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Arab Awakening weekly Open Thread: Libya votes

Arab Awakening's weekly Open Thread provides an opportunity for our columnists, writers, and YOU to share what has caught your attention this week in the Middle East in the comments section.

Arab Awakening
10 July 2012

Each week we offer up a couple of quotes and tweets that we think might generate a conversation in the comments section. And our columnists who write This Week's Window on the Middle East will hopefully add a comment on what they are seeing unfold around them and what they are considering writing about for the following week.


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6 reasons why Islamists lost, liberals prevailed in Libya:

1) The Gadhafi effect

2) The Egypt effect

3) The Polygamy factor

4) Less Saudi influence

5) The Palestinian factor

6) The foreign intervention factor

Holy Hoax! Radical Islamists call on Egypt to destroy pyramids

Saudi Arabia will send two female athletes to the London Olympics, ending the ultraconservative Muslim country's record of fielding only all-male teams at the games. The decision, announced Thursday by the IOC, means every country competing in London will include women athletes for the first time in Olympic history.  

In Tunisia, an online platform to monitor police abuse; Yezzi [translated as “enough” from Tunisian dialect], is a “cop watch map in Tunisia” which seeks to document and report police abuse ranging from taking bribes, physical or sexual abuse to racism and death threats. The platform was launched by the Tunisian Association for Digital Liberties [known by ATLN from its French Acronym], which deploy new technologies to create online platforms like Yezzi as a way to “help build a democratic, free and open society in Tunisia”.

Tweet of the Week:

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