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Protesters converge on Berkeley, organizers vow to set up camp

Protesters converge on Berkeley, organizers vow to set up camp | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BERKELEY, Calif (Reuters) - Throngs of anti-Wall Street protesters converged on the University of California at Berkeley on Tuesday, vowing to set up a tent camp in defiance of campus rules a day after...
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Senators want probe of NetApp, Blue Coat devices' ties to Syria

Senators want probe of NetApp, Blue Coat devices' ties to Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The two Sunnyvale, Calif.-based companies may have illegally sold Internet-monitoring devices to Syria in violation of a U.S. embargo, three senators suggest in a letter to the Obama administration.
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Why We Need 'Negropedia'

Why We Need 'Negropedia' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
‘Negropedia’ author Patrice Evans discusses the modern racial landscape with Ned Vizzini.
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Conflict Risk Alert: Syria’s Tipping Point


Brussels, 3 November 2011: Syria's acceptance of the Arab League proposal to defuse the crisis presents an eleventh-hour opportunity to seek a negotiated transition before the conflict takes an even uglier turn.
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Syria accuses U.S. of 'blatant interference'

Syria accuses U.S. of 'blatant interference' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syria United States protests Arab Spring: The Syrian government lashed out at the Obama administration Saturday for "blatant interference in Syrian affairs" after the State Department advised people in the country against surrendering as part of an...
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The trouble in Yemen

The last news most Americans noticed out of Yemen was great -- last month’s drone-killing of terror kingpin Anwar al-Awlaki.
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The End of the Innocents

The End of the Innocents | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

By the time Jim Thompson reached his cramped corner of the temporary U.S. legation in Thailand each morning in 1946, a small crowd had already formed waiting to see him. In the soupy, humid air, they squatted on their haunches, chewing sour mango slices and dried pork skins, waiting for their savior, the best-connected intelligence man in Indochina, a man unaware that he would soon be among the last of a dying breed -- a lone idealist in an increasingly power-hungry, militarized CIA that would never be the same again.

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Syria Crackdown Gets Italy Firm’s Aid With U.S.-Europe Spy Gear

As Syria’s crackdown on protests has claimed more than 3,000 lives since March, Italian technicians in telecom offices from Damascus to Aleppo have been busy equipping President Bashar al-Assad’s regime with the power to intercept, scan and catalog...
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Growing isolation for Syria if it fails Arab League: US

Growing isolation for Syria if it fails Arab League: US | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — Syria will only deepen its international isolation if it fails to abide by a deal with the Arab League to stop killing protesters, the United States warned Thursday.

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Uzbekistan: Was Clinton's Civil Society Meeting the Soft Option?

Uzbekistan: Was Clinton's Civil Society Meeting the Soft Option? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
On her tour of Central Asia and the Middle East/Northern Africa last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a town hall meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan with several hundred people.
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A Nobel laureate challenges Obama

Tawakkol Karman, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner from Yemen, is frustrated by the "ambiguous" policies of the Obama administration toward the Arab Spring.
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Implications of Military Intervention in Syria

Although military action in Syria would carry some risks, not intervening in the face of the regime's now fully revealed violent and repressive nature carries its own dangers.
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Sec’y Clinton praises Yemeni Nobel winner, calls for revolution to bring democracy

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has heaped praise on the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize and is calling for her revolution to succeed in bringing democracy to Yemen.
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Kisses for Karimov - Tom Malinowski

Kisses for Karimov - Tom Malinowski | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Uzbekistan's dictator is another Qaddafi-in-waiting. Realism is one thing, but the United States can't be afraid to call the devil by his name.

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U.S. Officials Say Sanctions Against Syria Effective

Syrian President Bashar Assad's days are numbered as U.S. and European economic sanctions and Arab League opposition have undermined a regime that's basically a family-led mafia, Obama administration officials said Wednesday.
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Syria may try to evade US, EU sanctions-US Treasury

Nov 7 (Reuters) - A top U.S. Treasury official will travel to Jordan and Lebanon to meet with officials to discuss the impact of economic sanctions against Syria, the Treasury Department said on Monday.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Burning the American Flag & the Perils of Leading from Behind!

It remains an isolated incident, for now, but some Syrian protesters did burn the American Flag on Friday. Why? - It seems that “the double standards” adopted by American officials regarding the situations in Syria and Libya have irked some protesters. After all, weeks ago, they had given the American Ambassador an olive branch, but the only thing they got in return was kind words and an now apology note telling them they’re on their own, even as residential neighborhoods being pounded to smithereens.

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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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Dormant power revival

Dormant power revival | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
ON A clear day in 2006 Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, took a leisurely drive along the Turkish-Syrian border with Syria’s president, Bashar Assad, at the wheel.
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Sunni Awakening Members Die in Explosion in Iraq

Sunni Awakening Members Die in Explosion in Iraq | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The attack highlights growing Sunni frustration with how the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government deals with their security.
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The Syrians Are on Their Own

With the United States and Europe only half-willing, the international community is incapable of stopping human rights violations in Syria or even helping the opposition.
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Tibetans press US on immolations

Tibetans press US on immolations | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tibetan exile leader Lobsang Sangay urges US politicians to ask China for access to areas where monks have been setting alight to themselves.
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Syria No-Fly Zone: Realistic Objectives

Syria No-Fly Zone: Realistic Objectives | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Thus, for now the demands of protestors will be ignored. But, given how quickly things could change, the international community should think through the operational requirements and realistic objectives of a NFZ over Syria.

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Syrian Americans in Syria feel unfairly targeted by sanctions

Syrian Americans in Syria feel unfairly targeted by sanctions | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Ahmad is not one of Syrian President Bashar Assad 's cronies.
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A no-fly zone may be the only way to save Syria

A no-fly zone may be the only way to save Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Bashar al-Assad decided almost a year ago that he’d rather burn his country to the ground than allow the Syrian people have a turn at real democracy.
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