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The “Arab Spring” is now officially over

Al-Qaeda linked terrorism threatens Tunisia’s economy and security… Continue reading

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Arab Moderation Is Murdered: An Assassination in Tunisia

People who believe the Arabic-speaking world is heading toward democracy don’t understand that Islamist forces are unleashed quite willing to engage in violence until total triumph… Continue reading

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Sunni versus Shia: The Middle East’s New Strategic Conflict

Conflicts between Sunni and Shia Muslims are not at all new, but… Continue reading

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Tunisia: There’s Still Hope for Democracy Because The Majority Doesn’t Want Islamism

Is Tunisia, the Arab world’s historically most moderate country in social and intellectual terms, headed for Islamism… Continue reading

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French minister of Arab origin: “There is no such thing as moderate Islam”

A French junior minister said in an interview published Saturday there was no such thing as moderate Islam… Continue reading

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A Saudi Writer Explains the “Muslim Brotherhood Spring”

What we are seeing is a political Islamist tsunami… Continue reading

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Erdogan’s North African Tour: Turkey’s Regional Aspirations and Western Interests

The September 12-16 tour of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Egypt, Tunisia and Libya has occasioned the question what role… Continue reading

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Tunisia’s Morning After

Where does Tunisia, the unlikely igniter of the Middle Eastern upheavals, stand on the democratic transition scale… Continue reading

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Here In One Sentence is What Obama Doesn’t Understand About the Middle East

The changes in the region are producing more extremism, not more moderation… Continue reading

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Will the Arab Uprisings Result in the Emergence of a Sunni Bloc Dominated by Turkey?

Against the background of the fall of the autocratic regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, the massive demonstrations in Yemen, Syria and Bahrain… Continue reading

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Clinton: The Situation is Unsustainable Because I Say So

Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin. God hath numbered thy kingdom, and brought it to an end. Thou art weighed in the balances… Continue reading

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Turkey’s Regional Leadership in the Middle East: Principle or Realpolitik?

In stark contrast to its support for the protest movements in Egypt and Tunisia, Turkey has abstained from taking a principled, democratic stand… Continue reading

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Egypt and the Middle East: Romanticism Meets Reality

The projected million-women march turned out just 400 and they were harassed and in some cases attacked. Meanwhile, thousands of Muslims and Christians… Continue reading

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Egypt’s Revolution: The More They Reassure Us, The More We Worry

I think I was the first person to warn that the Egyptian revolution wasn’t all roses but also had a dangerous amount of thorns… Continue reading

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Revolution in Tunisia, Reform in Jordan Unleashes Anti-Jewish Forces

Recently, when I spoke on developments in Egypt, a serious and respected Middle East expert claimed that there was no sign of anti-American or anti-Israel… Continue reading

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The Coming Challenge to Democracy in the Middle East

Today, the Friends of Israel Initiative released its 3rd dispatch. In the dispatch they featured a nice piece about the challenges to democracy the Middle East will… Continue reading

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Turkey and the Middle Eastern Revolts: Democracy or Islamism?

Turkey’s leaders have embraced the popular revolts in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and President Abdullah Gül publicly urging Egyptian… Continue reading

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Iranian Students Urge Muslims to Chant ‘Allah-o-Akbar’ in Solidarity with Egyptians, Tunisians

The Association of Unity among Muslim Students called on Muslims around the world to chant ‘Allah-o-Akbar’ (God is Great) slogan on Thursday night in a unified move to voice their solidarity… Continue reading

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Tunisia and “Moderate Islamists”: Rachid Ghanouchi Says it All

It’s true that Tunisia’s Islamist movement is less radical than that in other Arab countries. But it really says a lot that Rachid Ghanouchi, the most… Continue reading

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Iranian Regime Expresses Satisfaction over Egypt Revolt; Reformists Express Support, Frustration

The violent riots in Egypt drew considerable public attention in many countries this week, and Iran was no exception. Similarly to the fall of Tunisia’s President… Continue reading

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Assad: anti-US and anti-Israel Stance will Save Him from an Uprising

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad believes he has more time for reforms, because of his anti-US and anti-Israel policy. He believes Egypt is suffering for its connection with the U.S. and Israel… Continue reading

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Iranian Opposition Leader Mousavi on Egypt and Tunisia Rebellions

It is interesting to point out that there are two Iranian models for what’s happening now. I am not saying that anyone is consciously thinking in these terms… Continue reading

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Hamas, PA Expressing Support for ‘Jasmine Revolution’ in Tunisia

The revolution in Tunisia produced a wave of reactions: While the Palestinian Authority made do with expressing support for the Tunisian people, Hamas exploited the events to attack the… Continue reading

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Tunisia: Revolution?

A popular uprising fueled by unemployment, economic suffering, and long-term discontent has overthrown the dictator–but not necessarily the dictatorship–in Tunisia. In 55 years of independence… Continue reading