December 30, 2013

An Unlikely Refuge for Exiled Journalists

David Lepeska, The Atlantic

The Associated Press

Feras Fayyad moves with calm, easy-going confidence through a spacious warren of offices in one of this city’s tonier business districts. With his gray cardigan, long hair, and loose-fitting red-knit cap, the Syrian filmmaker evokes a what-me-worry hipster more than an exile battling a despotic regime, with a baby on the way.

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TAGGED: Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Istanbul


December 23, 2013
Why the Elites Are Rising Up
Jackson Diehl, Washington Post
We live in an era in which globalization is said to be benefiting elites in countries around the world while leaving behind the masses who lack the education or skills to compete. And yet, 2013 will be remembered as the year in... more ››
December 27, 2013
Can Muslim Lands Learn to Tolerate Christianity?
Michael Gerson, WaPo
In some parts of the world, Herod's massacre of the innocents is a living tradition. On Christmas Day in Iraq, 37 people were killed in bomb attacks in Christian districts of Baghdad. Radical Islamists mark -- and stain -- the... more ››
December 19, 2013
Say a Prayer for Mideast Christians
Prince Charles, Daily Telegraph
I have for some time now been deeply troubled by the growing difficulties faced by Christian communities in various parts of the Middle East. It seems to me that we cannot ignore the fact that they are, increasingly, being... more ››
December 18, 2013
How the Arab Spring Survived 2013
Noah Feldman, Bloomberg
The overarching lesson of the last year is that bringing down regimes is much easier than building new, democratic ones. The next time established democracies face a democratic opening in a previously autocratic region, they... more ››
December 17, 2013
Egypt's Bleak New Draft Constitution
Michael Totten, World Affairs Jnl
A nation’s constitution should be a consensus document if it’s to have any kind of lasting legitimacy, but that’s not what Egypt is going to get. Instead Egypt is going to get the legal codification of a single ... more ››