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Political Islam poised to dominate the new world bequeathed by Arab spring

Political Islam poised to dominate the new world bequeathed by Arab spring | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Muslim Brotherhood's success in Egypt's elections has added to western fears of an Islamist future for the Middle East...
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Tunisia's democracy blooms as model for Arab Spring

Tunisia's democracy blooms as model for Arab Spring | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Smooth elections, a coalition between moderate Islamists and secularists, and an explosion of civic life are propelling Tunisia forward as a model for the Arab Spring.
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Clinton urges Saudi, Bahrain to embrace Arab Spring -

Clinton urges Saudi, Bahrain to embrace Arab Spring - | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Clinton:  “These revolutions are not ours - they are not by us, for us, or against us, but we do have a role,” Clinton said in remarks to the National Democratic Institute, a democracy support organization based in Washington. “Fundamentally, there is a right side of history. We want to be on it. And without exception, we want our partners in the region to reform so that they are on it as well.”

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Bahraini king: Egypt's revolutions an inspiration to all Arabs | Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today's News from Egypt

Bahraini king: Egypt's revolutions an inspiration to all Arabs | Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today's News from Egypt | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Egyptian revolutions throughout history have been a source of inspiration to Arabs everywhere, and all have benefited from their positive examples, said Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa on Monday.

 

Talk is cheap, Khalifa!  If you BELIEVE in the inspiration of the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, why don't you step aside and grant Bahrain its freedom?  Why do you still call yourself 'KING' over your 'SUBJECTS?'  Why not ACT on this Arab inspiration and abdicate your position and allow a Constitutional Democracy to take root in Bahrain?  

Khalifa = Hypocrite, Liar, Murderer

 

Down, Down Hamad !

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Palestinians Disagree On What ‘Palestinian Spring’ Could Be

Palestinians Disagree On What ‘Palestinian Spring’ Could Be | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
As he handed his request for statehood to the UN last week, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas talked about a ‘Palestinian Spring.’ VOA spoke to Palestinian activists in the West Bank and Gaza about what this means to them.
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Beware of Small States: On America's Failure in Bahrain (Peter Fettner) - Academia.edu

If U.S. MENA policy is to successfully adjust to the new conditions of the Arab Spring, the citizens of the United States must get directly involved in MENA policy, helping the administration counterbalance the anti-democratic forces represented by the Saudis, big oil, AIPAC, and so forth. The alternative to genuinely supporting democracy in the Middle East and North Africa is failure in the region. But the necessary paradigm shift requires the democratization of American MENA policy through involvement from civil society; it cannot, and will not, come from above.

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Per capita deaths in Arab Uprisings

Per capita deaths in Arab Uprisings | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Roughly, here are the per capita numbers for deaths only in the Arab uprisings - note the Libya figure is likely much higher.

What do these figures mean?

-- The last three states with the low...
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The Dangers Lurking in the Arab Spring

The Dangers Lurking in the Arab Spring | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The revolutions of hope could give way to a cascade of sectarian conflicts.

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So far this year, Shiite-Sunni tensions have been evident in countries from Bahrain to Syria. But put together, they could force the United States to rethink its response to the Arab Spring itself.

Sectarianism is an old wound in the Middle East. But the recent popular urge for democracy, national unity and dignity has opened it and made it feel fresh. This is because many of the Arab governments that now face the wrath of protesters are guilty of both suppressing individual rights and concentrating power in the hands of minorities.

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Arab Spring gives US a new chance in the Middle East - The National

Arab Spring gives US a new chance in the Middle East - The National | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Barack Obama has not faced the continuing revolutions in the Arab world with any passion. Rather, the US president has often behaved as if these were annoying intrusions into his domestic agenda. Yet change has come, and whether Mr Obama likes it or not this will alter Middle Eastern attitudes toward the United States.

