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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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Can Hollande save Europe?

  • After slamming Europe’s austerity fix for the debt crisis, Francois Hollande’s crusade for growth began picking up support even before his win, but can he bring the skeptics and the markets around?One of only a handful of Socialist leaders at the European Union table, Hollande’s win adds another...
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ICC must not resort to selective justice

  • After 420 days of trial (over nearly four years), 115 witnesses, over 50,000 pages of testimony, and 1,520 exhibits, Charles Taylor, warlord-turned-president of Liberia, was found guilty on 11 counts by the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone.Taylor was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against...
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Letters to the Editor: Pakistan: Tough times ahead

  • Hard-line political parties in Pakistan often claim that as long as NATO supplies are not resumed, there will be no attacks by militants in the country. As a matter of fact NATO supplies remain suspended for the last five months yet we witnessed another suicide blast on May 4 in the Bajur tribal...
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Tech, tactics ramp up pressure on militant groups

  • Despite quietly dropping the phrase “war on terror,” when it comes to battling worldwide militant networks the success of the United States and its allies goes well beyond the killing of Osama Bin Laden.With Britain deploying surface to air missiles, fighter jets and warships around London ahead...
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Editorial: Growing Saudi-India relations

  • THE three-day visit to India by 11 members of the Kingdom’s 150-strong Shoura Council has been about much more than its core aim of boosting ties with Indian parliamentarians. It is the latest step in a rapprochement after last year’s trade spat, when New Delhi accused the Kingdom of “dumping”...
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My concerns about Gulf Union

  • Leaders of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council will meet in Riyadh tomorrow (Monday) to discuss the proposal made by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah on transforming the group into a Gulf Union. Many have welcomed the proposal, and at the same time many others have raised their...
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Let democracy work in Egypt

  • Much talk and action have taken place in Egypt in the past few weeks, with activists demanding removal of the military council and the subsequent violent reprisals by the military against demonstrators. People have died as a result. But do they have to? Do Egyptians need to continue to protest at...
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Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood rises to help lead opposition

  • After three decades of persecution that virtually eradicated its presence, the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood has resurrected itself to become the dominant group in the fragmented opposition movement pursuing a 14-month uprising against President Bashar Assad.Exiled Brotherhood members and their...
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Egypt vote won’t push the generals aside

  • Near the rock-strewn scene of a bloody anti-army protest, conservative, liberal and other politicians sat with ruling generals this month to haggle over Egypt’s future after its first presidential vote since Hosni Mubarak’s fall.At stake in the Defense Ministry meeting, held just hours after 11...
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