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Tunisia’s unlikely allies say they are ready to bury differences

Tunisia’s unlikely allies say they are ready to bury differences | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The interim government taking shape in Tunisia is an unlikely coalition of moderate Islamists and liberal secularists whose parties topped the poll in elections last month.
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After close to two years of scoops, I decided to put this page on hiatus. I might start a new topic soon, at which time I will make an accouncement here and post a link. Meanwhile, followers are kindly redirected to my personal website: http://ammarabdulhamid.com/ and my Syria blog http://www.syrianrevolutiondigest.com/./ Thank you all for following my scoops. 

 

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Syria’s River of Death

Syria’s River of Death | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Ole Solvang on the bodies found in Aleppo’s river.
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Syrian Revolution Digest: Hear Our Voice!

Syrian Revolution Digest: Hear Our Voice! | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Earlier today, President Obama voiced his concerns over use of chemical weapons in Syria to Mr. Putin, but does he have time to hear some Syrians voice their own concerns over the issue? For we are indeed concerned, Mr. President, concerned that you are becoming desensitized in this connection, desensitized to the point of continued inaction, of accepting a status quo of continued suffering and impunity, of hiding behind the convenient cover of popular apathy. But while an American President’s primary responsibility is to the American people, he is also answerable to countless of millions beyond America’s borders – people whose fate to a great degree is determined by his policies and decisions. Many of those people wish that you could hear their concerns and respond to them through meaningful actions.

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Fleeing war, Syrians find ‘Little Damascus’ in Cairo’s outskirts

Fleeing war, Syrians find ‘Little Damascus’ in Cairo’s outskirts | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Bassel Khalil fled the devastating conflict in Syria with only $400 in his pocket and, together with his family, found refuge in Egypt’s “Little Damascus” where he scrapes a living giving guitar lessons.
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Museum of War

Museum of War | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Da Vinci in Damascus, Henri Matisse in Homs. ART BY TAMMAM AZZAM
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Hacktivism

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Computer hackers aren't an especially earnest bunch. After all, lulz (a corruption of the phrase "laugh out loud" and a reference to hackers' penchant for tomfoolery) was the primary objective of the hacker collective Anonymous before it graduated to more serious cyberoperations in the latter half of the 2000s. But if the hacking community likes to flaunt its glib side, it also has a rich history of political activism -- or "hacktivism" -- that has come to define it in the era of WikiLeaks. If there's one thing that unites hacktivists across multiple generations, it's dedication to the idea that information on the Internet should be free -- a first principle that has not infrequently put them at odds with corporations and governments the world over.

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How to Defeat Cyber Jihad

How to Defeat Cyber Jihad | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

While al-Awlaki's influence as a propagandist seems to have died with him, al-Suri's strategic concept about the rise of a "leaderless network" of small jihadist cells -- thoroughly exposited in his 1,600-page web tract, The Global Islamic Resistance Call -- has become a principal al Qaeda playbook. He was taken into custody several years ago, interrogated by American intelligence personnel, then "rendered" to the Syrians, of all people. From there the trail goes dark, save for the tantalizing message from the Assad regime, released shortly after the start of the uprising, that he had been released. Who knows? The important point is that his blueprint is the one being followed. It is what to watch for: the rise of little terrorist teams in unexpected places. Not particularly skillful jihadists -- there are limits to how much can be learned online -- but motivated, dedicated, and skilled enough to cause damage that captures world attention.

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Muslim victims of Myanmar unrest face uncertain future

Muslim victims of Myanmar unrest face uncertain future | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

MEIKHTILA, Myanmar, April 30 - In Myanmar's central heartlands, justice and security is elusive for thousands of Muslims who lost their homes in a deadly rampage by Buddhist mobs in March.

