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Day of protest

by ceebs Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 01:33:43 PM EST

This Friday appears quite intense in the middle east, reports are coming in from several countries of clashes  So here's a place to drop general stories


we have Bahrain

PressTV - 'Army massacring Bahraini protesters'

The Bahraini military has opened machinegun fire on protesters who were trying to reach hospitals, injuring hundreds, in what appears to be an attempted massacre, medics say.

The Army has prevented ambulances and medics from reaching those wounded amid massive pro-democracy protests in Bahrain, Dr. Ghasam, a resident at Salmaniyeh hospital in Manama, told Press TV on Friday.

He said that the protesters were marching to hospital in silence to visit those wounded in the previous rallies, when they were ambushed by troops waiting near the hospital.

"They did not even chant anti-government slogans, they wanted to visit those injured on Thursday," Dr. Ghasem said.

He maintained that the massacre was planned in advance.

This picture is reported to be of the protest just before the army opened fire on protestors. But there is no confirmation as to time or location of this photo

Libya

Andy Carvin (acarvin) on Twitter

Hearing same, totally unconfirmed. RT @evanchill: A source in Benghazi claims that the city "has fallen" and is taken over by "the people."

Andy Carvin (acarvin) on Twitter

ShababLibya the radio station #gaddafi announced his coup from in benghazi is now no more, #Benghazi will make an announcement shortly #Libya #Feb17

Northern Iraq

Fresh protests hit Iraqi cities - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Violent protests have taken place at various locations in Iraq, with anti-government protesters rallying against corruption, poor basic services and high unemployment.

In Basra, the country's second largest city, about 1,000 people rallied on Friday, demanding better service delivery from the government, jobs and improved pensions.

They called for the provincial governor to resign, and blocked a bridge for an hour. Protesters shouted slogans saying that while Friday's protests would be peaceful, ones held in the future may not be.

"We're living in miserable conditions, no electricity, dirty, muddy streets. We have to make changes. We should not be silent," said Qais Jabbar, one of the protesters.

Yemen

BBC News - Yemen: Deadly grenade attack on protests

At least one person has been killed in Yemen after a hand grenade was thrown at anti-government protesters in the city of Taiz, witnesses say.

Reports say a car drove up to the demonstrators in the southern city and a passenger then hurled the grenade. A number of people were injured.

At least one other person was killed during a rally in the city of Aden.

Djibouti

BBC News - Djibouti: Ismael Omar Guelleh faces huge protest march

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Djibouti to call for President Ismael Omar Guelleh to step down.

The demonstrators were reportedly monitored closely by security forces in riot gear.

Mr Guelleh's family has governed the Red Sea city state since independence from France in 1977. The United States has a large military base in Djibouti.

The constitution was last year amended, to let Mr Guelleh seek a third term.

Jordan

BBC News - Middle East unrest: Clashes erupt at Jordan protest

Protesters have clashed with government supporters in Jordan, where crowds had gathered to demand political reform.

Eyewitnesses said a small group of government supporters attacked the protesters with sticks and stones in central Amman.

The police moved in to separate the two groups, but activists say eight protesters were hurt in the scuffles.

Protests in Jordan, much smaller-scale than in other parts of the Middle East, have been going on for seven weeks.

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Nicholas Kristof (NickKristof) on Twitter
ABt 20 patients so far, 1 nr death. Ambulances say many many more casualties but they are denied access.

Nicholas Kristof (NickKristof) on Twitter

Seems to be mostly rubber bullets. But terrible, gaping wounds, maybe meaning close range.

Nicholas Kristof (NickKristof) on Twitter

four ambulances were detained by army. others were blocked from picking up injured. but drivers were not beaten today. #bahrain


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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 01:37:55 PM EST
Bahrain: Dozens Injured As Troops Open Fire After Thousands Attend Funerals Of Killed Protesters | World News | Sky News

Eyewitnesses reported seeing army units shooting above the protesters and then at them, as they attempted to drive them back from security cordons near Pearl Square.

Around 35 people are injured, according to Sky sources.

It comes after thousands of people attended the funerals of four people killed in recent unrest, chanting slogans and calling for change.

There had been fears that the gatherings would spark further violent clashes.



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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 01:53:21 PM EST
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BBC Sport - F1 - F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone to await Bahrain developments

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone will wait for developments in Bahrain before deciding whether the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix can go ahead.

Concerns about the race on 13 March follow unrest which has seen three people killed and 231 injured.

Ecclestone initially told BBC Sport on Friday that he had been told there were "no problems" in Bahrain.

But he later admitted the situation had deteriorated, adding: "We should wait and see what happens over the weekend."

Ecclestone added that a decision could be made next Tuesday or Wednesday.

