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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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Libya moving in right direction

  • There is good news coming from Libya: The country’s first free and open legislative election in nearly five decades has been an outstanding success. Yes last Saturday’s vote was marred by isolated attacks on polling stations, especially in the eastern region in and around Benghazi, but it could...
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The Russian factor in the Syrian crisis

  • In a long-winded speech before Syria’s newly elected Parliament on Sunday, President Bashar Assad offered no new initiatives to end the 15-month-long popular uprising against his regime. Instead he appeared to be in a state of denial, refusing to recognize the legitimate demands of his...
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Egypt: Anything can happen now!

  • Everything in Egypt is possible nowadays. The runoff presidential election, slated for June 16-17, will be held on time, but then again it might not. On Thursday, June 14, the Higher Constitutional Court will rule on constitutionality of the so-called Political Isolation Law. The ruling could go...
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Is Middle East headed for another war?

  • Will there be a war in the Middle East this summer? It is a question that is frequently asked by pundits and laymen alike this time of the year, every year. The Middle East is always a good candidate for an outbreak of regional or international conflict. For decades the Arab-Israeli conflict was...
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Egypt: Uneasy partnership

  • Sooner, rather than later, Egypt’s first freely elected civilian president will have to demonstrate that he is not a ceremonial ruler of one of the most influential countries in the Arab world and Africa....
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Libya moving in right direction

  • There is good news coming from Libya: The country’s first free and open legislative election in nearly five decades has been an outstanding success. Yes last Saturday’s vote was marred by isolated attacks on polling stations, especially in the eastern region in and around Benghazi,...
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Problems Syria likely to face after regime collapse

  • Syria is sinking fast in the morass of a bloody civil war. Last week's assassination of four senior military and intelligence aides of President Bashar Assad in what was described as a suicide bombing of the "Crisis Cell" entrusted with quashing the 16-month popular revolt was a...
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Sinai attack and Egypt’s crackdown on infiltrators

  • Egypt is going to war in a bid to reclaim sovereignty over Sinai. Its armed forces will fight to stop arms dealing, overcome rebellious bedouin tribes and chase out foreign jihadist infiltrators. Sunday’s terrorist attack on a checkpoint along the Sinai-Israel border in which 16 Egyptian...
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Mursi's army purge puts him in control

  • IT has been described as a "soft coup", a "stunning operation" to purge the armed forces from the remnants of the old regime and as "an aggressive" move to end the "power paradox" between the presidency and the military. Sunday's surprise decisions by President Muhammad Mursi to retire most...
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