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The Fierce Pressures Facing Pakistan
Middle East Transparent
The single worst legacy of military rule since the 1970s, the time of the loss of East Pakistan—now Bangladesh—has been ... of the education of army officers at the National Defense University, the premier university in the country.

Support for Free Speech Falls across Mideast, Survey Finds
Naharnet
Support for freedom of speech has dropped across a number of Middle Eastern and North African countries since 2013, according to a survey by the Qatari branch of a U.S. university. In Saudi Arabia, Egypt and, most notably, Tunisia, the numbers of people ...

The Middle East shows no signs of recovering soon
Lebanon Daily Star
Graham Allison, who heads the Belfer Center at Harvard University, argues that the U.S. government should be careful about trying to fix problems in the Middle East until it understands them better. He contrasts the deadly Ebola virus with the ideological ...

Turkish student gets suspended jail term over retweet
Lebanon Daily Star
Meral Tutcali, a female sociology student from Anadolu University in the city of Eskisehir, retweeted in January 2014 material from Turkish satirical news site "Zaytung", the Turkish equivalent of the comic American fake news site "The Onion." The article ...

Pro-Regime Syrians Support Army but Dodge Draft
Naharnet
Comb through neighborhoods' - Faced with a "war of attrition... the government must use considerable coercion" to replenish its ranks, said Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma.



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