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 People want to overthrow the regime 

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 01:58:32 PM EST
France24 - Bahrain mourns protesters amid fears of new unrest
AFP - Angry Bahraini Shiites on Friday buried four killed in a violent police raid on anti-regime protesters as the army enforced a tight clamp across the capital of the Sunni-ruled Gulf monarchy.

Thousands of mourners in the village of Sitra, east of Manama, chanted slogans calling for the ouster of the regime of the al-Khalifa dynasty, as well as songs urging unity between the Shiite majority and Sunni compatriots.

They chanted "people want to overthrow the regime" -- the slogan used by anti-regime protesters across the Arab world inspired by the uprisings of Tunisia and Egypt which brought down the former two strongmen of the Western-backed countries.

I just hope that the Gulf states version of the 2011 Arab revolutions won't lead to the same escalation in sectarianism which developed in Iraq 'thanks' to the US intervention.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 01:58:42 PM EST
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Britain under fire for selling arms to Bahrain - UK Politics, UK - The Independent

The British Government has been heavily criticised for allowing arms sales to a number of Arab governments that have cracked down on pro-democracy protests in recent weeks, killing scores of people and injuring thousands more in demonstrations across the region.

Since it came into office the Government has granted permission for weapons sales to countries across the Middle East and North Africa, including a licence for weapon-makers to sell tear gas to the Bahrain administration. The Government also sanctioned sales of crowd control ammunition to Libya, combat helicopters to Algeria and armoured personnel carriers to Saudi Arabia.

A Department for Business report on weapons exports, published in the third quarter of last year, gave the green light to British arms manufacturers to sell a number of crowd control products to the Bahrain government, including "CS hand grenades, demolition charges, smoke canisters and thunderflashes".

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 01:58:51 PM EST
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How Britain taught Arab police forces all they know - World Politics, World - The Independent

There was growing anger last night over the enmeshed relationship between authoritarian Gulf governments and the British military and police after weeks of democracy protests across the Arab world that met with violent state repression.

As demonstrators in Bahrain and Libya attended funerals and faced armed soldiers yesterday, campaign groups called on the Government to re-evaluate whether Britain should be so heavily involved in the training of Arab police and the military.

In the past two years, British police have helped train their counterparts in Bahrain, Libya, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Saudi Arabia through schemes run by the National Policing Improvement Agency, which organises overseas training. At present, there are three fulltime advisers working with the Bahraini police which was heavily implicated in the violent crackdown on protests in Manama this week.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 07:52:26 PM EST
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France24 - Formula One boss wants Bahrain protests to 'blow away'
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is hoping deadly anti-government protests will cease so the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix can go ahead as scheduled on 13 March.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 01:59:03 PM EST
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France24 - Death toll in Yemen mounts as police and protestors clash
A hand-grenade attack killed two anti-regime protestors and left 27 injured in the Yemeni city of Taez on Friday, while violent clashes broke out in Sanaa, witnesses said.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 01:59:19 PM EST
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From someone living in Sanaa I hear and read that the protests were slowly growing in scale and character the past few days. The mood changed since Mubarak stepped down.

The first protests, which had a more harmless character, always stopped before one o'clock in the afternoon - then people dispersed to chew qat. Since Mubarak's removal, the mood changed. The qat break no longer drew people away. Even before the violent outburst today, people were showing up on the streets carrying weapons - and there seem to be a lot of them in Yemen.

A notable divide runs between youth with a middle-class upbringing and the poor. The first debate the role of Facebook in tea-houses, the latter were collecting rocks.

It seems the rock-throwers are growing in popularity.

by Nomad on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 04:22:42 PM EST
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I think this, brought to my attention by Crazy Horse, should be recommended reading to understand how the protest movement got the better of Mubarak's police state. It's not the simplistic media narrative about Facebook. The Facebook guys fooled police by organising 20 protests in the 'modern' way (all of which were contained) as a diversion, and one more with leaflets and conspiracy.

