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Walking Cairo's uncertain streets

Walking Cairo's uncertain streets | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Thousands of protesters remained angry with Mubarak government on Saturday , but it was unclear if anyone was listening.
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BBC News - Profile: Omar Suleiman

BBC News - Profile: Omar Suleiman | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Profile of Egypt's new vice president, Omar Suleiman, appointed by President Mubarak as protests against his government mount. While few Egyptians know many personal details about the former intelligence chief, he has gained an international reputation as a mediator between Israel and the Palestinians and between rival Palestinian factions. He is credited with helping to secure the ceasefire that ended the Israeli military offensive in Gaza in 2009. He has also been trying to secure the release of the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, currently being held in Gaza by Hamas.
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Change Is Good

Change Is Good | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
DAVOS, Switzerland—As fate would have it, I am in Davos, at the World Economic Forum, and not in Cairo. All around me is gloom. The markets are down. Oil is up. A thorny bundle of uncertainties has just been thrown at the fragile economic recovery—just as it was all going so well! Last night, I heard a famous economic pundit admit that someone had asked him only a few days earlier whether events in Tunisia had any significance for the world economy. No, he had said. None whatsoever. But now he was busily eating his words: If Egypt blows, anything could happen.
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Egypt's Military Shows Force. Will Protesters Yield?

Egypt's Military Shows Force. Will Protesters Yield? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Police could be seen returning to some streets nearly two days after virtually disappearing, creating a security vacuum
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ElBaradei joins protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square

ElBaradei joins protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian opposition leader Mohammed Elbaradei joined protesters in Cairo's Tahrir square on Saturday, hub of anti-Mubarak protest, Reuters witness.The people want the regime to fall,
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The Syrians are watching

The Syrians are watching | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In the tea shops and internet cafes of Damascus, Syrians are asking what events in Egypt may mean for them.
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Could Syria be the next domino to fall?

Could Syria be the next domino to fall? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
There are a lot of similarities between Egypt and Syria and Syrians are following the Egypt protests carefully. After Tunisia and Egypt, could Syria be the next domino to fall?
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Egypt's protests: What's next?

Egypt's protests: What's next? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
With unprecedented numbers of protesters on the streets of Egypt calling for President Hosni Mubarak to resign, what clues do earlier demonstrations in the region offer about what will happen in Cairo?
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AFP: Thousands in Algeria protest march: organisers

AFP: Thousands in Algeria protest march: organisers | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
ALGIERS — More than 10,000 protesters marched against authorities in Algeria's northeastern city of Bejaia on Saturday, organisers said, in the country's latest rally inspired by neighbouring Tunisia. Demonstrators marched peacefully in the city in Algeria's Berber-speaking Kabylie region, shouting Tunisia-inspired slogans such as: "For a radical change of the regime!," a lawmaker with the opposition Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD), Mohamed Ikhervane, told AFP.
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We've waited for this revolution for years. Other despots should quail | Mona Eltahawy

We've waited for this revolution for years. Other despots should quail | Mona Eltahawy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Mona Eltahawy: Change is sweeping though the Middle East and it's the Facebook generation that has kickstarted it. My birth at the end of July 1967 makes me a child of the naksa, or setback, as the Arab defeat during the June 1967 war with Israel is euphemistically known in Arabic. My parents' generation grew up high on the Arab nationalism that Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser brandished in the 1950s. But we "Children of the Naksa", hemmed in by humiliation, have spent so much of our lives uncomfortably stepping into pride's large, empty shoes.
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The Tunisia effect

The Tunisia effect | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
When the Tunisian uprising was broadcast across the region, it started a domino effect that is now being felt in Egypt.
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Egypt protests: Military 'show of strength' in Cairo

Egypt protests: Military 'show of strength' in Cairo | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Egyptian military stages an apparent show of strength in Cairo during a sixth day of protests against the rule of President Hosni Mubarak.
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Sudan police clash with protesters

