August , 2019

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Middle East strife: King Hamad (left) with Saudi King Abdullah Photo: GETTY
How refreshing to see an Arab government put its hand up and actually admit that it has done something wrong. The normal custom when trouble flares is for such rulers to deny any culpability and launch a crackdown against anyone foolhardy enough to raise their voice in protest.

Just think how very different the mood in the region might be today had Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, the former Tunisian president, had the wit to admit his security forces were responsible for causing Mohamed Bouazizi, a street vendor, to set himself alight.

When thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in protest at the vendor

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