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Tunisia arrest warrants: Tunisia seeks arrest of former President Ben Ali and entourage

Tunisia arrest warrants: Tunisia seeks arrest of former President Ben Ali and entourage | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisia's interim government launched a $350-million public spending program apparently aimed at countering demands for its leaders' dismissal. A Cabinet reshuffling was expected to be announced by early Thursday.
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Pentagon monitors situation in Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday said Defense officials are closely watching protests that have flared up in Egypt, Tunisia and Lebanon, as Pentagon hosts senior Egyptian military leaders for talks this week.
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DAVOS-UPDATE 1-Arab officials say reform only answer to unrest| Reuters

DAVOS-UPDATE 1-Arab officials say reform only answer to unrest| Reuters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
* Arab League's Moussa says Arab world must reform

* Saudi prince says unsure about Mubarak's future

* Annan sees reform dilemma for Arab rulers


(Recasts with Moussa, Annan, IMF official)

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WikiLeaks, the Egyptian military and Gamal Mubarak's chances to succeed his father

WikiLeaks, the Egyptian military and Gamal Mubarak's chances to succeed his father | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Some interesting bits out from WikiLeaks today on Egypt, one of my old stomping grounds. There are some scathing evaluations of the state of Egyptian military. For instance this cable from 2008 says:"Recently, academics and civilian analysts painted a portrait of an Egyptian military in intellectual and social decline, whose officers have largely fallen out of society's elite ranks. They describe a disgruntled mid-level officer corps harshly critical of a defense minister they perceive as incompetent and valuing loyalty above skill in his subordinates. However, analysts perceive the military as retaining strong influence through its role in ensuring regime stability and operating a large network of commercial enterprises."
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‘Hosni Mubarak, the plane is waiting’ by Yasmine Rashidi

‘Hosni Mubarak, the plane is waiting’  by Yasmine Rashidi | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Cairo on the morning of January 25 felt like something of a ghost town. Few civilians were to be found on the streets, most stores were shuttered, and the typically heaving downtown was deserted. It was a national holiday, and in the central town square, named Tahrir, or Liberation, even cars were scarce, and parking spaces—always sparse—were in abundance. The only conspicuous presence was that of Egypt’s police and state security. Rows of their box-shaped olive-green trucks lined thoroughfares and narrow side-streets, in some cases blocking them off for miles. Beside them were battered cobalt blue trucks—the ones used to whisk away prisoners and detainees.
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Mohamed ElBaradei: The Return of the Challenger - The Daily Beast

Mohamed ElBaradei: The Return of the Challenger - The Daily Beast | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei is headed back to Egypt despite direct threats against his life. On the eve of his return, the former U.N. official who is the Mubarak regime's most high-profile opponent shared his thoughts with Newsweek’s Christopher Dickey about the young people who’ve taken to the streets, political Islam, and the role of the United States.
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Will US support call for reform in Egypt? - International Business Times

Will US support call for reform in Egypt? - International Business Times | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Egyptian government should be "responsive" to its people's aspirations, the White House has said in measured but unusually strong comments about the raging anti-government protests in Egypt which forced the reported fleeing of the president’s son to Britain.
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Egypt: Rage against the Mubaraks

Egypt: Rage against the Mubaraks | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Editorial: There is one cry that stands out in Egypt: dictatorship will no longer hold us down
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How Tunisia and Egypt could affect us | Kyle Wingfield

How Tunisia and Egypt could affect us | Kyle Wingfield | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
If you’re not paying attention to the news from Tunisia and Egypt, you should be. The nature of America’s engagement in the Middle East, and the future of
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Warning on Yemen child hunger

Warning on Yemen child hunger | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Reuters/Beirut - A malnourished boy is held by his mother at a clinic at Al Mazraq refugee camp near the northwestern Yemeni province of Saada in this October 19, 2009 file picture
Children often go hungry in Yemen. Those caught up in the nation’s dizzying array of conflicts fare worse, a UN official said. Yemen won sudden global attention and extra aid from the West, mostly for counter-terrorism, after a Yemen-based Al Qaeda militant tried to bomb a US-bound plane on December 25, 2009.
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Palestinian negotiator rejects claims of back door deals with Israel

Palestinian negotiator rejects claims of back door deals with Israel | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
PLO chief negotiator Saeb Erekat says leaked documents show how passionately Palestinians want peace.
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The Indypendent » Algeria and Tunisia: Separate Paths of Insurgency

