Egyptians' experience of a police state is behind calls not just for Mubarak's resignation but a fundamental overhaul of state structures.
The term "Jasmine revolution" does not capture the meaning of the Tunisian revolt. This was a rejection of politics as usual, of big and dirty business, of EU and US-supported dictatorships.
The protesters in Tunisia and Egypt are calling for deep elemental changes in their societies.
After Egyptian President Mubarak defied the rising demand of millions of protesters and announced he will remain in office, the question is what happens next.
The overt age of grand empires gave way to the age of covert imperial hegemony, but now the edifice is crumbling.
Obama's speech on the Middle East and North Africa missed the point of the Arab uprising, and offered little sign of conciliation or support for the Palestinians.
The Gaddafi regime in Libya seems to believe that if a government crackdown is murderous enough, demonstrations will stop.
An illuminating essay on historical developments in Russia's foreign policy over the last century that argues that only internal political collapse now has the chance to inaugurate a new foreign policy relevant to a post-crisis world.