March 27, 2014

Obama Blesses Mideast's New Authoritarian Order

Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star

The Associated Press

Fresh from condemning Russia for punishing Ukraine for daring to be democratic, Barack Obama goes to Saudi Arabia Friday to bless the squelching of democracy in the Middle East. There once was an Arab Spring. While it lasted, it helped topple dictators in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Yemen. It unnerved monarchs from Jordan and Morocco to the oil-rich Persian Gulf. But the autocrats have since regrouped and crushed popular revolts to establish a new order. It is a reinforcement of the old order of authoritarianism and wholesale repression.

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TAGGED: Syria, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestine, Barack Obama, Middle East, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt


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