|Time for reform or committees?
Coming at a period of great turmoil and high expectations, the recent speech by President Bashar Al-Assad left many disappointed, says Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Protests in Kurdistan
Protests in Iraq's Kurdish region have rattled a regime that has long been trumpeted as a 'beacon of democracy' in the country, writes Salah Hemeid
Silently holding their breath
Some Israeli commentators are openly recognising that the current regime in Damascus is the best one they can hope for, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Watching the neighbours warily
For a change, a relatively quiet Lebanon is watching chaos unfold in Syria. But reactions from both sides have been unusually muted, says Lucy Fielder
Finita la commedia?
The West is using underhand tactics to ram through a Libyan putsch that the country cannot afford, warns Gamal Nkrumah
Which way now?
As the conflict in Libya headed towards stalemate this week, attempts have been continuing to find a negotiated settlement to the crisis, writes David Tresilian in Paris
Obama's Franco moment
Humanitarian intervention flounders on the lack of support from the Libyan people, says James Petras
Last stop -- chaos
The Yemeni sense of honour or maybe just plain old stubbornness and love of power have pushed the country to the verge of bedlam, observes Nasser Arrabyee
Spring coming early for Hamas
While little progress in Palestinian reconciliation appears on the horizon, events in Egypt may have levelled the playing field for Hamas, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Gold becomes stone
Goldstone's belated and shocking vindication of Israel will encourage Israel to commit more crimes against Palestinian civilians, writes Khaled Amayreh