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The Middle East: 17 nations, some oil-rich, many arbitrarily defined, all dense in history and culture, and too many drenched in blood.

The old order was ostensibly smashed by the March 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, triggered by a Tunisian street-seller who self-immolated in desperation at his life. As a symbol of the state of affairs of his country, and the entire region, it shocked the wider world...

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