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Articles and documents of topical interest that you may have missed:

The Gulf:
The GCC’s national employment challenge

Steffen Hertog. Washington Post, July 31

Middle East: 
The fire of revolution still burns 
Gilbert Achcar, Socialist Worker, 16 January

Middle East: 
The Arab world into the unknown
 
Peter Harling and Sarah Birke, Arabist blog, 14 January

Middle East: 
Ethnicity and the future of the Levant
Joshua Landis and Qifa Nabki, 18 December

Egypt:
A Christopher Hitchens dream: Atheism on the rise in Egypt
Khaled Diab, Salon, 27 October

Egypt:
Atheists Rise in Egypt
Magdy Samaan, The ZAM Chronicle, 17 October

The Gulf: 
The Last of the Sheiks?
Christopher Davidson, New York Times, 18 October

The Gulf: 
Kings for All Seasons: How the Middle East’s Monarchies Survived the Arab Spring
Gregory Gause, Brookings Doha, September (PDF)

Bahrain: 
The Brotherhood in Bahrain 
Asharq al-Awsat, 22 June 

Yemen: 
A day in Sanaa reveals the state of Yemen's national dialogue
Adam Baron, The National, 15 June

Algeria:
Comments on Algeria
The Moor Next Door blog, 9 May

 
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The Birth of Modern Yemen

An e-book by Brian Whitaker exploring Yemen's political development since unification of north and south in 1990.

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An open door to the Arab world

  

New e-book and paperback from Amazon ...

Arabs Without God

by Brian Whitaker

In a region where the influence of religion is almost inescapable, growing numbers of Arabs are claiming a right to believe – or disbelieve – as they see fit. 

This ground-breaking book looks at the factors that lead them to abandon religion and the challenges non-believers pose for governments and societies that claim to be organised according to the will of God. 

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