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from Breakingviews:

Swiss make life a bit more difficult for despots

February 14, 2011

By Margaret Doyle
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

from Chrystia Freeland:

When the hacker ethos meets capitalism

By Chrystia Freeland
February 11, 2011

The uprising in Egypt has provoked the familiar “realism-versus-idealism” foreign policy debate in many Western capitals, as diplomats and politicians struggle to balance their ideological sympathy for the protesters against fears of chaos and the threat of a future anti-Western and anti-Israel policy from Cairo if the people do win.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Egypt and Pakistan; something borrowed, something new

February 9, 2011

candelightThe Egyptian uprising contains much that is familiar to Pakistan - the dark warnings of a coup, in Egypt's case delivered by Vice President Omar Suleiman, the role of political Islam, and a relationship with the United States distorted by U.S. aid and American strategic interests which do not match those of the people.

from The Great Debate:

Resetting Egypt’s economy

By Mohamed El-Erian
February 9, 2011

EGYPT/

By Mohamed A. El-Erian
El-Erian is the CEO of PIMCO. He spent part of his childhood in Egypt where his father was a professor of international law at Cairo University and then served as an Egyptian diplomat and was elected to the International Court of Justice in 1978. The opinions expressed are his own.

from FaithWorld:

Concern about Islamists masks wide differences among them

February 4, 2011

holding up korans

(Hamas supporters hold up copies of the Koran at a protest in Gaza City December 26, 2010/Mohammed Salem)

from Chrystia Freeland:

The Authoritarian International goes on the defensive

By Chrystia Freeland
February 4, 2011

It has been a bad couple of weeks for what Vitali Silitski, a political scientist, calls the Authoritarian International.

from Breakingviews:

Egypt’s financial system faces a moment of truth

February 3, 2011

Egypt's financial system faces a moment of truth. The country didn't have an economic crisis before the past ten days of protests began. But its banks and stock exchange have been closed for a week. When they reopen, starting on Sunday, the fear is that the political turmoil could prompt a financial meltdown.

from FaithWorld:

Can Arabs learn from Turkish model of Islam and democracy?

February 3, 2011

erdogan

(Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, December 2, 2008/Umit Bektas)

Could the Middle Eastern unrest start to unsettle financial markets?

January 31, 2011

-”Kathleen Brooks is research director at forex.com. The opinions expressed are her own.”-

from The Great Debate:

Egypt’s turmoil leaves Israel silent and worried

By Guest Contributor
January 31, 2011

EGYPT/

By Alan Elsner, who is the communications director for The Israel Project. The opinions expressed are his own.