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The Middle East is restless due to political troubles

The upheavals that began in late 2010 have not yet played out, leaving the world's most important oil-producing region on edge

Two and a half years after the fall of Egypt's dictator Hosni Mubarak, the crowds are back in Tahrir Square. In early July, at least 1 million protestors swarmed Cairo's streets, demanding the resignation of President Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood government. In the background, the army was threatening once again to impose its own kind of order on the country. Egypt's deep state may have decided that the experiment with people power is over. Egypt's large population and cultural influence mean events there will ripple across the Middle East, as they did in 2011 when the Middle East and North Africa's upheavals, which first began in Tunisia, gained momentum in Cairo. Under pressure This time,

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