On Jan. 25, the first day of protests, the organizers from the youth wings of Egypt's opposition movements created what appeared to be a spontaneous massing of residents of the slum of Bulaq al-Dakrour, on Cairo's western edge. These demonstrators weren't, as the popular narrative has held, educated youth who learned about protests on the Internet. They were instead poor residents who filled a maze of muddy, narrow alleyways, massed in front of a neighborhood candy store and caught security forces flatfooted.

...They sent small teams to do reconnaissance on the secret 21st site. It was the Bulaq al-Dakrour neighborhood's Hayiss Sweet Shop, whose storefront and tiled sidewalk plaza--meant to accommodate outdoor tables in warmer months--would make an easy-to-find rallying point in an otherwise tangled neighborhood no different from countless others around the city.

The plotters say they knew that the demonstrations' success would depend on the participation of ordinary Egyptians in working-class districts like this one, where the Internet and Facebook aren't as widely used. They distributed fliers around the city in the days leading up to the demonstration, concentrating efforts on Bulaq al-Dakrour.

On Jan. 25, security forces predictably deployed by the thousands at each of the announced demonstration sites. Meanwhile, four field commanders chosen from the organizers' committee began dispatching activists in cells of 10. To boost secrecy, only one person per cell knew their destination.

In these small groups, the protesters advanced toward the Hayiss Sweet Shop, massing into a crowd of 300 demonstrators free from police control. The lack of security prompted neighborhood residents to stream by the hundreds out of the neighborhood's cramped alleyways, swelling the crowd into the thousands, say sweet-shop employees who watched the scene unfold.

At 1:15 p.m., they began marching toward downtown Cairo. By the time police redeployed a small contingent to block their path, the protesters' ranks had grown enough to easily overpower them.

Unfortunately, even that doesn't work if the regime is determined to shoot at the masses.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 05:05:00 AM EST
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France24 - Military on alert after thousands rally against protester fatalities

REUTERS - Soldiers were deployed on the streets of Libya's second city of Benghazi on Friday, a witness said, after thousands of people took to the streets overnight to protest about security forces killing more than 20 protesters.  New York-based rights group Human Rights Watch said that according to its sources inside the country, Libyan security forces had killed at least 24 people in crackdowns on protests on Wednesday and Thursday.

The killings happened after opponents of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya's leader for more than 40 years, designated Thursday a day of protest to try to emulate uprisings in neighbouring Egypt and Tunisia which ousted entrenched leaders.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 01:59:33 PM EST
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According to Italian reports this evening, the city of al Beyda may be in the hands of the revolt, as well as the airport of Benghasi. The reports are not confirmed by independant sources.

The repression in al Beyda was reportedly particularly cruel, led by one of Gadaffi's sons, Hamis, with the help of Sub-Sahara mercenaries. This reportedly prompted a reaction by local police forces that has led to a retreat of the Hamis forces from the city. Three mercenaries were caught and lynched.

The unconfirmed take-over of the airport of Benghasi would prevent the arrival of reinforcements to assault al Beyda.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 04:34:53 PM EST
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Amnesty International has just confirmed that there are atleast 46 dead in the past three days.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 05:27:43 PM EST
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Amnesty put the Libyan deathtoll at 84 this morning.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 05:28:36 AM EST
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France24 - Nationwide 'victory march' marks one week since Mubarak's downfall
A quarter-million Egyptians have swarmed into Tahrir Square to celebrate the fall of deposed President Hosni Mubarak one week ago. The rally is also a reminder to the country's new rulers of the power of the people.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 01:59:47 PM EST
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France24 - Interim cabinet to convene amid rumours of Ben Ali illness
A family friend of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali told AFP Thursday that the ousted Tunisian president is seriously ill and in a Saudi hospital. The interim government said it would discuss his condition during a cabinet meeting Friday.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 01:59:58 PM EST
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Tunisian minister ridicules EU aid effort | EurActiv

"The figures put forward by the European Union are ridiculous and show that it has not understood the scale of the historical events in the southern Mediterranean," Industry Minister Mohamed Afif Chelbi told a conference in Rome.

