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Syria of a despot by Elliott Abrams


WASHINGTON POST OPED
Syria of a despot
By Elliott Abrams, Friday, March 25
While  the monarchies of the Middle East have a fighting chance to reform
and survive,  the region’s fake republics have been falling like dominoes —
and Syria is next.

 

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Dark Secrets The sordid history of Syria's collaboration with Qaddafi.


 

Dark Secrets
The sordid history of Syria's collaboration with Qaddafi.
Mar 21, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 26 • By LEE SMITH

 

The uprisings sweeping the Middle East have started to blow down some very dark doors​—​the doors that lead to the dungeons and prisons where Arab security services do their work.In Alexandria and Cairo, Egyptian protesters broke into the offices of state security, where they discovered some of the tools and torture devices used to make prisoners more pliant. Perhaps more important, they unearthed files detailing the nature of the work, and on whose behalf it was done.
 
 

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Why Syria Is Unlikely to be Next . . . for Now


Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Why Syria Is Unlikely to be Next . . . for Now
By Bassam Haddad

March 10, 2011

As millions of Arabs stir their respective countries with demonstrations and slogans of change and transition, certain Arab states have been generally spared, including some oil rich countries and Syria. Syria stands out as a powerful regional player without the benefit of economic prosperity and with a domestic political climate that leaves a lot to be desired. Some say it combines the heavy-handedness of the Tunisian regime, the economic woes of Egypt, the hereditary rule aspects of Morocco and Jordan, and a narrower leadership base than any other country across the Arab world. Why, then, is all relatively quiet on the Syrian front? 

 

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Lebanon's revolution waylaid by the old sectarian demons


Lebanon's revolution waylaid by the old sectarian demons

Last Updated: Mar 10, 2011

 

analysis

Michael Young

Last weekend, thousands of people gathered in Beirut to demand an end to Lebanon's sectarian system. The groups backing the campaign are poorly organised, their agendas diverge, but the greatest difficulty they face is more fundamental: most Lebanese, for better or worst, are used to functioning within a sectarian framework, and have always bestowed legitimacy on their sectarian leaders.

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