Iraqi demonstrators are now taking matters into their own hands.
Two recent polls find that Palestinians are drifting towards Hamas and are more willing to engage in violent resistance to free themselves of occupation.
A new group of opposition Alawites is complicating the increasingly sectarian character of Syria's civil war.
Attacks from Iraq's Sunni militant groups are unlikely to provoke Shia reprisals. But what the violence can do is increase the chances that Iraqis will lose complete faith in their political leaders.
What is the terrorist group trying to accomplish this year, and will the Iraqi government respond effectively?
The protests in Syria are encouraging, but Bashar al-Assad will pull out all the stops before he leaves voluntarily.
The United States has a real opportunity to encourage Islamists to express their frustrations through peaceful means.