Stories by Babak Dehghanpisheh

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    The Next Iraq War

    With U.S. troops set to leave Baghdad, Sunnis and Shiites race toward a bloody showdown.
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    Iran's Rasputin

    The president’s chief of staff is the man behind the throne—and the Supreme Leader wants him gone.
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    For King or for Country?

    As opposition groups in Jordan ask for more reforms, the country’s prime minister–designate will need to walk a careful line.
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    Iran’s Shadowy Assassins

    The Revolutionary Guard unit behind Iran’s alleged plot to snuff the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S.
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    Najib Mikati

    Billionaire Najib Mikati chose to dive into Lebanon’s cutthroat political world.
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    Bombed Out

    Yemen’s president of more than three decades is badly wounded. Is a billionaire about to take his seat?
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    Rebel Yell

    They have arms. They hate Gaddafi. But can a quickly constituted crew down a dictator?
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    A Journey Through Egypt After the Revolution

    To see firsthand how the momentous changes in Egypt are playing out, a NEWSWEEK writer and a photographer traveled by train from Alexandria to Aswan, a journey of roughly 1,100 kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea through the Sahara.
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    Egypt’s Top Guns

    A look at the military men who will be running the country in the wake of President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation.
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    Rage Against the Regime

    From Tunisia to Egypt to Yemen, a youthful uprising is challenging the Arab world’s rulers. But if the old order falls, what will take its place?
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    Thousands Protest in Streets as Tunisia Effect Grips Egypt

    For nearly two weeks, pundits have speculated whether the ousting of Tunisian dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali would lead to further unrest in the region. The answer came today as thousands of protesters poured into the streets of Cairo and smaller Egyptian cities to chant slogans against President Hosni Mubarak and demand more rights.
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    Fears of Islamism as Tunisians Celebrate Change

    In a week of tumult since the ouster of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, one of the most significant developments has been the new freedom for religious Tunisians to preach and worship openly. But could that bring about another Iran?
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    A New Stalemate in Lebanon

    At about the same time that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was meeting President Obama in Washington on Wednesday morning, trouble was brewing back home: Hizbullah and its allies withdrew 11 ministers from the cabinet, effectively causing Lebanon’s government to collapse. As political hardball goes, this is a pretty difficult move to top.
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    Feared Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr Returns to Iraq

    After more than three years of self-imposed exile in Iran, the Shiite leader is back in the holy city of Najaf. Sadr kept a relatively low profile during his time in Iran, but he is unlikely to do the same in his home country.
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    Egypt Attack Puts Christians on Edge in Region

    The repercussions of the New Year’s Eve bombing in Alexandria have spread far beyond Egypt’s borders and have left many Christians in the region wondering what lies ahead.
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    Ahmadinejad Sidelines Rival in Foreign Ministry Shuffle

    The Iranian president showed his Donald Trump flair by firing Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki while he was on an official visit to Senegal, in a high-profile ouster unusual in Iran's opaque political scene.
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    Egypt Shark Attacks Spur Conspiracy Theories

    In the past week, the Egyptian resort town of Sharm al-Sheikh has been hit by a spate of gruesome shark attacks. The shark is still on the loose, prompting some Egyptian officials to accuse outside forces of sabotaging the country’s booming tourism industry.
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    Mohammad Badie on Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

    Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is the biggest opposition group running in the country’s parliamentary elections this week, but don’t expect to see its name on the ballot: the movement is banned and its candidates run as independents. In 2005 the group swept 20 percent of the seats, but a repeat performance seems unlikely. Hundreds of members have been arrested in recent weeks. Mohammad Badie, 67, a trained veterinarian who has spent more than 12 years in jail, was chosen to lead the group at the beginning of the year. He faces strong pressure from outside as well as internal dissent. He spoke with NEWSWEEK’s Babak Dehghanpisheh in Cairo. Excerpts:
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    Expectations Low as Egypt Heads Into Elections

    Voters say Muslim Brotherhood M.P.s have not delivered promised services, but opposition leaders argue that the government would not let them run for the local councils that really get the job done.
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    Parliamentary Panel Considered Impeaching Ahmadinejad

    A letter written by a parliamentary committee in Iran indicates that the Majlis, or Parliament, had considered "the questioning and impeachment" of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but refrained because of "orders" given by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for cooperation between the government and the Majlis.
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    Egypt’s nonviolent Islamists are in disarray. That’s not entirely their fault: in advance of parliamentary elections slated for Nov. 28, President Hosni Mubarak’s government has detained nearly 600 Muslim Brotherhood members and threatened many others.
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    Iraq Gets a New Government at Last

    After a marathon seven-hour negotiating session Wednesday night, Iraq’s fickle politicians finally came up with a breakthrough deal to form a government, more than eight months after elections.
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    Subsidy Cuts Could Spur Unrest in Iran

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent out an unusual message in a speech last week: time to tighten up your belts, or else. After months of wrangling between Ahmadinejad and the Parliament, or Majles, a sweeping five-year plan to cut government subsidies, valued at some $100 billion annually, is being put into effect.

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