Mar 25, 2011

'Protect' the Syrians next?


LONDON — March 18 saw the first nationwide protests against the Ba'ath regime in Syria. If these protests develop into a full-scale revolt, the regime's response may dwarf that of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya. The last time Syrians rebelled, in the city of Hama in ...

/ Mar 9, 2011

The Gadhafis: like father, like son


LONDON — "The enemy of yesterday is the friend of today . . . . [I]t was a real war, but those brothers are free men now." Thus spoke Seif al-Islam Gadhafi in March 2010, referring to the leaders of the Libyan Islamic Fighting ...

Feb 5, 2011

The Arab world's '1989'?


LONDON — It was the Egyptian Army's statement that brought it all back: "To the great people of Egypt, your armed forces, acknowledging the legitimate rights of the people . . . have not and will not use force against the Egyptian people." In ...

/ Jan 1, 2011

Setting a new democratic agenda for Russia


MOSCOW — When Russian President Dmitry Medvedev delivered his annual address to the Federal Assembly, I was struck by the fact that his speech seemed intended for an advanced, prosperous country, not the real Russia of today. Russia will hold a presidential election in ...