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The rise of Islamophobia in Ethiopia

Recent demands have been the most vocal and the most sustained in the history of Ethiopian Muslims. But if they have gone the least bit beyond the scope of religion, then, ironically, they have been overtly secularist.

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Arab awakening: Qatar’s controversial alliance with Arab Islamists

Tension with its Gulf neighbours began to rise from 2006 when Qatar and Al Jazeera stood with Lebanese Shi’ite group Hizbullah during its war with Israel, while western allied states clearly hoped to see the Iranian-backed militia wiped out.

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The Thick Red Line: White House Cautious on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria | TIME.com

The Thick Red Line: White House Cautious on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria | TIME.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Obama may be caught between his public words and his private concerns about getting more involved in Syria.
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Syria Claims Disruption of Rebel Supply Lines

The government in Damascus claimed to have overrun a bitterly contested town east of Damascus, but rebels disputed these assertions.
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McCain: "Chemical weapons being used" in Syria

McCain: "Chemical weapons being used" in Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
"The president of the United States said that if [Syrian president] Assad used chemical weapons it would be a game changer, that it would cross a red line," said Sen.
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Could John McCain's roadmap for intervening in Syria work?

Could John McCain's roadmap for intervening in Syria work? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

No one should think that we have to destroy every air defense system or put tens of thousands of boots on the ground to make a difference in Syria. We have more limited options. We could, for example, organize and overt and large-scale operation to train and equip Syrian opposition forces. We could use our precision strike capabilities to target Assad's aircraft and Scud missile launchers on the ground, without our pilots having to fly into the teeth of Syria's air defenses. We could use similar weapons to selectively destroy artillery pieces and make their crews think twice about remaining at their posts. We could also use Patriot missile batteries outside of Syria to help protect safe zones inside of Syria.

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Free Syrian Army general: ‘Clear proof chemical weapons used’

Free Syrian Army general: ‘Clear proof chemical weapons used’ | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
By Samuel Burke, CNN

The chief of staff for the Free Syrian Army said he can confirm that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons in the Syrian cities of Homs, Aleppo and Otaiba, outside Damascus.
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Conflict within Syria

Conflict within Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The people within Syria reacted with mixed views while I was there asking questions -- why hasn't Europe and the US intervened, where is international aid saying they want weapons, medical supplies, food, no fly zone, etc? This is very hard to explain and to answer their questions due to the complicated situation within Syria.

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Syrian army seizes strategic town near capital

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad seized a strategic town east of Damascus on Wednesday, breaking a critical weapons supply route for the rebels, activists and fighters said.

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Analysis: Crossing Obama's red line on Syria will require concrete proof

Analysis: Crossing Obama's red line on Syria will require concrete proof | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON/RIYADH (Reuters) - While President Barack Obama has declared a red line over Syrian use of chemical weapons, U.S.
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Syrian Revolution Digest: Repeatedly!

Syrian Revolution Digest: Repeatedly! | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Assad has “repeatedly” used chemical weapons, according to Israel, but the U.S. continues to dither. Whatever the reasons, this tendency to dither even when clearly set red lines have been clearly crossed has served to strengthen Assad’s resolve and is one way the U.S. has become complicit in Assad’s crimes. Providing humanitarian aid is not enough to alleviate the culpability and the guilt. Action is needed. A no-fly zone is needed. Many would say that there is no use asking for something when the political will for it is clearly lacking. But then, perhaps if we asked for it “repeatedly,” the political will for it might just materialize. Isn’t that what advocacy is about? Besides, a no-fly zone is part of the solution, we cannot make do without it so we cannot give up on it. How can we “guarantee” anyone’s safety when we have no ability to guarantee ours?

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Weren’t Buddhists Supposed to Be Pacifists?

Weren’t Buddhists Supposed to Be Pacifists? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Their religion may stress peace, but some Buddhists are showing that they’re entirely capable of violence in the name of faith.
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Syria rebels, army in fierce battle for Al-Qusair

Syria rebels, army in fierce battle for Al-Qusair | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Fierce clashes pitted Syrian rebels against government troops assisted by Hezbollah fighters in several villages near the border with Lebanon, as a military source told AFP the army expects to seize Al-Qusair, a rebel stronghold, “within days.”...
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Seven Times The White House Discussed The Syria Red Line

Seven Times The White House Discussed The Syria Red Line | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The White House confirmed that the Syrian regime has used the chemical weapon sarin, a possible sign that Syria has crossed President Barack Obama's "red line" that would change U.S. policy towards the war-torn country.
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Is the U.S. Set to Intervene in Syria?

