HISHAM WYNE: President Obama delivered a fluent summing up of recent developments. For those closer to the action, however, there was little new or substantive.
OMAR AL-ISSAWI: The radical jihadist agenda seems to have been rejected and it’s clear whose star is rising throughout the Middle East…
MAI ABDUL RAHMAN: Allowing the Rafah will undoubtedly end the absolute and confounding isolation of the Gazans and the need of smuggling through the tunnels.
TMND: Bin Laden’s death will have an important psychological affect on Americans (particularly given the popular and public response) and their overall view of the War on Terrorism.
M. LYNX-QUALEY: With many of the ‘red lines’ now swept away novelists throughout the Arab world are free to touch on subjects hitherto out of bounds.
NEWS FROM SYRIA: Expectation was high in advance of the speech delivered by President Assad yesterday. By the time he had finished speaking I was left with a sense of confusion, anger, depression but most of all disappointment.
OMAR AL-ISSAWI: It’s a ‘plot’, ‘foreign elements’ are at work, the word ‘conspiracy’ is never far from the lips of Syria’s official spokespeople. We’ve heard it all before – from Ben Ali, Mubarak, Gaddafi and Ali Abdullah Saleh.
NASEEM TARAWNAH: I joined the March 24th group’s sit-in with little expectation. What I witnessed has changed my view of my homeland.
ZEINOBIA: Dr. Farouk told Original Dostor that every year part of the revenues went to a “black box” no one knew, and that still no one knows its bank account details.
KUSHA SEFAT, INFORMED COMMENT: The international conditions for revolution were ripe in Tunisia and Egypt. This is simply not the case in Iran.
ZEINOBIA: The changing face of Egypt’s official newspapers, and reports into the whereabouts of Mubarak’s millions…
ZEINOBIA: I know the racists of the right will jump on the bandwagon. That’s started already, we have been called “the country of savages”.
DAVID WESTLEY: Today the world looks at Egypt in a new light. After decades in the shadows, it again is in the limelight, only this time it is not just shining a light for the Arab world, but for the world as a whole.
RAMZY BAROUD: The word ‘revolution’ is overused in the Arab world. What’s happening today in Egypt is rather more deserving.
AHMED MOOR – As we enter the third week of protests everyone’s wondering whether the fervor can be maintained. There’s a short answer – ‘Yes’.
RANIA AL MALKY: You can’t fool all the people all the time. The hawks of Egypt’s current regime should have learned this lesson over the past 11 days.
AHMED MOOR, MONDOWEISS: Having been picked up in Tahrir Square and beaten up by the Mukhabarat last week Ahmed Moor returns and reports on the mood among protesters.
ZEINOBIA: It was bigger than last time and much better organized. People from all backgrounds, classes, ethnicities, religions and political views were and are there.
STEVE ROYSTON: Amid the frenzy in the Middle East and beyond about the future of Egypt, many people seem to be working on a set of assumptions that are worth questioning.