them from power just as popular protest recently did in Egypt. Von Ulrike Putz
26. Juli 2013, 20:08 Uhr

Revolution Reloaded Difficult Path Forward for a Divided Egypt

Egypt has been racked by violence since last week's military intervention to remove President Mohammed Morsi. What, though, is the way forward? The stories of three Cairo residents help provide clues. Von Ralf Hoppe und Daniel Steinvorth
8. Juli 2013, 15:39 Uhr