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Is a new Arab order emerging?

Is a new Arab order emerging? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran have increased this year, particularly over Bahrain and Syria, and relations are likely to worsen on the news of the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington.
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Winter for Christians in the Arab Spring?

How can it be that in this age of popular revolution and self-determination, Arab Christians -- whose communities predate the coming of Islam -- find themselves out in the cold?
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When Will the Arab Awakening Wake Up Washington?

Obama's approach to the Middle East is hopelessly adrift. He is hesitant to truly embrace the Arab freedom movements and failing to lead Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.
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Saudi Arabia and Iran Wage a New Cold War in the Middle East

Saudi Arabia and Iran Wage a New Cold War in the Middle East | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
There has long been bad blood between Iran and Saudi Arabia, but popular protests across the Middle East now threaten to turn the rivalry into a tense and dangerous regional divide.
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The Arab Revolution will not be televised in Latin America

The position of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) on the crisis in Libya has derailed the continent’s chance to support the revolutionary paradigm it should be spreading worldwide.
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Arab spring: an interactive timeline of Middle East protests

Ever since a man in Tunisia burnt himself to death in December 2010 in protest at his treatment by police, pro-democracy rebellions have erupted across the Arab world. Our interactive timeline traces
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Arab women protesters – not free, just figureheads

Arab women protesters – not free, just figureheads | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Nesrine Malik: Glorifying the role of Arab women in the uprisings uses them like some sort of mascot – yet their rights are the first to be relegated
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Now For An Arab Economic Revolution by Saifedean Ammous

Now For An Arab Economic Revolution by Saifedean Ammous | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Several Arab regimes have sought to quell popular protest by providing a combination of cash, subsidies, guaranteed jobs, and free goods and services. Such largesse betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of the causes of today’s discontent, because it assumes that these causes are purely material.
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The Arab Revolt and American Interests

The Arab Revolt and American Interests | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As a general rule, Middle Eastern regimes divide into two types: the bad—and the bad. To understand where the American interest lies in this season of Arab revolt, it's important to know the difference. We don't write that in jest. The unenviable task that has confronted the Obama Administration since Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution sent its pro-Western dictator packing in January has been to safeguard our core interests in the Middle East without betraying our core values, not the least of which is supporting local aspirations for a more liberal (in the 18th-century sense of that word) political order.
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Arab revolutions, Turkey’s dilemmas: zero chance for "zero problems"

Turkey’s ambition of becoming a regional power with global relevance is reflected in the domestic and foreign policy of its confident political elite. But changing realities at home and abroad present new problems, says Ivan Krastev. In particular, the Arab democracy wave exposes the limits of Turkey’s “zero problems with neighbours” approach.
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The Arab awakening reaches Syria

The Arab awakening reaches Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
IT HAS taken a while, but this weekend Syria joined the list of Arab countries whose citizens have taken to the streets.
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Hard-line approach to Arab unrest intensifies

Hard-line approach to Arab unrest intensifies | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Determined to hang on to power, governments in Arab countries have turned to mercenaries, allies and even the destruction of a giant monument as means of quelling public demands for change.
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Arab Spring's crisis of moral leadership

An Oct. 9 massacre in Egypt shows why the Arab revolutions need moral leaders, not just mass protests, to keep them on track.
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Arab freedom vs geopolitics: a time of risk | openDemocracy

The Arab spring of 2011 has entered a new phase. In this period, the emerging dangers to the fulfilment of its promise of transformation include the dynamics of inter-state power in the region, says Tarek Osman.

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Tawakul Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Tawakul Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tawakul is the idealist extraordinaire. She talks the talk and walks the walk and screams at the top of her lungs for justice.
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How Saudi Arabia views the Mid-East turmoil

During the past 70 years, Saudi Arabia has been our most vital and faithful friend in the Mid-East. With the recent 'Arab Spring' in the region, it is important for us to understand how they assessed the events of the past and present.
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The Continuing Protests in Arab Countries -- The Case of Syria

In Syria, with all its ethnic and religious diversity, people are pouring to the streets not for sectarian reasons, but for the recognition of their freedom and common human rights.
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Middle East Revolutions Off the Rails: What Comes Next

Middle East Revolutions Off the Rails: What Comes Next | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As Mideast revolts hit the skids, the West is naive to believe that, with a few power plays and diplomatic pleas, everything will calm down, argues Christopher Dickey. The Arab Spring won't end this year—or even this decade.
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What Mongolia Can Teach the Middle East

What Mongolia Can Teach the Middle East | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Having lived under and fought against the tyranny of communism, there's one thing I know: There is no dictatorship, no military regime, and no authoritarian government that can stand against the collective will of a people who want to be free.
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The Arab spring: protest, power, prospect

What is the “Arab spring” becoming? After three months of upheaval, repression and conflict, the democracy wave in the region, including Iran, is at a crucial stage. openDemocracy authors offer concise perspectives on a complex and fluid political moment.
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Eyeing Middle East, Nicaragua's Ortega quashes weekend protests

Eyeing Middle East, Nicaragua's Ortega quashes weekend protests | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega organized a massive demonstration to dwarf an anti-Ortega march that was impeded by heavily armed riot police on Saturday.
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Kashmir and the Arab spring

Every war or revolution has repercussions. When a thirty-year-old rule crumbled in ashes, world conflicts found a ray of inspiration and hope flooded people’s hearts. In Kashmir, a 63-year-old conflict, some people find inspiration in Egypt’s revolution and the other mass movements in the Middle East while some believe Kashmir is an entirely different case.
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Queen Rania, Asma al-Assad, and other Middle Eastern rulers' wives who have become symbols of inequality.

Queen Rania, Asma al-Assad, and other Middle Eastern rulers' wives who have become symbols of inequality. | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Last night, not quite a month after a Vogue profile of Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad declared Syria the "safest country" in the Middle East, government forces killed six in the southern city of Deraa, site of unprecedented protests against the ruling reg
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'Enough!' the Arabs say, but will it be enough?

'Enough!' the Arabs say, but will it be enough? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The cry first rang out from the fed-up people of Lisbon and Madrid: "Basta!"
It echoed across South America, to the banging of pots and pans. It resounded in the old capitals of a new Asia, was taken up in a Polish shipyard, awakened a slumbering Africa. And now, a generation later, it's heard in the city squares of the Arab world: "Kifaya!"
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