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Encouraging news from the Middle East

The Wolfowitz-ization of the region continues. No wonder Bush's critics are directing so much of their attention these days to gay escorts.

President Hosni Mubarak yesterday asked Egypt's parliament to amend the constitution to allow for direct, multiparty presidential elections later this year, for the first time in the nation's history.

The unexpected proposal from Mubarak, a former Air Force general who has ruled Egypt unchallenged since 1981, represents a drastic change in a country with a 50-year history of autocratic, one-party governments.

In other regional news, Saddam's half-brother has been captured.

UPDATE: And now the UAE? (Hat tip: Ace)