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Cracks showing in Libyan opposition

Cracks showing in Libyan opposition | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Cracks are showing in the Libyan opposition that overthrew Gadhafi, raising concerns among NATO nations that helped topple the regime.
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Tunisians flock to polls in first elections brought by the Arab Spring; Islamist party favored

TUNIS, Tunisia — The people who started the Arab Spring shared one of its earliest fruits on Sunday: a free election.
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Tunisia's Surprising New Islamists

Tunisia's Surprising New Islamists | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Nine months after the revolution that kicked off the Arab Spring, I reunited with two of the first Tunisians to protest against Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. A lot has changed.

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A Tunisian Islamist in Exile Expresses His Hopes Ahead of Oct. 23 Election - Global Spin

A Tunisian Islamist in Exile Expresses His Hopes Ahead of Oct. 23 Election - Global Spin | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
"No one will dare propose himself as a dictator. No one. The best institution we have now is the street," says Mohamed Ali Harrath.
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Tunisia election: Loving and loathing Islamists

Tunisia election: Loving and loathing Islamists | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisia's formerly banned Islamist party, Ennahda, is tipped to win the first election to results from the "Arab Spring", writes the BBC's Celeste Hicks.
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Tunisia's Islamists Likely to Win Plurality in the First "Arab Spring" Election

A moderate Islamist party governing in coalition with secularists will offer Tunisia a reasonable chance at real democracy.
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Fighting between Boko Haram Islamists and Nigerian security rages on

While the Nigerian military claims that the fighting with Boko Haram in the country's north is under control, the lack of information from the region fuels doubt about the military's success.
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Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood accuses government of attacking pro-reform rally

Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood accuses government of attacking pro-reform rally | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Attack on a tribal pro-reform rally north of Amman leaves several injured; activists say injuries occurred when unknown assailants dispersed rally with firearms, stones and sticks.
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Islamist Protests in Tunisia

While Tunisia has avoided the instability that has threatened to push Egypt back into full-scale contestation, it is clear that tensions are rising and that those tensions are centering on the subject of Islam.
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Islamist protesters attack Tunisian TV station over animated film Persepolis

Islamist protesters attack Tunisian TV station over animated film Persepolis | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Islamists try to set fire to TV station that broadcast Marjane Satrapi's Oscar-nominated story about a girl growing up during the Iranian revolution...
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Tunisia's Islamists back moderate form of Sharia law - World Wires - MiamiHerald.com

Tunisia's main Islamist party, eyeing gains in upcoming elections, supports a moderate form of Sharia law that would combine "democracy, which is a Western product, with Islam, which is our own heritage," the party's leader told McClatchy.
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Tunisia Islamists storm university over veil ban | Reuters

(Reuters) - Islamists stormed a university in Tunisia Saturday after it refused to enrol a woman wearing a full-face veil, a staff member said, highlighting tensions over religion that are likely to dominate an election later this month.

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Syria Makes Concessions to Religious Conservatives

Syria Makes Concessions to Religious Conservatives | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syrian authorities reversed a decision banning women who wear the Islamic face covering from teaching in schools and closed the country's only casino, in an attempt to appease conservative Muslims ahead of expected protests Friday.
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Libya declares itself liberated from Qaddafi - CBS News

Libya declares itself liberated from Qaddafi - CBS News | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
At celebration in revolution's birthplace, transitional leader promises a nation founded on Islamic Sharia law...
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The Arab Spring’s First Elections

The Arab Spring’s First Elections | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisians go to the polls to cast the Arab Spring’s first democratic votes. Ursula Lindsey reports.
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An Islamist, a Liberal, and a Former Regime Loyalist Walk into a Cafe... - By Ryan Calder

An Islamist, a Liberal, and a Former Regime Loyalist Walk into a Cafe... - By Ryan Calder | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Three Libyans try to make sense of their country after Qaddafi.

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Tunisian exile rejects claims of backing fundamentalists

Tunisian exile rejects claims of backing fundamentalists | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Islamist party leader, Rachid Ghannouchi, said extremists can be contained by being given a place in a democratic system...
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The "Arab spring" in historical perspective

How will the popular uprisings in the Arab world affect the future of states and regimes in the region? All possible outcomes are shadowed by the fate of the contending ideologies and movements - nationalism and socialism, secularism and Islamism, dynasticism and liberal constitutionalism - that have dominated the Arab political landscape in recent decades, says Sami Zubaida. His overview of their rise and fall both illuminates a complex history and indicates the scale of the challenge facing democratic reformers today.

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Rachid al-Ghannouchi Imagines Democratic Future for Tunisia

Rachid al-Ghannouchi Imagines Democratic Future for Tunisia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Democracy and Islam can coexist in Tunisia, Rachid al-Ghannouchi believes, and his ideas may be tested if his party succeeds in Sunday’s voting.
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City of the Future: Karachi is violent, unhealthy, and unequal. Is that so bad?

City of the Future: Karachi is violent, unhealthy, and unequal. Is that so bad? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

KARACHI, Pakistan — Karachi may be a city in crisis, on the shore of a country in crisis, but people find ways to make money. If religious conservatism is spreading, that's no problem; new ads outside the airport promote "Pakistan's First Shariah Compliant Credit Card."

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Tunisia's Islamist party condemns attack on chief

Tunisia's Islamist party condemns attack on chief | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

TUNIS — Tunisia's Islamist party Ennahda, tipped to dominate elections later this month, on Saturday condemned an attack on the home of a television chief over alleged blasphemy, denying any role in it.

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A Proud Admission of Terror?

A Proud Admission of Terror? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Read conservative news, blogs and opinion about Bashar al-Assad, Syria and Terror from The Weekly Standard, the must read magazine available in online edition.
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Top Syria Cleric Threatens Attacks on U.S. and Europe if Military Intervenes

Syria's top Sunni Muslim cleric has warned Western countries against military intervention in Syria and threatened to retaliate with suicide bombings in the United States and Europe if his country comes under attack.
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Islamists attack Tunis TV station

Islamists attack Tunis TV station | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Police in Tunisia arrest dozens of Islamists who they say tried to attack a TV station in the capital, Tunis, in protest at the showing of the film Persepolis.
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Syria shuts casino, okays veil in schools

Syria shuts casino, okays veil in schools | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
DAMASCUS — Syria's embattled secular authorities have closed the country's sole casino and eased restrictions on the wearing of the veil by school teachers, a leading human rights activist said on Wednesday.
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