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Inconsistency Backfires on European Union in Africa

Inconsistency Backfires on European Union in Africa | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BERLIN — Rarely has the European Union been caught so off guard. Two weeks after demonstrators forced the resignation of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia’s long-serving president, the only response from the Union was a promise to help the country’s new political parties prepare for free elections.
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Is Yemen the next Somalia, or the next Tunisia?

Is Yemen the next Somalia, or the next Tunisia? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh makes concessions to quell Tunisia-style protests in country's capital, Sanaa. Popular uprising have spread across the Arab world, from Jordan to Algeria.
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Egyptian Groups Find Bumpy Road to Tunisia-Style Reform - WSJ.com

Egyptian Groups Find Bumpy Road to Tunisia-Style Reform - WSJ.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
More than a week after street demonstrators helped oust Tunisia's autocratic leaders, some opposition groups in nearby Egypt are hoping to exploit Tunisia's momentum to agitate for political and economic reforms.
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Tunisia's opposition defends unity government as pressure mounts - CSMonitor.com

Tunisia's opposition defends unity government as pressure mounts - CSMonitor.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Protesters from Tunisia's interior – where the revolution started – arrived in the capital yesterday, significantly increasing the pressure on the week-old unity government.
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FRONTLINE: Tehran Bureau: In Tunisia, Are Sisters Doin' It for Themselves? | PBS

FRONTLINE: Tehran Bureau: In Tunisia, Are Sisters Doin' It for Themselves?  | PBS | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Tunisian uprising in January 2011 took the entire world by surprise. Following a self-immolation by a desperate young man, a massive uprising spread across the North African country, resulting in the spectacular ousting of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali from his 23-year-long dictatorial rule. Hope for change has spread around Tunisia and even into neighboring countries. But what change, exactly? How will women in particular fare in this revolutionary moment? In the midst of the rapid developments in Tunisia, we know very little about women's struggles there.
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Tunisia and the Future of Democracy Promotion in the Arab World | The Middle East Channel

Tunisia and the Future of Democracy Promotion in the Arab World | The Middle East Channel | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Even as Tunisians struggle to create a new political order, the popular overthrow of Tunisia's dictator, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, is reshaping politics across the Middle East. That's the bad news. Arab regimes have often been criticized as sclerotic and archaic; they are neither. Over the past two decades, they have confronted and overcome a wide range of challenges that have caused authoritarian governments to collapse in many other world regions.
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The Canadian Press: Immigrants in Greece arrive in Athens to stage hunger strike asking for residence permits

ATHENS, Greece — More than 200 immigrants have arrived in the Greek capital from the island of Crete to begin a hunger strike demanding to be granted residence papers.
The immigrants, all young men mostly from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, are camping on the premises of Athens University's law school, which, by law, is off limits to the police. They say they will begin their hunger strike Tuesday.
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Justice for Tunisians

Justice for Tunisians | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
QASSERINE, TUNISIA In this hardscrabble corner of southern Tunisia, near the Algerian border, "Jasmine Revolution" seems a misnomer for the popular uprising that ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Jasmine suggests the middle-class villas in greater Tunis, their outer walls covered with...
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Teachers strike in Tunisia as protests broaden

Teachers strike in Tunisia as protests broaden | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisia's teachers strike as schools were set to reopen after unrest that drove out president
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Tunisian police fire tear gas at protesters

Tunisian police fire tear gas at protesters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisian police used teargas on Monday to try to disperse protesters who camped out all evening at the prime minister's office as part of a campaign to remove a government linked to ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.
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Palestinian Leaders, Peace Process Vulnerable After Leaks - TIME

Palestinian Leaders, Peace Process Vulnerable After Leaks - TIME | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Documents revealed by al-Jazeera and the 'Guardian' depict an increasingly desperate Palestinian leadership offering Israel concessions unlikely to win approval from their own people
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BBC News - Family mourn martyr as Tunisia's revolution gains pace

BBC News - Family mourn martyr as Tunisia's revolution gains pace | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Demonstrators are continuing to take to the streets in Tunisia, including in the town of Sidi Bouzid, the home of Mohamed Bouazizi, the fruit vendor who set himself on fire after he was humiliated by the authorities.
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North Africa after the Tunisian Revolution: Redefining Moderate Regimes

