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WikiLeaks and Algeria 2009: "Sitting on a Volcano" After Bouteflika Wins "Choreographed and Heavily Controlled Election"

WikiLeaks and Algeria 2009: "Sitting on a Volcano" After Bouteflika Wins "Choreographed and Heavily Controlled Election" | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In April 2009, the US Embassy in Algiers reviews the political and social situation after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a third term with more than 90% of the vote in "a carefully choreographed and heavily controlled election". The conclusion? "With Bouteflika's hold on power secure, Algeria now faces an urgent need for dialogue between the population and the state."
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The “Palestine Papers”: What Do They Mean? « The Third Way: Finding Balance In Mideast Analysis

The “Palestine Papers”: What Do They Mean? « The Third Way: Finding Balance In Mideast Analysis | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Al Jazeera unloaded a bombshell on the US-brokered Israel-Palestine diplomacy today when they released the first wave of what they are calling “The Palestine Papers.”
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Secret papers reveal slow death of Middle East peace process | World news | The Guardian

Secret papers reveal slow death of Middle East peace process | World news | The Guardian | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
• Massive new leak lifts lid on negotiations • PLO offered up key settlements in East Jerusalem • Concessions made on refugees and Holy sites
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gulfnews : Bahraini to head UN rights investigation team in Tunisia

gulfnews : Bahraini to head UN rights investigation team in Tunisia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Khawla Matar will be gathering facts about the situation and will assess the country's human rights situation
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Tunisia: A mock funeral and protests against Government

Tunisia: A mock funeral and protests against Government | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Protesters staged a mock funeral in the centre of Tunis on Sunday in honour of the man whose suicide triggered the popular uprising that overthrew Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Mohamed Bouazizi, 26, died after he set himself on fire in the central city of Sidi Bouzid last month to protest against official harassment under Ben Ali's regime.
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The South Korea company have suffered the attacks in Libya

The South Korea company have suffered the attacks in Libya | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Series of attacks on South Korean companies in Libya, site of hundreds of thugs break.
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Yemen | Protests | Tawakkol Karman | Journalist Arrested

Yemen | Protests | Tawakkol Karman | Journalist Arrested | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The arrest of journalist and rights activist Tawakkol Karman sparked more protests in Yemen on Sunday as a growing movement pushes for regime change.
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Yemen activists arrested, students protest| Reuters

Yemen activists arrested, students protest| Reuters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
SANAA (Reuters) - An anti-government protester was shot dead by police in southern Yemen and 19 opposition activists were arrested in the capital on Sunday, including a prominent woman who led rallies
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Magda Abu-Fadil: Tunisian Media's Quantum Leap to the Next Level?

Magda Abu-Fadil: Tunisian Media's Quantum Leap to the Next Level? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As a journalist who reported from Tunisia during the Ben Ali era, I can attest to his regime's constraints on freedom of speech and the press. Even checking my innocuous business email account was an ordeal -- I had to go to an embassy to do it.
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In Tunisia, freedom blossoms

TUNIS - Workers stormed out of the state-run shipping company the other day. For decades, they had lived quietly in relative poverty as their bosses, all members of the former ruling party, drove luxury cars and owned mansions.
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Message from Tunisia

Message from Tunisia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In the dramatic events happening in Tunisia and the Arab world, the role of media technology in political mobilization should not be underestimated. But nor should the prophetic voices of writers and intellectuals in the region, notes Farid Farid.
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AFP: Algerian dies after setting self on fire: official

AFP: Algerian dies after setting self on fire: official | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
ALGIERS — An Algerian man has died after setting himself on fire, a local official said Sunday, the first death in a wave of self-immolations apparently inspired by one that set off a revolt in Tunisia.
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Kaplan on Tunisia, or, defending autocratic stability « The Moor Next Door

Kaplan on Tunisia, or, defending autocratic stability «  The Moor Next Door | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Robert D. Kaplan, author of many books including one dealing with Tunisia, has written a controversial piece on that country in the New York Times. Brian Whitaker has rightly taken issue with many of its claims some of which will be addressed in this post. Many Arab readers have expressed displeasure with it on Twitter and to this blogger by email and in conversation. It thus warrants comment.
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Tunisia: Protests Continue In Tunis As People Power Demands Purge Of Ben Ali's Former Government

