Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is in Cairo to observe Egyptian elections. He told the New York Times yesterday that Egypt's military government is unlikely to submit fully to an elected civilian government. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who brokered Egypt's peace treaty with Israel, says Egypt's current military rulers are unlikely to transfer full responsibility to an elected civilian government. Ouch.
A picture taken on September 11, 2011 shows a young Moroccan holding a banner as he demonstrates in Rabat, during a protest called by the country's youth-based 'February 20' Movement to demand political and social changes and the release of Moad Al-Haqed. Rapper protester and 'February 20' Movement activist, Moad Al-Haqed, has been detained for four days, after he has been charged of the aggression of a counter demonstrator, his lawyer said. (Abdelhak Senna/AFP/Getty Images)
Is he guilty of assaulting a monarchist or just damning anti-monarchy lyrics?
U.S. deputy secretary of state, William Burns, will meet officials of the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing in the highest-level meeting yet between the two sides. (Chip Somodevilla/AFP/Getty Images)
The US has long shunned Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, accusing it of links to terrorists. Looks like that is about to change.
Stretching from Morocco to Iran, more than 500 million people live the Middle East and North Africa. That population is expected to exceed 700 million by 2050. Still, the region's population is small relative to its importance. Some 60 percent of the world's oil reserves and 45 percent of natural gas reserves are here, making it one of the world's most consequential economic and political regions. It is also a region of impressive diversity, where civilization began and where sweeping changes are underway.