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Egypt must stop crackdown on protesters | Amnesty International

Egypt must stop crackdown on protesters | Amnesty International | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Reports of ongoing demonstrations in Egypt today follow a day of protest that saw at least three deaths, beatings of detainees and 500 protesters arrested.
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140 Malians expelled by Libya arrive home

140 Malians expelled by Libya arrive home | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A group of 140 Malians arrived home from Libya, having been expelled overnight, an airport official told AFP Wednesday, with some of them contesting claims that their papers had not been in order.
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Commentary: Explosive kaleidoscope - UPI.com

Commentary: Explosive kaleidoscope - UPI.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
From Tunisia to Egypt to Jordan to Lebanon, the Arab world’s Islamist extremists are stoking anti-American fires. Prudence dictated that President Obama ignore the Mideast in his State of the Union.
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Clement M. Henry: The Tunisian Army: Defending the Beachhead of Democracy in the Arab World

Clement M. Henry: The Tunisian Army: Defending the Beachhead of Democracy in the Arab World | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A litmus test of democracy is civilian control of the military enshrined in the constitution and exercised through representative institutions, a test which to date no Arab state has passed. So how close is Tunisia now?
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More Egypt protests planned, but little vision for future (Feature)

More Egypt protests planned, but little vision for future (Feature) | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Cairo - Twitter was blocked. So was Facebook. But that didn t deter hundreds of demonstrators Wednesday, who used cellphones to access the websites that have become critical to organizing protests in Egypt.
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Protest Like An Egyptian - Swampland - TIME.com

Protest Like An Egyptian   - Swampland - TIME.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As protests continue in Cairo today, long-time Pentagon intelligence analyst John McCreary -- now out of government and writing the well-read  NightWatch blog -- is eyeing events there with growing concern: Despite a US statement that the government of Egypt is stable, the demonstrations show ...
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BBC News - Egypt protests: Your stories

BBC News - Egypt protests: Your stories | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Nationwide protests broke out in Egypt on Tuesday following an internet campaign inspired by recent political upheaval in Tunisia. Here two people involved in the protests share their experiences.
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Tunisia: Amnesty International’s Human Rights Agenda for Change

Tunisia: Amnesty International’s Human Rights Agenda for Change | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In the wake of Ben Ali’s flight from Tunisia, Tunisian authorities have an unprecedented opportunity to address past abuse and overhaul a corrupt security and justice system.
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Google, Youtube, others blocked in Egypt - Bikya Masr

Google, Youtube, others blocked in Egypt - Bikya Masr | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As a second day of protests continues, the Egyptian government has blocked the use of Youtube, Blogspot, Google’s email service Gmail and their online talking device, Gchat in an effort to force protesters away from getting their voices heard. Bikya Masr confirmed with one of the country’s Internet Service Providers (ISP) LinkDSL that they are not blocking Facebook or Google sites, but the government is blocking these services on other providers.
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CyberDissidents.org: Egypt blocks Twitter, begins firing live ammunition at own citizens

CyberDissidents.org: Egypt blocks Twitter, begins firing live ammunition at own citizens | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Egyptian bloggers have informed CyberDissidents.org that Twitter, along with several other sites, is now blocked in the country because it is being used by people to coordinate protests.
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Egypt on the verge of several Days of Rage

Egypt on the verge of several Days of Rage | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
I’m reporting what’s happening in Egypt at the moment, which doesn’t necessarily imply my personal view, but rather the timeline of incidents for the past 2 week until this very critical moment. My friend and colleague Ahmed Aggour has already contributed a good intro to the Day of Rage 4 days ago here on this website, but no one has ever imagined the extent of what’s going on so far, which might continue for several coming days until the government responds.
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Political Strife Roils Egypt's Markets - WSJ.com

Political Strife Roils Egypt's Markets - WSJ.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Egyptian stocks slumped Wednesday and the cost of insuring the country's debt against default rose to the highest level in around 18 months amid concerns about escalating political tensions, after tens of thousands took to the streets in the largest antiregime protest in recent memory.
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What Passes For Political Ferment in Libya

