June 13, 2012

Toward a New Arab Cultural Revolution

Alastair Crooke, Asia Times

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Instead of yielding hope, its subsequent metamorphosis now gives rise to a mood of uncertainty and desperation - particularly among what are increasingly termed "'the minorities" - the non-Sunnis, in other words. This chill of apprehension takes its grip from certain Gulf States' fervor for the restitution of a Sunni

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TAGGED: Saudi Arabia, Arab Spring, Political Islam, Islamist, Muslim Brotherhood, Syria, Egypt


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