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News Analysis
By Michael Nagler

Berkeley, California - The astonishing breakthrough in Egypt, when President Hosni Mubarak stepped down after weeks of protests, has rightly galvanised attention around the world. Yet as usual, there has been little commentary from the non-violence standpoint. While US President Barack Obama at least used the words “non-violence” in his recent congratulatory speech, we should realise that there is much more to the potential of non-violence than just protesting without weapons.
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by Farah I. Abdel Sater

When Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse wrote their 1965 song "Feeling Good", odds were pretty close to zero that the couple could imagine that this is what young Arab citizens 46 years later would be feeling – and in many places singing, thinking or shouting – in reaction to Tunisia's "Jasmine Revolution". (Full Story)

By Lina Attalah

Cairo - In April 2006, hundreds of Egypt’s Alexandrian Christians gathered to mourn the death of 78-year-old Nushi Girgis, a Christian who was stabbed at St. Mark and St. Peter’s Church during one of a series of attacks on churches in the city that year. As the crowd walked down the street, chanting religious hymns, people began throwing stones from their balconies. The scene quickly turned violent, pitting Muslims against Christians. (Full Story)

by Chrystie Swiney

WASHINGTON, DC - On the week of Nov. 29, 2010, Ismail Haniyeh, a senior political leader of Hamas, publicly announced his movement’s commitment to respecting “any peace deal” with Israel approved by Palestinian referendum. Stating Hamas’s desire to be “part of the solution, not the problem,” Haniyeh went on to proclaim Hamas’s commitment to “establishing a viable Palestinian state with full sovereignty on the land… occupied in 1967." (Full Story)

The latest round of U.S. State Department cables released by Wikileaks have hardly been surprising to anyone who follows foreign affairs. North Korea is a crazy state that everyone in the region wishes would collapse. Iran is the problem that dominates the security concerns of all its neighbors. (Full Story)
Kabul/Islamabad/Brussels - U.S. plans to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan by 2014 would lead to a collapse of the government in Kabul and serious security risks for the region. (Full Story)
African Union peacekeepers, especially those deployed in Somalia, are ill-equipped for the task, an industrialist says. Paramount Group executive chairman Ivor Ichikowitz says “African peacekeepers are deployed in some of the most dangerous environments, such as Somalia and Darfur. (Full Story)
By Nicolas von Kospoth

As news agencies reported early this week, the attraction which the governments of Iran and Bolivia feel towards each other has now become manifest in a number of bilateral agreements in various areas, including defence. According to different sources, Bolivian Economy and Finance Minister Luis Arce announced plans to purchase different defence-related equipment from Iran. (Full Story)

Segregation of inmates, the denial of radical texts and aggressive screening of clerics all are needed to stop Islamist radicalization from taking root in Canadian prisons, a new study recommends. (Full Story)
Beirut/Brussels - The crisis that has gripped Lebanon since the murder of former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri five years ago has taken a new and dangerous turn. (Full Story)
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