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Protest organizers in Syria are preparing for “Great Friday,” according to the New York Times.  The story is interesting, but I’m going to hold off on talking about it until we see the outcome tomorrow.

The Arab League is delaying their annual summit, which is scheduled to be held in Iraq, reports the New York Times.

The meeting, originally scheduled for March, had initially been delayed until mid-May. Arab foreign ministers will meet May 15 to consider a new date, Iraq’s representative to the league, Qais al-Azzawi, said on state television. Iraq’s leaders had lately been promoting the meeting as an opportunity to showcase the country’s fragile democracy in a region rife with calls for more representative and accountable governments. But there was widespread skepticism in the diplomatic community that Arab leaders would choose to leave their countries for fear that they would be ousted in absentia.

“The reason behind the postponement is that many of the Arab countries are unstable, and others have no leaders, like Egypt and Tunisia,” [Ali al-Moussawi] continued. “Postponing the summit has nothing to do with Iraq.”


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