The EU's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, said on a visit to Tunisia this week that the EU would disburse 258 million euros ($350 million) in aid to the country by 2013 and immediately unblock 17 million euros.

'Millions or billions?'

"When Ashton said 17 million, our minister thought he had misunderstood and asked: 'Millions or billions?' Once again, the European Union has not been up to the task of dealing with the region."

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 02:00:12 PM EST
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Andy Carvin (acarvin) on Twitter
LilyKhalil @acarvin We're finding it hard to swallow that Ben Ali & Mubarak r both in coma & Ben Ali died. No confirmations from journos in KSA.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 04:16:37 PM EST
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Egypt: prison guards killed scores in run-up to fall of Hosni Mubarak - Telegraph

The full extent of the carnage at Al-Qata Prison outside Cairo as guards fought back is only now becoming clear.

One prisoner, speaking from inside his cell, told The Daily Telegraph that inmates had drawn up a list of 153 men killed during a siege lasting a full two weeks. He described how as the men celebrated the fall of Mr Mubarak, a man standing next to him was hit by gunfire, an explosive bullet ripping into his head through the cell window.

"We started to cheer and shout," said the prisoner, whose name The Telegraph is witholding for his protection. "This man was standing here and was just shot through the eye. He died immediately.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 04:34:57 PM EST
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Fisk: 'They didn't run away. They faced the bullets head-on' - Middle East, World - The Independent
After Egypt's revolution, the people have lost their fear

"Massacre - it's a massacre," the doctors were shouting. Three dead. Four dead. One man was carried past me on a stretcher in the emergency room, blood spurting on to the floor from a massive bullet wound in his thigh.

A few feet away, six nurses were fighting for the life of a pale-faced, bearded man with blood oozing out of his chest. "I have to take him to theatre now," a doctor screamed. "There is no time - he's dying!"

Others were closer to death. One poor youth - 18, 19 years old, perhaps - had a terrible head wound, a bullet hole in the leg and a bloody mess on his chest. The doctor beside him turned to me weeping, tears splashing on to his blood-stained gown. "He has a fragmented bullet in his brain and I can't get the bits out, and the bones on the left side of his head are completely smashed. His arteries are all broken. I just can't help him." Blood was cascading on to the floor. It was pitiful, outrageous, shameful. These were not armed men but mourners returning from a funeral, Shia Muslims of course, shot down by their own Bahraini army yesterday afternoon.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 12:45:30 AM EST
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As I reported from Jadaliyya. they are not really "their own Bahraini army" but are a group of mostly foreign mercenaries. I tend to trust Toby Jones in the article I cited, since he predicted a day in advance exactly how the security forces would respond.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 02:44:19 AM EST
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Things are turning ugly in Libya.  

Gaddaffi is hiring mercenaries, reportedly at $30,000 (US,) a huge sum considering the average Libyan lives on $2 (US) per day. The regime is distributing weapons to supporters in Sirt.  Some army units firing on demonstrators, including reports of rocket attacks at the city of Benghazi, a stronghold of anti-Gaddaffi support.

Constant reports (tweets and Al Jazeera) of police and army units switching sides and supporting/protecting demonstrators.  Videos of Libyan armed protesters, some with heavy weapons.

Reports generals of the Army and Air Force as well as Colonels in the Army have resigned/been arrested for refusing to order their units to fire on protesters.

Reports protesters have seized radio station in Benghazi and are transmitting over the internet:


do not speak Arabic so I cannot confirm.

Reports protests are starting in Tripoli and other cities of eastern Libya, usually considered centers of support for the regime.  

Reports hospitals are running out of space and supplies as "bodies are pouring in."

(and on and on and on ....)

Civil War in Libya starting?

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 12:34:18 PM EST
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Now a diary by AT. Comment there.

Keynesianism is intellectually hard, as evidenced by the inability of many trained economists to get it - Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 01:58:22 PM EST
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