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An Islamist, a Liberal, and a Former Regime Loyalist Walk into a Cafe... - By Ryan Calder

An Islamist, a Liberal, and a Former Regime Loyalist Walk into a Cafe... - By Ryan Calder | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Three Libyans try to make sense of their country after Qaddafi.

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Tunisia elections face unexpected obstacle: youth apathy

Tunisia elections face unexpected obstacle: youth apathy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The fervor of Tunisia's youth-led revolution, which sparked subsequent uprisings in the region, has been surprisingly absent ahead of Tunisia's elections this weekend.
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Tunisia election: Loving and loathing Islamists

Tunisia election: Loving and loathing Islamists | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisia's formerly banned Islamist party, Ennahda, is tipped to win the first election to results from the "Arab Spring", writes the BBC's Celeste Hicks.
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Mogadishu on the Mediterranean? - By Christian Caryl

Mogadishu on the Mediterranean? - By Christian Caryl | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Muammar al-Qaddafi is dead. Now comes the hard part -- preventing Libya from turning into another Somalia.

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Tunisia's Islamists Likely to Win Plurality in the First "Arab Spring" Election

A moderate Islamist party governing in coalition with secularists will offer Tunisia a reasonable chance at real democracy.
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"Don't shoot": Qaddafi's last moments

"Don't shoot": Qaddafi's last moments | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Libya's ex-dictator fled a final, deadly assault on his hometown, only to end up in a drainpipe, begging not to die Read more by Joshua Norman on CBS News' World Watch.
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Gaddafi 'is recruiting fighters from other African countries'

Gaddafi 'is recruiting fighters from other African countries' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The ousted Libyan leader is planning an insurgency to destabilise the new regime, according to the acting PM...
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Tunisia's elections will map out a path for the Arab spring

Tunisia's elections will map out a path for the Arab spring | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
It was the first Arab spring country to throw off its dictator, and now Tunisia is again the focus of international attention...
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Tunisia's Test - By Fadil Aliriza

Tunisia's Test - By Fadil Aliriza | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

This month, the country that started everything will host the first post-Arab Spring election -- and the people who overthrew a government in January will find out whether they have what it takes to build a new one.

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Libya: Pockets of resistance in Bani Walid, Sirte

Libyan revolutionary forces have captured almost all of Bani Walid, one of Moammar Khadafy's last remaining strongholds, but still face pockets of resistance as they try to end a weeks-long standoff, officials said...
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Egypt Court Bars Opposition Hopeful

Egypt Court Bars Opposition Hopeful | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
An Egyptian court's move to bar Ayman Nour, a presidential candidate who helped lead the opposition to Egypt's former regime, reinforced activists' suspicions that Egypt's interim government continues to privilege the interests of the ousted...
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Egypt's military rulers criminalize discrimination

Egypt's military rulers criminalize discrimination | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
CAIRO — Egypt's transitional military rulers have issued a decree prohibiting all forms of discrimination, including on the basis of religion.
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The Copts Will Fight | The Weekly Standard

The Copts Will Fight | The Weekly Standard | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Read conservative news, blogs and opinion about Christians, Copts and Egypt from The Weekly Standard, the must read magazine available in online edition.
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A Tunisian Islamist in Exile Expresses His Hopes Ahead of Oct. 23 Election - Global Spin

A Tunisian Islamist in Exile Expresses His Hopes Ahead of Oct. 23 Election - Global Spin | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
"No one will dare propose himself as a dictator. No one. The best institution we have now is the street," says Mohamed Ali Harrath.
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Tunisian exile rejects claims of backing fundamentalists

Tunisian exile rejects claims of backing fundamentalists | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Islamist party leader, Rachid Ghannouchi, said extremists can be contained by being given a place in a democratic system...
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What are the lesssons for the U.S. military following Gaddafi's death in Libya? - Battleland

What are the lesssons for the U.S. military following Gaddafi's death in Libya? - Battleland | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Moammar Gaddafi's death makes for an interesting punctuation mark in the ever-evolving U.S. approach to war. The key choice: should it be an exclamation point ("We got him! And not a single American died!
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Libya PM: Gadhafi died in crossfire between loyalists, NTC

Libya PM: Gadhafi died in crossfire between loyalists, NTC | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Mahmoud Jibril, citing a forensic report, says Gadhafi was alive when taken from Sirte, but died before reaching hospital; NTC says no order was given to kill the ousted Libyan leader.
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After Qaddafi: Can a democratic Libya unify a divided society?

After Qaddafi: Can a democratic Libya unify a divided society? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
After Qaddafi, some say prospects for orderly transition in Libya – a traditionally divided, tribal society – are not good. There is hope, however, that the homegrown nature of the rebellion will improve the country's prospects.
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Egypt’s souring transition

For the junta, the transition is not and maybe should never be a complete rupture with the old system, inevitably at their expense and a threat to their entrenched economic and social privileges.

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Egypt's Moussa fears anarchy if transition drags

CAIRO (Reuters) - Presidential candidate Amr Moussa said Wednesday he feared a prolonged transition to civilian rule could plunge Egypt into anarchy caused by spiraling violence and economic hardship.An...
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Hillary Rodham Clinton tells Libyans: ‘We’re on your side’

Hillary Rodham Clinton tells Libyans: ‘We’re on your side’ | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton offers aid, support to Libya’s transitional government...
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Tunisia’s Evolutionary Revolution - Fabrizio Tassinari and Rasmus Alenius Boserup - Project Syndicate

Tunisia’s Evolutionary Revolution - Fabrizio Tassinari and Rasmus Alenius Boserup - Project Syndicate | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Ten months after the collapse of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s authoritarian regime, Tunisia has balanced the revolutionary urge for change and a pragmatic need for continuity.
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Egypt's reform leader criticizes military rulers

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top reform leader criticized the country's military rulers Sunday as having too much power and no experience governing, expressing the frustration of many a week after more than 20 Christians were killed when the military broke up their protest in Cairo with force.

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Egypt’s Military Expands Power, Raising Alarms

Egypt’s Military Expands Power, Raising Alarms | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A growing number of lawyers and activists are questioning the willingness of the Egyptian military to ultimately submit to civilian authority.
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Is a new Arab order emerging?

Is a new Arab order emerging? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran have increased this year, particularly over Bahrain and Syria, and relations are likely to worsen on the news of the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington.
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