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  • When Syria falls

    By Rob Eshman

    March 23, 2011 | 2:11 pm

    The writer Leon Wieseltier opened his keynote address at the Daniel Pearl Memorial lecture at UCLA last month with a telling joke.

    “For 50 years, nothing ever changed in the Middle East,” he said, “until the minute I sat down to write this speech.”

    How true. Monarchs and...

  • Fresh clashes in Syria as thousands protest Assad regime

    March 21, 2011 | 8:56 am

    The Syrian army deployed on Monday at the entrances to the southern city of Daraa as officials tried to calm passions following protests for freedom in which five civilians were killed, residents said.

    Thousands of mourners marched at the funeral of 23-year-old Raed al-Kerad who died on Sunday, the latest of five protesters to be killed by security forces. Mourners chanted slogans demanding political freedom and an end to corruption.

    “God, Syria, freedom. The people want the overthrow of corruption,” they chanted.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

  • Libya security forces on guard as anti-government protests break out in Tripoli

    March 4, 2011 | 9:14 am

    Several hundred opponents of Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi spilled out of a mosque in the capital after prayers on Friday and started chanting: “Gadhafi is the enemy of God!”

    Initially there was no sign of any security presence at the protest but pro-Gadhafi militias armed with...

  • IDF secures Egypt border fearing terrorist infiltration from Sinai

    February 1, 2011 | 12:43 am

    In light of the unrest in Egypt, Israel has been preparing for the possibility that tens of thousands of African asylum-seekers in that country could flood across the border into Israel in fear of their lives.

    Army and Border Police forces have been beefed up along the Egyptian...

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