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The unlikely demise of the Arab Spring

  • News of the premature demise of the Arab Spring, the spontaneous wave of mass protests calling for regime change and political rights, are greatly exaggerated. Those who believe that the phenomenon is over and done with rest their prognosis on a number of factors. Since the contagion reached...
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Lebanon at the edge of precipice

  • Not since the February 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in downtown Beirut has Lebanon been pushed so close to the edge of a precipice. But last Friday’s murder of Gen. Wissam Al-Hassan, intelligence chief of Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces (ISF), in a...
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President Mursi’s failed gambit

  • Egypt is in revolution mode once again. President Muhammad Mursi’s controversial Constitutional Decree, announced last week, has polarized the nation and raised fears of a nationwide outbreak of violent protests and bloody confrontations between supporters and detractors. Already deaths and...
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Mursi treads a difficult path

  • EGYPT’S contentious constitution was approved this week following a two-phase referendum with over 60 percent of those participating voting “yes”. It was a valuable victory for the Islamists who saw the poll as a vote of confidence for President Muhammad Mursi. But that victory...
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Egypt: Will the army step in?

  • Egypt is getting out of control: The police are on strike in a number of cities, the civil disobedience in Port Said is in its fourth week, hooligans are attacking and ransacking public buildings, and angry youth are clashing with anti-riot police on daily basis. The government has been unable to...
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Does Arab League matter?

  • Most Arabs will be the first to admit that the Arab League, the 68-year-old organization, is a dysfunctional body that has manifested Arab divisions and deep differences rather than realizing its stated goal which is, according to its charter, to “draw closer the relations between member...
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Testing times for Washington ahead

  • Diplomacy is replacing brinkmanship on three vital regional conflicts that will test US relations with its Mideast allies in the coming few months....
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Secularists abandon Egypt’s road map

  • It is ironic that the first victims of the controversial protest law that was passed by the military-installed government in Egypt last month were not Muslim Brotherhood supporters but three prominent secular activists who until recently had backed the July 3 ouster of President Muhammad Mursi...
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Egyptians pin all hopes on El-Sissi

  • Despite sporadic protests by Muslim Brotherhood (MB) supporters, Egypt managed to pass an important milestone last week when it successfully held a two-day constitutional referendum. The poll was one of the main objectives of the military drawn road map that was issued following last July’s...
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El-Sissi is the only hope for Egyptians

  • IF all goes as planned Egypt’s strongman, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah El-Sissi, should announce his candidacy for the presidency in the coming few days. The results, if he does, are predictable. He stands to win at least 70 percent of the votes. Preparations for his historic announcement...
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