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Acid test

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Authoritative weekly newspaper focusing on international politics and business news and opinion.
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Video: Amateur singer’s heartbreaking song for Syria sweeps the Arab world

Video: Amateur singer’s heartbreaking song for Syria sweeps the Arab world | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A young man from Aleppo channeled his country's pain in a performance on the Arab version of American Idol.
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Syria's Refugee Entrepreneurs Find a Home in Jordan

Syria's Refugee Entrepreneurs Find a Home in Jordan | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
If their businesses succeed, they’ll be in a good position to aid reconstruction in their home country when the war ends
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The Syrian Electronic Army: Bashar al-Assad's shadow warriors

The Syrian Electronic Army: Bashar al-Assad's shadow warriors | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Phishing attack is latest by pro-Assad hackers operating out of Dubai, who target sites with views opposed to their own
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Syrian prime minister survives Damascus bombing, six die

Syrian prime minister survives Damascus bombing, six die | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's prime minister survived a bomb attack on his convoy in Damascus on Monday, as rebels struck in the heart of President Bashar al-Assad's capital.

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Obama moving toward sending lethal arms to Syrian rebels, officials say

Obama moving toward sending lethal arms to Syrian rebels, officials say | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
President wants to assert more aggressive U.S. leadership among allies seeking Assad’s ouster.
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Finding Solutions for Syria's Growing Refugee Crisis

Finding Solutions for Syria's Growing Refugee Crisis | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The generosity of Syria’s neighbors is reaching its limit. What’s the best way to deal with the growing refugee crisis in the region?
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American doctor gives 'proof of chemical weapon use' to U.S.

American doctor gives 'proof of chemical weapon use' to U.S. | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
By Samuel Burke & Claire Calzonetti, CNN

Syrian-American doctors are obtaining samples from apparent victims of chemical weapon attacks in Syria and giving them to the American government for testing.
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Rebellion unveiled: Kurdish women join war on Assad

Rebellion unveiled: Kurdish women join war on Assad | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Bearded Islamists have been startled to find themselves fighting alongside a female unit led by Ruken, an AK47-carrying commander
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Into Africa

Into Africa | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Not since the countries of Africa tossed out their colonial masters several decades ago has there been this much optimism and excitement about the continent's prospects. While China's economic expansion has slowed, and while Europe and the United States try to dig themselves out of recession, Africa has not only weathered an up-and-down global economy -- it's been booming. Consider Nigeria's stock market, which gained 35 percent last year, or Uganda's, up 39 percent. But even more important is that real gains are finally being made on the ground in Africa today -- ones that speak to the possibility of a breakout phase that would lift millions out of utter poverty and great misery.

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Syria: the life cycle of civil war

Providing shadow governance structures, especially where local councils involve the encouragement of voluntary participation (rather than through recruitment or ‘conscription’) indicates a future capacity to out-administer the incumbent central government. A review of resilient Syrian opposition groups or shadow administrations suggests that the nature of governance as well as the nature of warfare and violence is shaping the strategic logic of civil war transitions as a means of significant social change in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Massacre in Nigeria Spurs Outcry Over Military Tactics

Massacre in Nigeria Spurs Outcry Over Military Tactics | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A gruesome assault that left scores of villagers dead has been blamed by survivors on revenge-seeking soldiers and has brought withering criticism at home and abroad.
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Italian reporter disappears in Syria

Italian reporter disappears in Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A war correspondent for Italy's La Stampa newspaper has been missing for 20 days since crossing into Syria from Lebanon, the paper says.
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Bodies of 30 Hezbollah fighters arrive to Lebanon from Syria

Bodies of 30 Hezbollah fighters arrive to Lebanon from Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Bodies of 30 fighters belonging to the militant group Hezbollah arrived to Lebanon from Syria, Syria
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Russia: Plane's safety 'threatened' over Syria, but it lands safe with no injuries, damage

Russia's transportation ministry says a Russian civilian airliner came under threat from fighting in Syria while flying over the country, but there were no injuries or damage to the plane.
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Euro Mayors Try to Keep Youths From Going to Syria

From his city hall under Belgium's most imposing cathedral, Mayor Bart Somers is wracking his brains trying to figure out how to keep young Muslims from going to fight "holy war" in Syria against the Assad regime.
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Hagel: "Wait to get the facts" before acting on Syria

Hagel: "Wait to get the facts" before acting on Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Defense secretary says more information is needed before deciding how the United States and allies should respond to evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria
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