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Tour of Beirut's divided streets

Tour of Beirut's divided streets | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
More than 20 years after the Lebanese civil war ended, Beirut is still split into political and sectarian enclaves.
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Could Iraq descend into a civil war again? (VIDEO)

The scars of Iraq's painful bloodletting are deep, and a powerful disincentive against a return to open warfare. But Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is moving against Sunni Arabs, his political enemies.
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The Sunni Awakening Braces for an Iraq Without U.S.

The Sunni Awakening Braces for an Iraq Without U.S. | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As the Sunni Awakening, former insurgents helped swing the war. Now they face the rule of a Shiite-run government.
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Revenge of the Sunnis

Revenge of the Sunnis | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The last decade has been marked by the rise of the Shiites in the Middle East. Through the bullet and the ballot box, Shiite parties have risen to power from Baghdad to Beirut -- thereby extending Iran's reach into the heart of the Arab world. Sunni rulers have viewed with much anxiety the new "Shiite crescent" that extends from Iran all the way to Lebanon.

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A year of suffering for Pakistan's Shias

A year of suffering for Pakistan's Shias | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The BBC's Syed Shoaib Hasan in the Pakistani city of Karachi say that 2011 has been a particularly bad year for the country's beleaguered Shia community.
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Yemeni Shiite Rebels Attack Sunni School, Killing 20, AFP Says

Twenty people were killed and 70 wounded when Yemeni Shiite rebels attacked a Sunni Islamist school near the northern city of Saada yesterday, Agence France Presse reported, citing an unidentified tribesperson.
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Iraq’s Syria stance is Sunni-Shiite related, analysts say

Iraq’s Syria stance is Sunni-Shiite related, analysts say | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Iraq’s refusal to back Arab measures against Syria, which has since March been trying to crush a popular uprising, has confessional overtones and may boost sectarian division here, analysts say.

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Tunisia’s Jewish and Christian minorities put faith in Islamist-led democracy | FaithWorld

Tunisia’s Jewish and Christian minorities put faith in Islamist-led democracy | FaithWorld | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Minority Jews and Christians are putting their faith in Tunisia's nascent democracy to ensure its new Islamist-led leadership respects their rights in this traditionally secular state.
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Standing by Assad, Lebanon's Alawites wait and watch

Standing by Assad, Lebanon's Alawites wait and watch | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

TRIPOLI, Lebanon — In the impoverished Jabal Mohsen area of the port city of Tripoli in north Lebanon, a small Alawite community is watching anxiously as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fights to stay in power.

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Hiring Narcos to Murder the Saudi Ambassador? If It’s True, Tehran Is Pretty Dumb - Global Spin

Hiring Narcos to Murder the Saudi Ambassador? If It’s True, Tehran Is Pretty Dumb   - Global Spin | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
If Iranian government operatives really did try to contract a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., as the Obama Administration alleges today, then they weren’t just being diabolical.
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Sectarian rifts erupt again in Saudi Arabia

Sectarian rifts erupt again in Saudi Arabia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Shiite rioting sends warning that Riyadhs financial largesse doesn’t address grievances.
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Sunni leaders warn of sectarian chaos in Iraq

Sunni leaders warn of sectarian chaos in Iraq | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Duleimi sheikhs claim marginalised Sunnis now have little input into affairs of state in post-US Iraq...
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Tensions rise as Iraq seeks Sunni VP arrest

Tensions rise as Iraq seeks Sunni VP arrest | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi authorities issued an arrest warrant for Sunni Muslim Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi on Monday for suspected ties to assassinations and bombings, a decision likely to fuel sectarian...
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Syria conflict threatens Iraq consensus

Syria conflict threatens Iraq consensus | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Conflict could jeopardize the fragile consensus in Iraq at the very moment U.S. troops are exiting.
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Two Afghanistan bombings aimed at Shiites kill at least 59 people

Two Afghanistan bombings aimed at Shiites kill at least 59 people | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Bomb blasts targeting Shiite Muslim gatherings Tuesday in two Afghan cities killed at least 59 people and injured 150, a rare outbreak of sectarian violence in a country racked by 10 years of war with Taliban insurgents.
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Saudi Arabia Says Four Killed in Unrest in Oil-Rich East

Four people were killed and nine wounded in clashes between Shiite Muslims and Saudi Arabian security forces in the oil-rich Eastern Province, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.
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In Homs, Syria, Sectarian Battles Stir Fears of Civil War

In this ethnically diverse city, violence between Alawite and Sunni is rife, offering a chilling vision of Syria’s possible future.
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Wendell Steavenson: The Martyrs and the Masses

Wendell Steavenson: The Martyrs and the Masses | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Graffiti portrait of Mina Daniel. Graffiti portrait of Mikail Nabil. Graffiti portrait of Alaa Abd Al Fattah. I have noticed that Egyptians have begun to correct me when I refer to the eighteen days of Tahrir that toppled Mubarak...
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Syria Lays Siege to a City, Homs, That Puts Up a Fight

Syria Lays Siege to a City, Homs, That Puts Up a Fight | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The government has launched an assault to retake Homs, in possibly one of the most violent episodes in the uprising.
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Religious Violence, Uncertainty in Post-Mubarak Egypt Threatens Ties to Israel, U.S.

Religious Violence, Uncertainty in Post-Mubarak Egypt Threatens Ties to Israel, U.S. | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In the eight months since the Egyptian Revolution, a radical Islamic group has risen to power, the Army seems unwilling or unable to stop a growing rash of sectarian violence and the long-standing friendship between the US, Israel and Egypt is in ...
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Assad's Alawites: The guardians of the throne

Assad's Alawites: The guardians of the throne | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syria's Alawite community have a history of persecution, but dominate the ruling family's security forces.
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Twenty three killed as Egyptian Christians, police clash

Twenty three killed as Egyptian Christians, police clash | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
CAIRO (Reuters) - Twenty three people were killed in Cairo Sunday, the health ministry said, when Christians, some carrying crosses and pictures of Jesus, clashed with military police in the latest sectarian...
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