Mr Obama has been lucky - not a bad thing for a politician. The president has avoided taking the lead amid regional convulsions, failing to exploit openings to Washington's advantage. He has not even outlined a strategy defining American interests and aims, beyond the generalities in his speech at the State Department last May. And yet the US administration has almost everywhere managed to fall on its two feet, with limited negative consequences. Those who predicted that the Arab Spring would be a disaster for the US have so far been proven wrong.

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Springtime for them too?

Springtime for them too? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Berbers join the Arab revolt: 

IN MOROCCO their language has been made official. In Algeria they lead protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s regime. In Tunisia they are rediscovering a long-suppressed identity.

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Bahrain: From a new awakening to a divided nation

Bahrain: From a new awakening to a divided nation | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The simple explanation for the human disaster that is consuming Bahraini society is that the government over-reacted. The Khalifas felt their rule was under threat as long-established despots across the Arab world were overthrown. They treated moderate reformers as if they were professional revolutionaries. Without any evidence, the authorities demonised Iran as the hidden hand behind the demand by the Shia for an end to discrimination. "The Sunni community here was told that it faced an existential threat and equal citizenship for Shia meant an end to the Sunni," one Shia political activist says. They believed it.
Bahrain has always been divided between the Sunni ruling élite, centred on the Khalifa royal family, and the Shia, but since March this has turned into something closer to an anti-Shia pogrom. Evidence of official sectarianism is widespread. After watching the beginning of a riot in Nuwaidrat we drove to a quieter part of the village where 10 Shia mosques had been destroyed three months earlier. A local man, who is writing a history of Shia mosques and holy sites in the neighbourhood and does not want his name published, points to a heap of rubble saying "this used to be the Momin mosque where 200 to 300 people worshipped. There has been a mosque here for 400 years".
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Conflict for Reform, Freedoms in Middle East, North Africa | Special Reports: World and Regional News | English

Conflict for Reform, Freedoms in Middle East, North Africa | Special Reports: World and Regional News | English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Special Reports - In-depth looks at issues in the news, and series on special topics...

MENA region - from VOA
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Arab Spring's hope for people

Arab Spring's hope for people | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Take the term revolution in the sense of often violently demolishing an entrenched regime, uprooting its governing structures and destroying its symbols. While this may describe the events in Egypt (minus the violence on the part of the revolutionaries), it does not apply to Libya for instance where civil war is a more adequate description. While the term pro-democracy movement may properly describe the events in Tunisia, it is not helpful in furthering our understanding of the events in Syria or Bahrain where the term rebellion would be more appropriate
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CrossTalk on Bahrain: Forgotten Arab Spring

The BICI report has accused Bahraini security forces of wrongdoing, but is the issue of the report enough justify the regime? Will the international community buy it? And will the opposition take it seriously even if some of the report's recommendations are implemented? Is Iran to blame for the unrest of the Bahraini people? Or is it another Arab Spring against corruption and injustice? CrossTalking with Mitchell Belfer, Kate Hudson and Peter Eyre....

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Should Arab Youth Protesters be named TIME's Person of the Year? Vote now

Should Arab Youth Protesters be named TIME's Person of the Year? Vote now | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

I voted 'YES' , what do you think?!

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Arab Spring | Scoop.it

Arab Spring | Scoop.it | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Current information about changing conditions in the Middle East collated for the students of Humanities at LCHS...
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Gaddafi speech: "America hanged Saddam, and you could be next!" (with English)

Gaddafi speech attacking Arab leaders during Arab summit in Syria, stressing that Saddam Hussein's fate awaits all Arab leaders

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G8 wants quick Arab Spring transition, eyes reforms

G8 wants quick Arab Spring transition, eyes reforms | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Group of Eight foreign ministers agreed on Tuesday to quickly supply economic and political aid to five Arab governments in return for commitments they would pursue democratic reforms.The...
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Crackdowns on pro-democracy protests continue to affect journalists, Morocco and Tunisia still try to gag information - Reporters Without Borders

