The Takeaway

Which Country Will Define Arab Spring?

Thursday, June 09, 2011

In watching the developments across the Middle East region, there seem to be one of two paths that nations experiencing the Arab Spring can take. Although 800 Egyptians died in revolts leading up to the removal of Hosni Mubarak’s long-standing regime, the country is now on a path toward more democratic rule. The same can’t be said for Libya, Syria or Yemen where entrenched regimes—or a solitary figure, in the case of Muammar Gadaffi—refuse to cede power.

While some call Egypt and Tunisia the shining model for the Arab Spring’s revolutions — isn’t it more accurate to see it as an exception to the rule of civil war? 

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From Libya to Washington

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Always what's shocking in polls is when people admit what they haven't heard of. In the course of watching what's going on in Egypt, Lybia, Tunisia, all the other places in recent times, I've been astounded by the poll numbers of people who say they have only barely heard that there is something going on.

David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times, on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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