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The genie of Arab democratic change has been released

The genie of Arab democratic change has been released | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
There has been a democratic revolution in Tunisia over the past four weeks. This is a new and exciting era in Tunisian history, and an example for other countries of the Arab world.

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Egypt's frustrated young wait for their lives to begin, and dream of revolution | World news | The Observer

Egypt's frustrated young wait for their lives to begin, and dream of revolution | World news | The Observer | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In Cairo, as in places all over the country, all eyes are fixed on the drama that is unfolding in Tunisia. Jack Shenker travelled across Egypt and heard people increasingly asking: could it happen here?
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Yemen: Succession Rumors Denied

Yemen: Succession Rumors Denied | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
President Ali Abdullah Saleh tried to defuse calls for his ouster, denying claims by opponents that he planned to install his son as his successor and raising salaries for the army. He delivered a televised speech on Sunday night describing talk of his aiming to bequeath power to his son as the “utmost rudeness,” and announcing pay increases for the armed forces, a step apparently meant to ensure their loyalty.
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Egypt warns protesters of arrest - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Egyptian activists have called for a mass rally on Tuesday dubbed as the "Day of Wrath".
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Leaks show Palestinians giving much ground to Israel| Reuters

Leaks show Palestinians giving much ground to Israel| Reuters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian negotiators secretly told Israel it could keep swathes of occupied East Jerusalem, according to leaked documents that show Palestinians offering much bigger peace concessions
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Yemen releases jailed activists in the face of Tunisia-inspired protesters - CSMonitor.com

Yemen releases jailed activists in the face of Tunisia-inspired protesters - CSMonitor.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Yemen today released nearly three dozen activists, including Towakil Karman, who had led Tunisia-inspired protests last week calling for President Saleh to step down.
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Palestine papers: America's approach to peace talks 'a failed policy'? - CSMonitor.com

Palestine papers: America's approach to peace talks 'a failed policy'? - CSMonitor.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Palestine papers, leaked documents purporting to reveal details of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, may create obstacles to ongoing talks – or sweep away failed strategies and allow new progress.
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Tunisia protests grow; TV back on the air - UPI.com

Tunisia protests grow; TV back on the air - UPI.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Protests were expected to grow in Tunisia Monday after the government shut down the country's most popular private TV network, charging its owner with treason.
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Egyptians, Inspired by Tunisia, Use Facebook to Set Up Protest March - TIME

Egyptians, Inspired by Tunisia, Use Facebook to Set Up Protest March - TIME | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
More than 85,000 people have signed up for a protest march against the country's autocratic regime. But social-network dissent has its limitations
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Palestine Papers backlash? Protesters rally for Mahmoud Abbas at Al Jazeera office - CSMonitor.com

Palestine Papers backlash? Protesters rally for Mahmoud Abbas at Al Jazeera office  - CSMonitor.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Amid Palestine Papers revelations, Mahmoud Abbas got a rare show of public support, though some question if it was staged.
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Tunisia's Hannibal TV says owner released| Reuters

Tunisia's Hannibal TV says owner released| Reuters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's private Hannibal TV said on Monday its owner Larbi Nasra had been freed after his arrest a day earlier on charges of treason and of working through the channel for the return
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Ripple protests could topple U.S. allies - CNN.com

Ripple protests could topple U.S. allies - CNN.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisia has brought a blast of reality to Mideast politics. Aging autocrats have been put on notice they can no longer count on docile citizens.
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UN report confirms gap between law and reality, torture, secret detentions and police harassment in Tunisia under Ben Ali « The Lift – Legal Issues in the Fight against Terrorism

UN report confirms gap between law and reality, torture, secret detentions and police harassment in Tunisia under Ben Ali « The Lift – Legal Issues in the Fight against Terrorism | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The United Nations just published a report on its website which describes the fact-finding mission of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the protection of human rights while countering terrorism in January 2010. On the basis of the evidence he gathered, he observed a pattern of unacknowledged detention being used vis-à-vis terrorist suspects.
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BBC News - Egypt activists to hold Tunisia-inspired 'action day'

