News and Analysis (2/28/11)

For some, Lebanon’s “complicated and delicate  power-sharing agreement … based on political confessionalism that aims to maintain a balance between the country’s 18 religious sects” is to blame for the countries problems “including corruption and war”:

Unsatisfied with promises of more government jobs and increased authority to the elected consultative council, protesters demand “the trial of all ministers” and the “abolition of all taxes'”:

Before, working for Libyan radio “felt like a gun was being held to our heads.” Now, says broadcaster Ahmed Omar el-Naili, “I’m not getting paid, but it’s an incredible relief to be speaking freely for the first time in my life”:

After militiamen fired on protesters in Tripoli last Friday …

… Gaddafi’s son denies charges of aerial bombardment of civilians and Christine Ammanpour admits she’s seen no evidence of it …

… and the Western city of Zawiya is falling to the opposition:

Grégoire Mallard, assistant professor of sociology at Northwestern University, calls for an Arab bill of rights:

After Ghannouchi resigns with the explanation “I am not ready to be the person who takes decisions that would end up causing casualties”:

An Israeli official suggests banning the Muslim Brotherhood, but Prof.  John Esposito argues that “in a new, more open and pluralistic political climate, they will be but one of many potential political players and parties”:

Hamas calls the curriculum a plot “to justify acts of slaughter against the Palestinian people,” but the former director of UNRWA in Gaza, an advocate for Palestinian refugees and critic of Israeli policies  says an understanding of “the great injustices of the 20th century” will give Palestinian children tools “to fight legitimately for their own cause”:

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