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Islamist commander sees Libyan fighters keeping weapons

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Fighters who toppled dictator Muammar Gaddafi in Libya's uprising will keep their weapons for now to aid in security, an Islamist commander said.Many are expected to leave...
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Tunisian women demonstrate to protect their rights

Tunisian women demonstrate to preserve their rights following Islamist election victory...
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Libya dispatch: as lawlessness spreads, are the rebel 'good guys' turning bad?

Libya dispatch: as lawlessness spreads, are the rebel 'good guys' turning bad? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Once welcomed as liberators, Libya's rebel fighters are beginning to outstay their welcome in Tripoli.

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A 'Muslim Brotherhood Crescent' Will Be Worse for U.S. Interests Than a 'Shia Crescent' – Tablet Magazine

A 'Muslim Brotherhood Crescent' Will Be Worse for U.S. Interests Than a 'Shia Crescent' – Tablet Magazine | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Eclipsed: U.S. policymakers fear a “Shia crescent,” a regional alliance led by Iran. A dawning “Muslim Brotherhood crescent” is far more threatening.
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Tunisia women activists accuse Islamist party of reneging pre-election promises

Tunisia women activists accuse Islamist party of reneging pre-election promises | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Tunisian women activists accused Ennahda party of giving false promises during its election campaign and reneging on them after winning a majority in the National Constituent Council in the first election the country witnessed after the ouster of President Zine Elabidine ben Ali’s regime.

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Tunisia Islamists Back Tax Cuts, Stock Sales to Create Jobs

Iman Mathlothy says she voted for Tunisia’s Islamist party, Ennahdha, because it promised to create jobs and end corruption.
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Can Islamists share power with secularists? Tunisia is about to find out.

Can Islamists share power with secularists? Tunisia is about to find out. | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Two secular parties look set to join Tunisia's dominant Islamist Al Nahda party in an alliance that would collectively represent as much as 60 percent of the vote in Sunday's election.
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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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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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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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Islamists claim win in Tunisia's Arab Spring vote

Islamists claim win in Tunisia's Arab Spring vote | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Mindful that some people in Tunisia and elsewhere see the resurgence of Islamists as a threat to modern, liberal values, party officials said they were prepared to form an alliance with two secularist parties, Congress for the Republic and Ettakatol.

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Ennahda’s reformist Tunisian Islamism has a long paper trail

Ennahda’s reformist Tunisian Islamism has a long paper trail | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Islamist party Ennahda has sounded so moderate since winning Tunisia's first free election last month that it can be hard to see what role religion plays in its political thinking.
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Nigeria's Boko Haram 'kills 63'

Nigeria's Boko Haram 'kills 63' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for gun and bomb attacks in the north-east of the country on Saturday, in which at least 63 people died.
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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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Is Hamas Moderating?

Is Hamas Moderating? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
With Hamas’s Syrian patrons weaker, the group may be softening its hard line and open to a Fatah deal. By Ei Lake.
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Tunisia's Islamist victory good for women, says female figurehead

Tunisia's Islamist victory good for women, says female figurehead | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The female figurehead of Tunisia's victorious Islamist party has said that its brand of Islam would help rather than hinder the advancement of women across the Arab and Muslim world.

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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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Tunisian Islamist election win marred by clashes

Tunisian Islamist election win marred by clashes | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TUNIS (Reuters) - The Islamist Ennahda party was officially declared the winner of Tunisia's election, setting it up to form the first Islamist-led government in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings.But...
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Tunisian Islamists to propose their man for PM's job

Tunisian Islamists to propose their man for PM's job | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's moderate Islamist party said on Wednesday it would put forward one of its officials for the prime minister's job, after it scored a resounding victory in the first election...
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Partial Tunisia results: Islamist party has 44 pct  

Partial Tunisia results: Islamist party has 44 pct   | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TUNIS, Tunisia — Authorities say the latest results from Tunisia's landmark elections indicate the moderate Islamist party is holding onto its lead, taking at least 44 percent of seats counted so far for an assembly tasked with writing a new...
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Kyrgyzstan: Islamic Revivalist Movement Quietly Flourishing

Kyrgyzstan: Islamic Revivalist Movement Quietly Flourishing | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A few miles east of downtown Bishkek, where the asphalt road dissolves into pitted dirt lanes amid Soviet-era apartment blocks, a newly renovated mosque gleams in the night.
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Tunisian Islamist Party seeking coalition partners after Arab Spring’s 1st vote

Tunisian Islamist Party seeking coalition partners after Arab Spring’s 1st vote | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TUNIS, Tunisia — A moderate, once-banned Islamist party in Tunisia was on track Tuesday to win the largest number of seats in the first elections prompted by the Arab Spring uprisings, according to partial results.
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Libya will be a 'moderate' Muslim nation, country's interim leader insists

Libya will be a 'moderate' Muslim nation, country's interim leader insists | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Libya’s interim rulers faced further questions on Monday night over their conduct during the war to oust Col Muammar Gaddafi, after the discovery of an apparent massacre of regime supporters in rebel-controlled territory in Sirte.

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