by The Economist
Libya aside, five countries have suffered heavily in the push for democracy
SINCE the Arab uprisings began in Tunisia last December, details of each one—plus the related government crackdown—have been widely reported by the world’s media and the protesters themselves. But it is tricky to make accurate calculations of the number of lives lost. The death toll in Libya has proved particularly difficult to determine. Groups such as Amnesty International that gather casualty figures have been unable to operate in some parts of the country and both the rebel forces and Colonel Muammar Qaddafi’s government tend to inflate the numbers killed to bolster their causes. Beyond Libya, though, humanitarian groups are still able to record reported deaths. Our table lists the number of lives lost in the five countries that have seen the worst violence since the protests began. Yet since official figures only reflect recorded deaths, the true numbers are likely to be a lot higher.
by Thomas Friedman
Where does the Arab World go from here?
a really accurate analysis and overview of what has taken place in the middle east so far, and what could occur in the future. friedman balances historical perception with the current uprisings to determine what will come out of the protests in the arab world. -marc
by Tom Pfeiffer and Sarah Mikhail
(Reuters) - Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was in hospital on Tuesday after falling ill while being questioned as part of an investigation into the killing of protesters and corruption.
either these dictators are really suffering, or something fishy’s going on. -marc
by Thomas Fuller
When security forces rushed to protect brothels last week it marked a new phase of the revolution as Tunisians fiercely debate the role of Islam in politics.
this question should be on the minds of those in egypt, libya, bahrain, and other nations seeing protests to determine what will come next. i am still hoping for the best in tunisia and the rest of the middle east. islam can definitely play a role in the process, and this religion of peace must not be distorted during the transition to create true democracies in the middle east which represent all people. -marc