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ARABICA - A Daily Shot Of What the Arab World is Saying/Hearing/Sharing

ARABICA - A Daily Shot Of What the Arab World is Saying/Hearing/Sharing

A R A B I C A ارابيكا

By Kristen Gillespie

Syria is expected to respond to an Arab League proposal to end the country's crisis, Al Jazeera reported. The Syrian opposition maintains that the regime is stalling for time and has no intention of reforming -- and called on the Arab League to suspend Syria's membership in the League. The Syrian National Council said in a statement that the government has responded to Arab League efforts to mediate by "stepping up the repression." The opposition also called on the League to recognize the National Assembly as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

News website Elaph.com looks at the Syrian official media and concludes that it "lacks professionalism," but remains a vital weapon in the propaganda war. Syrian intelligence agencies run the official media, says Syrian journliast Iyad Shabarjee, using "the lowest standards of professionalism."

The chief of staff of Egypt's armed forces met with Coptic Christian clergymen to emphasize the goal of civilian democracy without distinction between Muslims and Christians. Bishop Marcus Shubra al-Khaimeh said after the meeting that they discussed recent sectarian riots and lifting laws that ban Christians from building and repairing churches as well as a law to prevent discrimination against Christians, key demands by Coptic leaders.

Protests have been ongoing in the south Yemeni city of Aden since February to demand the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Activists are mobilizing young revolutionaries to clean the streets, which are piled with dust, rocks, garbage and even pieces of the sidewalks. Street cleaners have not cleaned the protest areas, with residents blaming the government for imposing collective punishment.

Fighters representing Libya's National Transitional Council clashed for three hours near a hospital in Tripoli "in what is believed to be the largest confrontations between the rebels since the war broke out," CNN Arabic reported. Machine guns and anti-aircraft guns were used, with casualties not yet reported. Medical sources from the hospital said some of the fighters appear to be drunk. The battalion is responsible for securing the area around the hospital. "We are working to reorganize the army – when we have a great and powerful army, we will be secure," said Colonel Ahmed Bani.

November 3, 2011

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