This week you can read about Obama's record on the Middle East, the emerging Turkish-Egyptian alliance, and the Syrian telepreacher who's become the hero of the Salafist opposition:
- The Guardian: Barack Obama, the Arab spring and a series of unforeseen events (Ian Black, October 21)
"Expectations were enormous. Even at the time it was hard to imagine that this young African-American president with Muslim roots could meet them all. Still, Obama had opposed George Bush on Iraq and chided him for not doing enough to promote a just peace for the Palestinians - the two defining Middle Eastern issues of the preceding, turbulent years."