What Passes For Political Ferment in Libya | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Reform-minded Libyans are "cautiously hopeful" regarding the recent appointment of Saif al-Islam al-Qadhafi as "General Coordinator." While Saif al-Islam is widely seen as a reformer, embassy contacts note that he will face continued resistance from the Libyan old guard. Some observers believe that the appointment was meant to give the regime a "new lease on life" and counter subtle yet growing voices of opposition, particularly with respect to corruption. Given that Saif al-Islam was out of the country when the appointment was made, the meaning of his new position will only start to become clear when he returns to Tripoli.
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The Lockerbie Deal | Politics | Vanity Fair

The Lockerbie Deal | Politics | Vanity Fair | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In 2009 the convicted Lockerbie bomber was sent home to Libya from a
Scottish prison on grounds of “compassionate release”—he had only three months to live, authorities said. A year and a half later the man is still
alive—and a Vanity Fair investigation reveals new details about the
business interests and private dealings that lay behind the prisoner’s
release. At the heart of the matter: the cozy and “profitable relationships”
between the Blair government and Qaddafi’s Libya. 
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Algeria must tackle youth unemployment: IMF

Algeria must tackle youth unemployment: IMF | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria must urgently create jobs for its young unemployed, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a report published on Wednesday, highlighting a problem that has fuelled unrest throughout the region. Jobless young men spearheaded protests in neighbouring Tunisia that helped to topple that country's long-serving president, and there have been anti-government protests this month in Egypt as well as rioting in Algeria itself.
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Tunisia Issues Warrant for Arrest of Ousted Leader - NYTimes.com

Tunisia Issues Warrant for Arrest of Ousted Leader - NYTimes.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As the interim government announced the warrant for the ousted president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, protesters were calling for cabinet changes.
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Protests Rock Egypt

Protests Rock Egypt | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Cook's observations and analysis of developments in the Middle East and their resonance in Washington.
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Egypt is not Tunisia

Egypt is not Tunisia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Anyone planning to embark on an Egyptian tourism adventure in the near future that includes a heavenly cruise on the Nile or a tour of Cairo’s pyramids should go ahead without fear. There is no reason to change plans. What happened Tuesday in Cairo’s and Alexandria’s main squares should not deter anyone. Even if the protests continue, officials here will not be issuing a grave travel advisory.
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Qantara.de - Time to Turn around Worrisome Trends in Pakistan

Qantara.de - Time to Turn around Worrisome Trends in Pakistan | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In his essay, Dr Muqtedar Khan comments on Pakistan's blasphemy law and those who advocate and invoke them, arguing that such laws have no place in Islam and are often abused by Muslims seeking to exact revenge on religious minorities and fellow Muslims
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BBC News - Egypt protests: Cairo and Suez see clashes with police

BBC News - Egypt protests: Cairo and Suez see clashes with police | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Police clash with protesters in the Egyptian cities of Cairo and Suez for a second day, as 500 are arrested throughout the country.
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Germany's Westerwelle: Egypt must repect civil rights| Reuters

Germany's Westerwelle: Egypt must repect civil rights| Reuters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BERLIN, Jan 26 (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Guido
Westerwelle said on Wednesday Egypt must respect the rights of
its population, urging all sides to refrain from violence amid
clashes between security
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What You Need To Know About President Hosni Mubarak

What You Need To Know About President Hosni Mubarak | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Since he stepped into office after the 1981 assassination of his predecessor Anwar Sadat, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has proved to be a far more durable leader than anyone could have imagined.
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CyberDissidents.org: Formerly Imprisoned Blogger Reflects on Egyptian Turmoil

CyberDissidents.org: Formerly Imprisoned Blogger Reflects on Egyptian Turmoil | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
CyberDissidents.org just contacted the famous Egyptian blogger Kareem Amer who was recently released after four years in prison. He was jailed for criticizing the Egyptian dictator on his blog and “insulting” Islam. Kareem has just returned from a large demonstration in Alexandria. He told CyberDissidents.org that protesters were subjected to attacks by riot police and that the security forces shot live bullets in the air as well as tear gas grenades. The streets were completely closed due to the large number of demonstrators. Amer also said that the demonstrations are still ongoing and that these events are unprecedented in Egypt. He observed little Islamist presence at the demonstration and said that he heard no chants or slogans typical of radical Islamists.
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Egypt markets tumble after protests, investors ponder exit| Reuters

Egypt markets tumble after protests, investors ponder exit| Reuters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
* Shares plunge, currency weakens, CDSs rise

* Foreigners hold around $10 bln in Egyptian treasury bills

* Government seen having scope to borrow domestically


By Patrick Werr

CAIRO, Jan 26 (Reuters)
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