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A poster of President Bashar al-Assad on a wall in the Syrian capital Damascus. (Photo: Sean Long/Flickr)
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18 Jan 12
Syrian president has shown by his actions that removing him is the only option.
Richard Giragosian, director of the Regional Studies Centre in Yerevan. (Photo courtesy of R. Girogasian)
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23 Dec 11
Twenty years on, oligarchs control economy and have moved into politics.
Hikmet Hadjy-zadeh of the Far Centre in Baku. (Photo courtesy of H. Hajizade)
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23 Dec 11
Despite difficulties of transition, eyewitness to Azerbaijan’s separation from Soviet Union has no regrets.
US military banner is furled in a ceremony to mark the end of US military operations in Iraq, December 15, 2011. (Photo: Sgt. Jessica M. Kuhn, XVIII Airborne Corps PAO/US Army)
Editorial Comment
15 Dec 11
Does end of military mission expose Iraq to new dangers?
Demonstrators in Cairo, November 26, 2011. (Photo: Lilian Wagdy/Flickr)
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29 Nov 11
Army presented itself as saviour of spring revolution, but is proving to be just the opposite.
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25 Nov 11
Even state broadcasters are airing criticism, although red lines for free speech remain.
Editorial Comment
24 Nov 11
Victory for incumbent president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is good news despite election boycott by her chief opponent.
Editorial Comment
9 Nov 11
Flawed preparations for upcoming ballot means results likely to be disputed, and may even provoke violence.
Editorial Comment
3 Nov 11
Arab countries embracing democracy should learn from the costly mistakes made in Iraq’s post-Saddam era.
Editorial Comment
19 Oct 11
Many Syrian activists have denounced the Arab League call for talks as effectively a green light for Assad to attempt to crush will of demonstrators.

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