Crackdowns on pro-democracy protests continue to affect journalists, Morocco and Tunisia still try to gag information - Reporters Without Borders | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
SYRIA Ahmed Bilal, a producer with Falesteen TV who is known to be a supporter of democratic change, was arrested yesterday in the Damascus suburb of Mo'adamieh.
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Bahrain's contribution to the Arab Spring - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

Bahrain's contribution to the Arab Spring - Opinion - Al Jazeera English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The relative success of isolating the Bahraini movement by fomenting sectarian fears is regretfully a sign that the Arab Spring has not succeeded in doing away with sectarian prejudices that are not only impeding effective solidarity, but threaten to tear up some Arab uprisings.

Part of the problem is that the Arab uprisings have not yet radically changed the official Arab order that consists of governments that have fed sectarian divisions to ensure their longevity. The fact that Bahrain's population is 70 per cent Shia but is ruled by an authoritarian Sunni royal family have made it possible for governments to claim an Iranian scheme to undermine the stability of the Gulf and consequently the Arab world.

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Federal Reserve Policy Mixed With Extreme Weather Has Put The World On A Fast Track To Revolution And War | ZeroHedge

Quantitative Easing, Dollar devaluation, global climatic change, and rising staples prices.......mixture for World Revolution!

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'Arab Spring' Inspires Protests in Europe & America

'Arab Spring' Inspires Protests in Europe & America | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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"People assumed that somehow the Middle East was different and that was based on assumptions that somehow Islam is different, 'It's not like us.' And that was an assumption that underpinned the war on terror, too. And I think what's so wonderful about the Arab Spring is that it's disproving that assumption. It's showing that Arabs are just a democratic as everyone else," noted Kaldor.

Just as the Arab Spring was building momentum, protests also erupted in parts of Europe.

In Athens, thousands of people demonstrated against the Greek government's package of spending cuts and privatizations - taking over Syntagma Square outside parliament.

"It's all about, I think, a failure of representation, a feeling that the political class is one class, 'We can't influence them, it's outrageous that they're suddenly saying that we have to pay for what the banks did.' And I think that there's a similar feeling of outrage in the Arab world," added Kaldor. "So I think there are very many similarities between what's happening in Europe and what's happening in the Arab world."

In London, British protesters railed against their government's austerity measures.

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Washington’s uneasy alliance with Bahrain

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Throughout 2011, the United States has been criticized in the region this year for what is perceived as a tepid and contradictory policy toward the various Arab uprisings. This would have been an inconvenient, and perhaps embarrassing, moment to renew military relations with a regime that drew worldwide criticism in March for the repressive tactics it used to quell a domestic uprising — a test of the Obama administration’s struggle to balance security concerns with human rights and the promotion of democracy.

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اسلام تايمز - البحرین | MENA news from Islam Times

اسلام تايمز - البحرین | MENA news from Islam Times | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
اسلام تايمز يسعى لنشر مفاهيم الاسلام بكل ابعاده معتمدا ً على ذوي الاختصاصات ليعكس قضايا الامة الاسلامية ويفتح صفحة للحوار معكم , وفي الموقع تجد : الاخبار و التحليلات السياسية و الفکر الاسلامي و التقاریر الاخباریة و المصورة و المقابلات.
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Middle East: Islam: Ramadan begins, the first of the Arab Spring | Spero News

Middle East: Islam: Ramadan begins, the first of the Arab Spring | Spero News | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The month of fasting from food and water from sunrise to sunset, could result in a decline in political and social tensions in countries where the fight against regimes is still alive.

Ramadan this year will also be the first of the new Arab political new season. In many countries people will not drink and not eat, trying to continue to take to the streets and fight for change. Forty degrees in fasting from dawn to dusk will in all likelihood reduce political confrontation to the minimum. It will weaken the protest give regimes a month’s breathing space. This is what the Syrian regime hopes for: Ramadan as a last resort.
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