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What Libyan Rebels Could Teach Obama About the Rule of Law

What Libyan Rebels Could Teach Obama About the Rule of Law | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Why is the United States entrenching the same kind of military detention system that Arab revolutionaries have given their lives to overthrow?

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Awlaki video urges U.S. Muslims to join al Qaeda

Awlaki video urges U.S. Muslims to join al Qaeda | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S.-born al Qaeda militant Anwar al-Awlaki, killed in a CIA drone strike in September, posthumously called on U.S.
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Washington's relationship with Ankara amid a "Turkish-American spring"

Washington's relationship with Ankara amid a "Turkish-American spring" | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Turkey's Ambassador to the US Namik Tan said the US relationship with Turkey was in "excellent" condition amid upheaval in Iran, Syria and the wider Middle East at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.
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'Hezbollah laundered funds' in US

'Hezbollah laundered funds' in US | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Three Lebanese financial institutions linked to Hezbollah laundered more than $300m through the US used car market, US prosecutors say.
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Remembering Basra

Remembering Basra | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

So much has happened since that it's a shock to go back and remember. The smell of confusion on that first day of the ground war, when we rose in the middle of the night and drove our rental cars from the Kuwait City airport through the blowing sands until we found an obliging British unit that didn't mind letting a pack of anxious, unauthorized reporters into Iraq.

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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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Iran's bid for power in postwar Iraq

Iran's bid for power in postwar Iraq | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As Iraqi Prime Minister Nour al-Maliki meets President Obama in Washington, Tehran is trying to broaden its influence in Iraq by installing a heavy-hitting cleric there.
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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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Syria isn't Libya: Obama must consider bolder intervention

Before the calls come to commit US forces to an intervention in Syria, the Obama administration must take a hard look at what happened in Libya. The politically safe, low-risk, low-reward intervention in Libya shouldn’t be repeated in Syria.
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Why Iran might be worried by Hillary Clinton's meeting with Syria exiles

Why Iran might be worried by Hillary Clinton's meeting with Syria exiles | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The subject of the Geneva meeting between Hillary Clinton and Syria exiles was the transition to democracy. But the group's leader has been warning Iran a post-Assad Syria could be far less friendly.
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As US Ambassador Ford returns, Syria deteriorates

US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford is returning to Damascus, as the death toll surges and Syria lurches ever closer to civil war.
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OSCE: US to Push for Rapid-Reaction Diplomacy in Central Asia

OSCE: US to Push for Rapid-Reaction Diplomacy in Central Asia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
US and European Union diplomats will be looking to reinvigorate the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe when a Ministerial Council meeting convenes in Vilnius, Lithuania, on December 6...
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America's Second Chance and the Arab Spring

America's Second Chance and the Arab Spring | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The United States has been screwing up the Middle East for 60 years. Obama has a brief window to get it right.

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Fierce clashes in Cairo, Clinton voices outrage

Fierce clashes in Cairo, Clinton voices outrage | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian police and soldiers fired guns and teargas to try to clear protesters from Cairo's Tahrir Square on Tuesday, the fifth day of clashes that have killed 13 people and drawn a stinging...
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Kim Jong-il dead: Pentagon war game considers worst-case scenario

Kim Jong-il dead: Pentagon war game considers worst-case scenario | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
News that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is dead has not alarmed the Pentagon. But one of its worst-case scenarios for global security is a failed succession and the collapse of the regime.
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Panetta says Libya faces long, difficult transition

Panetta says Libya faces long, difficult transition | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - U.S.Defence Secretary Leon Panetta told Libya's leaders on Saturday they faced a long, hard road in moving on from 42 years of one-man rule and uniting rival militias that still hold...
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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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As Syria death toll soars, so does US frustration with Russia

As Syria death toll soars, so does US frustration with Russia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The death toll from the crackdown in Syria has topped 5,000, the top UN human rights official told the Security Council. With Russia blocking action, the US and others are voicing increasing frustration.
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US-born Syrian blogger faces criminal charges

US-born Syrian blogger faces criminal charges | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Razan Ghazzawi is the latest among dozens of activists, journalists and bloggers who have been detained since the revolt against President Bashar Assad began nine months ago, triggering a brutal crackdown that the U.N. estimates has now killed more than 5,000 people and put thousands into security lockups.

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Interviewing Assad

Interviewing Assad | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
No Hollywood screenwriter couldve topped Syrian despot Assad’s deadpan denial of wrongdoing during his interview with Barbara Walters.
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Quid Pro Go

Quid Pro Go | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

At the Bonn conference earlier this week, Afghan president Hamid Karzai told Western donors that Afghanistan "will need your steadfast support for at least another decade" --perhaps even until 2030. I propose a deal: The West agrees to stay for the long haul, if Karzai promises to retire from politics before the 2014 election.

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Clinton to Syria opposition: Assad ouster not enough to ensure democratic rule

Clinton to Syria opposition: Assad ouster not enough to ensure democratic rule | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
U.S. Secretary of State urges exiled leadership to advocate rule of law in the war-torn country; State Department announces return of U.S. envoy to Damascus.
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Syria's Assad not responsible for deaths

Syria's Assad not responsible for deaths | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denies he is responsible for the killing of thousands of protesters, telling a US reporter he was not in charge of the forces behind the crackdown, the network said Tuesday.
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India, US pledge to stay for long-haul in Afghanistan

India, US pledge to stay for long-haul in Afghanistan | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The goal is to leave behind an Afghan government strong enough to escape the fate of its Soviet-era predecessor, which collapsed in 1992 in a civil war.
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Saleh Wins Again

Saleh Wins Again | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Yemen’s wily leader has once again outwitted the world -- and he’s not going away.

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