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Tour of Beirut's divided streets

Tour of Beirut's divided streets | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
More than 20 years after the Lebanese civil war ended, Beirut is still split into political and sectarian enclaves.
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Russian Orthodox Church Joins in Calls for Election Reform

Remarks by a prominent Orthodox spokesman appeared intended to get the church back out in front of individual clergy members’ condemnations of election rigging.
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In Syria, Expelling the Peacemakers

The Syrian government should not be allowed to silence those who seek a peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Christians.
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Pope urges Africa reconciliation

Pope urges Africa reconciliation | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Pope Benedict will present plans by the Roman Catholic church to encourage reconciliation in Africa, on the second day of his visit to the state of Benin.
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Tunisia’s Jewish and Christian minorities put faith in Islamist-led democracy | FaithWorld

Tunisia’s Jewish and Christian minorities put faith in Islamist-led democracy | FaithWorld | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Minority Jews and Christians are putting their faith in Tunisia's nascent democracy to ensure its new Islamist-led leadership respects their rights in this traditionally secular state.
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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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Winter for Christians in the Arab Spring?

How can it be that in this age of popular revolution and self-determination, Arab Christians -- whose communities predate the coming of Islam -- find themselves out in the cold?
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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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Egypt: does the revolution include the Copts?

Egypt: does the revolution include the Copts? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Sectarian clashes between Muslims and Coptic Christians highlight the recurring question about what role Copts will play in the new Egyptian political system. Can the new generation that waves signs with both cross and crescent in Tahrir Square help reduce the violence?
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Fearing Persecution, Egypt's Christians Back Parties Most Likely to Beat Islamists

Fearing Persecution, Egypt's Christians Back Parties Most Likely to Beat Islamists | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Limiting the extent of the Islamist victory at the polls becomes the overriding priority for a community fearing intolerance and attacks on tourism...
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After Egypt’s Revolution, Christians Are Living in Fear

After Egypt’s Revolution, Christians Are Living in Fear | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Egypt’s revolution brought freedom for many, but for Coptic Christians it has brought only fear.
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Pope urges Africans to reject voodoo

Pope urges Africans to reject voodoo | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Pope Benedict is on a visit to Benin where he will urge African Christians to reject what he calls magic and witchcraft.
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Exodus - By James Traub

Exodus - By James Traub | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The sickening violence inflicted on Coptic Christian demonstrators in Cairo on Oct. 9 shocked Egyptians, and may have ended for good whatever remaining faith democracy activists had in the country's interim military government, which appears to have orchestrated the violence. But Copts have been suffering attacks with growing regularity over the last several years, and this latest outburst only increased the fears among them that their status in Egypt, and possibly even their survival as a community, is now in jeopardy.

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Arab Spring's crisis of moral leadership

An Oct. 9 massacre in Egypt shows why the Arab revolutions need moral leaders, not just mass protests, to keep them on track.
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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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Libya's civil war shrinks Christian communities

Libya's civil war shrinks Christian communities | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — With most of his flock having fled Libya's violence, Tripoli's Roman Catholic bishop now focuses on keeping the power struggle between Moammar Gadhafi and anti-government rebels out of his church.
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