North Africa after the Tunisian Revolution: Redefining Moderate Regimes | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
After 9/11, U.S foreign policy entered an era of confusion: the list of former anti-Soviet allies covered a large spectrum of regimes, political and religious-ideology groups. A redefinition of the U.S relationship with these allies was made in a very simplistic way, based on a so-called anti-terror policy: on one hand, certain regimes were kept and "re-friended" after 9/11; on the other hand, states or political groups that will be fought against became the “axis of evil.”
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The Inside Story of How Facebook Responded to Tunisian Hacks - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic

The Inside Story of How Facebook Responded to Tunisian Hacks - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Facebook's security team opens up, shedding light on a revolution that could become a parable for Internet activism
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Expelling Israel's Arab population? - The Palestine Papers - Al Jazeera English

Expelling Israel's Arab population? - The Palestine Papers - Al Jazeera English | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Israeli negotiators, including Tzipi Livni, proposed "swapping" some of Israel's Arab villages into a Palestinian state.
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BBC News - France investigates Tunisia's Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali

BBC News - France investigates Tunisia's Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Paris state prosecutor's office says it is investigating the property assets held by ousted Tunisian leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in France.
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Syria | Human Rights Watch

Syria | Human Rights Watch | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
There was no significant change in Syrian human rights policy and practice in 2010. Authorities continued to broadly violate the civil and political rights of citizens, arresting political and human rights activists, censoring websites, detaining
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Tunisian army chief warns against 'power vacuum'

Tunisian army chief warns against 'power vacuum' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisian police used teargas on Monday to try to disperse protesters who camped out all evening at the prime minister's office as part of a campaign to remove a government linked to ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.
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The Associated Press: Billionaire lawmaker may be Lebanon's next premier

The Associated Press: Billionaire lawmaker may be Lebanon's next premier | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BEIRUT (AP) — A billionaire businessman with close relations to Syria is emerging as a candidate favored by Hezbollah to head Lebanon's next government. Lawmaker Nagib Mikati, who served briefly as premier in 2005, says he is seeking the post as a candidate of "moderation and accord."
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Tunisian police use teargas to disperse protesters | World news | The Guardian

Tunisian police use teargas to disperse protesters | World news | The Guardian | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Demonstrators gathered at prime minister's office as part of campaign to remove government linked to ousted president
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Why Egypt’s Mubarak Is Worried About Tunisia by César Chelala - The Globalist

Why Egypt’s Mubarak Is Worried About Tunisia by César Chelala - The Globalist | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Might the recent events in Tunisia find echo not only in Egypt, but in other repressed Arab countries? It is fair to assume that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is very worried. And if he is not, he probably should be, since recent events in Tunisia don’t augur well for his regime. Indeed, the recent uprising in Tunisia may find echo not only in Egypt, but in other Arab countries under repressive governments, writes César Chelala.
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The Myth of Homegrown Islamic Terrorism in the U.S. - TIME

The Myth of Homegrown Islamic Terrorism in the U.S. - TIME | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
There is a specter haunting the U.S. It is "one of the things that keeps me up at night," Attorney General Eric Holder said last month. North Carolina Representative Sue Myrick, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, has warned President Obama that "there is no doubt" the problem has become "a global threat." The incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Peter King, plans to convene hearings next month on the danger "that threatens the security of us all."
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Anti-govt clashes erupt in Tunis - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Anti-govt clashes erupt in Tunis - Africa - Al Jazeera English | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Police fire tear gas at protesters who rallied at state buildings, demanding the ouster of interim 'unity government'.
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Yemen releases female activist after protests| World| Reuters

Yemen releases female activist after protests| World| Reuters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen has released an activist who had led rallies against the president after her arrest sparked a new wave of protests in the Arab country's capital.
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No time to lose in the Middle East peace process | Gilead Sher | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

No time to lose in the Middle East peace process | Gilead Sher | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Gilead Sher: Far from a picture of despair, the Palestine papers reveal how much both sides have invested in a deal. We need renewed will
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