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Wednesday 30 Mar 2011

Courtney Minick [Board Member, Death Penalty Focus]: "Governor Pat Quinn recently signed a bill to ban the use of the death penalty in Illinois. The state has been wrestling with the issue of capital punishment for over ten years. Senate Bill 3539 was passed in both houses of the Illinois [read more]

Saturday 19 Mar 2011

Gary C. Gambill [Editor, Mideast Monitor]: "Last month, an extraordinarily popular uprising against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was interrupted by a turn of events that is not uncommon when aging autocrats outlive their capacity to protect deeply vested interests - a bloodless seizure of power by generals promising a transition [read more]

Friday 18 Mar 2011

Gabor Rona [International Legal Director, Human Rights First]: "Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is committing atrocities against his people. His armed forces, police and mercenaries have been reported to be systematically targeting civilians in a misguided attempt to quell public demonstrations for democratic reform. A week ago, UN Secretary General Ban [read more]

Friday 11 Mar 2011

Patricia DeGennaro [International Security Specialist, Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute]: "One Arab government after the other is falling - Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. Following their lead are Algeria, Yemen, Bahrain and perhaps even Iraq. The kings from Jordan and Saudi Arabia are handing out money to quell any rebellion. All [read more]

Monday 7 Mar 2011

Professor Ilan Pappe [Department of History, University of Exeter]: "The Middle East is producing good and hopeful news for the first time in many years. For quite a while, the only potential progress in the region has been a series of attempts to resolve the long-standing conflict between Israel [read more]

Thursday 3 Mar 2011

Dr. Jonathan Schanzer [Vice President of Research, Foundation for Defense of Democracies]: "Across the Middle East, protest movements are taking hold. While each draws inspiration from the examples of Egypt and Tunisia, each country has a story of its own. In Iran, for example, the world may be witnessing [read more]

Wednesday 2 Mar 2011

Farzana Hassan [Author, Women's rights activist]: "Much of the Arab world is in turmoil. The Shia majority in the tiny island kingdom of Bahrain has suffered years of oppression by the ruling Sunni minority and is now demanding freedom. The citizens of newly liberated Egypt and Tunisia suffered economic hardship [read more]

Tuesday 1 Mar 2011

Lindsay Green-Barber [PhD Candidate, CUNY]: "Ecuador's President Correa will today sign an executive decree ordering a consulta popular (referendum) to be held within 67 days. While the justices of Ecuador's Corte Constitucional have, with a majority of opinions, deemed President Correa's proposed consulta [Spanish] as constitutional, it remains anything but [read more]

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