Today's Qatar forged by gas exports

Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al Thani has become the unlikely apostle of Arab democracy from the Maghreb to Syria, but Qatar's emergence would not have happened without a coup d'état.

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African Angles: We need to be united to help Syria

Senior fellow for Middle Eastern affairs to the International Peace Institute, New York, and former Yemeni Ambassador to the UN/Photo/UN PHOTO/RICK BAJORNASThe international community would be able to speak with one voice if Russia played a more constructive role and negotiated an end to the violence.

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Zimbabwe officials warn of electoral violence

Zimbabwe’s Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa/Photo/ReutersZimbabwe's Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa has warned of civil strife similar to that in Syria and Libya as the southern  African country heads for elections President Robert Mugabe wants held this year.

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A criminal silence over the Libyan mess

The silence of the western press on the situation in Libya is deafening. This is no surprise as the pessimistic predictions of the critics of NATO's war to oust Gaddafi become reality.

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The road to hell

To borrow a little from Samuel Johnson, the road to hell is paved with good intentions and bad interventions.

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Just war theory and international hypocrisy

What informs the decision to intervene in one situation and leave out another? How is Syria for example different from Libya? What informed America for instance to intervene in the Balkans or lead a NATO assault of Belgrade to avoid genocide in Kosovo whilst ignoring similar atrocities or even worse ones in Rwanda? Could it be political, geo-political, strategic, economic or racial?

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The Syrian Crisis: Another case for military action

How does one situate the U.S. marines' firefight with Saddam's troops in Iraq to save people, who would have otherwise been massacred with impunity, with the Syrian crisis, especially when the diplomatic effort truncated by the presence of UN special envoy Kofi Annan has not stopped the violence?

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Senegal: Paranoia and pandemonium for a third term?

Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade, elected into office in 2000 is seeking a third term/Photo/ReutersAfrica's many entrenched presidents should learn lessons lost on recently deposed Arab tyrants as the Arab spring moves into another season.

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Egypt, Syria and Yemen: three areas of crisis - Terzi calls for democratic transition, without violence

Egypt, Syria and Yemen: three areas of crisis - Terzi calls for democratic transition, without violence

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Turkey: An enlarged sphere

Since the fall of Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, Turkey has wasted no opportunities to step into the limelight of Middle Eastern politics. Now it's asserting itself as the moral leader in the region.

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Abdelhamid Abu Zeid: Al Qaeda, Islamic Maghreb and the Arab Spring

Abdelhamid Abu Zeid, the hardened leader of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb may have to adjust his ideology in the wake of the Arab Spring.

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Egypt-Palestine: Looking after the neighbourhood

Egypt’s transitional government – and any that follow – will pay more attention to the political situation in the Middle East

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Should the African Union end cooperation with the ICC?

A campaign backed by the governments of Sudan and Kenya is calling for African states to break off relations with the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Join in the debate.      

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