BBC News - Egypt activists to hold Tunisia-inspired 'action day' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Anti-government activists in Egypt prepare to hold a "day of revolt" inspired by recent political upheaval in Tunisia.
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Maher Arar: Yemen, Shaking Hands With the Devil

Maher Arar: Yemen, Shaking Hands With the Devil | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The U.S. can make a huge difference in Yemen by listening to the will of the people, by abstaining from directly or indirectly supporting this repressive regime and by helping Yemenis bring about true democracy to their country.
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France24 - Exiled Islamist party leader set to return to Tunisia

France24 - Exiled Islamist party leader set to return to Tunisia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Rached Ghannouchi, leader of Tunisia’s Islamic party Ennahda, said Monday in an interview with FRANCE 24 that he was hoping to return to Tunisia in the coming days after spending 20 years in exile in London. The Islamist movement in Tunisia was one of the most repressed opposition movements under ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who fled the country earlier this month.
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Iran hangs two activists - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Iran hangs two activists  - Middle East - Al Jazeera English | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Hajaghaei were executed for taking part in protests after the disputed 2009 elections.
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Why Tunisians succeeded but Iranians faltered | The Middle East Channel

Why Tunisians succeeded but Iranians faltered | The Middle East Channel | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Two weeks ago Friday, in a dramatic turn of events, the 23-year reign of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia came to an abrupt end. Images of the popular demonstrations that engulfed the country over the past few weeks bore resemblance to the protests that followed the disputed 2009 Iranian presidential election. The Green Movement of Iran, however, envisioned but never realized its promised land and succumbed to the repression of the Iranian theocracy. This is despite the similar nature of the two regimes.
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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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Here’s The Real Story of What’s Happening in Tunisia: A Higher Education Bubble - CNBC

Here’s The Real Story of What’s Happening in Tunisia: A Higher Education Bubble   - CNBC | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
It would be easy to make light of the current chaos in Tunisia. “Carthage Makes Bid For Global Attention After 2000 Years Of Obscurity,” would probably make a great headline in the Onion. One reason jokes come readily is that not many of us have given much thought to Tunisia. If it is familiar at all, it is probably as the real-life setting of George Lucas’s Tatooine, the home planet of Luke Skywalker. Steven Spielberg filmed parts of Raiders of the Lost Ark there. And students of the classics know that it is where Rome’s arch-nemesis, Carthage, once existed.
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Tunisia offers $350 mln compensation to revolt victims| News by Country| Reuters

Tunisia offers $350 mln compensation to revolt victims| News by Country| Reuters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TUNIS, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Tunisia's government agreed onMonday to offer 500 million dinars ($354 million) incompensation to the families of those killed in the month-longuprising, the regional development
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BBC News - Protests as Hezbollah poised to form Lebanon government

BBC News - Protests as Hezbollah poised to form Lebanon government | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Supporters of Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri stage mass protests at efforts by Hezbollah to form the next government.
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Indonesian military trial outrages activists who charge torture - CSMonitor.com

Indonesian military trial outrages activists who charge torture - CSMonitor.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
An Indonesian military court sentenced three soldiers to less than a year in jail for their role in the torture of two farmers from Papua, sparking an outcry from human rights activists.
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Protests Shake Yemen's President and Free a Dissident Leader - TIME

Protests Shake Yemen's President and Free a Dissident Leader - TIME | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The streets of Yemen's capital remain tense even after the autocratic president issues a mea culpa (of sorts) and an outspoken critic is freed from detention
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France24 - How Facebook found itself in the midst of a revolution

France24 - How Facebook found itself in the midst of a revolution | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Social networking site Facebook has recently come forward with a story of its own struggle against the government of recently deposed Tunisian president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. “We have never encountered a security problem of the magnitude of that which took place in Tunisia,” the company said of its efforts to counter the regime’s attempts to identify Facebook users during the run-up to Ben Ali’s spectacular fall from power earlier this month.
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