October 3, 2012

Could Muslim Rage Spur Growth?

Meghan O'Sullivan, Bloomberg

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One way in which the recent upheaval might have a lasting effect is on how freedom of speech is (or isn’t) respected in the new Middle East. Last week we witnessed a serious exchange of views on the subject among world leaders at the United Nations. U.S. President Barack Obama sought to explain to the world why Americans hold so dear the right to state even the harshest of opinions; the presidents of Egypt and Yemen presented very different views on the limits of expression.

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TAGGED: Clash of Civilizations, Middle East, Egypt, Libya, Islam


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