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What Libyan Rebels Could Teach Obama About the Rule of Law

What Libyan Rebels Could Teach Obama About the Rule of Law | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Why is the United States entrenching the same kind of military detention system that Arab revolutionaries have given their lives to overthrow?

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Clinton Arrives in Myanmar to Assess Reforms and Urge More

Clinton Arrives in Myanmar to Assess Reforms and Urge More | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
After years of abysmal relations, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s visit is both a reward for Myanmar’s progress and an attempt to press for more significant reforms.
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Poor rural villages show China's economic dilemma

Poor rural villages show China's economic dilemma | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Despite three decades of rapid growth, China has many economic problems of its own to sort out before helping the rest of the world, writes the BBC's Michael Bristow.
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Aung San Suu Kyi to run for parliament

Aung San Suu Kyi to run for parliament | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Move comes after Burma pro-democracy leader's party decision to rejoin mainstream politics following government reforms...
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Kenya's new chief justice pushes reform of courts

Kenya's new chief justice pushes reform of courts | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In an exclusive interview, Kenya's new Chief Justice William Mutunga pledges to deepen reforms to speed up decisions and lessen the effect of corruption under the new constitution, but foresees challenges ahead from political elites.
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Jordan swears in new reform government

Jordan swears in new reform government | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan's U.S.-backed King Abdullah swore in a reform-minded government on Monday to speed up political liberalization after protests inspired by popular uprisings in the Arab world.The...
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Powder in The Eyes In Algeria

Powder in The Eyes In Algeria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
By Wided Khadraoui The endgame unfolding in Libya is having profound effects throughout North Africa and the Middle East.
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Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood accuses government of attacking pro-reform rally

Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood accuses government of attacking pro-reform rally | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Attack on a tribal pro-reform rally north of Amman leaves several injured; activists say injuries occurred when unknown assailants dispersed rally with firearms, stones and sticks.
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Oman protests carry on despite sultan's reforms

Oman protests carry on despite sultan's reforms | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
AMMAN — The prime minister of Jordan said on Monday people have the right to free speech and that the government will set aside special areas for protests, in an apparent bid to ease tensions after bloody clashes last week.
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Moroccan teachers to strike after violent protests

RABAT (Reuters) - Teachers in Morocco will stage a two-day nationwide strike starting on Tuesday after two recent demonstrations for better benefits ended in violence, union officials said on Monday
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Will Morocco’s King Deliver on Reforms?

Will Morocco’s King Deliver on Reforms? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
King Mohammed VI’s March 9 pledge to sponsor broad constitutional reforms following moderately-sized protests on February 20 distinguishes him from other leaders in the region, most of whom have offered too little in terms of reforms and offered them too late in the process of uprisings to make a difference.
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Has India reached the limits to economic reforms?

The government of India’s decision to roll back legislation that would allow FDI in multi-brand retail is ill-advised. However, in the grand scheme of things it is but a hiatus that at worst merely derails the momentum of reforms.

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In Myanmar, Government Reforms Win Over Some of Country’s Skeptics

In Myanmar, Government Reforms Win Over Some of Country’s Skeptics | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives in the country on Wednesday as a show of support for the country’s transformation to nascent democracy.
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On corruption, ombudsmen, and theatrics

Team Anna’s anti-corruption drive is more likely to reinforce an anti-Congress sentiment among the people of India than an anti-corruption stance

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Africa Wants to Be Europe Without the Currency

While the euro zone convulses, several regional trading blocs in Africa are pushing for closer integration. But Africa is backing away from one prominent aspect of Europe's economic union: a common currency.
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Burma Democracy Leader Cites Progress, Challenges

Burma Democracy Leader Cites Progress, Challenges | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Burma’s democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has cited positive steps toward democracy by the military-backed government.
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Bankruptcy and privatisation: the end of Lukashenka’s Belarus?

Bankruptcy and privatisation: the end of Lukashenka’s Belarus? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

A failed economic model and falling transit subsidies from Russia have propelled the Belarusian economy to the brink. The harsh reality of stopgap sales and emergency loans that awaits will only delay the inevitable, writes David Marples.

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US says encouraging Morocco to implement reforms

(Reuters) - The United Sates said on Monday it was encouraging staunch ally Morocco to quickly implement reforms proposed by the Arab world's longest-serving dynasty.
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Moroccans mosque imams protest tight government controls on preaching

Moroccans mosque imams protest tight government controls on preaching | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
RABAT, Morocco — Dozens of preachers from mosques across Morocco protested Monday in the capital over tight controls on their preaching, the first time such a demonstration has been allowed to go forward.
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Moroccans march for freedom, and against the royal grip on country's economy

Moroccans march for freedom, and against the royal grip on country's economy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Moroccans are angry that an investment fund run by King Mohammed VI and his advisers dominates the economy, with stakes in banking, insurance, steel, building materials, dairy produce, sugar and cooking-oil companies.
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Witness - Searching for reforms in King Abdullah's Saudi Arabia

Witness - Searching for reforms in King Abdullah's Saudi Arabia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
RIYADH (Reuters) - The moment my wife and I left our apartment compound in downtown Riyadh, a jeep screeched to a halt in front of us and a bearded man stepped out.
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