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Unrest spreads in Middle East to Bahrain, Yemen, Iran, Libya, and Iraq

by Neil MacFarquhar New York Times February 16, 2011

From northern Africa to the Persian Gulf, governments appeared to flounder over just how to outrun mostly peaceful movements, spreading erratically like lava erupting from a volcano, with no predictable end. ...

Bahrein citizens return to protest in Pearl Square after security forces stop attacking

by Michael Slackman New York Times February 16, 2011

MANAMA, Bahrain — Thousands of jubilant protesters surged back into the symbolic heart of Bahrain on Saturday as the government withdrew its security forces, calling for calm after days of violent crackdowns....

Egypt army sets six-month blueprint, but future role is unclear

by David D. Kirkpatrick New York Times February 14, 2011

CAIRO — The military officers who have governed Egypt since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak on Friday have laid out a brisk six-month timetable in which to draft constitutional amendments, submit them to a referendum and elect a new government, stirring debate about the military’s long-ter...

Mubarak family riches attract new focus

by Neil MacFarquhar, David Rohde and Aram Roston New York Times February 12, 2011

After Hosni Mubarak’s younger son, Gamal, left his job as an executive with Bank of America in London in the mid-1990s, he joined forces with Egypt’s largest investment bank. Today he has a significant stake in a private equity company with interests throughout the Egyptian economy, from oil to ...

MUBARAK STEPS DOWN Egypt’s military officially takes control as crowds in Cairo erupt in jubilation

by Michael Slackman and Anthony Shadid New York Times February 11, 2011

CAIRO — An 18-day-old revolt led by the young people of Egypt ousted President Hosni Mubarak on Friday, shattering three decades of political stasis here and overturning the established order of the Arab world. ...

see Haiti’s growing momentum towards democracy: The possible return of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and a pushback against the electo...

by Mark Weisbrot guardian.co.uk February 5, 2011

It didn't get much attention in the media, but US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did something quite surprising on Sunday. After taping interviews on five big Sunday talkshows about Egypt, she then boarded a plane to Haiti. Yes, Haiti. The most impoverished country in the hemisphere, not exactly...

Egypt’s ire turns to confidant of Mubarak’s son

by Kareem Fahim, Michael Slackman and David Rohde New York Times February 4, 2011

CAIRO — As Egyptians turned their anger on symbols of the state late last month, torching police stations along with the headquarters of President Hosni Mubarak’s ruling party, they reserved a special hatred for a garish building with black tinted windows in an upscale neighborhood, setting fire...

The US government and other foreign powers praise election decision

by Johnathan M. Katz Associated Press/Washington Post February 3, 2011

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Haiti panel announces candidates for runoff presidential election–government candidate dropped after charges of vote fraud, foreign government p...

by William Booth Washington Post February 3, 2011

Many Haitians sighed with relief Thursday after election officials announced that former first lady Mirlande Manigat will face Michel Martelly, a carnival singer known as "Sweet Micky," in a runoff presidential election next month....

Mubarak says he won’t run for President again

by David D. Kirkpatrick and Mark Landler New York Times February 2, 2011

WASHINGTON — Last Sunday at 2 p.m., a blue-and-white Air Force jet left Andrews Air Force Base bound for Cairo. On board was Frank G. Wisner, an adroit ex-diplomat whom President Obama had asked hours before to undertake a supremely delicate mission: nudging President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt out of...

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