| Jul 17, 2013
"As Egypt goes," says an old adage, "so goes the Mideast." But the historic changes underway in Egypt have repercussions far beyond even that.
For four decades, Egypt, as the political and military leader of the Arab world, has been the linchpin of U.S....
| Aug 4, 2013
| 11:16 AM
Yemen's Nobel Peace Prize winner, Tawakul Karman, was turned away at Cairo's airport Sunday when she arrived with the intention of joining protests against the military coup that toppled President Mohamed Morsi.
According to various news accounts,...
| Jul 4, 2013
| 10:00 AM
CAIRO -- The passions fueling Egypt's political turbulence arose directly from the "Arab Spring" of 2011, but they have deeper roots in a decades-long struggle over the nation's identity between two authoritarian forces -- Islamists and a secular military...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 5:00 AM
In less than a week, more than 2,000 prisoners, many of them Islamic militants trained by Al Qaeda, have been broken out of detention in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan in spectacularly violent raids.
The spree of suicide bombings and rocket fire that has...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 9:35 AM
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's political party is facing a massive defeat in an election that local observers say was rigged -- and now faces a familiar problem.
Does his Movement for Democratic Change call...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 8:17 AM
TUNIS, Tunisia -- A Tunisian nationalist was shot to death at his home Thursday, the second assassination this year of an opposition figure in a country strained by the conflict between Islamist and secular political forces.
Mohammed Brahmi, a member of...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 8:13 PM
At a moment when the world is transfixed by bloody political dramas unspooling in Egypt and Syria, a book about business start-ups in the Arab world might seem poorly timed.
But many of the same social and technological factors behind the region's...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 11:02 AM
TEHRAN -- Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and at least 10 other religious and political opposition figures were released from prison Wednesday with no explanation for the reprieve offered by the new government of President Hassan Rouhani....
| Sep 18, 2013
| 11:40 AM
The commentariat has been in overdrive lately dissecting President Obama's approach to Syria: It is dizzying, incompetent, deceptive, confused or, as columnist Jonah Goldberg put it Tuesday in The Times, a case of "bait-and-switch."
Goldberg has a...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 9:02 AM
The protests' size is a stunning rejection and raises questions about Morsi's survival and whether the military might take control if violence spreads....
| Sep 15, 2013
I would have liked to know what the drummer hoped and what she expected. We will never know why she decided to take a drum to the central markets of Paris on Oct. 5, 1789, and why, that day, the tinder was so ready to catch fire from the drumbeat's...