When demonstrations against Moammar Gadhafi began last month, many pundits thought the Libyan leader would easily topple — as did his counterparts in Egypt and Tunisia.
But Gadhafi held on, and that may be having an effect on popular uprisings in other countries across the region.
A month ago, there was a collective euphoria spreading over much of the Arab world. Popular protests had not only brought down Tunisia's longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali but had also toppled Egypt's hard-line President Hosni Mubarak.
The paradox that encapsulates Alexi Murdoch is that his quietly intimate music has made the Scottish singer-songwriter an international powerhouse. His single "Orange Sky," from his debut EP, was featured in Garden State and on television shows like The O.C. and Dawson's Creek.
The New York Times has twice experimented with making some readers pay for online content, and twice it has backed away. On Thursday morning, the newspaper's executives announced they would make the most loyal readers pay to access its website, though a lot of casual readers would not pay a cent.