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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 »

Another 27 Killed in Syria Protests

Assad's troops again open fire on protesters

(Newser) - Human rights activists say at least 27 people, including a 10-year-old boy, were killed in Syria today during yet another round of government protests. Thousands flooded streets across the country, defying an unrelenting crackdown that has failed to crush a two-month uprising. Today's turnout—and the now-familiar, deadly response... 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 »

Syrian Troops Retake Mosque

Violence continues in Daraa after US penalties

(Newser) - Syrian army troops backed by tanks and helicopters today took a prominent mosque that had been controlled by residents in a besieged southern city, killing four people, a witness said. The operation in Daraa came a day after President Bashar Assad unleashed deadly force to crack down on a months-old... More »

Syrian Forces Again Open Fire; 42 Protesters Dead

Government troops try to quell uprest in Daraa, Damascus

(Newser) - Security forces opened fire today on demonstrators trying to break an army blockade on the southern city of Daraa, while thousands of others across Syria defied a protest ban and denounced President Bashar Assad's harsh crackdown on a six-week uprising. At least 42 people were killed, including 15 in... More »

Yemeni Leader Agrees to Resign

Ali Abdullah Saleh willing to hand over power in weeks

(Newser) - Yemen's embattled president agreed today to a proposal by Gulf Arab mediators to step down within 30 days and hand power to his deputy in exchange for immunity from prosecution. It's a major about-face for the autocratic leader who has ruled for 32 years. A coalition of seven... 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 »

Big Syria Concession: Emergency Law Being Lifted

It's been a main demand of protesters

(Newser) - Syria's president said today the emergency laws that have been in effect for nearly 50 years will be lifted—a key demand by a monthlong protest movement that has posed the most serious challenge yet to the regime. The big question: Whether it will appease protesters or encourage them... 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 »

Syrian Troops Open Fire on Protesters

Witnesses say widespread demonstrations met with violence

(Newser) - Syria's unrest is taking a turn for the worse. Violence erupted today as troops opened fire on protesters in several cities and pro- and anti-government crowds clashed on the tense streets of the capital, witnesses said. Soldiers shot at demonstrators in the restive southern city of Daraa after crowds set... More »

Syria Makes Concessions, but Protesters Unswayed

Foes call for mass demonstrations tomorrow

(Newser) - The Syrian government pledged today to consider lifting some of the Mideast's most repressive laws in an attempt to stop a week-long uprising in a southern city from spreading and threatening its nearly 50-year rule. The promises were immediately rejected by many activists who called for demonstrations around the country... 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 »

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