Protests in Lebanon

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Prolonged and very large protests against corruption in Lebanon, accusing all parts of the multi-sectarian elite.

Egypt – limited protests, more repression

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Egypt – peaceful protest continued in the second week but has been crushed. Government concessions on austerity and restoring subsidies though limited will alarm foreign investors and the IMF. No effective external support for the protests.

Tunisia – more elections

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Tunisia – presidential election next week a run-off between one candidate who can’t campaign and another who doesn’t. Parliamentary election no clear winner. Economy in poor shape.