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  • Palestine Remains Calm Despite Leaks

    If Palestinians had been looking for a reason to join the protests sweeping the Arab world, Al-Jazeera provided one last week with a trove of leaked documents suggesting their leaders had made deep concessions to Israel in peace talks over the past decade. Among other things, negotiators apparently agreed to forgo the repatriation to Israel of most Palestinian refugees, a taboo issue if ever there was one. Yet across the West Bank, Palestinians remained mostly indifferent to the news. Few showed up at protests, and no mainstream figure called for President Mahmoud Abbas’s resignation. The backlash that some analysts had predicted never materialized.
  • Zbigniew Brzezinski Discusses Egypt Protests

    As President Jimmy Carter’s national-security adviser during the 1979 fall of the shah in Iran, Zbigniew Brzezinski has dealt intimately with history-bending revolutions. After mass protests deposed a regime in Tunisia and later spread to the streets of Egypt and Yemen last week, NEWSWEEK’s John Barry talked to the Johns Hopkins professor about the way young people across the Arab world—many of them disaffected and disenchanted—are now connecting on the circuits of a new revolutionary age.
  • Four Big Ideas From Davos

    In between all the one-on-one schmoozing at the World Economic Forum, some compelling ideas do get kicked around. Here’s what’s on the radar of leaders and luminaries.
  • France's Baby Boom

    The brooding French may be the world’s biggest pessimists—61 percent anticipated more economic hardship in 2011, more than twice the global average, according to a recent Gallup International poll—but they’re still adding new infants to their healthy broods.
  • China's New Sex Symbol: The Bureaucrat

    In the category of the world’s sexiest politicians, China’s dour communist apparatchiks would seem to be far behind America’s legendary ladies’-men presidents and Europe’s bunga-bunga leaders. But a survey released in December by the All-China Women’s Federation found that a Middle Kingdom mandarin is the top pick for an ideal partner among Chinese women.
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    Revolt on Egypt's Streets

    As President Hosni Mubarak sought to stem the tide of anger by dismissing his cabinet and appointing a new vice president, hundreds of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets, demanding more.
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    Egypt Revolution: Inside a Cairo Street Protest

    In the Egyptian capital, demonstrators are defying President Mubarak’s curfew and fighting police. Ursula Lindsey joined a group of young protesters Friday and reports on the dramatic scenes.
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    YouTube Captures Scenes From Egypt Protests

    The streets in Egypt have been erupting for days. YouTube video has been a reliable source of news and images from Egypt. Here's a look at some amazing moments caught live.      
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    Egypt Protests Show American Foreign-Policy Folly

    One afternoon a couple of weeks ago, I walked into the British Foreign Office for a meeting with Middle East policy planners. “Tunisia is melting down and the Lebanese government has just fallen,” my host said as he welcomed me. “Interesting times.”
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    Inside Egypt's Facebook Revolt

    After hundreds of arrests in Cairo Wednesday, some protest organizers have gone missing and are presumed jailed. Now activists are using Egypt’s oldest social medium to keep up the fight.
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    Mohamed ElBaradei: The Return of the Challenger

    Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei is headed back to Egypt despite direct threats against his life. On the eve of his return, the former U.N. official who is the Mubarak regime's most high-profile opponent shares his thoughts about the young people who’ve taken to the streets, political Islam, and the role of the United States.
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    Revolution by Internet

    Basem Fathi, an organizer of Monday's protests in Cairo, was scrambling around the capital, trying to buy towels and tents. On a day in which tens of thousands of people thronged the streets in the type of large-scale protests that authoritarian Egypt hasn't seen in decades, demonstrators had occupied the central Tahrir Square.
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    Hizbullah Ruling From the Shadows

    If Hizbullah weren’t so smart, it wouldn’t be so dangerous. This Shiite militia, created by Iran and backed by Syria, has never had a problem using force, naturally. But now that it is in a position to govern—a position it got to through constitutional maneuvering—it’s not acting like the overbearing Party of God so much as an éminence grise.
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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.
  • Davos: Robert Zoellick on the World's Challenges

    Over the past year, emerging markets such as China, India, and Brazil have continued to drive economic growth, while the developed world, namely the United States and parts of Europe, have remained mired in debt and unemployment. In the lead-up to the World Economic Forum in Davos, NEWSWEEK's R. M. Schneiderman interviewed World Bank president Robert B. Zoellick about the future of the global economy.
  • Will the Revolution Come to Egypt?

    Tunisia’s uprising last week invigorated frustrated activists around the region. Mike Giglio on a protest in Cairo that could mark the beginning of another upheaval.
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    A Weak Euro Gives Germany More Power

    “For every tax receipt that’s not collected,” goes a joke making the rounds in Athens these days, “the Germans will shoot 10 hostages.”