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Second thoughts on the overthrow of Ben Ali « The Moor Next Door

Second thoughts on the overthrow of Ben Ali «  The Moor Next Door | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Tunisian uprising has been called the Jasmine Revolution, the Tunisian Revolution as well as a number of other things. The Tunisians did not accomplish a “true” revolution in an academic sense, at least not yet; what took place in the last month resembled a “color revolution” more than anything else, displacing a dictator while leaving his regime largely in place though sapped of its political and moral legitimacy. Though the state remains in the hands of the old regime, by and large, its leadership has been at the mercy of the population, reshuffling its membership and resigning RCD membership as the crowds shout.
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Tunisians step up pressure on interim PM Mohamed Ghannouchi | World news | The Guardian

Tunisians step up pressure on interim PM Mohamed Ghannouchi | World news | The Guardian | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Rural Tunisian protesters demand removal of old guard as authorities arrest two of ousted president's Ben Ali's aides
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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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In Mideast Activism, a New Tilt Away From Ideology

In Mideast Activism, a New Tilt Away From Ideology | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
CAIRO — Egypt’s most powerful and proscribed opposition movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, has decided that it will not participate in an antigovernment demonstration this week for a curious reason: The protest conflicts with a national holiday honoring the police.
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Students, activists stage rival demonstrations at Yemeni university - CNN.com

Students, activists stage rival demonstrations at Yemeni university - CNN.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Hundreds of students and activists staged rival demonstrations Saturday at Sanaa University in Yemen's capital, the editor of the Yemen Post said.
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Algerians defy ban to protest government - CNN.com

Algerians defy ban to protest government - CNN.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Baton-wielding Algerian security forces clashed Saturday with protesters who defied a ban and took to the streets of the capital demanding political reform.
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The Middle East's growing political unrest

The Middle East's growing political unrest | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
AWEEK AFTER Tunisia's popular revolution , the country's direction remains far from settled - and unrest in its Arab neighbors is rising. Seven people in Algeria and nine in Egypt have set themselves on fire, or attempted to, in imitation of the desperate man who triggered Tunisia's uprising. There...
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"We Are All Khaled Said": Will the Revolution Come to Egypt? - The Daily Beast

"We Are All Khaled Said": Will the Revolution Come to Egypt? - The Daily Beast | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisia’s uprising last week invigorated frustrated activists around the region. Mike Giglio on a protest in Cairo that could mark the beginning of another upheaval.
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BBC News - Man dies after setting himself on fire in Saudi Arabia

BBC News - Man dies after setting himself on fire in Saudi Arabia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A man dies after setting himself on fire in south-western Saudi Arabia, apparently mimicking the suicide of a man in Tunisia which provoked an anti-government uprising there.
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Algeria's Midwinter Uproar by Jack Brown

Algeria's Midwinter Uproar by Jack Brown | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Soon after the onset of protests which eventually toppled Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia, a wave of riots swept through Algeria as well, with many neighborhoods in the capital of Algiers and dozens of smaller cities overwhelmed by thousands of angry young men who closed down streets with burning tires, attacked police stations with rocks and paving stones, and set fire to public buildings. For Algerians a few years older than the rioters, these events recalled the uprising of October 1988, in which violent unrest upended the single-party state.
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Victim tells of ordeal in Tunisia's jails | World news | The Observer

Victim tells of ordeal in Tunisia's jails | World news | The Observer | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Savagely beaten after being pushed from an upstairs window by police, a newly released Adem Boukadida talks of a corrupt regime's daily brutality
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EU drafting Tunisia aid plan; Berlin rally welcomes Ben Ali ouster - Monsters and Critics

EU drafting Tunisia aid plan; Berlin rally welcomes Ben Ali ouster  - Monsters and Critics | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Berlin - The European Union is drafting a plan to aid Tunisia as it moves to democracy, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton told a German newspaper in remarks quoted Saturday.
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Where will these dreams and demands take Tunisia? - The National

