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Does the U.S. Pay Families When Drones Kill Innocent Yemenis?

We requested information on how the U.S. handles condolence payments for civilian drone strike deaths in Yemen. But the military won’t reveal a thing.

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Gaza’s Other War

Israel and Gaza have been torn apart by missile strikes this week, but Gaza’s rapidly depleting aquifer is about to make things even more precarious.

Women Win Big in Tunisia Vote

Post-dictatorship Tunisia’s recent election for assembly benefited women and showed the power of technology.

Post-Gadhafi: What’s Next for Libya’s Government?

As our correspondent in Libya has learned, rushing to the ballot box might be the biggest mistake there is.

Trading Protests for Sustainable Energy in Middle East

In the hamlet of Susya, a joint effort by Israelis and Palestinians is lighting a single candle (lit by biogas) rather than cursing the darkness.

Six Months after Arab Spring, Uncertainty Rules in Egypt

While the Arab Spring spotlight has marched on to Syria and Libya, pioneering Egypt’s first steps have by followed by little-noticed stumbles.

China Overreacting to Fears of Arab-Spring Style Uprising

China’s repressive efforts to prevent its own Arab Spring, which included detaining renowned and outspoken artist Ai Weiwei — who was released Wednesday — just may be way overblown.

The Arabic Education of Israel’s Jewish Students

With support from the Israeli Ministry of Education, the Abraham Fund’s Language as a Cultural Bridge program is paving the way toward mandatory Arabic classes for all Jewish students in public schools.

Predicting How China Will React To Protests

The author of ‘China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know’ doffs his oracular hat when asked to predict how China will react tomorrow to a whiff of Jasmine Revolution today.

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