RAMZY BAROUD: It’s looking increasingly likely that major protests will resume in Yemen in the new year.
JAMES DORSEY: It seems that ‘ultra’ football fans in Egypt are gearing up for greater and fiercer conflict in the months ahead.
JUAN COLE: It’s been another extraordinary year across the Middle East. Here is my take on the most significant changes this year
DANIEL M. VARISCO: He was eventually deposed but disgraced leader Ali Abdullah Salih shows no inclination to leave Yemen.
JUAN COLE: Americans have given up too soon on the Arab Spring. They have bought into overly large generalizations, some of them purveyed by right wing American pundits…
ABDUL WASA AL-SAQQAF, CGNEWS: There are two key priorities that need to be resolved – the role of the army and the constitution.
JUAN COLE: There’ll be some missing faces at the upcoming meeting in Baghdad but regional divisions are sharpening.
JUAN COLE: Not that you’d know from watching American TV news but there have been important developments in the Arab world recently
DANIEL M. VARISCO: The World Press Photo of the Year has been revealed. Is it the defining image of the ‘Arab Spring’?
JAMES M. DORSEY: Powerful forces are at work in both Egypt and Yemen to mould the emerging political landscape to benefit these particular players.
ABUBAKR AL-SHAMAHI, CGNEWS: The incoming government in Yemen have a very long ‘to do’ list. What, though, should be their immediate priorities?
JUAN COLE: Events are moving quickly in the region, and here are some notable developments with implications for democracy in the Middle East.
DANIEL M. VARISCO: It’s the ‘same old, same old’ with Yemen’s recently returned President, blather, bluster and baloney. In the words of the song ‘he just keeps hangin’ on’
JAMES M. DORSEY: Mr. Obama does not want to put at risk the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet; nor does he want to cross what is a red line for Saudi.
JUAN COLE: Protestors are out on Tahrir Square again, there is a television ‘debate’ in Syria about democracy, the Americans are working on Saleh while vacillating on Libya and protestors are out on the street in Morocco. A busy week in the region then.
RAMZY BAROUD: A brutal crackdown, a divided opposition and U.S regional strategic interests are the principal obstacles to democratic change in Yemen. A tough call then.