Where will these dreams and demands take Tunisia? - The National | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
We are left to marvel and the power and bravery of the Tunisian masses and to wonder. But will their courage lead to a new day?
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The revolution was not televised... - Listening Post - Al Jazeera English

The revolution was not televised... - Listening Post - Al Jazeera English | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Social media helped tell the story of Tunisia's unrest, but Western news outlets were slow to grasp its significance.
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Tunisian central bank denies Ben Ali fled with gold | RFI

Tunisian central bank denies Ben Ali fled with gold | RFI | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Tunisia Central Bank said Friday that the country’s gold stocks have remained unchanged, denying reports that Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his wife took about 1.5 tonnes with them when the left the country last week. A Tunisia-based business publication says it has proof that the missing gold is in the Central Bank of England, in the name of the Tunisian bank.
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Yemen, A Kidnapped Country | Armies of Liberation

Yemen, A Kidnapped Country  | Armies of Liberation | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The following is a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the inner workings of the criminalized elements of the Yemeni regime written by my sometimes guest-poster Abu Yemen whom I find entirely credible and in a position to know these details. It needs to be read in full as the information is both specific and accurate.
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Yemeni president names new trade minister due to protests - People's Daily Online

Yemeni president names new trade minister due to protests - People's Daily Online | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh named a new minister on Saturday after seven days of popular protests demanding the government to curb increasing commodity and fuel prices.
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Yemen protests urge leader's exit - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Yemen protests urge leader's exit - Middle East - Al Jazeera English | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Thousands of students, activists and opposition groups stage anti-president protest at Sanaa University.
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Sherry Rehman, Pakistan's defiant prisoner of intolerance, vows to stay put | World news | The Observer

Sherry Rehman, Pakistan's defiant prisoner of intolerance, vows to stay put | World news | The Observer | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
'These death threats won't make me flee', says Rehman, who supports reform of Pakistan's blasphemy laws
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Tunisia President Zine el Abidine ben Ali: Ouster of Tunisia president embarrasses France - latimes.com

Tunisia President Zine el Abidine ben Ali: Ouster of Tunisia president embarrasses France - latimes.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
When Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali fled, Paris was caught entirely off guard, recalling recent stumbles in Haiti and Ivory Coast, and more distant crises in Algeria and Rwanda.
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AFP: Ben Ali family members arrive in Canada

AFP: Ben Ali family members arrive in Canada | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
MONTREAL — Relatives of Tunisia's ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali have arrived in Canada, a government official in Ottawa told AFP on Saturday. The official confirmed, without offering details, a report in Le Journal de Quebec, which said one of Ben Ali's many brothers-in-law arrived in Montreal Friday morning aboard a private jet accompanied by his wife, their children and a governess.
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Tunisia's Wall Has Fallen by Nadia Marzouki

Tunisia's Wall Has Fallen by Nadia Marzouki | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
For the first time in decades, Tunisia is free of one-man rule. The extraordinary events of December 2010 and January 2011 have been nothing less than a political revolution: The consistent pressure of popular fury forced President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali first to make an unprecedented promise to relinquish power; then pushed him to step down; and finally halted an attempt at unconstitutional transfer of power, setting the stage for elections to be held at an undetermined date in the near to mid-term future.
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BBC News - Tunisian PM Mohamed Ghannouchi under pressure to quit

BBC News - Tunisian PM Mohamed Ghannouchi under pressure to quit | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisians step up calls for interim Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi to resign because of his links to the Ben Ali regime.
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Tunisia revolution: Tunisia nudges Arab world out of its hopelessness - latimes.com

Tunisia revolution: Tunisia nudges Arab world out of its hopelessness - latimes.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
It is uncertain whether the uprising that toppled the autocratic government of President Zine el Abidine ben Ali can be replicated in Egypt and elsewhere. But it has kindled optimism in places where it had long been extinguished.
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Tunisia Islamist leader rejects Khomeini comparison| News by Country| Reuters

Tunisia Islamist leader rejects Khomeini comparison| News by Country| Reuters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
DUBAI, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Tunisia's Islamist Ennahdamovement is democratic and should not be feared, its exiledleader
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