Is the U.S. Set to Intervene in Syria? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Intelligence showing the Assad regime has used chemical weapons against its own people puts the pressure on the Obama administration to act. What are the president's options?
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The Case for Intervening in Syria

The Case for Intervening in Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
More than two years into the uprising, the balance of power does not look like it's tipping in favor of the rebels.
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Lawmakers demand 'action' in Syria after intel confirms chemical weapons use

Lawmakers demand 'action' in Syria after intel confirms chemical weapons use | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Top-ranking lawmakers on both sides of the aisle declared Thursday that the "red line" in Syria has been crossed, calling for "strong" U.S. and international intervention after administration officials revealed the intelligence community believes chemical weapons were used. 

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Syrian Revolution Digest: Obama’s Great Failure!

Syrian Revolution Digest: Obama’s Great Failure! | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

A policy of doing the right thing only when it is cheap and easy is prescription for disaster, and disaster is exactly what we have now in Syria, as a result of this policy. But, let’s be clear here: No facet of intervention in Syria will be easy, or cheap, but intervention is still a moral and a strategic must. Millions of lives are at stake, so is the fate of an entire region with all her peoples. Lebanon Iraq and Jordan are already beginning to feel the spillover effects of the conflict in Syria. The fact that WMDs have begun to be used, even if on a limited scale at this stage, is not a good omen at all. And the longer we wait the worst the situation will get. But in order for the U.S. to do the right thing here, we need a courageous president in the White House, one that is willing to face the truth, then relay it honestly to the American people, even if they are reluctant to hear it. No matter how wary and weary the American people are at this stage, there are certain things that their government still needs to do in order to maintain the global order and keep them and all of us safe. Regrettably, President Obama seems incapable of rising to the challenge.

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Hagel skeptical of Syria chemical weapons claims

Hagel skeptical of Syria chemical weapons claims | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
CAIRO -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday cast doubt on an Israeli general's conclusion that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against its own citizens.
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The most brutal of them all

The most brutal of them all | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

ANTONIO GUTERRES is a man of experience. A former prime minister of Portugal, he has run the UN’s High Commission for Refugees since 2005, dealing with crises from Afghanistan to Congo and Iraq. But of all the humanitarian catastrophes he has witnessed, nothing has proven as appalling or as dangerous as what is happening in Syria.

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Minaret of famed 12th century Sunni mosque in Syrian city of Aleppo destroyed

Minaret of famed 12th century Sunni mosque in Syrian city of Aleppo destroyed | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BEIRUT — The minaret of a landmark 12th century mosque in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was destroyed Wednesday, leaving the once-soaring stone tower a pile of rubble and twisted metal scattered in the tiled courtyard.
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Syria Has Used Chemical Weapons, Israel Says

Syria Has Used Chemical Weapons, Israel Says | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tel Aviv made its most definitive statement accusing Syria of using chemical weapons, which President Obama has called a “red line” Syria cannot cross.
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Dithering While Damascus Burns

Bob Corker (senator from Tennessee and top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee): Send weapons to moderate fighters and negotiate with Russia.

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The Ugly Choice in the Middle East

The Ugly Choice in the Middle East | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

We could be in the midst of what will someday be seen as decades of interconnected conflicts. For this reason and because most of the world's major powers fear this outcome and the potential costs it would pose for them, there is a growing sense that rather than focusing on democratic outcomes to all this upheaval, the United States and others will soon be contenting themselves with another generation of strongmen throughout the Greater Middle East. The U.S. willingness to embrace dubious "partners" like Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai or Iraq's Nouri al-Maliki and U.S. reluctance to publicly criticize leaders with questionable values such as Egypt's Mohamed Morsy are seen as signs of this growing predisposition.

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Brahimi tells Security Council: Syria situation hopeless

Brahimi tells Security Council: Syria situation hopeless | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi described the situation in Syria as “hopeless” in a recent closed-door briefing to the U.N. Security Council, according to a document leaked Tuesday.
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