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Peace In Syria?

THE Russo-American accord on the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria, arrived at in Geneva last month, suggests three scenarios. The immediate one is covered by the...

Sparring Over Syria

Syria is the greatest tragedy after Afghanistan, Iraq and Rwanda. Yet, the discussion over this tragedy is becoming tangential, turning attention from the carnage taking...

The People Want

Brushing aside a host of fashionable narratives to explain the Arab spring, Gilbert Achcar’s recent book, ‘The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab...

Force-Multiplying Outrage

The revulsion to the anti-Muslim film Innocence of Muslims generated wide-scale protests throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The film, having been made in the...

A Spring Now

As I write these words, news is emerging that armed militia have attacked the American consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi. Simultaneously, there are images all...

Why The Spring Didn’t Reach Saudi Arabia

Oil rent, Islam, Western support. These are the three approaches often employed to explain the House of Saud’s resilience. Saudi Arabia is no doubt an oil superpower....

Do The Syrians Matter?

Buoyed by the success of popular rebellions against dictatorship in Egypt and Tunisia, the Syrian people rose to challenge the brutal rule of a minority clan that had...

Our Spring Is Far Behind

The Arab rebellions have so far sent three dictators packing and dispatched one to the hereafter. The fifth, who inherited the mantle from his father after three decades...

The Balkan Lessons For Syria

As Syria burns and increasingly looks like a giant, towering inferno with its helpless people trapped inside desperately crying out for help, I’ve been wondering: how...

Mass Graves

Mass graves are usually required for two reasons: 1. Natural disasters such as the earthquake in Kashmir in 2005 and the floods throughout the country in 2008. It was...

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