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Congo opposition leader seeks army backing

Congo opposition leader seeks army backing | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Etienne Tshisekedi says he will give "great prize" to anyone who captures Kabila, amid allegations of poll fraud.
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Battles rage as Egypt counts ballots

Egyptian soldiers hurled rocks, cement bricks and glass plates at protesters as the two sides battled in a second straight day of post-election violence that's left at least nine people dead and some 300 injured, according to official figures.
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The Condomnation of Vladimir Putin

The Condomnation of Vladimir Putin | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

MOSCOW – Russians had not really seen Vladimir Putin since his ruling United Russia party was walloped, at least by Russian standards, in the Dec. 4 parliamentary elections. Since then, Moscow, and the rest of the country, had been rocked by anti-government -- and anti-Putin -- protests.

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Egypt set for next voting round

Egypt set for next voting round | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
People in parts of Egypt prepare to go to the polls in the second round of post-revolution elections, with Islamists expected to build on earlier gains.
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The Protests in Moscow Will Not Spark a Russian Spring

The Protests in Moscow Will Not Spark a Russian Spring | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
This is not the start of a Russian Spring, writes Owen Matthews...
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Nine Days That Shook the Kremlin

Nine Days That Shook the Kremlin | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

MOSCOW — At around midnight on Saturday, Dec. 10, while much of Moscow had long since fallen into a collective happy, drunken swoon after some 50,000 representatives of the urban middle class successfully came out to protest the results of Russia's Dec. 4 parliamentary elections, Ketchum, the American PR agency hired by the Kremlin, sent out a news release. It came from Dmitry Peskov, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's longtime press secretary.

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The Era of Apathy

The Era of Apathy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

MOSCOW — The scope of the protests that have followed Russia's Dec. 4 parliamentary elections, which protesters claim were rigged, have not only shocked Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his cohort -- it has shocked the opposition as well. And Kremlin officials have no one to blame but themselves for this swelling protest movement.

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Congo President Joseph Kabila Denies Reports of Election Fraud

In a rare interview with reporters, the incumbent serenely rejected complaints from his chief rival and outside observers that the election was not credible.
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Russian Orthodox Church Joins in Calls for Election Reform

Remarks by a prominent Orthodox spokesman appeared intended to get the church back out in front of individual clergy members’ condemnations of election rigging.
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Congo protest leads to over 100 arrests after trouble in London

Congo protest leads to over 100 arrests after trouble in London | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Property was damaged and members of the public threatened as a group broke away from the main demonstration...
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Armenian Election Observer Slams Russian Elections

YEREVAN -- An Armenian opposition deputy has called Russia's controversial parliamentary elections "undemocratic" and criticized Armenia's government for welcoming the results, RFE/RL's Armenian Servi...
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Salafis in Egypt Have More Than Just Religious Appeal

Salafis in Egypt Have More Than Just Religious Appeal | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
For many poor Egyptians, the hard-line Salafis are an answer to condescending elites of all stripes, including the moderate Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.
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The Islamist Spring: What Mubarak Got Right, What Obama Got Wrong

Mubarak had cautioned that if he gave up the presidency at that time, chaos would follow, and the feared Muslim Brotherhood rise to power.
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Islamists win 70 percent of the vote in second round of Egypt elections

Islamists win 70 percent of the vote in second round of Egypt elections | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Unofficial results put Muslim Brotherhood ahead with 39 percent of the vote, Salafi Al Nour with 31 percent; liberal Wafd party wins 22 percent.
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Congo supreme court upholds Joseph Kabila's election victory

Congo supreme court upholds Joseph Kabila's election victory | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
More violence feared after appeal by opposition candidate against incumbent president's victory rejected by court...
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Fearing Persecution, Egypt's Christians Back Parties Most Likely to Beat Islamists

Fearing Persecution, Egypt's Christians Back Parties Most Likely to Beat Islamists | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Limiting the extent of the Islamist victory at the polls becomes the overriding priority for a community fearing intolerance and attacks on tourism...
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A Crisis in the Congo

A Crisis in the Congo | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Why is the West so willing to look the other way when it comes to the Democratic Republic of the Congo's clearly flawed election results?

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Why Congo's elections matter so much to neighbors

Why Congo's elections matter so much to neighbors | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tiny Burundi has seen a modest turnaround since it put a civil war behind it. But continued instability in Congo allows Burundi's rebel groups a safe haven to launch attacks.
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Who’s Afraid of Egypt’s Islamists?

Who’s Afraid of Egypt’s Islamists? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Op-Ed columnist Nicholas D. Kristof speaks with a cross-section of Egyptians about the rise of Muslim political parties in the country.
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Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia's third richest man, to challenge Putin

Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia's third richest man, to challenge Putin | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Nickel magnate appeals to angry middle class for presidency – but some claim he is merely a Kremlin stooge...
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Syria holds poll despite violence

Syria holds poll despite violence | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syria holds local elections despite an opposition boycott and continuing violence between security forces and protesters.
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Crackdown or Negotiation? Russian Protests Pose a Dilemma for Putin

Crackdown or Negotiation? Russian Protests Pose a Dilemma for Putin | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Shocked by the scale of protest against last week's fraudulent election, the ruling party is divided on how far to go in answering the demonstrators' demands...
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Democracy in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Birthplace

Democracy in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Birthplace | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Although Islamists are getting the majority of the votes in Egypt, there’s no reason to panic. For now, at least, democracy is at work.
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Russia protests: Moscow rocked by biggest since fall of USSR

Russia protests: Moscow rocked by biggest since fall of USSR | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of Russians took to the streets of Moscow today over electoral fraud in the biggest protests to hit the capital since the breakup of the Soviet Union.
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Protesters chant for a Russia without Putin

Protesters chant for a Russia without Putin | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
MOSCOW (Reuters) - In the middle of the crowd on Saturday at Russia's largest opposition protest in years, a big banner bore a simple message: Putin must go.Anger over Russia's December 4 parliamentary...
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