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The Syria Game of Thrones: Turkey vs. Iran vs. the Saudis in Battle to Shape a Rebellion’s Outcome - Global Spin

The Syria Game of Thrones: Turkey vs. Iran vs. the Saudis in Battle to Shape a Rebellion’s Outcome   - Global Spin | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Arab League called Wednesday for "urgent measures"  to protect Syrian civilians in the face of violent repression by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
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Qatar Presses Decisive Shift in Arab Politics

Qatar Presses Decisive Shift in Arab Politics | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The tiny emirate’s intentions remain murky to its neighbors and even allies — some see a Napoleon complex, others an Islamist agenda.
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Arab film makers look to uprisings for material

Arab film makers look to uprisings for material | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Following the third Doha Tribeca Film Festival Arab film makers are looking forward to tapping into material from the Arab Spring.
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Normal scoops Doha Tribeca prize

Normal scoops Doha Tribeca prize | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A movie about disillusioned Algerian youth wins the top prize at the Doha Tribeca film festival, which honours Middle Eastern cinema.
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Arab unrest: Why Qatar seems immune from the Middle East's revolutionary fever.

Arab unrest: Why Qatar seems immune from the Middle East's revolutionary fever. | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Amid the continuous stream of revolution reports from the Middle East and North Africa, one country is noticeably absent. Unlike its neighbors, the tiny, oil-rich Gulf nation of Qatar has shown no signs of tumult, ranking last in the Economist's "shoe-thrower's index" of Arab unrest. Why has Qatar remained completely peaceful? Money, and a small population. The revolutions in nearby countries, like Egypt, Yemen, and Oman, have been fueled largely by economic grievances like unemployment and rising food prices.
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Good Reads: Iran, Israel, and Qatar. What's their game?

Israel denies killing an Iranian weapons scientist. Iran detains and releases a Taliban insider. Qatar foments an Arab Spring. Why is everyone suddenly acting like bit players in a Graham Greene novel?
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Robert Fisk: Arab League's 'roar' at Syria shows how tiny Qatar is starting to flex its muscle

Robert Fisk: Arab League's 'roar' at Syria shows how tiny Qatar is starting to flex its muscle | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
So did the "Arab Spring" infect the Arab League this weekend – or was it leaned on by the British Empire-style ambitions of tiny, rich Qatar?
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Syria Said to Accept Arab Call to Stop Attacks, Free Prisoners

Syria agreed to stop attacks on protesters under an Arab League initiative that seeks to end months of unrest, Qatar’s prime minister announced.
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In Libya, echoes of when the CIA's Afghan funding went wrong

In Libya, echoes of when the CIA's Afghan funding went wrong | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

With the knowledge of Western intelligence agencies, Qatar had been flying arms shipments directly to Belhaj and other Islamic-led militias, bypassing the Benghazi-based National Transition Council, also echoing the Afghan practice that neutered mujahedin efforts to coalesce into a ruling body.

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