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Protesters from the Muslim Brotherhood clash with riot police outside the Egyptian Parliament in Cairo, as they demonstrate against Israeli attacks against Hamas-ruled Gaza, in this 2008 file photo. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/REUTERS/File)

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Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood through a punishing crackdown in Egypt is in part a bet on the longevity of people-powered political movements.

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