Even before votes were counted in Egypt's first competitive presidential election, military leaders effectively seized control of the country. The ruling military council granted itself broad powers over the government, including budget control, immunity from oversight and the power to declare war.
Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus recently spent three weeks in southern Europe. In his column, he writes that he found personal stories behind what, to many Americans, can sound like a "bloodless, mind-numbing discussion of currency zones, bank recapitalization and interest rates."
When anti-government demonstrations began last year, the Rev. Paolo Dall'Oglio supported the young Syrians calling for democracy. During his three decades in Syria, the Italian Jesuit priest helped restore an ancient monastery outside of Damascus and promoted Christian-Muslim dialogue.
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