Written by Stephen Brown
Syrian President Bashar Assad upped the stakes in the bid to save his regime on Monday when he launched an attackon the city of Daraa involving hundreds of troops, backed by tanks and snipers, to crush the anti-government uprising, killing at least 11 people. These latest casualties increased ...
Written by Rick Moran
A potential agreementbrokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council between Yemen’s embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his opponents was rejected on Sunday pending substantial alterations to the pact. Now, with chances for a peaceful resolution to the crisis fading, fears are growing in ...
Written by Barry Rubin
Today Syria has entered its biggest internal crisis since 1970. The regime has come out to crush the insurrection. Either it will succeed by killing many people or the insurrection will build into a real potential revolution.
And the Western states are doing...precisely zero.
One Syrian expert friend ...
Written by IPT News
He joined in the demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square, enduring a beating from Hosni Mubarak's forces while trying to topple a dictator. Mahmoud Salem'shopes for Egypt's future have everything to do with pluralism and economic growth and nothing to do with empowering Islamists like the Muslim ...
Written by Ryan Mauro
The Syrian regime is in deep trouble. The Friday protests against the regime are much larger with each passing week, forcing President Assad to seek help from Iran to crush the uprising. The use of violence has only enlarged the crowds, and now, according to the Reform Party of Syria, the Syrian ...
Written by Matthew Gertken and Jennifer Richmond
Written by Barry Rubin
This is fascinating for a totally unexpected reason. It illustrates the law of unintended consequences, which is perhaps the single most important concept to keep in mind when examining the Middle East right now.
Abboud al-Zumar was a leader in the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (a group now associated with ...
Written by Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli
It took nine months after the Iraqi parliamentary election in March 2010 for a new government to be formed, in a process dotted by bargaining, haggling, threats, compromises and even foreign intervention. It took the political skills of Masoud Barazani, the president of Kurdistan ...