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Latest News in the Middle East April 15 - 22 2014

Tuesday April 22, 2014
  • The Guardian: A frail and silent president embodies all that is wrong with Algeria (Nabila Ramdani, April 17)
  • "A frail pensioner in a wheelchair casting a vote was billed as a triumph for Algeria today. Those of us who watched Abdelaziz Bouteflika being pushed towards a temporary polling station at a school in the El Biar district of Algiers certainly felt a sense of occasion. The 77-year-old president is part and parcel of his country's history and - with the sun shining and the views stretching out towards the white-washed kasbah and the Mediterranean beyond - he was cheered by enthusiastic well-wishers."

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Latest News in the Middle East April 1 - 8 2014

Tuesday April 8, 2014
  • Reuters: Smooth Afghan poll raises questions about Taliban strength (John Chalmers & Maria Golovnina, April 7)
  • "A bigger-than-expected turnout in Afghanistan's presidential election and the Taliban's failure to derail the vote have raised questions about the capacity of the insurgents to tip the country back into chaos as foreign troops head home."

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Latest News in the Middle East March 27 - 31 2014

Monday March 31, 2014
  • Reuters: Erdogan targets enemies after poll triumph (HUMEYRA PAMUK AND NICK TATTERSALL, March 31)
  • "Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan looked a step closer to a presidential bid and to gaining the upper hand in a bitter power struggle on Monday, casting strong local election results as a mandate to hunt down enemies within the state "in their lair. His AK Party swept the electoral map in Sunday's polls, retaining control of the two biggest cities Istanbul and Ankara and increasing its share of the national vote as his pugnacious leadership style, beloved by a loyal, conservative voter base, trumped a stream of corruption allegations and security leaks."

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Latest News in the Middle East March 19 - 26 2014

Wednesday March 26, 2014

Arab League

  • BBC: The deep discord bedevilling the Arab world (Gerald Butt, March 25)
  • "The world has learned to expect rhetoric aplenty, but little of substance from Arab summits - and the one scheduled for Kuwait on 25-26 March will be no exception. Indeed, expectations are, if anything, even lower than in the past."

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