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Egypt's Embattled Coptic Christians: Enough Is Enough

Egypt's Embattled Coptic Christians: Enough Is Enough | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
After government forces allegedly crushed a peaceful protest, Coptic Christians, along with Muslim allies, begin to assess their political options...
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Egypt's Military Steals the Revolution

Egypt's Military Steals the Revolution | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Egypt's Arab Spring has led to another cruel dictatorship. The people must take to the streets once again.
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Raw Video: Funerals held for Egypt clash victims - The Washington Post

Raw Video: Funerals held for Egypt clash victims - The Washington Post | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
This weekend's sectarian violence has been the worst in Egypt since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February. Dozens of people have been killed. Egypt's Coptic church is blasting authorities for allowing repeated attacks on Christians.
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Twenty three killed as Egyptian Christians, police clash

Twenty three killed as Egyptian Christians, police clash | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
CAIRO (Reuters) - Twenty three people were killed in Cairo Sunday, the health ministry said, when Christians, some carrying crosses and pictures of Jesus, clashed with military police in the latest sectarian...
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Tunisia Islamists storm university over veil ban | Reuters

(Reuters) - Islamists stormed a university in Tunisia Saturday after it refused to enrol a woman wearing a full-face veil, a staff member said, highlighting tensions over religion that are likely to dominate an election later this month.

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Fedia Hamdi's slap which sparked a revolution 'didn't happen'

Fedia Hamdi's slap which sparked a revolution 'didn't happen' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Hamdi denies driving Mohamed Bouazizi to take his own life, as all charges of striking the Tunisian stallholder are dropped...
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Tunisia has legal cases against Ben Ali - minister

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian authorities have prepared 18 legal cases against former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, including "voluntary manslaughter" and "drug trafficking," the state TAP news agency said on Wednesday. The revelation was made by Justice Minister Lazhar Karoui Chebbi in an interview aired on state television, TAP said.
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Tunisia's courts emerge slowly from shadow of Ben Ali

Although former president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali is gone, the court system he corrupted during 23 years in power is still intact.
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Tensions high as Egypt protesters accuse Army of turning on them

Tensions high as Egypt protesters accuse Army of turning on them | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
More than 1,000 pro-democracy protesters continued to occupy Cairo's Tahrir Square Sunday, one day after the Army – until now seen the guardian of the revolution – appeared to have fired live rounds into crowds, killing at least one protester.
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The rise and fall of Egypt’s most despised billionaire, Ahmed Ezz

As Egypt purges elements of its old order and gropes to structure a new one, Ahmed Ezz has emerged as perhaps the most hated symbol of a system that rewarded the few and oppressed the many.
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Beyond Yes or No: What Egypt's Referendum Means

Beyond Yes or No: What Egypt's Referendum Means | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Many of those who voted against the constitutional amendments were disappointed but realize that something historic, if imperfect, has occurred
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Withering of the jasmine

The jasmine revolution began as a romance and is now ending in tragedy. As the world dithers on intervention, Libya’s dictator Muammar Gaddafi is rapidly rolling up the rebellion that a week ago had seemed on the verge of toppling him.
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Did Prison Breakout Reveal a Plan to Sow Chaos in Egypt?

Did Prison Breakout Reveal a Plan to Sow Chaos in Egypt? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Elements of the regime of President Hosni Mubarak are alleged to have fomented prison breakouts in the hope that the specter of chaos would end the uprising. That may be a taste of things to come
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Fear and Loathing in Christian Cairo - By Monique El-Faizy

Fear and Loathing in Christian Cairo - By Monique El-Faizy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

After a day of brutal violence, my Egyptian Christian family -- and the Coptic community -- is afraid for the future.

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Tunisia: Secular-Religious Tensions Signs of a Struggle for Identity?

Tunisian police on Sunday broke up a mob of angry Salafists who tried to attack a TV network that aired a film on the Iranian revolution, raising fears the growing movement could provoke more unrest just two weeks away from elections where...
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Copts Criticize Egypt Government Over Killings

Copts Criticize Egypt Government Over Killings | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Egypt’s Coptic Church issues a harsh denunciation of the government, referring to “problems that occur repeatedly and go unpunished.”...
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Riots erupt as Christians protest in Cairo, 6 dead

Riots erupt as Christians protest in Cairo, 6 dead | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
CAIRO (AP) — Fierce clashes erupted Sunday between Christians protesting over a recent attack on a church and the Egyptian military, leaving six people dead, security and hospital officials said.
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Analysis: Egypt’s floundering revolution

Analysis: Egypt’s floundering revolution | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The Muslim Brotherhood and the liberal Wafd party say they will boycott the November 28 election unless emergency laws are repealed.

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Libya tumult fuels Algeria power struggle -

Algeria, a major oil and gas producer, appears to have ridden out the political upheaval gripping the Arab world, largely because the government has bought some time by pledging economic and political concessions.
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Mubarak and sons detained in Egypt

Mubarak and sons detained in Egypt | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Prosecutor orders ex-leader and sons to be held for 15 days as state TV claims they will appear before court next week.
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Ben Ali brother arrested in Tunisia -TAP

TUNIS, April 10 (Reuters) - Tunisian security forces have
arrested the brother of ousted leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali,
the state TAP news agency said on Sunday.
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Egypt's Hosni Mubarak decries 'falsehood, slander and defamation'

Egypt's Hosni Mubarak decries 'falsehood, slander and defamation' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In his first public speech since he was forced from power two months ago, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Sunday that he and his family were victims of a campaign by political enemies seeking to tarnish their reputation by exaggerating their wealth with false charges of corruption.
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In Egypt, Muslim Group Takes Lead Role in Post-Mubarak Era

In Egypt, Muslim Group Takes Lead Role in Post-Mubarak Era | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Muslim Brotherhood, once banned, is now a tacit partner with the military government that many fear will thwart fundamental changes.
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Egypt's Interior Ministry Set Ablaze Amid Protest

Egypt's Interior Ministry Set Ablaze Amid Protest | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
An Egyptian security official says police protesting in front of Egypt's Interior Ministry have set fire to part of the downtown complex.
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The Arab revolution: Of rocks and hard places

The Arab revolution: Of rocks and hard places | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Editorial: The Arab League is split and western military intervention risks hijacking a popular revolution
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