As pro-democracy activists continue to battle the government of Bashar al-Assad, Syria looks likely to remain in the headlines for weeks and months to come. For those hoping to better understand one of the most influential countries in the current Mideast power dynamic, here are six books – a mix of literature, history, and politics – that offer insight.
06/22/2011 12:13 pm
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Egypt may have swept aside Mubarak in the Arab Spring, but the real fight lies ahead.
06/21/2011 12:00 pm
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From Syria to Morocco, repressive leaders at least now admit the woes their regimes cause. That admission can lead to success for pro-democracy protests.
06/20/2011 03:12 pm
A group calling itself Saudi Women for Driving says it is perplexed by Hillary Clinton’s ‘silence’ on the issue. But there could be several reasons she has not spoken publicly about it.
06/20/2011 02:55 pm
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gave his first speech in two months today, offering elections and reforms this summer in an apparent bid to secure the patience of Syria's silent majority.
06/20/2011 01:31 pm
Deposed Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was put on trial for corruption today in absentia, says he was tricked into leaving his country.
06/20/2011 01:00 pm
The UN's World Refugee Day report shows that 80 percent of refugees are hosted by developing countries, not the richer nations that have the economic capacity to absorb and host refugees.
06/20/2011 12:11 pm
Five of the six trials were held before a military tribunal. The US last week added Bahrain to its list of human rights abusers, which the kingdom called a regrettable 'rush to judgment.'
06/20/2011 11:17 am