December 31, 2012

A Mideast Islamicized, or Balkanized?

Michael Zimmerman, Jerusalem Post

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We see in the "Arab Spring" (or "Winter") that elections have not been accompanied by minorities' rights being protected, a central feature of real democracies.

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December 28, 2012
Ten Conflicts to Watch in 2013
Louise Arbour, Foreign Policy
  Every year, around the world, old conflicts worsen, new ones emerge and, occasionally, some situations improve. There is no shortage of storm clouds looming over 2013: Once again, hotspots old and new will present a... more ››
December 27, 2012
How Iran Arms Its Allies
Lee Smith, Weekly Standard
An explosion in southern Lebanon last week destroyed what is believed to have been a Hezbollah weapons depot. This latest in a series of mysterious accidents in Hezbollah-controlled precincts proved, as one Israeli official wryly... more ››
December 27, 2012
Lebanon's Year of Living Dangerously
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Lebanon never ceases to depress, and the Lebanese never cease to depress by harping on that fact. And yet, as 2012 closes, with mediocrity on all sides, there are hopeful signs of better. And this may shape how we behave next... more ››
December 28, 2012
Middle East, North Africa on the Brink
Christopher Dickey, Newsweek
The revolutions, conflagrations, and confrontations now underway from the Sahara to the Hindu Kush are weakening national governments and calling into question borders that have lingered since European powers carved up the region... more ››
December 26, 2012
The Islamist Militia Winning in Syria
Rania Abouzeid, Time
Jabhat al-Nusra does count Syrian veterans of the Iraq war among its numbers, men who bring expertise -- especially the manufacture of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) -- to the front in Syria. Still, Jabhat al-Nusra is not... more ››