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Hacking the Revolution

Hacking the Revolution | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

President Obama may talk a good game about Arab democracy, but he's done nothing to stop Western technology firms from helping repressive regimes crack down on protesters.

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Clinton Arrives in Myanmar to Assess Reforms and Urge More

Clinton Arrives in Myanmar to Assess Reforms and Urge More | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
After years of abysmal relations, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s visit is both a reward for Myanmar’s progress and an attempt to press for more significant reforms.
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Clinton trip to Burma: a contest to define power in Asia

Burma's regime seeks distance from China by welcoming a Clinton visit. And the US can help bring freedom to Burma (Myanmar), but it must better understand legitimacy in this Buddhist society.
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H-P Computers Underpin Syria Surveillance

H-P Computers Underpin Syria Surveillance | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Hewlett-Packard Co. equipment worth more than $500,000 has been installed in computer rooms in Syria, underpinning a surveillance system being built to monitor e-mails and Internet use, according to documents from the deal and a person familiar...
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Russian war ships to patrol Syrian waters to prevent U.S. military interference

Russian war ships to patrol Syrian waters to prevent U.S. military interference | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Three Russian warships have entered Syrian territorial waters, Russian wire services reported on Tuesday.
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U.S. urges Americans to leave Syria "immediately"

U.S. urges Americans to leave Syria "immediately" | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
U.S.Embassy in Damascus urged its citizens in Syria to depart "while commercial transportation is available"...
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Egypt 'agrees to new government'

Egypt's military rulers agree to form a "national salvation government" to steer the country to civilian rule, reports say.
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Afghanistan 'loya jirga' endorses lingering US presence, but in what form?

Afghanistan 'loya jirga' endorses lingering US presence, but in what form? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In the wake of the latest Afghanistan 'loya jirga,' the challenge will be finding a way to make a strategic bilateral partnership mutually agreeable to both Afghans and the US.
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Is Mecca looking like Manhattan?

Is Mecca looking like Manhattan? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The city is being compared to Manhattan with the pace of high-rise buildings that are dotting the skyline.
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Analysis: US overtures may lure Myanmar from China

Analysis: US overtures may lure Myanmar from China | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The first visit to Myanmar in a half-century by the top U.S. diplomat opens a door for that nation's military-dominated government to reduce its international isolation and dependence on a staunch but mistrusted ally: China.

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Assessing Ennahda, Tunisia's Winning Islamist Party

Washington's embrace of Ennahda, Tunisia's leading Islamist movement, should be predicated on the party's actions matching its promises to foster an open, democratic society.
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Are We Getting Closer to Using Force in Syria?

Are We Getting Closer to Using Force in Syria? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
How many thousands of civilians does Bashar al-Assad have to kill before the world says "enough"?
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Loya jirga: Afghans question Karzai's motives in calling the meeting

Loya jirga: Afghans question Karzai's motives in calling the meeting | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Afghan President Karzai has summoned more than 2,000 leaders to a loya jirga to consult on relations with the US and the Taliban.
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Clinton tells developing world to be wary of donors

Clinton tells developing world to be wary of donors | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged developing nations on Wednesday to be smart shoppers on foreign aid, warning that powerful emerging economies such as China may be...
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Malcolm X: A side rarely seen

Malcolm X: A side rarely seen | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A chance interview with Malcolm X showed a leader who had learned to use his anger only when it was needed.
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The Generals Have No Clothes

The Generals Have No Clothes | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Islamabad's generals have been sponsoring the deaths of Americans for years, and yet Obama does nothing. Why?

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AT&T Hackers Have Terrorist Connections, Say Philippines Police

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and police in the Philippines have jointly busted a ring of four alleged hackers in Manila with connections to a...
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U.S., Pakistan tension rising

U.S., Pakistan tension rising | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Pakistan claims that NATO forces fired upon and killed Pakistani soldiers. In response, the country closed a key border for coalition troops. (Nov.
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The Exile Nation Project - Interview with Stephen Dubov

In 1987 college professor and successful San Francisco sculptor Stephen Dubov was sentenced in US Federal court to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for the possession of 13 kilos of cocaine. Dubov claimed he was innocent, and had been set up. What follows is the awe-inspiring story of how he ended up with a life sentence, and how, over the course of the next 20 years, he adapted to his circumstances, and slowly proved his case, eventually winning his freedom.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: The Civil War Blues!

The situation on the ground in Syria begs for credible proactive and pragmatic leadership on part of the opposition and the international community, if we are to prevent a major humanitarian crisis from taking place.

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New York arrest for alleged 'al-Qaida sympathiser' linked to bomb plot

New York arrest for alleged 'al-Qaida sympathiser' linked to bomb plot | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Dominican-born US citizen, 27, allegedly plotted to bomb soliders, police cars and post offices, said mayor Bloomberg...
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Clinton: Syria sliding to civil war; global community won't intervene

Clinton: Syria sliding to civil war; global community won't intervene | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
U.S. Secretary of State tells NBC news that Syrian opposition will be well armed and eventually well financed; says Arab League, Turkey are key to persuading Assad to halt violence.
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US to Slap Isolated Iran With New Sanctions

US to Slap Isolated Iran With New Sanctions | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity late Friday, said the sanctions could be unveiled as early as Monday and would target Iran's petrochemical industry.
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Occupy Cal Makes Occupy History at Berkeley

Occupy Cal Makes Occupy History at Berkeley | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
After their tents were pulled by the university, UC Berkeley students turned the school's celebration of a '60s icon into massive Occupy meeting...
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Whether in Egypt or America, it takes organization to win

As Egyptians prepare for their first democratic elections since the fall of Mubarak, their political parties are learning new lessons about the contest for power. It remains to be seen if they can translate their revolutionary organizing tools into electoral victories.

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