Middle East News – May 10th, 2012

The Algerian Parliamentary elections this week represent a large step forward for the North African country

– The deadliest attack in the 14 month long conflict occurred in the Syrian capital (Damascus) yesterday, raising fears that jihadists are becoming involved in the struggle and that the government is losing control, which could be the precursor for more violence – Read more at CNN

– An Israeli film has been released that hopes to explore the circumstances of the murder of a prominent Hamas leader in 2010 – it is commonly speculated that Israel’s secret service, the Mossad, was behind the attacks that occurred in the United Arab Emirates – Read more at CNN

– Elections have begun for the Algerian Parliament – Unlike many other North African countries, Algeria was mostly untouched by the Arab Spring revolts so this is the country’s first opportunity to modernize its aging government – Read more from BBC

– Protests calling for reform are ramping up in Jordan as the ruling monarchy stalls in its promised reform movements – Read more from BBC

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