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Monday, March 28, 2011

Middle East Unrest: What’s Shaping Government Response?

Anti-government protesters salute during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa,Yemen. (AP)

Anti-government protesters salute during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa,Yemen. (AP)

In Syria, security forces have opened fire on demonstrators in at least six locations. Unrest continues in Jordan with nearly 200 dead after police broke up a pro-reform protest camp in Amman. In Yemen, a powerful blast at an explosives factory killed dozens today after the facility was raided by Islamic militants.

And in Libya, while the opposition is making gains, U.S. military officials warn that the government remains strong enough to retake territory if the West stops supporting the rebels. We look at the cultural and historical dynamics behind the unrest in the Middle East with Rami Khouri, editor-at-large of the Daily Star, and director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.


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