Bahrain lawmaker accuses U.S. of being behind Arab revolutions

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The popular unrest in Arab countries that led to the fall of regimes in Tunisia and Egypt is part of a U.S.-designed strategic project dubbed "New Middle East," a Bahraini deputy said Thursday.

The popular unrest in Arab countries that led to the fall of regimes in Tunisia and Egypt is part of a U.S.-designed strategic project dubbed "New Middle East," a Bahraini deputy said Thursday.

The term "New Middle East" was introduced in 2006 by then U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Analysts say the project defines Washington's policy on a vast territory including the Arab countries and Central Asian states.

"These riots and revolutions we are observing today in Arab countries are the implementation of the global U.S. project entitled 'New Middle East.' This program started with Iraq, followed by Lebanon," Bahraini deputy and journalist Samira Rajab told RIA Novosti.

"A new stage of its implementation that will take at least a decade started from 2011," she said, adding that the U.S. strategy in the region is aimed at weakening the ruling regimes and introducing opposition groups into their governments.

A wave of unrest, which has already toppled authoritarian regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, is sweeping through the Muslim world, stoking mass popular uprisings in Libya, Bahrain and Yemen.

MANAMA, February 24 (RIA Novosti)

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