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Elections 101: Egypt's new electoral system explained

Elections 101: Egypt's new electoral system explained | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

CAIRO: Egypt’s electoral system is “complicated and difficult for any ordinary Egyptian to comprehend and implement," experts believe, as political powers remain optimistic that it will help them secure a place in a parliament long dominated by members of the former regime.

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Egypt army kills hope: female presidential candidate

Egypt army kills hope: female presidential candidate | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The Egyptian military is stifling hope for change and cannot be trusted to manage the country's transition to democracy, the nation's first female presidential candidate said Tuesday.She...
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Human Rights Watch calls on Egypt to release prominent blogger who criticized military

CAIRO — Human Rights Watch has called on Egypt to release a prominent blogger detained by military prosecutors.
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Mother of Egyptian blogger jailed by ruling military on hunger strike to protest his detention

Mother of Egyptian blogger jailed by ruling military on hunger strike to protest his detention | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
CAIRO — The mother of one of Egypt’s best known activists has gone on hunger strike to protest her son’s detention by the country’s military rulers, the family said on Wednesday.
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Is Egypt's Arab Spring in Danger of Being Hijacked?

Is Egypt's Arab Spring in Danger of Being Hijacked? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Initial optimism and euphoria post the toppling of Egypt's Mubarak regime in the Arab Spring have eroded faith in the military and threaten a timely transition to civilian rule, tempered by sobering challenges and threats.
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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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Exclusive: Interview with Hosni Mubarak's Lawyer

Exclusive: Interview with Hosni Mubarak's Lawyer | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The deposed Egyptian dictator's lawyer explains in an exclusive interview how he plans to defend a man once seen as above the law.

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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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Egypt's military rulers detain prominent activist. Is he a scapegoat?

Egypt's military rulers detain prominent activist. Is he a scapegoat? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Egypt's military rulers detained activist Alaa Abd El Fattah Sunday for allegedly inciting violence during a protest three weeks ago in which dozens were killed when the military violently attacked the crowd.
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Egyptian activists try to bridge digital divide

Egyptian activists try to bridge digital divide | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A group of Egyptian activists are struggling to translate their online influence into real political action by taking the "tweets to the streets."...
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The Martyr Who Wasn’t

The Martyr Who Wasn’t | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Google’s Wael Ghonim was the face of Egypt’s revolution. Now the revolution is struggling. Newsweek tracks down “El Shaheed.
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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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Religious Violence, Uncertainty in Post-Mubarak Egypt Threatens Ties to Israel, U.S.

Religious Violence, Uncertainty in Post-Mubarak Egypt Threatens Ties to Israel, U.S. | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In the eight months since the Egyptian Revolution, a radical Islamic group has risen to power, the Army seems unwilling or unable to stop a growing rash of sectarian violence and the long-standing friendship between the US, Israel and Egypt is in ...
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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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Egypt's Islamists reach out to liberals as elections near

Shadi Taha, clean-shaven, in a black suit and spit-shined shoes, drew curious stares one recent evening as he sat among local men at a rundown cafe in this industrial Cairo suburb.
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Wendell Steavenson: The Martyrs and the Masses

Wendell Steavenson: The Martyrs and the Masses | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Graffiti portrait of Mina Daniel. Graffiti portrait of Mikail Nabil. Graffiti portrait of Alaa Abd Al Fattah. I have noticed that Egyptians have begun to correct me when I refer to the eighteen days of Tahrir that toppled Mubarak...
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Egypt parliamentary elections candidates intensify campaign

Egypt parliamentary elections candidates intensify campaign | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Candidates make good use of Eid congregations to get their message across to voters...
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Egypt's media must undergo its own revolution

Egypt's media must undergo its own revolution | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Austin Mackell: Media commands used to come from the ministry of information.
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Egyptian junta pledges to free hundreds after damning prison letter is published

Egyptian junta pledges to free hundreds after damning prison letter is published | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Generals announce pardon for 334 inmates, following reaction to letter secretly written by activist Alaa Abd El Fattah from his cell...
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Hosni Mubarak trial is postponed

The trial of Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak is postponed until the end of the year, as alleged victims' lawyers call for the judge to be replaced.
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Welcome to Bazaaristan - An FP Slide Show

Welcome to Bazaaristan - An FP Slide Show | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Across the globe, 1.8 billion people -- a quarter of the world's population -- work off the books each day. They are paid in cash for the goods they sell and the services they provide, and due to their ubiquity, there's a word for these merchants in nearly every language. As Robert Neuwirth reports, in French colonies, they're known as débrouillards -- self-starters, entrepreneurs, all outside the bureaucratic system. They might be vendors selling revolutionary goods in Egypt's Tahrir Square, Nigerians selling mobile phones, or the guy down the street hawking flowers on the corner. Whoever they are, they work in the world's fastest-growing economy: System D.

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Egyptians unhappy with lenient sentence for Khaled Said's killers

Egyptians unhappy with lenient sentence for Khaled Said's killers | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The two policemen who beat Khaled Said to death and planted evidence on his body, helping fuel Egypt's revolution, each received seven-year sentences for manslaughter.
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Political Eruptions in the Arab World -- Lessons From Nasser's Day

Political Eruptions in the Arab World -- Lessons From Nasser's Day | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
By all accounts we are witnessing a political eruption of major proportions in the Arab Middle East. So many superlatives were already used to describe this situation, and the word "historic" is clearly one of the most used.
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Solidarity letter from Cairo | openDemocracy

A letter of solidarity to those in the United States currently participating in the 'occupy' protests. Citing a common struggle, the letter calls for continued occupations from a global youth that have grown weary with the 'current order of things.'

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