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Assad under Fire Categories: Syria     Author: Roee Nahmias

Nonetheless, the question in Syria now is whether the genie of losing one's fear of the regime is indeed out of the bottle. For the time being, there is no unequivocal answer.

Age Against The Machine Categories: Egypt, Middle East     Author: Walter Laqueur

The old order has crumbled in the Middle East, and it will never be the same again. But what made it crumble? The experts who had been arguing that the youth in the region constituted a listless generation that did not care about freedom and democracy have been proved wrong.

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Deconstruction Zone: Half the Arab World Categories: Egypt, Middle East     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Thousands of Egyptian women decided to again march to Tahrir Square and demand their rights. They sought not to make the regime crumble, but to mark the 100th International Women's Day on March 8. These protesters were met not by armed police, but by a larger group of men who proceeded to harass and

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Iran and the Middle East wave of protest Categories: Iran, Middle East, Updates    

Today's Update features some views on Iranian reactions to the protests across the Middle East, as well as internal divisions within the Iranian regime. First up is Iranian-American journalist Azadeh Moaveni, who is not only familiar with the Iranian scene, but also previously reported from Egypt.

International Intervention in Libya? Categories: International Security, Libya, Updates    

Today's Update deals with the international debate over whether outside parties can or should intervene in the conflict in Libya between long-serving eccentric dictator Muammar Gaddafi and the rebels seeking his overthrow. First up, reviewing the strategic realities of the current conflict is Micha

Essay: All in the Papers Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: BICOM

In order to advance their particular story, al-Jazeera and the Guardian have had to misread or misrepresent significant portions of the text, omit other key sections, and demonstrate virtually no appreciation for the history of the negotiations.

The Last Word: The Green Devolution Categories: Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Libya     Author: Jeremy Jones

Gaddafi has had a few supporters who from time to time promoted his "wisdom". In fact, my copy of Jamahiriya: Era of the Masses, which contains Gaddafi's poetry as well as philosophy, was obtained gratis at the now-defunct Sydney bookshop of the pro-Soviet Socialist Party of Australia

The View from Ramallah Categories: Palestinians     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

The PA, Shaath said, will continue to lobby for international recognition of Palestine's "inalienable right" to declare its independence; but did vow that the PA will ultimately seek a negotiated settlement

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Turning Green Again in Iran Categories: Iran     Author: Omid Memarian & Roja Heydarpour

Aside from the imprisonment of its leaders and the isolation from the world, the Green Movement suffers from a lack of direction. The Egyptians had a very clear demand: They wanted Mubarak out. In Iran, there is still some confusion about whether there should be another revolution or reform within t

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