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Rights campaigner on Egypt forces' 'outrageous crimes'

Rights campaigner on Egypt forces' 'outrageous crimes' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman spoke to Ghada Shahbander from the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights about the situation in the square and the violence of recent days.
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Egypt Erupts: Tahrir Square Sit-In Devolves Into Violent Clashes

Egypt Erupts: Tahrir Square Sit-In Devolves Into Violent Clashes | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Police and protesters clashed for control of downtown Cairo's Tahrir Square on Saturday, after security forces tried to stop activists from staging a long-term sit-in in the symbolic site.
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Assessing Ennahda, Tunisia's Winning Islamist Party

Washington's embrace of Ennahda, Tunisia's leading Islamist movement, should be predicated on the party's actions matching its promises to foster an open, democratic society.
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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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Final Tunisian election results confirm win for Islamist party

TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia’s final election results confirmed the victory of an Islamist party, giving it a major say in the country’s new government and future constitution, the election commission announced Monday.
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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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Liberia Incumbent Seen Winning

Liberia Incumbent Seen Winning | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appeared poised to win re-election, even as violent protests erupted after her main challenger called for a boycott of Tuesday's vote.
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Women Win Big in Tunisia Vote

Women Win Big in Tunisia Vote | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Post-dictatorship Tunisia’s recent election for assembly benefitted women and showed the power of technology.
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Tunisian constitution will make no place for faith

Tunisian constitution will make no place for faith | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's Islamist-led government will focus on democracy, human rights and a free-market economy in planned changes to the constitution, effectively...
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New Kyrgyz leader in unity pledge

New Kyrgyz leader in unity pledge | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
New Kyrgyz leader Almazbek Atambayev says he will work to unify his troubled country - and that a key US base should not stay.
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Kyrgyzstan vote for new president

Kyrgyzstan vote for new president | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Voters in Kyrgyzstan are set to elect a new president, as they hope to put months of political turmoil and ethnic tension behind them.
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Tunisians embrace democratic life

Tunisians embrace democratic life | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Allan Little finds Tunisians flexing their new democratic muscle as the country votes to find a new leader.
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Aung San Suu Kyi to run for parliament

Aung San Suu Kyi to run for parliament | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Move comes after Burma pro-democracy leader's party decision to rejoin mainstream politics following government reforms...
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Riot Police March Into Cairo's Tahrir Square

Riot Police March Into Cairo's Tahrir Square | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tensions are rising again in Cairo, one day after thousands of protesters swarmed the city's famed Tahrir Square to demand the military relinquish power sooner.
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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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Tunisian parties choose veteran human rights activist as country’s new interim president

TUNIS, Tunisia — A veteran human rights activist was selected as Tunisia’s new interim president on Tuesday, a party official says.
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Tunisia’s Jewish and Christian minorities put faith in Islamist-led democracy | FaithWorld

Tunisia’s Jewish and Christian minorities put faith in Islamist-led democracy | FaithWorld | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Minority Jews and Christians are putting their faith in Tunisia's nascent democracy to ensure its new Islamist-led leadership respects their rights in this traditionally secular state.
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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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Tunisian women demonstrate to protect their rights

Tunisian women demonstrate to preserve their rights following Islamist election victory...
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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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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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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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Colombia's illegal groups cast shadow over local polls

Colombia's illegal groups cast shadow over local polls | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Security gains in much of Colombia in recent years have not eradicated the problem of violence and corruption overshadowing some local elections in the country, reports BBC Mundo's Arturo Wallace.
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