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No release for U.S. man accused of spying on Syrian dissidents

No release for U.S. man accused of spying on Syrian dissidents | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syrian dissidents: U.S. citizen Mohamad "Alex" Soueid will be detained through his trial date, a judge has ruled; Soueid is accused of monitoring Syrian dissidents in the U.S.
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Plan Afghanistan

Plan Afghanistan | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Why the Colombia model -- even if it means drug war and armed rebellion -- is the best chance for U.S. success in Central Asia.

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An American Teenager in Yemen: Paying for the Sins of His Father?

An American Teenager in Yemen: Paying for the Sins of His Father? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A drone strike took the life of Anwar al-Awlaki and another took that of his 16-year old son. Collateral damage from such U.S.
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Riot squads clear Wall St. protests in 2 cities

Riot squads clear Wall St. protests in 2 cities | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

ATLANTA (AP) -- Police guarded newly-cleared plazas early Wednesday in Atlanta and Oakland, Calif., after clearing Occupy Wall Street protest camps in both cities. Dozens of demonstrators were arrested in swift crack-downs by riot squads after local authorities lost patience with the rallies.

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What Occupy Wall Street Can Learn from Occupy Tel Aviv

What Occupy Wall Street Can Learn from Occupy Tel Aviv | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Before Zuccotti Park, there was Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv.
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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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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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Syria – ‘the war no one wants to see’?

Syria – ‘the war no one wants to see’? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Syria’s escalating conflict is already the “war no one wants to see,” says exiled democracy activist Ammar Abdulhamid. His Syrian Revolution Digest, he writes, “is now a daily condemnation of the hypocrisy of world leaders who hide behind technicalities to justify their inaction, and the impotence and moral cowardice of opposition movements and figures that hide behind worn-out ideologies to justify theirs.” But what practical steps can external actors take to help initiate a transition in Syria?

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U.S. withdraws envoy to Syria, southern strike spreads

U.S. withdraws envoy to Syria, southern strike spreads | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
AMMAN (Reuters) - The United States has pulled its ambassador out of Syria because of what it said were credible threats to his safety after his public support for protesters led to attacks on the U.S.
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Syria and US withdraw ambassadors

Syria and US withdraw ambassadors | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tit-for-tat withdrawals add to tensions between Damascus and Washington, which has called on Assad to stop using violence...
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McCain talks about military options in Syria

McCain talks about military options in Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that military action to protect civilians in Syria might be considered now that NATO’s air campaign in Libya is ending.
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Qaddafi’s Death Is Latest Victory for New U.S. Approach to War

The death of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi is the latest in a string of successes for the Obama administration’s war strategy, which includes air power and a reliance on allies.
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The new interventionism: How Obama is changing the way the United States wages war.

The new interventionism: How Obama is changing the way the United States wages war. | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The future face of American warfare is very likely on display now in Africa.
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Syria Uses Gear From U.S. Firm to Block Web

The U.S. company told the Journal that Syria has been using at least 13 of its devices to censor web activity—an admission that comes amid new reports of Arab Spring bloodshed there. Syria is subject to a broad U.S.
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Somalia, Libya, Uganda: US increases Africa focus

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- While putting few U.S. troops at risk, the United States is playing a growing role in Africa's military battles, using special forces advisers, drones and tens of millions of dollars in military aid to combat a growing and multifaceted security threat.

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Uzbekistan: Tashkent Finds Friends in Washington

Uzbekistan: Tashkent Finds Friends in Washington | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Uzbekistan has taken a pounding recently over its human rights record, but financial wizards in Washington have measured praise for Tashkent’s economic performance, and at least some American executiv...
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Google and governments: The delicate relationship

Google and governments: The delicate relationship | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A new Google transparency report shows that the US leads the world in government requests for information on citizens' online activity.
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Pakistan US relations: the straw that broke the camel’s back? | openDemocracy

It behoves both the United States and Pakistan to reappraise the situation, take stock and course correct. World peace, or at the least regional peace, may depend on it.

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Obama Says Qaddafi’s Death ‘Strong Message’ to Dictators - Businessweek

President Barack Obama said the overthrow and death of Muammar Qaddafi in Libya is a “strong message” to other dictators that “people long to be free.”...
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A Fighting Chance: Why Obama's Support For Syria's Non-Violent Protests Isn't Enough

By telling the Syrian opposition to remain nonviolent and explicitly ruling out military intervention, the Obama administration is laying out unrealistic expectations.
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US says encouraging Morocco to implement reforms

(Reuters) - The United Sates said on Monday it was encouraging staunch ally Morocco to quickly implement reforms proposed by the Arab world's longest-serving dynasty.
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US probes Syria's web block kit

US probes Syria's web block kit | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The US government is investigating claims that Syria is using American made equipment to restrict access to the web.
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Surprise recall of US ambassador to Syria spurred by threats

Surprise recall of US ambassador to Syria spurred by threats | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The US recalled Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, who has been a sharp critic of the Assad regime. His departure comes amid intensifying scrutiny of the country's brutal crackdown on protesters.
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Patience won in Libya. How about in Afghanistan?

An Obama doctrine of 'strategic patience' helped to bring down Qaddafi. But Obama's impatience to exit Afghanistan only allows Pakistan and the Taliban to wait out the US.
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Can't Argue With American Policy Now, Qaddafi's Dead and the Results Speak for Themselves

The news of Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi's death is good news for America -- whether you're a Republican or a Democrat. And it's also a vindication for Obama and his policy in the Middle East.

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