Haider Ala Hamoudi (Pittsburgh): The Paradoxical Success of the Iraq Constitution. Fanar Haddad (NUS): Sunni-Shia Relations After the Iraq War. George Emile Bisharat (Hastings): Re-Democratizing Palestinian Politics. From Reuters, a special investigation on the Assets of the Ayatollah: The economic empire behind Iran’s supreme leader. An intimate profile of a mass murderer: Annia Ciezadlo on how Syria's polite, genocidal dictator Bashar Al Assad won. On Monsterphilia and Assad: Muhammad Idrees Ahmad on the problems with the “anti-imperialist” position on Syria. Jordan Chandler Hirsch reviews Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation by Yossi Klein Halevi. Ralph Langer on Stuxnet's secret twin: The real program to sabotage Iran's nuclear facilities was far more sophisticated than anyone realized. Where are the good guys? The rise of jihadists and the worsening sectarian strife in Syria have put Western backers of the rebel opposition in a quandary. Is a Third Intifada in the offing? Khalid Amayreh on how a worsening Palestinian economy, peace process stalemate, and Israeli expansion could lead to new uprising. Mitchell Plitnick on Obama of Arabia. "The near future of Iraq is dark": Patrick Cockburn interviews Muqtada al-Sadr. The desert of Israeli democracy: Max Blumenthal on how a trip through the Negev Desert leads to the heart of Israel’s national nightmare. Is Dubai the future of cities? As instant boomtowns compete with ancient metropolises, the Middle East debates what makes a true urban center.

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