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Tunisia and the Arab world: Let the scent of jasmine spread | The Economist

Tunisia and the Arab world: Let the scent of jasmine spread | The Economist | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TO SEE an Arab country shaking off the shackles of despotism is a rare and unalloyed joy. Moreover, Tunisia has a chance to set an example for the rest of the Arab world. It is a small country which, for all the venality of its ousted leader, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, has done better than most at opening up to the world, getting its economy to grow apace, educating its 10.6m people, giving them a modicum of health, and promoting its women.
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Bid to defuse Tunisia tensions - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Bid to defuse Tunisia tensions - Africa - Al Jazeera English | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Protesters vow to continue sit-in outside government offices for as long as it takes to topple the ministry.
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The Bourgeois Roots of Tunisia’s Revolution by Michel Rocard - Project Syndicate

The Bourgeois Roots of Tunisia’s Revolution by Michel Rocard - Project Syndicate | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Unlike other African or Middle Eastern countries, post-independence Tunisia remained largely a land of free enterprise, allowing for some industrial development. As a result, a large middle class emerged, and it is this group that is driving what could turn out to be the Arab world’s first-ever “bourgeois” revolution.
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On the Brink - Weekly Standard

The finely tuned ears in the region have not failed to catch the sounds of Washington edging toward the door. Just last week, before sealed indictments were filed, Secretary Clinton, echoed by the State Department spokesman, already pronounced our readiness to treat charges as limited to “individuals,” not “the groups to which they belong.” This must strike oddly Middle Easterners, who have long heard us call Hezbollah a “terrorist organization” and repeatedly proclaim that the U.S. is determined to end impunity for political murder in Lebanon.
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After Tunisia: Obama's Impossible Dilemma in Egypt - Shadi Hamid - International - The Atlantic

After Tunisia: Obama's Impossible Dilemma in Egypt - Shadi Hamid - International - The Atlantic | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Could the U.S. find itself on the wrong side of history? The Middle East just got more complicated for the Obama administration. The January 14 popular revolt in Tunisia, the first ever to topple an Arab dictator, has called into question a basic premise of U.S. policy in the Middle East - that repressive regimes, however distasteful, are at least stable. They can also be counted on to support key American interests, which is part of why the U.S. provides them with substantial assistance.
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Unrest in the Middle East: live updates | World news | guardian.co.uk

Unrest in the Middle East: live updates | World news | guardian.co.uk | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Governments in Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon are all facing protests on a significant day in the Middle East
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BBC News - Fresh protests in Lebanon at Hezbollah move

BBC News - Fresh protests in Lebanon at Hezbollah move | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Fresh protests are reported in the Lebanese city of Tripoli on a "day of rage" declared against Hezbollah's attempts to form a new government.
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Egypt: Al-Qaida attempting to establish terror cells in Gaza

Egypt: Al-Qaida attempting to establish terror cells in Gaza | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Egypt interior minister says 19 Al-Qaida suspects were arrested for planning suicide bombings at holy places in Egypt, including one who is suspected to have received instruction in Gaza for New Year's Eve church bombing.
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Police on alert in Egypt over Tunisia-inspired rally

Police on alert in Egypt over Tunisia-inspired rally | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Thousands of Egyptian security forces were deploying across Cairo today ahead of the country's first Tunisian-inspired protests.
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Egypt: Protests Against Mubarak Regime Likely In Test Of Domino Effect Theory After Tunisia Uprising

Egypt: Protests Against Mubarak Regime Likely In Test Of Domino Effect Theory After Tunisia Uprising | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Thousands of Egyptians are expected to protest today against the repressive 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak.
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Egypt's police: From liberators to oppressors | Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today's News from Egypt

Egypt's police: From liberators to oppressors | Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today's News from Egypt | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Any Egyptian policeman would delight at reading The Times of 26 January 1952 in which Egyptian police were portrayed as having led the resistance to British occupation.
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Middle East Protest: Setting Yourself on Fire - ABC News

Middle East Protest: Setting Yourself on Fire - ABC News | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Inspired by the suicide of a Tunisian man who helped topple his government, more than a dozen men have set themselves on fire in the Middle East in the past few weeks to show their opposition to governmental repression and corruption. Tunisian fruit vendor Mohamed Bouazizi, 26, doused himself with gasoline on Dec. 17 to protest his alleged mistreatment by local officials. His death of his wounds on Jan. 4 helped inspire the public uprising that brought down the government of President Zine el-Abedine Ben Ali.
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Is Algeria next? - By David Kenner | WikiLeaked

