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Little talk of tough issues at Arab summit

Jack Healy reports for the New York Times:

The last time leaders from the Arab world gathered for their annual summit meeting, a cozy ritual of speeches and self-congratulation, the date was March 2010, the host was Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and the venue was a seaside Libyan town named Surt. The main topic was Jerusalem. Change and reform were not high on the agenda.

Two years later, as members of the Arab League sat down in Iraq’s capital on Thursday for another summit meeting, they composed a tableau of how much — and how little — had changed after a year of popular uprisings and bloody revolts began chipping away at the old order of the region.

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