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How to Measure Success of Arab Revolution: Leopards

Thomas Friedman: If Yemen can't save its beasts, it can't save itself

(Newser) - Need a tangible way to gauge the success of the Arab Revolution in coming years? Thomas Friedman suggests keeping an eye on the Arabian leopard. He's visiting Yemen, where the government is trying to protect the fast-disappearing cat. "If you visit Yemen in five years and hear that... More »

Why Arab Intellectuals Missed Arab Spring

No Thomas Paines, no Vaclav Havels—and maybe that's a good thing

(Newser) - The Arab Spring protests that have roiled the Middle East for the past 10 months may have ousted dictators and brought more democracy to the region, but they've done so with precious little help from the Arab world's intellectuals, writes Robert Worth in an analysis in the New ... More »

Syrian Death Toll Rises Above 2K

Other nations ramp up pressure on government

(Newser) - More than 2,050 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising began, according to the Syrian Observatory, and the army is continuing its crackdown on protesters. At least five civilians, including two children, were killed today around Hama, activists tell al-Jazeera . Also today, two civilian deaths were reported... More »

Obama Doctrine? He Just Borrowed Bush's

His Mideast plan is the same as his predecessor's: Charles Krauthammer

(Newser) - Analysts keep looking to define an Obama Doctrine, but after listening to the president's Mideast speech yesterday , Charles Krauthammer thinks it's easy: The Obama Doctrine is the Bush Doctrine, Krauthammer writes in the Washington Post . Bush "made the spread of democracy the key US objective in the... More »

Mubarak's Wife Detained, Then Hospitalized

She, too, is being questioned about the family's wealth

(Newser) - Another blow for the Mubarak family: The wife of ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak also got detained for questioning today over the family's wealth, reports the BBC . Suzanne Mubarak, 70, reported heart trouble upon hearing the news and is now under watch in the same hospital where her husband... More »

Arab World, Now It's Your Move After bin Laden

It's time to defeat bin Ladenism once and for all: Thomas Friedman

(Newser) - It took 10 years, but the US finally killed Osama bin Laden. Now the Arab and Muslim world has a daunting task of its own, writes Thomas Friedman: "Kill bin Ladenism." Protesters from Tunisia to Syria have repudiated his doctrine of violence, and their progress is promising. "... More »

75 Protesters Dead; Syria Fears Worse Tomorrow

Violence could escalate after so many funerals

(Newser) - Most wire accounts are putting the day's death toll among protesters in Syria at about 75, making it what al-Jazeera calls the"deadliest day" yet in the nation's unrest. President Obama condemned the "outrageous use of violence" by the government of Bashar al-Assad, notes the BBC , and... More »

Gadhafi Uses Cluster Bombs in Civilian Areas

Human Rights Watch demands halt; government denies it

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi's forces are firing cluster bombs into residential areas in their bid to overtake Misrata, the last major city held by rebels in western Libya, the New York Times reports. Cluster bombs are banned in much of the world because they wreak widespread damage and are by their... More »

13 Protesters Killed in Syria, 2 in Yemen

Thousands also protest in Egypt's Tahrir Square

(Newser) - Friday continues to be a day of protest throughout the Arab world. The worst reported violence today came out of Syria, where witnesses say security forces opened fire with live ammunition and killed at least 13 protesters in the southern city of Daraa, reports the AP . The demonstrations mark the... More »

'Egypt Is a Mess' —but It's a Good Mess

Nicholas Kristof: Young democracies are always bumpy

(Newser) - Nicholas Kristof checks in on Egypt weeks after the fall of Hosni Mubarak and pronounces it "a mess." Protesters are still taking to the streets, the military-backed government is making noises about crackdowns, and army thugs are still beating up critics. "Yet for Americans, what is unfolding... More »

Gadhafi Forces Keep Rebels in Retreat

US, allies meet in London; Obama reaffirms policy

(Newser) - The seesaw fight in Libya continued to tilt in Moammar Gadhafi's favor as his better-organized forces kept rebels in retreat mode, reports the Los Angeles Times . Gadhafi maintained control of his pivotal hometown of Sirte as panicked rebels fled east to Bin Jawwad and demanded more airstrikes: "Where is... More »

Syria Frees 260 Detainees as Protests Resume

Bashar al-Assad makes his biggest concession yet

(Newser) - Syria remains on the brink: Protesters were back on the streets in several cities, a day after security forces opened fire on them, reports CNN . Human rights activists say 25 people were killed yesterday, though the numbers are unconfirmed. President Bashar al-Assad, meanwhile, released 260 political prisoners in his biggest... More »

US Fires Its First Shots Against Gadhafi

US launches missiles; French jet takes out tank

(Newser) - The US has joined the fight in Libya: American ships (and one British submarine) fired more than 110 Tomahawk missiles at 20 radar and communication sites inside the country, reports ABC . It's the first phase of what's being called Operation Odyssey Dawn, with the current focus on taking out Moammar... More »

US Silent as Bahrain Acts Just Like Libya

Just because they're allies doesn't make the crackdown right: Nicholas Kristof

(Newser) - Bahrain's crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators is getting more and more violent , and the regime is now getting help from another US ally, Saudi Arabia. Where, wonders Nicholas Kristof, is the outrage from American officials? It's easy to condemn the likes of Moammar Gadhafi, but things get pretty quiet when our... More »

Arab League Backs No-Fly Zone in Libya

Move could make it easier for UN, US to act

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi just got a little more isolated: The 22-nation Arab League today called on the UN to impose a no-fly zone over Libya, reports the BBC . The bloc presented it as a humanitarian mission as opposed to a military intervention to win over leery members, notes AP . It should... More »

Saudi Police Open Fire on Protesters

One injured, with bigger protests planned tomorrow

(Newser) - Has the wave of Arab unrest finally reached closely watched Saudi Arabia? The AP reports that Saudi police opened fire at a protest in the eastern city of Qatif today. At least one man was injured, and protesters have called for a bigger "day of rage" tomorrow after Friday... More »

In Revolution, Dignity Returns to Arab World

After decades of repression, Arabs feel liberated, as one

(Newser) - There's blood and chaos in the revolutions wracking the Arab world, but there's also a new dignity and hope rising from the smoldering ashes of years of repression, reports Jeffrey Fleischman in the LA Times. Such feelings were an important part of the pan-Arabism of the 1950s, but decades of... More »

Syria Still Unscathed —but True Test Awaits

David Ignatius: If Assad delays reforms, he could suffer Mubarak's fate

(Newser) - Syria has reason to be worried about the Arab revolution sweeping its neighbors, writes David Ignatius in the Washington Post . After all, it "has an authoritarian regime dominated by a corrupt Baath Party—a relic of the age of dictators that is being swept away in so many other... More »

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