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All the Wrong Moves: Putin Plots His Strategy Against the Protesters

All the Wrong Moves: Putin Plots His Strategy Against the Protesters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As the protest movement gains steam, the Russian Prime Minister and his men release a transcript of their planning session...
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Putin faces wave of protests as opposition calls for new Russian elections

Putin faces wave of protests as opposition calls for new Russian elections | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
More than 35,000 demonstrators expected to attend Moscow rally as anger grows over corruption and lack of democracy in Russia...
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Presidential Supporters Take to Streets in Eastern Congo

Presidential Supporters Take to Streets in Eastern Congo | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Within minutes after the announcement that Congolese President Joseph Kabila was re-elected, his supporters poured onto the streets in celebration.
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Tunisia: Occupy Bardo

Despite Tunisia's successful election in October, there has emerged a remarkable ideological split in the ranks. In Bardo, protesters are pressuring members of the National Constituent Assembly to pass eleven measures to further the goals of the revolution.

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Closer look at Congo preliminary vote tally raises questions

Closer look at Congo preliminary vote tally raises questions | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Jason K. Stearns finds some surprises in the preliminary vote tally from Congo's Nov. 28 presidential elections; final results are expected Friday.
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Egypt's military rulers to keep most powers after election

Egypt's military will retain broad executive powers, help shape the framing of a new constitution and keep its vast financial holdings hidden even after an elected Parliament is seated, one of the ruling generals told foreign journalists Wednesday.
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The material stakes in the DRC elections

Last Monday 28 November the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo voted in the second general election since the ravages of the 1998-2003 war that eventually caused over 5 million deaths. The conflict, fuelled by a complex mesh of ethnic rivalries, political disputes, and vested interests in Congo's vast mineral wealth, persists to this day in the east of the huge country, particularly in the Kivu provinces. The first elections, in 2006, were characterised by violence as the armed forces and supporters of rival political groups and presidential candidates clashed in the capital, Kinshasa, and in a number of other provinces.

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Moscow protest after Russia vote

Moscow protest after Russia vote | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Several thousand people take to the streets of Moscow shouting "Down with Putin" after international observers criticise the election.
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Thought the Muslim Brotherhood Was Bad? Meet Egypt's Other Islamist Party

With only a few months of preparation and a rumored cache of Saudi funding, Egypt's even more extreme Salafist Nour Party is giving the Muslim Brotherhood a run for its money.
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Egyptian elections stir disquiet in Israel

Egyptian elections stir disquiet in Israel | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Arab Spring could open the door for Islamists – as seen in Egypt elections – and threaten Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned.
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Amid Egypt's election, Tahrir Square stays relevant (VIDEO)

Amid Egypt's election, Tahrir Square stays relevant (VIDEO) | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Egypt's elections have begun amid high turnout and public optimism. But Tahrir Square's protesters are promising to keep the pressure on the country's military rulers.
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Winning Back the Revolution

Winning Back the Revolution | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Most Egyptians want economic recovery, not more protests, according to national Gallup surveys conducted over the past eight months. Do activists have any chance of winning back the street?

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Egypt's Vote Puts Tahrir Square in Perspective

Egypt's Vote Puts Tahrir Square in Perspective | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Ordinary Egyptians who have stayed out of the demonstrations of recent weeks turned out in force to cast ballots in the first country's first democratic elections...
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Egypt: Islamist Election Win Could Bring Showdown with the Military

Egypt: Islamist Election Win Could Bring Showdown with the Military | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Marginalized at the polls, liberals are left reeling, while the military insists on keeping the reins of power...
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What Egypt's Military Doesn't Want Its Citizens to Know

What Egypt's Military Doesn't Want Its Citizens to Know | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

On Dec. 7, Egypt's largest-circulation privately owned newspaper, al-Masry al-Youm, published an unsigned editorial under the title, "The British Independent Publishes a Fabricated Article About al-Masry al-Youm." In the editorial, the paper accused The Independent's Cairo correspondent, Alastair Beach, of being linked to Western intelligence agencies. It also alleged that I, a professor at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, was seeking to foment a coup d'état in Egypt.

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Congo Leader, Kabila, Declared Winner in Disputed Vote

Many residents in the sprawling dilapidated capital of Kinshasa feared the outcome would stoke new spasms of political violence.
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Mugabe calls for 2012 elections

Mugabe calls for 2012 elections | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe calls for elections next year to replace the country's troubled power-sharing government.
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After Vote in Congo, Talk of Resistance

With President Joseph Kabila likely to win re-election when the final results are announced, Congo’s main concern is how supporters of his opponent, Étienne Tshisekedi, will react.
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DR Congo election results delayed

DR Congo election results delayed | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Publication of presidential election results in the DR Congo has been delayed by 48 hours because of technical difficulties, officials have said.
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Egypt election runoff: Tahrir Square activist vs. Islamic scholar

Egypt election runoff: Tahrir Square activist vs. Islamic scholar | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As Egyptians go to the polls today for runoff races, the battle in Cairo's Nasr City neighborhood offers a window into the national race for second behind the Muslim Brotherhood.
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Egypt Islamists Vie for Votes as First Round of Elections Ends

Egyptian voters complete run-offs today for the first round of an election that has Islamist groups vying to control the first parliament since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak.
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Muslim Brotherhood says leads Egypt's vote count

Muslim Brotherhood says leads Egypt's vote count | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
CAIRO (Reuters) - The Muslim Brotherhood claimed to have a lead on Wednesday in the early vote count in Egypt's first free election since army officers ousted the king in 1952.No official results in the...
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In Myanmar, Government Reforms Win Over Some of Country’s Skeptics

In Myanmar, Government Reforms Win Over Some of Country’s Skeptics | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives in the country on Wednesday as a show of support for the country’s transformation to nascent democracy.
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In Egypt, Will Democratic Legitimacy Trump Military Legitimacy?

In Egypt, Will Democratic Legitimacy Trump Military Legitimacy? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The crucial thing about the elections in Egypt is not so much their outcome. They must be allowed to run their course and produce a credible parliament.
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Egypt's Elections: Has the Muslim Brotherhood Trumped Tahrir Square?

Egypt's Elections: Has the Muslim Brotherhood Trumped Tahrir Square? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The message of the historic Egyptian election, which began Monday with huge crowds turning out to vote in the protest-scarred cities of Cairo and Alexandra, is a simple one: Egypt's immediate political future will not be written in Tahrir Square,...
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