Is Algeria next? - By David Kenner | WikiLeaked | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
While the community of Middle East leak-watchers is focused on Al Jazeera's release of 1,600 documents from the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, WikiLeaks has released a number of U.S. diplomatic cables that call into question the long-term viability of Algerian strongman Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Particularly in the wake of Tunisia's revolt -- and the U.S. Embassy's success at identifying the seeds of unrest there -- these cables deserve a close read.
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Sinai Bedouins prepare for protest near al-Gora airport | Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today's News from Egypt

Sinai Bedouins prepare for protest near al-Gora airport | Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today's News from Egypt | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A group of Bedouins are preparing for a protest near al-Gorah airport where multi-national peace keeping forces are situated, sources from the North Sinai governorate said.
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Egyptian protesters take to streets - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Egyptian protesters take to streets - Middle East - Al Jazeera English | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Unprecedented protests in Cairo, as city comes to standstill for protesters who are marching on the ruling party's HQ. Hundreds of protesters have begun to take to the streets in Cairo, the Egyptian capital, chanting slogans against the police, the interior minister and the government, in scenes that the capital has not seen since the 1970s, Al Jazeera's correspondent reported. Downtown Cairo has come to a standstill, and protesters are now marching towards the headquarters of the ruling National Democracy Party.
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AFP: Egypt protesters break through police barriers

AFP: Egypt protesters break through police barriers | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
CAIRO — Hundreds of Egyptian demonstrators calling for economic and political reforms broke through police barriers on Tuesday and began marching in Cairo's streets, in a protest inspired by Tunisia's uprising. Protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court in downtown Cairo and held large signs that read "Tunisia is the solution" amid massive police deployment, an AFP correspondent said.
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VOA | Tunisian Protesters Continue Anti-Government Rally | Africa | English

VOA | Tunisian Protesters Continue Anti-Government Rally |  Africa | English | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisian officials said they are negotiating the formation of a supervisory council to oversee the country's interim government in an effort to appease the protesters.The government has said at least 78 people have been killed in the violence. U.N. officials say the death toll may be as high as 100.
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Live updates: Opposition groups protest on Police Day - Ahram Online

Live updates: Opposition groups protest on Police Day - Ahram Online | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Live Updates from regime's perspective.
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State of the Union: Why the Middle East Won't Be the Focus - TIME

State of the Union: Why the Middle East Won't Be the Focus - TIME | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Washington's influence on events is slipping fast in the region that has been the dominant focus of U.S. foreign policy over the past decade
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Obama and Darfur: The Futility of Mere Hopefulness -

Obama and Darfur: The Futility of Mere Hopefulness - | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
IN APRIL 2008, candidate Barack Obama expressed “deep concern” that the Bush administration was making an unseemly deal with the Khartoum regime as a means to bolster the fledgling but already failing...
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No link between Bradley Manning and Julian Assange, say military sources | Richard Adams | World news | guardian.co.uk

No link between Bradley Manning and Julian Assange, say military sources | Richard Adams | World news | guardian.co.uk | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Richard Adams: NBC News reports no collusion between Bradley Manning and Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, according to military sources
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Undaunted Tunisian protesters rally again  | ajc.com

Undaunted Tunisian protesters rally again  | ajc.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TUNIS, Tunisia — Hundreds of Tunisian protesters are demonstrating outside the prime minister's office to demand the removal of members of the ousted president's regime still in the government.
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Corked Like An Egyptian | Foreign Matters | Sky News Blogs

Corked Like An Egyptian | Foreign Matters | Sky News Blogs | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Whenever I come to Egypt I always get the same feeling. That the country is a seething mass of bottled up resentment held in place by a cork at the top made out of gun metal.
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Albania politician vows protests - Europe - Al Jazeera English

Albania politician vows protests - Europe - Al Jazeera English | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Opposition leader issues threat while calling for international help in resolving nation's latest political crisis.
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Police Day protests in Egypt

Police Day protests in Egypt | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Today is national Police Day in Egypt. It marks the occasion, 59 years ago, when police in Ismailia refused to surrender to British forces and 41 of them died in a three-hour battle. Their act of heroism is officially commemorated every year on January 25.
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