A Tenuous Mideast Spring

(Washington Post) Jackson Diehl - The politics of the Arab Spring are not that simple. The old autocracies, though on the defensive, haven't given up: In Lebanon, as in Egypt and in the Palestinian territories, they are maneuvering to postpone or rig the democratic elections that are scheduled in the next six months. Powerful Islamic movements - Lebanon's Hizballah, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, and the Palestinian Hamas - waver over an embrace of democratic politics while trying to preserve their violent options.

2005-04-19 00:00:00

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