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After Albania violence, a fragile calm - CSMonitor.com

After Albania violence, a fragile calm  - CSMonitor.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Albania was quiet Monday after deadly protests Friday. Prime Minister Sali Berisha last week accused Socialist opposition leader Edvin Rama of attempting a 'Tunisian-style' coup.
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Tunisia Faces Strikes after Protests - WSJ.com

Tunisia Faces Strikes after Protests - WSJ.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisia's interim government is struggling to establish control over an agitated nation amid sustained public protests and strikes, adding to uncertainty about what so far has been a peaceful transition since the surprise ouster of President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali.
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Hariri supporters: Hezbollah is carrying out an Iran-backed coup of Lebanon

Hariri supporters: Hezbollah is carrying out an Iran-backed coup of Lebanon | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Demonstrators loyal to caretaker PM declare 'day of anger' after Hezbollah and its allies, with help of Druze leader, secure majority needed to name new prime minister.
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How will Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution Affect the Arab World? - Brookings Institution

The Tunisian uprising began as a spontaneous protest against unemployment and the shattered expectations of youth in an increasingly educated society and growing middle class, states Ragui Assaad. While the social and economic underpinnings of the uprising are felt throughout the Arab World, Assaad questions how much of Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution will affect the rest of the region.
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From Tunisia to Wikileaks to the Stuxnet worm, a cascade of cyberevents - CSMonitor.com

From Tunisia to Wikileaks to the Stuxnet worm, a cascade of cyberevents - CSMonitor.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Digital advances such as the Internet are pushing events ever faster, for good or ill. The world needs to get ahead of this train to determine its path.
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How leaked Palestinian documents will affect Abbas, peace process - CSMonitor.com

How leaked Palestinian documents will affect Abbas, peace process - CSMonitor.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Al Jazeera has begun to publish 1,300 documents that detail far-reaching Palestinian concessions on Jerusalem and borders. The offers were rebuffed by Israel.
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Tunisia Army Leader Pledges Stability

Tunisia Army Leader Pledges Stability | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TUNIS — The general credited with orchestrating the departure of Tunisia’s former president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, told a crowd of protesters on Monday that he would uphold “the revolution” that brought down the government, and he promised that the military would guarantee stability until the interim government held elections, witnesses said.
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Yemeni activist vows to continue 'revolution' after release

Yemeni activist vows to continue 'revolution' after release | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Journalist Tawakul Karman had been detained after leading protests calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down
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Tunisia diary: Ammar's move? (2)

Tunisia diary: Ammar's move? (2) | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Things are still very much up in the air at the moment for the transitional government, especially if two Reuters reports from earlier today are to believed. It's pretty evident public opinion is split between those who want a smooth transition and restoration of order and those who want a clean break with the former regime, most notably the six ministers from the RCD, some of whom were in positions to be either in the loop or directly involved in the corruption the Ben Alis and Trabelsis (and others), such as the minister of finance.
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Tunisia cabinet reshuffle imminent: report| Reuters

Tunisia cabinet reshuffle imminent: report| Reuters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
DUBAI (Reuters) - A ministerial reshuffle is imminent in Tunisia, Al Arabiya television quoted a Tunisian government spokesman as saying on Monday.

The network gave no details, but political sources in
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Egypt braced for 'day of revolution' protests | World news | The Guardian

Egypt braced for 'day of revolution' protests | World news | The Guardian | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Youth activists, Islamists, workers and football fans to hold rallies and marches against Mubarak government
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As South Sudan prepares for independence, old hurts linger - CSMonitor.com

As South Sudan prepares for independence, old hurts linger - CSMonitor.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Many South Sudanese are still skeptical of the chances of real peace, although South Sudan's leader has urged forgiveness for the north for its actions during Sudan's civil war.
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Facebook and Arab Dignity

Facebook and Arab Dignity | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
SIDI BOUZID, TUNISIA — This is where an Arab revolution began, in a hardscrabble stretch of nowhere. If the modern world is divided into dynamic hubs and a static periphery, Sidi Bouzid epitomizes the latter. The town never even appeared on the national weather forecast.
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Is The Arab World Ready For Regime Change? : NPR

Is The Arab World Ready For Regime Change? : NPR | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution is the first contemporary example of home-grown ferment leading to the failure of an Arab regime. But that doesn't mean its example is certain to spread.
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Senior U.S. diplomat in Tunisia for crisis talks| Reuters

Senior U.S. diplomat in Tunisia for crisis talks| Reuters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - The United States has sentits top diplomat for the Middle East to Tunisia for talks onthe country's political crisis, the U.S. State Department saidon Monday. State
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Tunisia and the world: roots of turmoil | openDemocracy

Tunisia and the world: roots of turmoil | openDemocracy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The uprising in Tunisia turmoil is at once a response to systemic inequity and injustice and an expression of the limits of elite control. But to the economic and political ingredients of the revolt must be added the potent if less evident one of global environmental crisis.
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Why Tunisia Is Not a Social-Media Revolution | The American Prospect

Why Tunisia Is Not a Social-Media Revolution | The American Prospect | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisia's citizens have spent the last several weeks gathering their collective strength to depose their corrupt president, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, and his sclerotic regime. Throughout the turmoil, the populace has been tweeting, blogging, and using Facebook.
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BBC News - Viewpoint: She who must be obeyed?

BBC News - Viewpoint: She who must be obeyed? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In our series of viewpoints from African journalists, Elizabeth Ohene considers the power behind strongmen.
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Palestine papers: Will a big scoop change business as usual? - CSMonitor.com

Palestine papers: Will a big scoop change business as usual? - CSMonitor.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Al Jazeera says it has a trove of more than 1,600 memos, diplomatic dispatches, and internal notes from Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in the past decade. Al Jazeera, which isn't saying where it got the documents, started to release stories based on them yesterday afternoon and will carry on until the 26th. It has also shared the documents with The Guardian, which is running some of its own coverage.
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Syria among worst for rights abuses: HRW report| Reuters

Syria among worst for rights abuses: HRW report| Reuters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Syria's authorities were among the worse violators of human rights last year, jailing lawyers, torturing opponents and using violence to repress ethnic Kurds, Human Rights Watch said
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Hezbollah-backed Mikati set to lead Lebanon government| Reuters

Hezbollah-backed Mikati set to lead Lebanon government| Reuters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hezbollah and its allies won support on Monday to nominate their candidate for Lebanon's prime minister, giving them the upper hand in attempts to form a government and sparking accusations
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Sarkozy admits France made mistakes over Tunisia

Sarkozy admits France made mistakes over Tunisia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
French president says his ministers underestimated 'sense of suffocation' among Tunisians under Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali
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ARAB WORLD: Human rights group criticizes 'soft' approach to repressive Middle East regimes

ARAB WORLD: Human rights group criticizes 'soft' approach to repressive Middle East regimes | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
If it's true that the recent unrest in Tunisia is prompting Western leaders to rethink their support for conveniently placed dictators, they would do well to read the newest annual report from the New York-based Human Rights Watch, which slams...
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Talks under way to replace Tunisian government| Reuters

Talks under way to replace Tunisian government| Reuters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian politicians are negotiating the creation of a council to replace or oversee the interim government, several sources said on Monday after days of street protests demanding that
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Tunisia cabinet to be reshuffled - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Tunisia cabinet to be reshuffled - Africa - Al Jazeera English | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Politicians said to be meeting to negotiate the creation of a committee of "wise men" to replace current government.
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