Middle East

The New Egypt : Opinion Brief
Egyptian riot police stand guard as protesters demonstrate in front of the presidential palace in Cairo on Dec. 7.

Mohamed Morsi's concessions: Crisis averted in Egypt?

Egypt's president gives up newly declared powers to pacify his liberal-secular opponents, but it may not be enough

The New Egypt : Opinion Brief
Morsi delivers a televised statement in Cairo on Dec. 6.

Is Mohamed Morsi losing control of Egypt?

Egypt's president pours rhetorical gas on the fiery confrontations rocking his country, prompting worries that it's too late to save Egypt's fledgling democracy

The New Egypt : Analysis
An Egyptian woman holds a national flag as she listens to speakers in Tahrir Square on Dec. 4.

Dispatch from Cairo: How Egypt's revolution turned on itself

An escalating conflict is threatening to turn a nasty parliamentary debate into something more akin to a civil war

Syria's Uprising : Opinion Brief
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen: "To anyone who would want to attack Turkey, we say, 'Don't even think about it.'"

NATO missiles on the Turkey-Syria border: A big blow to Assad?

The western military alliance is moving to the front lines for the first time in Syria's 20-month civil war

Iran's Threat : The Bullpen
D.B. Grady

D.B. Grady: Obama is right to oppose new sanctions on Iran

The White House's move is a good first step toward bringing Iran to the bargaining table

The New Egypt : Opinion Brief
Supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi rally in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court in Maadi, south of Cairo, on Dec. 2.

Have Islamists derailed Egypt's fledgling democracy?

The country's courts shut down, intensifying their power struggle against President Mohamed Morsi and his Islamist allies

The New Egypt : Photos
Tens of thousands of Egyptians crowd into Tahrir Square to once again protest a power-hungry president.

Egypt's deja vu revolution: Side-by-side photo comparisons

Just as they did in 2011, angry Egyptians are taking to the streets. And the whole scene is looking very familiar

The New Egypt : Analysis
Anti-judicial graffiti in Cairo — presumably painted by leftist protesters

Dispatch from Cairo: What's really happening in Tahrir Square

Egypt's secularists, unable to counter the Muslim Brotherhood's impressively powerful political machine, are turning increasingly violent

Israel vs. The Palestinians : The List
Palestinians celebrate the U.N.'s upgrade on Thursday of the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member state.

How the U.S. should react to the U.N.'s recognition of a Palestinian state

Palestinians cheer the status upgrade from the United Nations General Assembly. Many American lawmakers are less enthused

Syria's Uprising : Instant Guide
Members of the Free Syrian Army use laptops on Aug. 18: Today, they won't be able to connect to the internet.

Why Bashar al-Assad unplugged the internet in Syria

Early Thursday morning, the war-torn Mideast nation disappeared from the internet. What happened?

Israel vs. The Palestinians : The List
Joyous Palestinians show their support of the U.N. resolution that would give their territory "non-member observer state" status.

What the Palestinians will get from U.N. recognition

The Palestinian Authority is asking the United Nations General Assembly for a mostly symbolic status upgrade. How much good would that really do?

Israel vs. The Palestinians : Analysis
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly plans this week to ask the U.N. General Assembly to recognize Palestine as a "nonmember state."

Will the Palestinian Authority's bid for U.N. recognition kill hopes for Mideast peace?

Mahmoud Abbas plans to request a controversial status upgrade from the United Nations — despite strident objections from Israel and the U.S.

The New Egypt : Opinion Brief
A protester in Cairo holds up a poster with the faces of current Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and former President Hosni Mubarak as public anger mounts that Morsi is seizing too much power.

Is Egypt's Mohamed Morsi turning into Hosni Mubarak?

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood president just gave himself potentially dictatorial powers, prompting fears that history might be repeating itself

Israel vs. The Palestinians : Analysis
President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet on May 20: During the latest flare-up of violence in the Mideast, Obama has staunchly proclaimed Israel's right to defend itself.

The Israel-Gaza conflict: Proof that President Obama is a true friend to Israel?

Mitt Romney spent months accusing Obama of throwing Israel "under the bus." Obama's stance on Gaza might finally put such accusations to rest

Israel vs. The Palestinians : The Bullpen
D.B. Grady

D.B. Grady: How Hamas' rockets and Israel's missile-defense system work

The fate of the escalating conflict in the Middle East rests primarily on how effective machinery on both sides turns out to be

Israel vs. The Palestinians : Opinion Brief
Palestinians gather around a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on Nov. 19.

The Israel-Gaza conflict: An opportunity to revive the long-stalled peace process?

The latest round of fighting has underscored the need for a viable solution to halt the region's endless cycle of violence

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