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White House rebuffs Syrian opposition

White House rebuffs Syrian opposition | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Obama administration has turned down a plea from Syria's democratic opposition to step up diplomatic pressure on President Bashar Assad, who has violently repressed peaceful anti-government protests.
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Clinton cites atrocities by Gaddafi forces

Clinton cites atrocities by Gaddafi forces | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Secretary of state's comments come on eve of NATO talks and friction between allies over military campaign.
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Al-Qaeda Fear in U.S. Buys Saleh Time as Yemen Clashes Escalate

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is facing down mass protests and defections with backing from the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, who are betting it’s safer to let a key ally against al-Qaeda leave on his own terms.
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Student learns Arabic during detention in Syria

Student learns Arabic during detention in Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
After his study of Arabic was interrupted by turmoil in Egypt three months ago, Tik Root wanted to resume his studies in a Middle Eastern country believed to be more stable, but he soon found himself incarcerated.
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West's Response to Syria Blasted

West's Response to Syria Blasted | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Human-rights activists and leaders on Capitol Hill are increasingly criticizing the West's tepid response to the Syrian uprising, saying it squanders a vital chance to weaken President Bashar al-Assad and his alliance with Iran.
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NATO Asks U.S. to Continue Libya Air Strikes

NATO Asks U.S. to Continue Libya Air Strikes | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
NATO asked the United States to continue participating in airstrikes over Libya through late Monday, ABC News has learned. This was done to make up for the bad weather earlier in the week that had hampered targeting of Gadhafi forces and allowed them to push the rebels back to Ajdabiyah.
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Pentagon: Libyan rebels desperately need help, but don't look to US

Pentagon: Libyan rebels desperately need help, but don't look to US | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Libyan opposition forces need training and organization to oust Muammar Qaddafi, but the US military shouldn't be involved, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Congress Thursday.
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John Kerry’s message to Syria

John Kerry’s message to Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A senator sends a tough message to Bashar al Assad / DURING THE past two years Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass) has emerged as the Obama administration’s key interlocutor with Syrian president Bashar al Assad. Now he is putting the dictator on notice that he has reached a make-or-break moment in his relationship with the United States.
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Ammar Abdulhamid: Syrian rebels don't want U.S. aid, at least for now

Ammar Abdulhamid: Syrian rebels don't want U.S. aid, at least for now | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syrian rebels who have shaken the regime in Damascus do not want U.S. assistance, at least for now, a Syrian dissident in close touch with the network of protesters told The Washington Times on Sunday.
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U.S. wants political solution in Bahrain

U.S. wants political solution in Bahrain | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
There must be an end to the violence in Bahrain as there is no security solution to the country's political crisis, the U.S. State Department said.
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F-15 fighter jet crashes in Libya

F-15 fighter jet crashes in Libya | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Two crewmen reported to be safe and unhurt after crashing near Benghazi following apparent mechanical failure
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Libya War and the Bosnia Hawks on the Obama Team Leading the Charge

Libya War and the Bosnia Hawks on the Obama Team Leading the Charge | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Why are we bombing Libya, when we're nearly broke and already fighting elsewhere? Peter Beinart on Obama's endgame in Libya—and how the difficult lessons of Bosnia shape the campaign against Gaddafi. Plus, U.N. jets strike near Gaddafi’s compound and more updates from Libya.
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White House calls for an immediate stop to violence in Syria

he White House on Monday condemned the ongoing violence in Syria with reports of dozens dead and hundreds wounded by security forces as demonstrations erupted across Syria in the first show of discontent under Bashar al Assad's rule.
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Syria | Senator Lieberman speaks from United States Senate about Assad regime violence

On April 14, 2011, Senator Lieberman spoke from the floor of the United States Senate about the abhorrent violence being perpetrated by the Assad Regime against the Syrian people.
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Statement from the President on the Violence in Syria

Statement from the President on the Violence in Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
WhiteHouse.gov is the official web site for the White House and President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States.
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Syria Ambassador Imad Moustapha: Defender of the Dictator

Syria Ambassador Imad Moustapha: Defender of the Dictator | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syria’s Man in Washington, Imad Moustapha, is an art-loving blogger, and apologist for a brutal regime.
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Fashionable - by Lee Smith

Fashionable - by Lee Smith | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is every bit as dangerous and thuggish as his autocratic counterparts across the Middle East, yet for some reason Washington continues to embrace him...
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Hillary Clinton’s uncredible statement on Syria

Hillary Clinton’s uncredible statement on Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been blasted for suggesting Syria’s leader is a “reformer.” But her claim that she heard this from GOP lawmakers also strains credulity.
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The Arab Revolt and American Interests

The Arab Revolt and American Interests | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As a general rule, Middle Eastern regimes divide into two types: the bad—and the bad. To understand where the American interest lies in this season of Arab revolt, it's important to know the difference. We don't write that in jest. The unenviable task that has confronted the Obama Administration since Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution sent its pro-Western dictator packing in January has been to safeguard our core interests in the Middle East without betraying our core values, not the least of which is supporting local aspirations for a more liberal (in the 18th-century sense of that word) political order.
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Sen. Kerry Raps Syria’s Assad

Sen. Kerry Raps Syria’s Assad | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has a new American critic. Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.)(AP Photo/Harry Hamburg). On Thursday, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Kerry, rapped Mr. Assad for not following through on his recent commitments to initiate political reforms.Syrian officials have suggested in recent days that a national address Mr. Assad gave Wednesday would unveil sweeping new political changes for the Arab country. It didn’t. “President Bashar al-Assad did not use his speech yesterday to promise concrete reforms, including lifting the emergency law,” Mr. Kerry said in a statement. “With large protests scheduled for tomorrow, it is essential that his government refrain from using violence against its own people.”
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How the Syrian Uprising Could Rattle the Region

How the Syrian Uprising Could Rattle the Region | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Last time there was a crushed, bloody uprising in Syria, former CIA official Bruce Riedel was there. If this revolt is successful, it will have major effects from Tehran to Washington.
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Clinton: No military action in Syria for now - Face The Nation

Clinton: No military action in Syria for now - Face The Nation | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Face The Nation on CBS: Clinton: No military action in Syria for now - Sec. of State Hillary Clinton condemns violence against Syrian protesters - but says situation is "unique" from Libya
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Libya War: Is It Legal?

Libya War: Is It Legal? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Congressional leaders are slamming Obama for not consulting with them on Libyan airstrikes—but it’s not clear that he even had to. Daniel Stone asks constitutional scholars who’s right.
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Libya and Obama's Doctrine: Leading from the Back

Libya and Obama's Doctrine: Leading from the Back | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The world's intervention in Libya helps vindicate some aspects of the President's low-key, consensus-seeking, sometimes passive approach to foreign policy
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Many Bahraini Protesters Angry With United States

Many Bahraini Protesters Angry With United States | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Some say they believe the White House tacitly approved the attacks on demonstrators last week — and put its strategic interests over democratic principles.
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