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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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Netanyahu’s showmanship fails to deflect attention from occupation

  • Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is thriving in the age of populist politics and ultranationalist, crowd-steering tirades. In fact, these have been his tactics since the mid-1990s, when he was depicted as a rabble-rouser as he attacked then-premier Yitzhak Rabin for signing the Osl...
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Russia is World Cup’s winner despite team’s defeat

  • Russia will not win the prized World Cup trophy this year, but its squad came so close to reaching the semifinals on Saturday that millions of Russians celebrated this historic feat. In fact, Russia has been in a celebratory mood since the championships kicked off on June 14, and the euphoria i...
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Why Israel is running scared

  • What frightened Israel so much that it killed at least 17 unarmed Palestinians and injured hundreds more, who were among the tens of thousands of peaceful protesters gathering along the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel last Friday? Scores of snipers were deployed and they had shoot-to-kill orders...
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Sudan celebrates crucial deal but many challenges lie in wait

  • Almost four months on from the dramatic toppling of Omar Al-Bashir’s 30-year autocratic rule of Sudan, the military and a coalition of the country’s opposition announced earlier this week that they had finally reached a power-sharing deal. The deal, still to be signed by the two sides, involves...
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