Steven A. Cook

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Weekend Reading: Egypt’s Referendum, Syrian Endgame, and Revolutionary Verse

by Steven A. Cook
December 14, 2012

Supporter of Egyptian President Morsi holds up a Koran during Friday prayers at a rally in Cairo (Amr Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters).


The Sandmonkey gives a concise, but telling, summary of the situation related to Egypt’s constitutional referendum slated for December 15, 2012.

An editorial from The Daily Star says that Russia’s position on Syria is no longer tenable in light of recent statements by Syria’s Middle East envoy and deputy foreign minister.

Today’s entry of Syrian revolutionary poetry posted on


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