Sudan police clash with protesters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Anti-government demonstrators in Khartoum faced riot police in protests inspired by those in Egypt and Tunisia.
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President Obama: Here Is Your "Game Changer"

President Obama: Here Is Your "Game Changer" | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Autocratic leaders lose power very much the same way Hemingway noted that people go bankrupt: gradually, and then all at once. The U.S. can now take policy steps in our best interest that are consistent with the values we hold so deeply, supporting those calling for democracy and knowing it is in our best interest. When change comes to the Middle East, as it surely will, let us make sure that we are on the right side.
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Do you think the Obama administration should have given more wholehearted support to the anti-Mubarak protests in Egypt?

Do you think the Obama administration should have given more wholehearted support to the anti-Mubarak protests in Egypt? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Obama administration has sent out carefully moderated messages in favour of political reform in Egypt. Would you like to see more forthright US support for the anti-Mubarak protesters?
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Muslim Brotherhood moves to form Egypt unity gov't without Mubarak

Muslim Brotherhood moves to form Egypt unity gov't without Mubarak | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Opposition group says excludes reigning President's National Democratic Party from talks; Mohammed ElBaradei: I have been mandated by the people.
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Mohamed ElBaradei: 'It is total chaos. Mubarak must go'

Mohamed ElBaradei: 'It is total chaos. Mubarak must go' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Pro-democracy activist Mohamed ElBaradei described the situation of ongoing protests in Egypt as "total chaos", saying that President Mubarak must stand down immediately.
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Egypt's ElBaradei to head to Cairo protest hub

Egypt's ElBaradei to head to Cairo protest hub | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei plans join protesters later on Sunday in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the hub of the protest calling for President Hosni Mubarak
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ANALYSIS-Syrians silently gripped by Arab upheaval

ANALYSIS-Syrians silently gripped by Arab upheaval | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
DAMASCUS, Jan 30 (Reuters) - On the surface all is calm in Syria, tightly ruled by the same authoritarian party for half a century, despite the upheaval in several of its Arab neighbours. Below, ordinary Syrians are quietly captivated by the tumult. The government has barely commented on the six days of unprecedented protests against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and its control over the media has stifled public reaction in a country struggling with similar poverty and unemployment.
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Israel worries privately as Egypt descends into chaos

Israel worries privately as Egypt descends into chaos | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Israel's public line on Egypt is clear -- it wants "stability and security in our region," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday morning, acknowledging that Israel is "anxiously monitoring" what's happening in the first and most important Arab nation to make peace with the Jewish state.
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Egypt Unrest: A "Major Political Tsunami"

Egypt Unrest: A "Major Political Tsunami" | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Regime Change in Cairo Presents Opportunities for Islamist Movements, and Challenges for Egypt's Allies Read more by Farhan Bokhari on CBS News' World Watch.
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INTERVIEW-Tunisia virus won't reach Algeria:presidential ally

INTERVIEW-Tunisia virus won't reach Algeria:presidential ally | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
ALGIERS, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Algeria will not be swamped by a wave of unrest spreading through Arab states because it is investing its energy revenues in improving peoples' lives, a senior ally of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said. Abdelaziz Belkhadem, head of Algeria's ruling FLN party and a cabinet minister, acknowledged the authorities could be doing more but said that, unlike in Egypt or Tunisia, Algerian protesters were not demanding a change of government.
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Helping the Tunisian revolution end well

Helping the Tunisian revolution end well | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Fueled by courage and desperation, the people of Tunisia toppled their authoritarian government this month, sending a message of warning to leaders of Arab states. The citizens of some of those states, most notably Egypt and Yemen , have been studying this message and crafting their own.
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US, Turkey, Iraq, China urge citizens to leave Egypt

US, Turkey, Iraq, China urge citizens to leave Egypt | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Belgium, India, Philippines also issue travel warnings, offer practical help to tourists to flee country plagued by anti-gov't protests.
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