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Middle East Protests: SPSSI’s Pick of the Best News

4 March 2011

Should the Arabs and the West do anything to remove Muammar Qaddafi?
"Outsiders, led by the UN, must help Libya’s emerging transitional councils with humanitarian aid. The UN Security Council may yet have to be persuaded to restore peace by invoking the ample power of Chapter VII."

Middle East protests: Country by country
"Following the fall of the presidents of Egypt and Tunisia, unrest has been spreading throughout the region. Could a domino effect sweep more leaders from power?"

Gene Sharp: Author of the nonviolent revolution rulebook
"Gene Sharp is the world's foremost expert on non-violent revolution. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages, his books slipped across borders and hidden from secret policemen all over the world."

Arab unrest: Winners and losers
"The winners are the people of the Middle East who have been politically oppressed for decades. Millions of voiceless Arabs and Muslims have regained their voice. The current intifada, or revolution, is not just about bread and butter or jobs - it is about freedom and individual liberties. For the first time in the past 40 years, the people of the Middle East are trying to own their histories and determine their futures."

Counter-terrorism and Arab revolt
"The best means of countering and isolating the extremists lies in appeals to international justice, social empowerment and democratic reform. If the West were actually to engage in a war of ideas, to try to address the fundamental causes of resort to terrorism, it would begin by addressing its policies in these areas."

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