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TUNISIA: Revolution shows hollowness of Arab system in face of people power | Babylon & Beyond | Los Angeles Times

TUNISIA: Revolution shows hollowness of Arab system in face of people power | Babylon & Beyond | Los Angeles Times | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The citizens' revolution in Tunisia that forced dictator Zine el Abidine ben Ali to flee the country provides many lessons for the Arab world. Regimes should keep the lessons in mind to avoid repeating Tunisia’s experience in their own countries,...
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Self-Immolation: The Power Of Suicide As Political Protest | NEWS JUNKIE POST

Self-Immolation: The Power Of Suicide As Political Protest | NEWS JUNKIE POST | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In the last few days, in the Middle-East, a few men have embraced self-immolation as the ultimate form of political protest, following the example of 26-year-old Mohammed Bouazizi. Bouazizi torched himself when police prevented him from selling fruits and vegetables. The case of Bouazizi, who later died from his wounds, ...
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ARAB WORLD: Protests in Algeria and Yemen draw inspiration from Tunisia uprising | Babylon & Beyond | Los Angeles Times

ARAB WORLD: Protests in Algeria and Yemen draw inspiration from Tunisia uprising | Babylon & Beyond | Los Angeles Times | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Activists in Yemen, Jordan, Algeria and even Albania took to the streets this weekend demanding democratic reforms in their countries. Some expressed explicit support for the Tunisian people, calling for similar uprisings in their own countries. Others were more reserved....
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Palestinians Deny Leaked Reports on Peace Process

Palestinians Deny Leaked Reports on Peace Process | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians were prepared to compromise over two of the toughest issues, Jerusalem and refugees, during peace talks in 2008, the Al-Jazeera TV channel reported Sunday, quoting from documents it said came from the talks.
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Lebanon: long live the settlement, the settlement is dead | openDemocracy

Lebanon: long live the settlement, the settlement is dead | openDemocracy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Public opinion is deeply divided in Lebanon after renewed diplomatic efforts faltered in reaching a settlement over decisions of who will be Prime Minister, as well as the imminent Special Tribunal for Lebanon indictment.
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Tunisia, Arab Youth, Rebellion and Twitter - Video - TIME.com

Tunisia, Arab Youth, Rebellion and Twitter - Video - TIME.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Columnist Mona Eltahawy says the Tunisia uprising that toppled the ruling regime was fueled by disaffected youth and spread by social media
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'Liberation caravan' reaches Tunis - Africa - Al Jazeera English

'Liberation caravan' reaches Tunis - Africa - Al Jazeera English | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Hundreds of protesters overwhelm security forces surrounding office of interim PM as they rally in the capital.
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The "napkin map" revealed - The Palestine Papers - Al Jazeera English

The Palestine Papers include a rendering of the Israeli land swap map presented in mid-2008 to Mahmoud Abbas.
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"The biggest Yerushalayim" - The Palestine Papers - Al Jazeera English

"The biggest Yerushalayim" - The Palestine Papers - Al Jazeera English | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
PA offered to concede almost all of East Jerusalem, an historic concession for which Israel offered nothing in return.
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BBC News - Allies of Tunisia's ousted president Ben Ali 'detained'

BBC News - Allies of Tunisia's ousted president Ben Ali 'detained' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Police in Tunisia detain two politicians and a media executive close to ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, state media report, as protests continue.
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allAfrica.com: Tunisia: Democracy Demands Face Challenge As Protests Spread Internationally

allAfrica.com: Tunisia: Democracy Demands Face Challenge As Protests Spread Internationally | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
With a speed that astonished the world, Tunisians succeeded in driving Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali from power. Now the more difficult part of the nation's political transition has begun, and there is no guarantee that it will bring the pluralistic government demanded by pro-democracy activists, according to two U.S.-based analysts.
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BBC News - Thai 'red shirts' protest and demand leaders' release

BBC News - Thai 'red shirts' protest and demand leaders' release | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Anti-government protesters have staged another rally in the Thai capital Bangkok and called for the release of leaders and supporters detained after last year's protests.
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TV Station Owner in Tunisia Arrested

