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Syria is in Defining Moment for Arab World

June 16th, 2011, Comment & Analysis

Syria is once again one of those beautiful countries with a deep and fascinating history. If it were peaceful and more open to the world it could be a tourism paradise that could link its great sites to those of Turkey, Jordan, and more. The potential for tourism development in Syria is vast.

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The Fate of Minorities in the Arab Spring

May 20th, 2011, Comment & Analysis

From the shores of the Atlantic to the Persian Gulf, women and men in many Arab-Muslim countries are demanding that their rulers democratize, and that dictators monopolizing power and national wealth for their own profit step down. Many observers have long underestimated and some even denied the great aspiration of the Arab people for democracy. But the ongoing extraordinary turmoil demonstrates the universality of the demand for human rights, and that adherence to Islam does not preclude desire for democracy. So far, despite some fears, Arab revolutions have led to neither xenophobia nor anti-Western demonstrations, nor a significant breakthrough for Islamists.

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Secularism to the Rescue of the Arab Spring

May 12th, 2011, Comment & Analysis

London – Spring has come early this year to the Arab world. Climate change has awakened the once comatose Middle East from the stupor of singular leaderships. A new dawn of democracy and freedom is sprouting from Morocco to Oman. Or so we are told.

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The Arab world isn't clamoring for our help

March 8th, 2011, Comment & Analysis

Anne Applebaum

I’m listening hard, but I just can’t hear the “voices around the world” that my colleague Charles Krauthammer said last week are “calling for U.S. intervention to help bring down Moammar Gaddafi.” It’s true that John Bolton, former U.N. ambassador and present Fox News employee, has declared that “strong American words (and actions) were amply warranted” in Libya. It’s also true that a clutch of American politicians and writers have come out in favor of a similarly muscular response as well.

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The Arab world isn’t clamoring for our help

March 8th, 2011, Comment & Analysis

Anne Applebaum

I’m listening hard, but I just can’t hear the “voices around the world” that my colleague Charles Krauthammer said last week are “calling for U.S. intervention to help bring down Moammar Gaddafi.” It’s true that John Bolton, former U.N. ambassador and present Fox News employee, has declared that “strong American words (and actions) were amply warranted” in Libya. It’s also true that a clutch of American politicians and writers have come out in favor of a similarly muscular response as well.

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Why the U.S Should Welcome Arab Democracy

March 7th, 2011, Comment & Analysis

Dalia Mogahed

If the remarkable transformations taking place across the Middle East teach us anything it is that we must unlearn all we thought we knew about this region. Paramount on this list is the paternal notion that Arabs will get democracy when we deem them secular enough, pro-Israel enough, and sufficiently in favor of our policies in the region.

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