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Assange lashed out at Obama for ‘persecuting’ WikiLeaks

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, speaking via a choppy video feed from his virtual house arrest in London, lashed out at

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Artist facing jail time: “Freedom of expression is a myth in Lebanon”

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By Sarra Grira

More than two decades after Lebanon’s civil war ended, it remains a very touchy subject for the government there

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Breaking the fear barrier in Syria

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By Alexandra Sandels

You can sit in a Damascus cafe and hear people talk about the opposition

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LIRA: A devalued Internet.

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By Ghassan Karam

Creative destruction is the phrase popularized by Joseph Schumpeter, the great economist, who used it to describe the creative power of capitalism and the free markets

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Journalists face grave danger in reporting from Syria

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Reporting from Syria can be a nightmare, even lethal

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Musician arrested for song calling for President to “go home”

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Lebanese authorities on Wednesday detained local musician Zeid Hamdan for allegedly defaming President Michel Suleiman, according to people familiar with

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Will Syria become more democratic?

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By David Ignatius

The rise and fall of a protest demonstration here recently shows that Syrians share the yearning for dignity that’s sweeping the Arab world – and also illustrates why President Bashar al-Assad so far hasn’t been threatened by this tide of anger.

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Syria’s brutal internet censorship key in preventing protests

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By Weedah Hamzah and Aya Batrawy

While much of the Arab world continues to see thousands of people taking to the streets with calls for political change, a ‘Day of Rage’ planned in Syria this month drew only a few dozen protesters.

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Shouman released from jail on bail

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Military Investigative Judge Ghassan Owaidat released on a LL 100,000($66)   bail Ahmed Shouman who was arrested for slandering the

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Another youth arrested over slander of Lebanon President

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Lebanese citizen Ahmed Shouman was was arrested at the Beirut airport Tuesday upon his return from Kiev on charges of

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