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Vaclav Havel: remembering the Czech president, playwright, and peacenik

Vaclav Havel: remembering the Czech president, playwright, and peacenik | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Vaclav Havel went from being a playwright to a symbol of the new Czech state and democracy in Eastern Europe.
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Angelina Jolie goes to war

Angelina Jolie goes to war | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Angelina Jolie tells veteran war correspondent Janine di Giovanni what compelled her to tackle the brutal realities of the Bosnian war for In the Land of Blood and Honey – her first film as director...
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Europe’s Other Crisis: Authoritarianism

Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister, is busy creating a nightmarish "managed democracy" while Europe has its gaze turned to its other crisis. The political conditions of EU membership are more fundamental than the economic ones, and Hungary should not be allowed to stay in the club while flouting basic democratic principles.

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Greece's Youth in Crisis

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Greece’s youth is facing staggering unemployment rates—and little prospect for their future. Nick Malkoutzis wonders what their future may hold.
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EU extends Syria sanctions, stops EIB funds

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union governments agreed on Monday to extend sanctions against Syria to 18 more individuals associated with its violent crackdown on dissent, but signaled that Western military...
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The Aging of Spanish Democracy

The Aging of Spanish Democracy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In Spain, the members of the political class show that their parties have not aged well.
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Syria Crackdown Gets Italy Firm’s Aid With U.S.-Europe Spy Gear

As Syria’s crackdown on protests has claimed more than 3,000 lives since March, Italian technicians in telecom offices from Damascus to Aleppo have been busy equipping President Bashar al-Assad’s regime with the power to intercept, scan and catalog...
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Global impact of Greek referendum

Global impact of Greek referendum | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
There are warnings that a 'no' vote in the Greek referendum could lead to an economic crisis on a global scale.
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EU Leaders Threaten Syria with More Sanctions, Urge Assad to Resign

EU Leaders Threaten Syria with More Sanctions, Urge Assad to Resign | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
European bloc already has an embargo on crude oil imports from Syria...
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What Europe Isn’t Doing To Stop Syria And Iran

What Europe Isn’t Doing To Stop Syria And Iran | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

As the world witnesses the Syrian and Iranian regimes commit countless human rights abuses and, in Iran’s case, move ever closer to perfecting its nuclear capabilities, there’s a common belief that, short of military intervention, there’s nothing that can be done. As it turns out, however, that’s far from the truth—but the majority of the initiative must come from Europe. The European Union has thus far failed to confront the Iranian and Syrian regimes to the full extent of its ability. Though they are loath to admit it, European countries are Iran’s and Syria’s best customers, providing the EU with significant leverage. Meaningful energy sanctions could deliver a one-two punch to Iran’s nuclear weapons program and Syrian president Bashar Al Assad’s ongoing campaign to snuff out his country’s democratic reformers.

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What next for the EU’s Middle East policy?

What next for the EU’s Middle East policy? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
It is shameful that several thousand deaths have been necessary to jolt the European Union into recognising the failings of its policies in the Arab world.
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Why Iceland Should Be in the News, But Is Not

Why Iceland Should Be in the News, But Is Not | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Icelanders have quietly carried out a revolution by toppling a weak government, drafting a new constitution and seeking to jail those responsible for the country's economic debacle.
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Downward Spiral

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Europe entered the year with an acute emergency in the periphery of the eurozone, the European Union's elite 17-member club that shares a common currency. Misdiagnoses and inadequate policy responses allowed the contamination to travel sequentially from the outer reaches of the zone (Greece, Ireland, and Portugal) toward its inner core.

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Advocating the two state solution: the best bet?

We need to convince our governments and the EU to invest in a political strategy that reverses the destructive dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They need to understand that respect for international law is not a detail, but lies at the very heart of the conflict.

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Africa Rising: Could a shared currency in East Africa avoid the euro's woes?

As Europe deals with a debt crisis exacerbated by its shared currency, the East African Community is forging ahead with discussions on a monetary union – and how to avoid Europe's mistakes.
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Greek prime minister to step down

Greek prime minister to step down | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The new unity government's main task will be to pass the European rescue package.
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Greek Crisis Is a Tragedy for Democracy

Greek Crisis Is a Tragedy for Democracy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The false obsession with a single currency by Eurozone leaders places the welfare of Greek people and their democracy at great peril..
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The Syrians Are on Their Own

With the United States and Europe only half-willing, the international community is incapable of stopping human rights violations in Syria or even helping the opposition.
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The Arab Spring and Europe’s Chance

The Arab Spring and Europe’s Chance | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
What is happening in North Africa and the Middle East is a true revolution.
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Basque separatists ETA say end armed struggle

Basque separatists ETA say end armed struggle | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
MADRID (Reuters) - The Basque separatist group ETA said on Thursday it was ending four decades of armed struggle and called for talks with the Spanish and French authorities on ending Europe's last major...
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Top Syria Cleric Threatens Attacks on U.S. and Europe if Military Intervenes

Syria's top Sunni Muslim cleric has warned Western countries against military intervention in Syria and threatened to retaliate with suicide bombings in the United States and Europe if his country comes under attack.
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