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Warily Eyeing Egypt, Israelis Feel Like Spectators - NYTimes.com

Warily Eyeing Egypt, Israelis Feel Like Spectators - NYTimes.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
While the recent upheaval in Egypt has not focused on Israel, it could have a momentous impact on the future of the country’s oldest and most important Middle East relationship.
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‘The Changing Middle East’ - Arab News

‘The Changing Middle East’          	- Arab News | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Changing Middle East: A New Look at Regional Dynamics” by Bahgat Korany is a response to the widely held opinion that very little is changing for the better in the Middle East. The Lebanese quagmire has spread to Iraq, Sudan and Somalia, and the Palestinian question still seems far away from a solution. However, this vision of the Middle East is only partially true; underneath the surface, a cauldron is boiling with discontent, disillusions and rage.
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Press freedom group says Egypt targeting reporters

Press freedom group says Egypt targeting reporters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Press freedom group condemns violence against journalists covering unrest in Egypt. CAIRO -- An international press freedom group on Wednesday condemned violence against journalists covering anti-government protests in Egypt and called on authorities to release at least seven journalists who it said have been detained.
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South Sudan unprepared for the flood of returning refugees - CSMonitor.com

South Sudan unprepared for the flood of returning refugees - CSMonitor.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
South Sudan's government has brought home hundreds of South Sudanese, but it seems unable to meet the needs of the people who arrived before that and are still trying to establish themselves.
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ElBaradei sensing an opportunity for 2011 presedntial run?

ElBaradei sensing an opportunity for 2011 presedntial run? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The rising voice of protest and suicides across North Africa is the start of a popular uprising, Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei said.
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Will Egypt's 'Day of Rage' Become a Revolution?

Will Egypt's 'Day of Rage' Become a Revolution? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Choosing to pursue more repressive policies is unlikely to solve the current crisis in Egypt and would put Cairo on a collision course with the United States.
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Clinton calls for reform in Egypt

Clinton calls for reform in Egypt | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The US secretary of state said Egyptian government should allow protesters to demonstrate over poverty and repression.
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The Times's Dealings With Julian Assange

The Times's Dealings With Julian Assange | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Is the WikiLeaks founder the great puppet master of the news media? He would like you to think so. But The Times's dealings with him reveal a different story.
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Clinton Asks Egypt to Allow Protest, Not Block Twitter - Businessweek

Clinton Asks Egypt to Allow Protest, Not Block Twitter - Businessweek | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today urged the Egyptian government to allow peaceful protests to continue and not to block social media sites like Twitter Inc. and Facebook used by anti-government demonstrators.
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Syria tightens Internet ban after Tunis unrest - users| Reuters

Syria tightens Internet ban after Tunis unrest - users| Reuters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
By Khaled Yacoub Oweis

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian authorities have banned programmes that allow access to Facebook Chat from cellphones, tightening already severe restrictions on the Internet in
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Whispering at Autocrats - By Tom Malinowski | Foreign Policy

Whispering at Autocrats - By Tom Malinowski | Foreign Policy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Did the Wikileaked State Department cables that described Tunisia's deposed leader Zine el-Abedin Ben Ali as the head of a corrupt police state play any role in encouraging the democratic uprising against him -- and thus spark the wave of protests now spreading across Egypt?
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BBC News - Egypt denies clampdown on Twitter and Facebook

BBC News - Egypt denies clampdown on Twitter and Facebook | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Egypt appears to have clamped down on web services, such as Twitter, that have been used to help organise anti-government protests Cairo.
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Egypt protesters clash for 2nd day with police - Yahoo! News

Egypt protesters clash for 2nd day with police - Yahoo! News | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Egyptian anti-government activists pelted police with firebombs and rocks in a second day of clashes Wednesday in defiance of an official ban on any protests. Beefed up police forces on the streets quickly moved in and used tear gas, beatings and live ammunition fired in the air to disperse any demonstrations.
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Right Turn - Tunisia isn't only about Tunisia

Jeffrey Feltman, the assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs, traveled to Tunisia and then made this pronouncement to Josh Rogin at Foreign Policy: What happened in Tunisia strikes me as uniquely Tunisian. That the events that took place...
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YouTube - Egypt's 'unprecedented' protests

Thousands of demonstrators have taken part in major rallies across several Egyptian cities, including Cairo, the capital. Observers have called the protests ...
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Egypt Protests: Video, Photos, Social Media

Egypt Protests: Video, Photos, Social Media | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Over 860 anti-government demonstrators have been arrested in Cairo and Suez on day two of protests as Hillary Clinton urges restraint. View video and photos of the protests plus the latest updates.
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Egypt's protests and Mubarak's future (video)

Egypt's protests and Mubarak's future (video) | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The 'regime' looks secure for now, but can President Hosni Mubarak -- or his son -- hold on? The second day of unprecedented public protests in Egypt today revealed a regime determined to prevent a snowballing of popular protest like the uprising that swept Tunisia's Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from power earlier this month.
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An Arab Spring? by Dominique Moisi - Project Syndicate

An Arab Spring? by Dominique Moisi - Project Syndicate | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
While it would be dangerous to assume that after Tunisia, democracy in the Arab world is just around the corner, the belief that nothing will change is equally illusory. For better or worse, history is on the move in the Arab world – and there is very little the West can do about it. Indeed, the wall of fear has crumbled, the people have spoken, and an “Arab spring” could be at hand. The message from Tunisia, at least so far, is clear: corrupt and authoritarian regimes, beware: unless you reform deeply and quickly, your days are numbered. The greatest danger is that the Jasmine Revolution could go the way of Romania’s anti-communist uprising of 20 years ago, with the old regime’s underlings expelling their bosses in order to stay in power.
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The US response to Egypt's protests

The US response to Egypt's protests | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
'Not much' probably sums it up best. President Obama ignored unfolding events in Egypt in his State of the Union speech last night (while praising the popular uprising in Tunisia that has created the chance of democratic reform there). Response from the rest of the US government has been muted.
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Egypt protesters set fire to government building in Suez| Reuters

Egypt protesters set fire to government building in Suez| Reuters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Protesters in Suez set a government building on fire and tried to burn down a local office of Egypt's ruling party late on Wednesday, security sources and witnesses said.

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Egypt protests continue into second day despite ban and police presence

Egypt protests continue into second day despite ban and police presence | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Demonstrators and police play violent game of cat and mouse through Cairo's streets amid calls for restraint
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Egyptian Bloggers Report on New Unrest - NYTimes.com

Egyptian Bloggers Report on New Unrest - NYTimes.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Egypt's bloggers found ways to post text accounts and images of fresh protests in Cairo on Wednesday, despite government restrictions on the Internet.
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Egypt's Fragile Stability, Dina Girgis

Egypt's Fragile Stability, Dina Girgis | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As political transition nears, Egypt is becoming increasingly authoritarian, sectarian, and politically exclusionary, even as Egyptian society becomes more restless.
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Tunisia, Egypt, Arab world need bold US support for democracy, not mixed messages

Tunisia, Egypt, Arab world need bold US support for democracy, not mixed messages | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Tunisia uprising exposed the faulty assumption of US policy in the Middle East – that stability can be bought at the cost of freedom. Even as the domestic political climate pulls Obama away from foreign involvement, US support for democracy in the Arab world is more important than ever.
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The Arab crisis: food, energy, water, justice | openDemocracy

The Arab crisis: food, energy, water, justice | openDemocracy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisia’s popular uprising is reverberating across the Arab world. But such movements face problems that go far wider than dictatorship to encompass the whole range of human security, says Vicken Cheterian.
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