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Bahrain, Iran and US Policy

Bahrain, Iran and US Policy Categories: Gulf states, Iran, Middle East, Saudi Arabia     Author: Simon Henderson

Neither Saudi Arabia - which bankrolls much in Bahrain, from items on the national budget to King Hamad's personal Boeing 747-400 aircraft - nor the UAE seem amenable to the notion of Bahrain being a test case for the Obama Administration's policy of promoting universal freedoms of political express

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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.

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.

Watching, Worrying and Hoping Categories: Egypt, Israel, Libya, Middle East     Author: Amotz Asa-El

In the long run, the feeling in Jerusalem is that the mayhem across the Middle East will serve Israel's interests. The precedent whereby Arab citizenries demand their leaders deliver jobs, education and personal dignity is priceless.

From Dictatorship to Democracy? Categories: Egypt, Middle East     Author: Cameron Brown

So why is it some countries that ousted their dictators became full-fledged democracies, while others did not? In examining cases from around the world, three factors in particular seem to be decisive.

Editorial: Once in a Generation Categories: Middle East     Author: Colin Rubenstein

In all the countries affected by the unrest, Islamist forces will be determined to bring about radical theocracy in the short or, more likely, long term. Thanks to the repression of all liberal forces by autocrats, Islamist groups remain generally the only opposition force left

Twitter no more than a tool for taking on tyrants

Twitter no more than a tool for taking on tyrants Categories: Egypt, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

WITH the fall of Hosni Mubarak and Egypt's supposed transition to democracy, the buzz on everyone's lips has been the role of new media in the mass protests. Commentators around Australia and the globe have been heralding the arrival of technology as a cure for any political ailment.

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Egypt boils over Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Egypt has long been the centre of the Arab world. The unrest there could re-draw the map and place all Arab despots at risk. What would replace them is impossible to know. However, at the very least, their fall would grant an immense short-term boost to the forces of Middle East Islamist extremism a

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