Rosa Brooks (Georgetown): Lessons for International Law from the Arab Spring. From e-flux, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige on the Lebanese Rocket Society. lana Rothkopf reviews Political Parties in Palestine: Leadership and Thought by Michael Broning. Worth an estimated $27 billion, the enigmatic Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has very public holdings, but the private origins and exact size of his massive fortune are the subject of continued debate between bin Talal and prominent media outlets. Peter Gordon reviews A Concise History of the Arabs by John McHugo. Volker Perthes on the changing map of Middle East power. Qatar and the Syrian revolution: Why is the small Gulf state playing such a big role in Syria’s revolution? Leah Caldwell on Syria, on the cusp of hipness, then fading. The Next Arab Idol: Maysoon Zayid on Palestine's boy wonder and stereotype buster.