Tunisia: Protests Continue In Tunis As People Power Demands Purge Of Ben Ali's Former Government | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
More demonstrations are expected in Tunisia amid reports of police crackdowns on allies of ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
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Women in Tunisia’s Revolution » Muslimah Media Watch

Women in Tunisia’s Revolution     » Muslimah Media Watch | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
On Friday, the President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia fled his homeland as it was engulfed by an uprising, sparked by the suicide of Mohamed Bouazizi, an unemployed university graduate who had taken to selling fruit in Sidi Bouzid. When authorities confiscated his wares for not having a license, Bouazizi set himself on fire in front of a government building. Protests followed, as thousands took to the street in a movement fueled by rage over corruption among the elite.
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The Lessons of Tunisia and the Role of WikiLeaks : The New Yorker

The Lessons of Tunisia and the Role of WikiLeaks : The New Yorker | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, an archive of articles and abstracts back to 1925
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Doyle McManus on Tunisia's so-called Twitter revolution - latimes.com

Doyle McManus on Tunisia's so-called Twitter revolution - latimes.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Now that the dust has settled, it's clearer that Tunisia's upheaval, like all revolutions, arose from local circumstances that don't foretell what will happen anywhere else.
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Tunisian dictator’s relatives came to Canada as permanent residents: Kenney

Tunisian dictator’s relatives came to Canada as permanent residents: Kenney | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Montreal Gazette is your online source of news on Montreal, Quebec, Canada and around the world. Find local stories happening around Quebec. Read world headline news. Watch local news stories in multimedia.,The relatives of ousted Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali who arrived in Canada are permanent
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LEBANON: Showdown between Hezbollah and Hariri expected over naming of premier | Babylon & Beyond | Los Angeles Times

LEBANON: Showdown between Hezbollah and Hariri expected over naming of premier | Babylon & Beyond | Los Angeles Times | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Following a week of twists and turns in Lebanon's unfolding political crisis over a United Nations-backed tribunal, feuding Lebanese parties are heading for a showdown as scheduled talks to pick a new prime minister threaten to stall once again. On...
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Yemeni protesters demand release of activist - CNN.com

Yemeni protesters demand release of activist - CNN.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Hundreds of protesters marched through Sana'a, Yemen, on Sunday demanding the release of prominent Yemeni human rights activist Tawakkol Karman, who was arrested on Saturday. According to a participant, security forces at one point clashed with protesters and at least 20 of Karman's supporters were later detained.
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Eric Goldstein - A Tunisian revolution that's more bloody than jasmine

Eric Goldstein - A Tunisian revolution that's more bloody than jasmine | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The uprising in Tunisia has been far more brutal than the term 'Jasmine Revolution' suggests.
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Reflections on Tunisia

Reflections on Tunisia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisia is on my mind. Events unfolding there have been dramatic and inspiring, and are dominating discussions across the Arab world. A peaceful mass revolt that persisted in the face of repression and violence has brought down a dictator and a government in a marvellous display of "people power".
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Al Jazeera TV makes waves with Tunisia coverage

Al Jazeera TV makes waves with Tunisia coverage | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
When street protests ousted the Tunisian president, 26 year old Egyptian Sabah first heard about it in a call from a friend who told her: "Switch on Al Jazeera." The riots that overthrew Zine al Abidine Ben Ali and shocked the Arab world, were swiftly caught by the Qatar-based channel. Before many others, it flooded bulletins with footage, streamed online and updated its Twitter, Facebook and blog sites.
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AFP: Clinton presses Tunisia on democratic reforms

AFP: Clinton presses Tunisia on democratic reforms | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on the embattled Tunisian prime minister to carry out democratic reforms to stem the country's political turmoil, her spokesman said Saturday.
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Mahmood Delkhasteh: Why Could Tunisia Do What Iran Cannot?

Mahmood Delkhasteh: Why Could Tunisia Do What Iran Cannot? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The protests in Tunisia were like the Iranian movement in many ways, but, unlike Iran, its leadership was not part of an old guard who aimed to reform the system, but was located outside the regime.
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