The Indypendent  » Algeria and Tunisia: Separate Paths of Insurgency | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Relatively ignored by those observing the vigorous grassroots insurgency and forced political change in Tunisia was the simultaneous widespread upheaval in neighboring Algeria. Waves of riots and demonstrations in both countries were stimulated by a recent rapid rise in food staple prices but, more importantly, were deeply rooted in long-standing revulsion against authoritarian rule, extensive official corruption and crippling unemployment. The rapid leaderless spread of insurgency throughout both countries was also apparently catalyzed by prolific and vivid YouTube, Facebook, blog and Twitterimages and accounts. Both upheavals prompted government comments meant to marginalize protestors. More important was violent repression, with dozens of deaths and thousands of activists imprisoned in both countries.
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Killings in Kasserine: Tunisians demand to know the true death toll from riots

Killings in Kasserine: Tunisians demand to know the true death toll from riots | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
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Bloody and bruised: the journalist caught in Egypt unrest

Bloody and bruised: the journalist caught in Egypt unrest | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Guardian's man in Cairo tells of his beating and arrest at the hands of the security forces
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Anti-Government Protests Continue to Rock Egypt | Africa | English

Anti-Government Protests Continue to Rock Egypt |  Africa | English | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Egyptian riot police clashed with thousands of anti-government activists for a second day Wednesday, firing rubber bullets and using tear gas and batons on protesters who defied a government ban on demonstrations
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France24 - Washington and the Arab world

France24 - Washington and the Arab world | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Don't make a push for democratic change in Egypt if you can't back it up. So warns one of François Picard's panelists as guests debate the relative merits of George W Bush's Freedom Agenda and note the contrast between the Obama administration's silence after Egypt's allegedly rigged legislative elections and its call for more free speech today.
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BBC News - Afghan police pledge justice for Taliban stoning

BBC News - Afghan police pledge justice for Taliban stoning | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The men who stoned a couple to death in north Afghanistan will be brought to justice, say officials, after footage of the killings comes to light.
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Elliott Abrams: Lessons of January

Elliott Abrams: Lessons of January | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Elliott Abrams. take on U.S. foreign policy, with special focus on the Middle East and democracy and human rights issues. "Friday will be a fateful day."
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Anger on streets as Egypt protests enter third day| Reuters

Anger on streets as Egypt protests enter third day| Reuters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
CAIRO (Reuters) - Activists trying to oust Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak played cat-and-mouse with police on the streets into the early hours of Thursday, as unprecedented protests against his 30-year
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Facebook Reports Activity in Egypt Shows No Change

Facebook Reports Activity in Egypt Shows No Change | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Earlier today, TechZone360 reported on a possible Facebook blocking in Egypt by government officials. Reports showed that the supposed blocking was a result of the social networking site being used to promote demonstrations against a corruption.
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Internet A Battlefield In Egypt - International Business Times

Internet A Battlefield In Egypt - International Business Times | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The internet has become a venue for battles between the Egyptian government and protesters, through social networking sites such as Facebook and the home pages of groups such as Anonymous.
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Egypt's Protests Turn Ugly as the Regime Changes Tactics - TIME

Egypt's Protests Turn Ugly as the Regime Changes Tactics - TIME | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Meanwhile, the leaders of the largest opposition group seem to be waiting on the sidelines — perhaps because they do not believe the demonstrations will succeed
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Death toll in Egypt protests reaches five as anti-government riots persist

Death toll in Egypt protests reaches five as anti-government riots persist | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Demonstration organizers say Facebook, the main site used by demonstrators, has become only partially accessible; government denies targeting social networks.
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Big Algerian Wheat Purchase Spooks Traders - WSJ.com

Big Algerian Wheat Purchase Spooks Traders - WSJ.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
U.S. wheat futures surged to fresh 29-month highs Wednesday as growing concern over food prices drove Algeria to make another large grain purchase on the world market.
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The Associated Press: Tunisia issues intl warrant for ousted president

The Associated Press: Tunisia issues intl warrant for ousted president | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's government issued an international arrest warrant Wednesday for ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and six relatives, accusing him of taking money out of the North African nation illegally. Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia after being driven from power this month by violent protests, was also being charged with illegally acquiring real estate and other assets abroad, Justice Minister Lazhar Karoui Chebbi said.
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