News and Analysis (5/17-18/08)

Hezbollah’s recent tour de force in Beirut has helped reignite political talks in its favor…

…however, its victory comes at a very high price, as sectarian flames re-ignite with a new intensity:

Egypt’s civic movements seek to gain steam going digital, but Cairo’s Leviathan state is there ready to crackdown:

Economic concerns in the Middle East provide traction for Islamists to gain further ground at the grassroots level and in the ballot box:

Part of a larger counterterrorism strategy with Taliban militants, Pakistan secures the release of its ambassador after three months of capture…

… meanwhile, Pakistan’s lawyer movement aims to ratchet up the pressure after disappointment with politicians’ failure to restore the judges:

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