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Revolution is marching across the Middle East and the remaining dictators are quacking in their boots.  

When Egypt’s youth followed the example of  Tunisia’s peaceful overthrow of  its corrupt government, the world watched in awe as the ground shook for eighteen days until Hosnei Mubarak was forced to stepped down.   And now that the people of Egypt are engaged in the difficult task of bringing the right reforms to their government, the ground is starting to shake in neighbouring Algeria, in Bahrain, in Yemen, in Libya, and yes also in Iran. 

So the question is what will happen now?  Are we watching the inevitable collapse of all the repressive regimes in the Middle East as we did when the people of Eastern Europe demanded their freedom not so long ago?  And if yes, what will take their place?  

Among the many opinions and analyses that are being offered about the transformation that is underway in the Middle East, I find the insights of Ahmet Davutoglu most convincing.  As Turkey’s foreign minister he is a credible witness to the struggle for a more democratic Middle East.   I’d like to share an in-depth interview with him in which he discusses how the Middle East can successfully combine democracy and Islam. 

Ahmet Davutoglu – Talk to Al Jazeera – Al Jazeera English.

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NEDA

YOUR DEATH COMES

TO ME ON THE INTERNET.

YOUR EYES COMPLETE

THE ARC TOWARD DEATH

AS THE MEN LOWER

YOU TO THE PAVEMENT

ON THE STREETS OF TEHRAN.

YOUR FATHER CALLS TO YOU

WHILE ANOTHER TELLS YOU

NOT TO BE AFRAID.

BUT YOUR EYES

ROLL SLOWLY

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT

AND YOUR BLOOD

RED AND FIERCE

POURS LIKE A RIVER

FROM YOUR MOUTH.

NEDA,

MAY YOUR DYING NOT BE IN VAIN!

MAY YOUR BLOOD FEED

THE RIVER OF RAGE!!

MAY YOUR SACRIFICE BRING

JUSTICE TO YOUR LAND!!!

E. Borgstadt

Reuters/Christian Hartmann/June 24, 2009/Zurich

Reuters/Christian Hartmann/June 24, 2009/Zurich

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