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Arab Spring confounds Iran's opposition

A letter addressed to Rashid al-Ghannushi, the leader of the Tunisian Islamist party al-Nahda (Renaissance), by former Iranian foreign minister and veteran opposition leader Ebrahim Yazdi reveals the extent to which Iran's opposition, in tandem with the ruling elites, views the Arab Spring from the vantage point of the 1979 Iranian revolution.

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Is Egypt's Arab Spring in Danger of Being Hijacked?

Is Egypt's Arab Spring in Danger of Being Hijacked? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Initial optimism and euphoria post the toppling of Egypt's Mubarak regime in the Arab Spring have eroded faith in the military and threaten a timely transition to civilian rule, tempered by sobering challenges and threats.
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What the Arab Spring can learn from sub-Saharan Africa

The Arab Spring has been inspirational in sub-Saharan Africa, home to some of the world’s longest serving leaders. Yet the protagonists of the Arab Spring have more to learn from their sub-Saharan Africa counterparts than the other way round.

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The Arab Intellectuals Who Didn’t Roar

The Arab Intellectuals Who Didn’t Roar | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Arab Spring has not yielded any intellectual standard-bearers of the kind who shaped almost every modern revolution from 1776 onward.
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Political Eruptions in the Arab World -- Lessons From Nasser's Day

Political Eruptions in the Arab World -- Lessons From Nasser's Day | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
By all accounts we are witnessing a political eruption of major proportions in the Arab Middle East. So many superlatives were already used to describe this situation, and the word "historic" is clearly one of the most used.
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Tunisia: Arab Spring, Islamist Summer

Tunisia has voted in the first open and fair election in the region. In part two of a three part article Kristine Goulding warns against framing Islamism in direct opposition to women's rights. The Arab Spring redefined the roles of both women and the Islamist al-Nahda, and the two cannot be seen as mutually exclusive

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Analysis: Arab Spring boosts political Islam, but which kind?

Analysis: Arab Spring boosts political Islam, but which kind? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - More democracy is bringing more political Islam in the countries of the Arab Spring, but Islamist statements about sharia or religion in politics are only rough indicators of what the real...
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Tunisians flock to polls in first elections brought by the Arab Spring; Islamist party favored

TUNIS, Tunisia — The people who started the Arab Spring shared one of its earliest fruits on Sunday: a free election.
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Exodus - By James Traub

Exodus - By James Traub | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The sickening violence inflicted on Coptic Christian demonstrators in Cairo on Oct. 9 shocked Egyptians, and may have ended for good whatever remaining faith democracy activists had in the country's interim military government, which appears to have orchestrated the violence. But Copts have been suffering attacks with growing regularity over the last several years, and this latest outburst only increased the fears among them that their status in Egypt, and possibly even their survival as a community, is now in jeopardy.

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The "Arab spring" in historical perspective

How will the popular uprisings in the Arab world affect the future of states and regimes in the region? All possible outcomes are shadowed by the fate of the contending ideologies and movements - nationalism and socialism, secularism and Islamism, dynasticism and liberal constitutionalism - that have dominated the Arab political landscape in recent decades, says Sami Zubaida. His overview of their rise and fall both illuminates a complex history and indicates the scale of the challenge facing democratic reformers today.

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Can't Argue With American Policy Now, Qaddafi's Dead and the Results Speak for Themselves

The news of Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi's death is good news for America -- whether you're a Republican or a Democrat. And it's also a vindication for Obama and his policy in the Middle East.

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Democracy in revolution: the Mediterranean moment

By showing us the possibility of democracy in revolution, they have ignited a revolution in democracy, one that is redefining the meaning of both terms.

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Lawrence Solomon: Arab world’s Steve Jobs need freedom

Lawrence Solomon: Arab world’s Steve Jobs need freedom | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syrians, and Arabs in general, are proud to learn that Steve Jobs had a Syrian biological father, calling him “the most famous Arab in the world.” But the pride is often touched with lament.
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What the Maldives Can Teach the Arab Spring

What the Maldives Can Teach the Arab Spring | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
With Tunisian elections just completed, Egypt's parliamentary elections coming up and Libya veering into a dark new period, observers of the Arab Spring are wondering what will become of these revolutions once the euphoria subsides and the struggle...
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Egyptian Films Dominate US Film Festival

Egyptian Films Dominate US Film Festival | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The first film about Egypt's revolution is one of eleven movies from the Arab world captivating audiences at the Arabian Sights Festival. Now in its 16th year, the event is presented annually by the Washington DC International Film Festival.
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Al Saud: a despotic monarchy in decay

During the 1950s and the 1960s when there was the rise of anti-imperialist Arab nationalism and left-wing currents were growing, the Saudi regime played a counter-revolutionary role

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Does the Arab spring need a bill of rights?

Does the Arab spring need a bill of rights? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The hefty victory of an Islamist party in Tunisia's election kicks off a year of constitution writing. Urgently needed now is a bill of rights to guarantee freedom for all, regardless of creed or politics.
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Who’s Really Persecuting the Copts?

... before we go throwing the baby out with the bathwater, and throwing the Egyptian revolution out in the name of the Copts, let’s take a closer look at the forces at play in the region and in the uprisings. There was nothing “democratic” in what happened to the Copts; on the contrary, if their suffering is now increasing, we should put the blame where it belongs, namely on the same “counter-revolutionary” forces which have fostered intolerant Islamic fundamentalism throughout the region, and fear nothing more than the sight of Egypt’s people united, across sectarian lines, in defense of their rights and their country.

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The three spectres at the Arab feast

The three spectres at the Arab feast | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The young Arabs who drove these revolutions did not risk their lives to embrace new tyrannies or social divisions, writes David Gardner...
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Revolutionary change in the Arab world: what prospects for Palestinians?

It may be that the era of Palestinian nationalism as it was born, post-1948, is coming to an end. Instead we may be heading in a new direction of unity and common identity across boundaries; 1948, 1967, Diaspora - a form of unity of ‘condition’.

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An Islamist, a Liberal, and a Former Regime Loyalist Walk into a Cafe... - By Ryan Calder

An Islamist, a Liberal, and a Former Regime Loyalist Walk into a Cafe... - By Ryan Calder | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Three Libyans try to make sense of their country after Qaddafi.

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Mideast Looks to Libya for Lessons

Mideast Looks to Libya for Lessons | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Across the Middle East, Moammar Gadhafi's death is expected to be polarizing—providing some Arab protesters with a model of a successful overthrow of a brutal dictator, while giving others a sobering reminder of its costs.
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E-Notes: Sovereignty Or Submission: Liberal Democracy or Global Governance? - FPRI

The concept of "global governance" is in the air.
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UN Security Council: Don't Let the Syrian Failure Become an Arab Failure

UN Security Council: Don't Let the Syrian Failure Become an Arab Failure | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Since spring, a wind of change has been blowing through the Arab world. Last week it again reached the shores of Turtle Bay. But this time it turned into a sudden chill.
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