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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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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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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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A 'Muslim Brotherhood Crescent' Will Be Worse for U.S. Interests Than a 'Shia Crescent' – Tablet Magazine

A 'Muslim Brotherhood Crescent' Will Be Worse for U.S. Interests Than a 'Shia Crescent' – Tablet Magazine | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Eclipsed: U.S. policymakers fear a “Shia crescent,” a regional alliance led by Iran. A dawning “Muslim Brotherhood crescent” is far more threatening.
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In Bahrain, Many Sunnis Say Crackdown Was Only Option

In Bahrain, Many Sunnis Say Crackdown Was Only Option | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Defenders of the government and its crackdown say urgent measures were needed to prevent economic calamity.
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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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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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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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Sunni Awakening Members Die in Explosion in Iraq

Sunni Awakening Members Die in Explosion in Iraq | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The attack highlights growing Sunni frustration with how the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government deals with their security.
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Assad holds Syria army despite Sunni-Alawite divide

AMMAN, April 6 (Reuters) - Senior Syrian army ranks are packed with loyal members of President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite minority, reducing any prospect of military pressure on him to stand aside if protests grow, military experts say.
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