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Troubled Engagement - By Andrew J. Tabler | Foreign Policy

Troubled Engagement - By Andrew J. Tabler | Foreign Policy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
On Jan. 16, Amb. Robert Ford stepped off a plane in Damascus -- and right into a diplomatic crisis in Lebanon. The news that Hezbollah and its allies, which are supported by Syria and Iran, have secured the votes to elect a friendly Lebanese prime minister will no doubt be on the top of Ford's agenda as Washington struggles to rein in Hezbollah's growing influence.
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Social media and revolution: Egypt protests mimic those in Tunisia | Chatter | Los Angeles Times

Social media and revolution: Egypt protests mimic those in Tunisia | Chatter | Los Angeles Times | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tuesday morning, as reported by Times foreign correspondent Jeffery Fleishman, some of the largest protests Egypt has ever seen erupted in Cairo. Mimicking protests in Tunisia last week, people took to the streets and began to rally against political repression and unemployment under President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled the...
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Egypt Protests: The Tunisia Effect

Egypt Protests: The Tunisia Effect | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
With echoes of Tunisia’s recent uprising, today’s riots against Cairo’s 30-year regime have already left three dead. Newsweek’s Babak Dehghanpisheh and Mandi Fahmy report from the scene.
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Ben Ali Tunisia was model US client - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

Ben Ali Tunisia was model US client - Opinion - Al Jazeera English | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
While scholars dispute whether Tunisia serves as model Arab world uprising, many agree that it was near-perfect US ally.
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Indian constitutional democracy: a freedom in crisis | openDemocracy

Indian constitutional democracy: a freedom in crisis | openDemocracy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Declining political morality and increasing moral policing are suffocating the rule of law in India, shrinking spaces for civil dialogue and threatening freedom of speech, says Vijay Nagaraj
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Tajikistan: From Beards to Mosques, Dushanbe Cracking Down on Suspected Radicals | EurasiaNet.org

Tajikistan: From Beards to Mosques, Dushanbe Cracking Down on Suspected Radicals | EurasiaNet.org | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A wide-ranging crackdown on religious freedom is underway in Tajikistan, with authorities closing mosques and harassing men with beards.
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Egypt Takes to the Streets But Will It Shake Mubarak? - TIME

Egypt Takes to the Streets But Will It Shake Mubarak? - TIME | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Unprecedented protests sprout in major Egyptian cities, including Cairo, as the security forces — and non-coverage by Egyptian TV — try to contain them
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Tunisia revolution: Tunisia's interim government on verge of new crisis - latimes.com

Tunisia revolution: Tunisia's interim government on verge of new crisis - latimes.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisia's transitional government grapples with opposition to the inclusion of politicians linked to President Zine el Abidine ben Ali's deposed regime. The army chief warns that the nation risks sliding back into dictatorship.
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Protest Like An Egyptian: Cairo Students FIGHT To Kick Out The President (PHOTOS) | Global Grind

Protest Like An Egyptian: Cairo Students FIGHT To Kick Out The President (PHOTOS) | Global Grind | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Thousands of Egyptians demanded an end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule and clashed with police in unprecedented countrywide protests Tuesday inspired by the revolt that brought down Tunisia's president.
"Down, down, Hosni Mubarak," chanted protesters in Cairo, where police fired teargas and used water cannon, and protesters hurled bottles and rocks at them.
Some protesters were terribly beaten by police with sticks. Others, in a rare show of nerve against a huge national security operation, chased police down side streets. Reuters TV footage showed one policeman joining the demonstrators.
In Alexandria protesters tore down a picture of Mubarak, 82, and one of his son, Gamal, who many Egyptians believe is being groomed for office when his father stands down. Both men deny this.
Protesters in Cairo who responded to calls by web activists for action cried: "Gamal, tell your father Egyptians hate you."
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YouTube Video of Protests in Egypt - NYTimes.com

YouTube Video of Protests in Egypt - NYTimes.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Despite apparent efforts by Egypt's government to disrupt communications among the protesters, many managed to post accounts, images and video of the demonstrations online.
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Twitter’s reportedly blocked as Egyptians protest government - Yahoo! News

Twitter’s reportedly blocked as Egyptians protest government - Yahoo! News | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisian activists used Twitter and social media platforms effectively in protests that ousted corrupt President Ben Ali. But Egyptian protesters—inspired by events in Tunisia—have had difficulties accessing Twitter during today's large-scale protests against the Mubarak government. TechCrunch notes that there have been numerous reports Tuesday that Twitter is currently blocked in the country. The Atlantic, [...]
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Rural Tunisians Hope Revolt Brings Jobs, Opportunity

