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February 26th, 2014
thesmithian

'…chronic instability is becoming the norm. First it was Egypt and Libya and Syria, and, in the past few days, it has been Ukraine and Venezuela—and Turkey and Thailand, too…'

In most of these cases, protesters and police do battle…without apparent conclusion…In each place, the formula is pretty much the same: demonstrators take to the streets by the thousands to decry varying degrees of corruption, insecurity, and a lack of democratic transparency—all justifiable citizens’ complaints. The response of the embattled leaders has been to objectify their opponents (calling them C.I.A.-bankrolled “fascists” in the case of Ukraine and Venezuela, and “terrorists” in the case of Egypt, Libya, and Syria), to hunker down and fight back, and in some cases, to unleash terror.

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February 16th, 2014
thesmithian

…growing number of young Egyptians say the government’s heavy-handed crackdown on any opposition is widening a generation gap, which poses a longer-term threat to stability.

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February 1st, 2014
thesmithian

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama devoted most of a limited section on foreign policy to the Middle East but uttered not one word about that region’s most populous and influential nation: Egypt.

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January 26th, 2014
thesmithian

…death toll from clashes during protests in Egypt has risen to 49 in violence that erupted on the third anniversary of the…uprising which toppled Hosni Mubarak.

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November 4th, 2013
thesmithian

“The Square” understands that the Revolution itself is a work in progress, and while its immediacy means it, too, will soon be superseded, it stands as a vigorous, useful account.

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