Despite nearly five years of repression, the Muslim Brotherhood has proven resilient. The group may yet eat away at the Egyptian regime's legitimacy and even its stability.
African illegal migrants are entering Yemen in greater numbers, despite the ongoing war there.
It is the disdain of the regime that gives the Algerians the strength to say enough is enough.
The protests represent a unique sequence of events that Algeria has not witnessed since the 1990's.
Since Bouteflika's illness in 2013, the regime running Algeria is composed of state bureaucrats, business leaders, and political military elites.
In the face of poor election results for the last five years, Bahrain’s Sunni Islamists have fallen back on the loyalism and political quiescence common to oil-rich states.
Declining economic conditions are a chief concern of citizens in the Middle East. Thus, the future of Salafi parties is ultimately tied to the success of their economic proposals.
The determination of the Algerian people in pursuing the protests is particularly striking, especially its cross-generational nature.
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