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Hillary Clinton: Middle East Reform Risks Being ‘Just A Mirage In The Desert’

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that the Arab world’s revolutions could be remembered as “just a mirage in the desert” if leaders fail to make good on demands for greater democracy and economic oppor…

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that the Arab world’s revolutions could be remembered as “just a mirage in the desert” if leaders fail to make good on demands for greater democracy and economic opportunity.

The warning from the Obama administration’s top diplomat came amid increased signs of a backslide in the so-called Arab Spring, as Moammar Gadhafi persists with a bloody war against Libyan rebels and leaders from Yemen to Syria to Bahrain violently resist the calls from their people for a democratic transformation. Even in Egypt and Tunisia, where revolutions successfully chased out presidents who ruled for a combined 54 years, reform processes are at risk.

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