The Middle East has seen a blur of activity this year. It’s hard to keep track of all that’s happened:

Desperate self-immolations
The Tunisian president’s flight to exile in Saudi Arabia
Government-sponsored thugs on camels whipping protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square
Bahrain bulldozing its version of Tahrir
Snipers in Yemen
NATO war on Gadhafi
Free Benghazi
Syrian tanks in Daraa
The birth of new Arabic words like “TWEET-tr” and “FacebOOK”

But the blur is starting to come into focus. Signs of what these changes could mean are beginning to emerge for the future of this critical region, dubbed “the Middle East” because it was closer to colonially minded Europeans than “the Far East” in Asia.

Not surprisingly, Egypt, the very site where Pharaonic priests believed Creation itself began, is the epicenter of the region’s transformation today.

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