TV Station Owner in Tunisia Arrested | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia has arrested the owner of a private TV station and his son for "treason" for inciting violence and working for ousted leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali's return, the state news agency said Sunday.
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Crovitz: Tunisia and Cyber-Utopia - WSJ.com

Crovitz: Tunisia and Cyber-Utopia - WSJ.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In The Wall Street Journal, Information Age columnist Gordon Crovitz asks: Would Facebook have ended the Cold War earlier?
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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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France24 - Protesters demand release of Yemeni activist

France24 - Protesters demand release of Yemeni activist | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
AFP - About 200 journalists marched in Sanaa on Sunday to demand the release of press freedom activist Tawakel Karman and other detainees, while witnesses said student protesters clashed with police in the capital.
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Tunisia's Ben Ali and Family Ran a 'Mafia State' - Newsweek

Tunisia's Ben Ali and Family Ran a 'Mafia State' - Newsweek | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
At first, the family of Tunisia’s toppled president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, refused to accept that their decades of profiteering and profligacy had come to an end. As rioting killed scores of people in Tunisia’s streets, Ben Ali’s daughter and her husband holed up in the luxury suites of the Castle Club at Disneyland Paris.
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Nigeria: tottering on the tip of anarchy | openDemocracy

Nigeria: tottering on the tip of anarchy | openDemocracy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Nigeria's "inexplicable capacity to totter on the tip of anarchy, but fall back into an unexpected order of sorts" is being tested in the run-up to elections.
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Yemen arrests protest leader - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Yemen arrests protest leader - Middle East - Al Jazeera English | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Leader of student rallies, which called for President Ali Saleh's ouster, is held by authorities in the capital Sanaa.
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Fresh protests could bring down Tunisia's interim government - CSMonitor.com

Fresh protests could bring down Tunisia's interim government  - CSMonitor.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Members of the 'Liberation Caravan' say they will camp out in front of the prime minister’s office until the government accedes to their demands.
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Erekat's solution for the Haram - The Palestine Papers - Al Jazeera English

Erekat's solution for the Haram - The Palestine Papers - Al Jazeera English | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The PA's chief negotiator suggested unprecedented compromises on the division of Jerusalem and its holy sites.
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A Self-Immolation in Mauritania « The Moor Next Door

A Self-Immolation in Mauritania «  The Moor Next Door | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The story of the Tunisian Revolution has swept the Arab region, and so has the legend of Mohamed Bouazizi. Thus far, four Algerians and an Egyptian and a Mauritanian each have lit them selves on fire in protests meant to recall Bouazizi, the young man whose self-immolation inspired the Sidi Bouzid uprising. Bouazizi was twenty-six years old and unemployed. Yacoub Ould Dahoud, the Mauritanian who imitated Bouazizi’s act more recently was a forty-year old from a well off family.
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'Liberation caravan' keeps pressure on Tunisia's old guard while Yemen sees copycat protests - CSMonitor.com

'Liberation caravan' keeps pressure on Tunisia's old guard while Yemen sees copycat protests - CSMonitor.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
While Tunisians demand departure of former president's allies in a 'liberation caravan', Yemeni activists launch copycat protests in Sanaa.
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How revolt sparked to life in Tunisia - CSMonitor.com

How revolt sparked to life in Tunisia - CSMonitor.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
One of the most repressive Arab regimes, Tunisia was thought to be less prone to revolt than its neighbors. But economic, social, political, and demographic currents converged to create a combustible atmosphere.
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As Ivory Coast's Gbagbo holds firm, 'blood diamonds' flow for export - CSMonitor.com

As Ivory Coast's Gbagbo holds firm, 'blood diamonds' flow for export - CSMonitor.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As Ivory Coast's renegade President Laurent Gbagbo shrugs off international attempts to isolate his regime, smugglers continue to export 'blood diamonds' in contravention of a United Nations ban.
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