February 8, 2013

Soviet Lessons for the Arab World

Anne Applebaum, National Post

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Much has changed in North Africa since the winter of 2011. But a lot more has not. To understand this, it's worth looking at other countries.

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TAGGED: Tunisia, Egypt, Arab Spring, Russia, Soviet Union


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