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Ed: 36: March/2011

Editorial: Once in a Generation

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

Scribblings: The UN Security Council at Work

Libya and the Arab revolutions had to play second fiddle to a Palestinian resolution to condemn Israel, which was always likely to fail thanks to a US veto

Deconstruction Zone: Made in the USA?

America was correct to support Egypt when it came knocking, even if the latter was a dictatorship. If America said no, Egypt might have continued its bellicosity and, like Syria, eventually turned to Iran.

The Road to Tahrir Square

The great surprise is not that millions took to the streets in Egypt, but rather that the United States had for so long predicated its regional security on Mubarak.

From Dictatorship to Democracy?

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.

Watching, Worrying and Hoping

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.

Turning Green Again in Iran

Aside from the imprisonment of its leaders and the isolation from the world, the Green Movement suffers from a lack of direction. The Egyptians had a very clear demand: They wanted Mubarak out. In Iran, there is still some confusion about whether there should be another revolution or reform within the existing Islamic Republic.

The View from Ramallah

The PA, Shaath said, will continue to lobby for international recognition of Palestine's "inalienable right" to declare its independence; but did vow that the PA will ultimately seek a negotiated settlement

Media Microscope: Broadsheet – Narrow Views

Over the past month, the Sydney Morning Herald's coverage of Israel has been noticeably one-sided, even by its usual standards. What was particularly noteworthy was the fervour with which the Herald covered the so-called "Palestine Papers".

The Last Word: The Green Devolution

Gaddafi has had a few supporters who from time to time promoted his "wisdom". In fact, my copy of Jamahiriya: Era of the Masses, which contains Gaddafi's poetry as well as philosophy, was obtained gratis at the now-defunct Sydney bookshop of the pro-Soviet Socialist Party of Australia