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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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Arab Spring puts women's rights in the spotlight

Arab Spring puts women's rights in the spotlight | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - At a pre-wedding evening party in central Tripoli, a group of Libyan women sing traditional songs to the beat of a drum as they prepare to apply henna to the bride's hands and feet.

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Spring Break: How Egypt's Liberals Lost Control of Their Revolution

December 2 was supposed to be "Heroes of Mohamed Mahmoud Friday" in Cairo. The previous week, around 40 people had been killed by security forces while demonstrating in Tahrir Square, with the worst violence occurring on adjacent Mohamed Mahmoud Street. To memorialize the dead, Egypt's youth activists had called for a million-man march, complete with parachute-sized Egyptian flags to convey their spirit and mock coffins to convey their sadness.

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Israel envoy seeks talks with Egypt Islamist groups

Israel envoy seeks talks with Egypt Islamist groups | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Senior diplomatic official tells Haaretz, ambassador must talk to 'anyone who wants to and agrees to talk to him, even if those contacts are not made public.'...
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Somalia's rare window of hope

Somalia's rare window of hope | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Beset by war, drought, piracy and an Islamist insurgency, there is now a window of opportunity to set up a government in Somalia - the only way the UN sees of solving these problems, reports the BBC’s Barbara Plett.
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Who’s Afraid of Egypt’s Islamists?

Who’s Afraid of Egypt’s Islamists? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Op-Ed columnist Nicholas D. Kristof speaks with a cross-section of Egyptians about the rise of Muslim political parties in the country.
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Why Islamists Are Better Democrats

Why Islamists Are Better Democrats | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

If the Arab Spring was seeded by a liberal insurrection, the Arab Fall has brought a rich harvest for Political Islam. In election after election, parties that embrace various shades of Islamist ideology have spanked liberal rivals. In Tunisia, the first country to hold elections after toppling a long-standing dictator, the Ennahda party won a plurality in the Oct. 23 vote for an assembly that will write a new constitution.

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Salafis in Egypt Have More Than Just Religious Appeal

Salafis in Egypt Have More Than Just Religious Appeal | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
For many poor Egyptians, the hard-line Salafis are an answer to condescending elites of all stripes, including the moderate Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.
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The Islamist Spring: What Mubarak Got Right, What Obama Got Wrong

Mubarak had cautioned that if he gave up the presidency at that time, chaos would follow, and the feared Muslim Brotherhood rise to power.
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What Egypt's Military Doesn't Want Its Citizens to Know

What Egypt's Military Doesn't Want Its Citizens to Know | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

On Dec. 7, Egypt's largest-circulation privately owned newspaper, al-Masry al-Youm, published an unsigned editorial under the title, "The British Independent Publishes a Fabricated Article About al-Masry al-Youm." In the editorial, the paper accused The Independent's Cairo correspondent, Alastair Beach, of being linked to Western intelligence agencies. It also alleged that I, a professor at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, was seeking to foment a coup d'état in Egypt.

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Tunisia: Occupy Bardo

Despite Tunisia's successful election in October, there has emerged a remarkable ideological split in the ranks. In Bardo, protesters are pressuring members of the National Constituent Assembly to pass eleven measures to further the goals of the revolution.

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Turkey acts as mentor for emerging Islamists in region

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - As Islamist groups emerge triumphant in Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco, Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan seems decided to act as their...
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Egypt's military will have final say on country's new constitution

Egypt's military will have final say on country's new constitution | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Scaf generals say they will have final approval over new political system, whatever the outcome of the election...
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Egypt's radical Islamist party vows to respect peace treaty with Israel

Egypt's radical Islamist party vows to respect peace treaty with Israel | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Salafi Al-Nour party says will welcome talks with Israel; new Israeli envoy in Cairo says will try to open communication channels with Islamist groups.
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Arab Spring: political islam or democracy?

One-year on, the Arab revolutions continue to circle around the issue of whether Islam is compatible with democracy. This article asks the long-feared question: Is the Arab Spring, articulated in the democratic idiom of freedom, liberty and justice, doomed to a takeover by the Islamists?

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Islamists win 70 percent of the vote in second round of Egypt elections

Islamists win 70 percent of the vote in second round of Egypt elections | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Unofficial results put Muslim Brotherhood ahead with 39 percent of the vote, Salafi Al Nour with 31 percent; liberal Wafd party wins 22 percent.
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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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Far-fetched fatwas on the rise

Far-fetched fatwas on the rise | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Good judgement and common sense should be the order of the day when it comes to dealing with such edicts...
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Saudi woman executed for sorcery

Saudi woman executed for sorcery | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A Saudi woman has been executed for practising "witchcraft and sorcery", the country's interior ministry says...
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The Fatwa Against Women Touching Bananas and Other Stupid Islamic Orders

The Fatwa Against Women Touching Bananas and Other Stupid Islamic Orders | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As Asra Q. Nomani writes, fatwas have become ridiculous. See her list of the 10 most outrageous ones.
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Egypt: Islamist Election Win Could Bring Showdown with the Military

Egypt: Islamist Election Win Could Bring Showdown with the Military | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Marginalized at the polls, liberals are left reeling, while the military insists on keeping the reins of power...
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Outspoken cleric guides Arabs on revolution

The Arab spring is turning into the spring of the Islamists, as religious parties score the biggest gains in elections.
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Muslim Brotherhood Quits Egypt’s Constitutional Panel

The Muslim Brotherhood protested what it said were efforts to undermine parliamentary authority in writing Egypt’s new Constitution.
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Democracy dial-back? Egypt military moves to hem in new parliament

Democracy dial-back? Egypt military moves to hem in new parliament | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A member of Egypt's ruling military council said today that it would have a role, albeit indirect, in appointing the body that will write a constitution instead of leaving it to elected lawmakers.
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