The contemporary political history of the modern Arab world

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Youssoufi calls for Arab union, 28 April 2001. Moroccan Premier Abderrahmane Youssoufi called for the setting up of an Arab union: the Arab public opinion aspires to the updating of the charter of the league of Arab states in a bid to set up an Arab Union. The Arab people also aspire to the creation of a parliamentary institution that will become a forum for dialogue.
Al-Assad received Arab parties delegation, the secretary of the world trade union general federation, 26 September 2001. Discussions dealt with conditions prevailing on the Arab, regional and international arenas and the role played by the parties in the framework of the general secretariat of the Arab parties conference.
Democratization as hypocrisy
By Fawaz A. Gerges, The Daily Star, 7 July 2003. Bush spent most of their meetings last month with the leaders of Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia pressing them to fight terrorism. What they should have been talking about was the importance of promoting democracy and reform.
The Arab world after the occupation of Iraq: Where do we go from here?
By Hicham Ben Abdallah El Alaoui, Le Monde diplomatique, October 2003. Whatever we think of Washington's strategy for changing the Middle East, we cannot deny that it has a bold one, that mobilises its great power for its desired ends. If we don't like the strategy, we should produce our own, mobilising our strengths for our own agenda. But we also have to recognise an undeniable disparity in power. Most of the world opposed the war but could not stop it.