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Arab Democracy: Too Early to Celebrate!

By Manar Rachwani

“It is the fourth wave of democracy”, writes an Arab sociologist after the success of the Egyptian uprising (or revolution) in forcing former President Hosni Mubarak to step down last month. Just weeks after the unexpected Jasmine Revolution that toppled the brutal Tunisian dictator, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali. 

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US Veto on UN Settlement Resolution Shows Obama Is Not Ready for Change

By Andrea Dessi

On 18 February, the US vetoed a UN Resolution describing Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories as “illegal” and “constituting a major obstacle” for peace. First submitted by Lebanon in late December 2010 on behalf of the Arab Group and the Palestinians, the resolution was co-sponsored by over 120 nations and received the endorsement of all other veto-wielding members on the Security Council. In the hope of attracting a unanimous pledge of support the resolution was specifically drafted to include wording contained in past UN resolutions as well as US and EU statements on the topic of Israeli settlements.

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Fear and Loathing in Lukashenko’s Belarus

By Roland Bensted

With public and media attention focused on popular protests in the Middle East, another brutal crackdown continues in Europe. 

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The Arab Revolution Spreads to Algeria

By Farah Mendjour-Ounissi

After months of intense protests across the Arab world that have led to the fall of Presidents Ben Ali of Tunisia and Mubarak of Egypt, one question remains on everyone’s mind: who is next? In Tahrir Square last Saturday, Egyptian protestors chanted "Today Egypt, tomorrow Algeria", positioning Tunisia’s neighbour Algeria as the next domino to fall in this remarkable Arab revolution. 

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Political Consciousness in Yemen: Enough To Topple the Government?

By Elisenda Ballesté

Very few observers would have thought that January’s revolts in Tunis would lead to the fall of President Ben Ali. Even fewer would have predicted the domino effect that Tunisian citizens would pass on to their fellow Muslims in the region. Yet, popular protests against the regimes in Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Bahrain, Algeria, and even Syria and Iran, quickly followed. This article focuses on Yemen, the poorest Arab country and one, like many other Middle Eastern countries, in which the President has remained in power for more than three decades.

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Unity and Division in the Heart of Europe: the Paradox of Brussels

By Roland Bensted

Brussels, a major international city, tourist hub and home to nearly 1,1 million residents, is often seen as a place of unity. It is the capital of federal Belgium, the heart of the EU and host to NATO, international financial institutions and major corporations. Yet, it is also the central battleground in ethnically and linguistically divided Belgium, the former seat of a particularly brutal colonial empire and a place of significant social divisions, highlighted by its 16 per cent unemployment rate.

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Are Hugo Chávez’ Special Laws the Catalyst to the End?

By Antonio Corrales

Since the last legislative elections, the Venezuelan political environment has radically changed pace from its course over the last twelve years.