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  • Syria's Day of Anger? Most Syrians suspect few will take to the streets.

    Using Facebook a group has tried to organize a street protest for Friday. The Syrian government appears confident, however, that it can survive the current tumult in the Middle East by clamping down on dissent.
    02/03/2011 03:57 pm

  • Could Syria see an uprising like Egypt's? Not likely.

    In Syria, opposition activists are organizing their own 'day of rage' – but longstanding intimidation tactics and repression make it unlikely significant numbers will be out on the streets.
    02/03/2011 01:53 pm

  • Nine countries in the Middle East where 'winds of change' are blowing

    Those who said that "winds of change" were blowing through the Middle East were right. The past few weeks have seen a series of political shifts in response to widespread discontent and popular opposition that once went unacknowledged. On Friday, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ceded to protesters in Cairo and stepped down. As Egyptians' cries, first of anger and now of jubilation, beam into living rooms throughout the Middle East, here is a look at where those "winds of change" are taking us. (Editor's note: This is an updated version of a story that originally ran on Feb. 2)
    02/02/2011 01:23 pm

  • Opinion US message to Arab world matters -- and Obama is sending the wrong one

    The message the US projects abroad will resonate long after the final pass of the Super Bowl. The US must lend its full-throated support to the protesters of the Arab world. It matters – both for the future of the region, and the future of America. Sitting on the sidelines may cost us more than our regional standing; it may cost us our own ideals.
    01/31/2011 11:35 pm

  • The Monitor's View Lebanon government crisis also shows the seeds of peace

    The militant Shiite group Hezbollah toppled the Hariri government peacefully, even if it was to avoid a possible indictment by a UN panel for an assassination. Using violence now to get its way would only make Hezbollah look guilty for the 2005 bombing, eroding its legitimacy.
    01/13/2011 03:53 pm

  • Who are Egypt's Copts, and the Middle East's other Christian populations?

    Recent attacks against Christians in Egypt and Iraq have drawn attention to the Middle East's Christian populations, which are dwindling as Christians flee violence, political strife, and persecution. Christians made up more than 20 percent of the region's population in the early 20th century, but today, they make up less than 10 percent. Here is a look at the status of Christians in seven key countries, from Egypt to Iran.
    01/03/2011 04:24 pm

  • Rafik Hariri murder probe hinders progress on Lebanon-Syria ties

    The Hariri murder probe is getting closer to issuing indictments, straining ties between Lebanon and Syria and complicating US goals in the region.
    11/04/2010 12:52 pm

  • Hugo Chávez embraces Iran and Syria, wins Russian support for nuclear program

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is in the midst of one of his world tours, making friends with US enemies and getting support for his country's nascent nuclear program.
    10/22/2010 09:25 am

  • A divided Lebanon waits for Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is making his first visit to Lebanon tomorrow. Hezbollah awaits with joy, its political opponents complain of Iranian meddling, and Israel is eying its northern border.
    10/12/2010 03:53 pm

  • John Hughes Could Syria become a force for peace?

    Recent policy changes in Syria offer hope. Damascus could be a wild card in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
    09/20/2010 12:51 pm

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