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  • noun Plural form of hard-liner.


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  • Some of the people we talk to say they are worried that things are going too quickly, that so-called 'hard-liners' will push back, or there could even be a military coup or something.

    'No Intention to Retract' Reforms, Myanmar Official Interview Transcript

  • An Animist among a predominantly Christian Karen leadership in a majority Buddhist people, a Pwo Karen from the Delta among Sgaw Karen from the hills, a principled man with a pragmatic outlook able to chart a course between so-called 'hard-liners' and those wanting to engage the regime, he developed strong links with other ethnic nationals and Burma's democracy movement, and became a respected and articulate international spokesman.

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  • Iran's hard-liners consolidated power after former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani stepped down from his post as head of the country's most powerful clerical committee.

    World Watch

  • Experts said the concession to recognize elected village leaders in particular could be viewed by petitioners elsewhere as a reward for civil disobedience—and by Communist hard-liners as bowing to an isolated case.

    Officials Offer Rare Concession to Chinese Protesters

  • "They hard-liners are saying we are the top and we don't care if we have a coalition—no more variety of opinions in the regime."

    In Iran, Critic Leaves Key Post

  • Mr. Rafsanjani's exit, analysts say, also grants hard-liners an open hand to name Iran's next supreme leader.

    In Iran, Critic Leaves Key Post

  • Either way, the changes are coming so rapidly that some residents now say their biggest fear is that the opening will go too far—and trigger a backlash from hard-liners in the government who fear losing control.

    Yangon's Many Faces of Change

  • *** World-Wide Iran hard-liners consolidated power after former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani stepped down as head of the country's powerful clerical committee.

    What's News

  • Some analysts believe there are sharp divisions within the government over how much freedom to grant activists, increasing the risk of a backlash from military hard-liners if the released prisoners become too critical of authority.

    Washington Resumes Full Myanmar Ties

  • A senior Iranian cleric and regime critic was ousted from his post, further consolidating hard-liners' power.

    What's News: World-Wide


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