Rural Tunisians Hope Revolt Brings Jobs, Opportunity | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
At a dingy, no-name cafe on the outskirts of Sidi Bouzid, the biggest challenge for rural Tunisia is on full display. On a sunny weekday afternoon, dozens of young men sit around playing cards, sipping tea and smoking. They are all unemployed.» E-Mail This     » Add to...
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Protests in Egypt Turn Deadly - WSJ.com

Protests in Egypt Turn Deadly - WSJ.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
At least three people died after thousands of anti-government protesters clashed with riot police across the country during the largest demonstrations in recent memory to demand the end of President Hosni Mubarak's nearly 30 years in power.
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Tunisia goes viral: Massive anti-government protests erupt in Egypt « Hot Air

Tunisia goes viral: Massive anti-government protests erupt in Egypt «  Hot Air | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As one revolution dies in Beirut, labor pains for another begin in Cairo. Don’t start handing out cigars yet, though. Remember, Tunisia’s uprising was big news not only because it’s an unprecedented case of an Arab populace removing its own tyrant but because, at least in theory, Tunisians are well positioned to form something resembling an Arab liberal democracy. The public is well educated, women have equal rights, and Islamists don’t have a foothold (yet?) thanks to the since-departed dictator’s crackdown on opposition elements.
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The Canadian Press: Amid ongoing protests, Tunisia's government mulls Cabinet changes

The Canadian Press: Amid ongoing protests, Tunisia's government mulls Cabinet changes | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
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A dam breaking in Egypt - CSMonitor.com

A dam breaking in Egypt - CSMonitor.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Today Egypt experienced the largest outpouring of public fury at the government since January 1977, when cuts in government food subsidies saw hundreds of thousands of Egyptians pour into the streets in an uprising that shook the government of then President Anwar Sadat.
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The Palestine Papers | openDemocracy

The Palestine Papers | openDemocracy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
It is highly plausible that the Palestine Papers will only serve to prolong the conflict. But it is also possible that their publication could change things.
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Pakistan: the rising dangers | openDemocracy

Pakistan: the rising dangers | openDemocracy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Pakistan’s society and government are under intense pressure from the growing influence of extreme religious movements. In the absence of enlightened and unifying political leadership the prospect of a great regression remains alive, says Marco Mezzera.
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Tear Gas on the Streets of Cairo - By Ashraf Khalil | Foreign Policy

Tear Gas on the Streets of Cairo - By Ashraf Khalil | Foreign Policy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Egypt's largest demonstrations in decades have rocked Hosni Mubarak's regime to the core. But can the protesters keep it going?
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Tunisia, or democracy’s future in jasmine | openDemocracy

Tunisia, or democracy’s future in jasmine | openDemocracy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The homegrown insurrection of a friendless people in Tunisia carries a profound lesson in the understanding of democracy-solidarity in the world as it is becoming, says Goran Fejic.
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Energized by Tunisia, Egypt protesters surge onto streets in 'Day of Wrath' - CSMonitor.com

Energized by Tunisia, Egypt protesters surge onto streets in 'Day of Wrath' - CSMonitor.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Democracy protesters in Egypt took to the streets in Cairo and at least six other cities, calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.
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What's Happening in Egypt Explained | Mother Jones

What's Happening in Egypt Explained | Mother Jones | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The protests, what started them, and the tough decisions facing Obama: a primer on the unrest spreading across the Arab world and how to learn more.
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It's time for Obama to say Kefaya! - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

It's time for Obama to say Kefaya! - Opinion - Al Jazeera English | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
He took the White House armed with hope and promise of change, but has Obama already been beaten down by Washington?
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Q+A-How will Egypt's protests affect Mubarak's rule?| News by Country| Reuters

Q+A-How will Egypt's protests affect Mubarak's rule?| News by Country| Reuters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
By Edmund Blair

CAIRO, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Thousands of Egyptians, inspired
by the Tunisian president's overthrow after public protests,
took to the streets to demand the end to President Hosni
Mubarak's
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Egypt Protests: Three Dead After Police Clash With Demonstrators In Cairo And Other Cities | World News | Sky News

Egypt Protests: Three Dead After Police Clash With Demonstrators In Cairo And Other Cities | World News | Sky News | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Three people are dead following a day of violent protests across Egypt demanding an end to President Hosni Mubarak's rule.
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