There are also reports that the team managers have been in a 2 hour meeting discussing wether the final testing session, due to happen in bahrain might instead be shifted to Barcelona. The Barcelona track is available on the requested dates.

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 02:06:09 PM EST
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Let's see how many people can be massacred by the Bahraini army for the sake of Bernie Ecclestone...

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 02:14:25 PM EST
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Thoughts on the season-opening race « Joe Saward's Grand Prix Blog

In the current circumstances it is difficult to understand how anyone can even consider holding a Formula 1 race in this country in three weeks from now. If the violence continues or if the security clampdown succeeds in stopping the people taking to the streets, then no-one in F1 would be safe travelling to Bahrain as the Grand Prix would offer such an opportunity for protesters to make their point that there would either be violence if the authorities tried to stop them going to the circuit, or the race would be held behind a cordon of tanks and military personnel.

Neither scenario is good for Formula One.

In any case, the teams, promoter and other interested parties, such as TV companies, will have trouble getting any insurance for their crews and equipment... There is clearly a case for force majeure and while some money will be lost for those who are shipping equipment to Bahrain, rather than flying it in and out, it is probably better for F1 if none of its equipment goes into Bahrain at the moment, as it is needed just a few days later in Australia.



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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 08:01:16 PM EST
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How thoughtless of all those dead people. I hope they're ashamed of themselves.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 08:03:20 PM EST
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http://www.totalf1.com/full_story/view/367344/Comment_The_Bahrain_GP_must_not_happen/
In one of the strangest interviews of recent times, the Beeboid constantly hmmmed (in frustration or delight?), as Bernie Ecclestone plonked his size fives right in it. Again.

The BBC is in between a rock and hard place, whilst cheering on the peoples uprisings of the Middle East and forever force feeding us its message in terms of Manmade Global Warming it is desperate to retain Formula One which, like one of its most popular shows, Top Gear, is starkly at odds with its fiercely political agenda.

Never has Bernie Ecclestone sounded as lacking in conviction or understanding. The interview, which sounds as though it was recorded whilst the F1 supremo was doing the washing up, sees him truly struggling, while his comment that "hopefully it will blow over" was truly cringeworthy.

There have been enough scandals in recent years, enough times when F1 has well and truly shot itself in the foot. Yet here is Ecclestone, with the aid of a Beeboid accomplice, willingly releasing the safety catch and seemingly taking slow careful aim at an appendage which already has more holes than a sieve.

If ever F1 needed a quick thinking PR person this is it, for as the Daily Mail prepares to publish another chapter from Tom Bower's tawdry tome, one wonders what will happen when serious journalists turn their attention on the sport.

By taking action now, by appearing to take a stance and definitively saying that the Bahrain Grand Prix will not go ahead, the sport can still come out of this with some vestige of honour. After the numerous scandals of recent times, what we don't need is for Formula One to make another serious mistake, another major error of judgement.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 11:44:13 AM EST
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BBC Sport - F1 - Bernie Ecclestone to let Bahrain decide on grand prix

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says he will leave the decision on whether to hold next month's Bahrain Grand Prix to the country's crown prince.

The season-opening race is in doubt following unrest that has seen six people killed after police fired live rounds at protestors demanding reform.

Ecclestone told BBC Sport that crown prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifah was best placed to make the call.

"He will decide whether it's safe for us to be there," Ecclestone said.

"I've no idea. I'm not there, so I don't know."

He added: "We won't advise people to go unless it's safe."



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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Feb 20th, 2011 at 07:16:23 AM EST
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Breaking: Bahrain Military Fires into Crowd of Protesters | UN Dispatch

BREAKING: Twitter is blowing up right now with reports that Bahrain authorities are firing into a crowd of thousands that is assembled for the funeral of those killed in yesterday's crackdown.

This could be a massacre underway.

UPDATE:  This is really happening, folks.  From Twitter user Muiz: "Hospitals not reporting wounds to body or arms, almost all are to the chest & head - live ammo from the ground & air"

From Al Jazeera English's Evan C Hill: "Our correspondent in #Bahrain reports live ammo, not birdshot, not rubber bullets, being used on protesters. #feb17″

From AP reporter Hadeel al-Shalchi:

"Protesters were carrying flowers saying they wanted to deliver it to police. Were shot instead. Blood on street now #bahrain"

"Protesters reached the #lulu square, sat down and army shot into them again #bahrain"



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 02:23:55 PM EST
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Yfrog Photo : yfrog.com/h7iu7bxj - Shared by RedhaHaji
Thousands at SMC. Crown prince wt authority for progress.


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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 02:25:56 PM EST
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Jon Williams (WilliamsJon) on Twitter
15 hours after arriving in #Bahrain, BBC journalist is finally allowed to leave airport, but even her mobile phone has been confiscated.


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 04:08:23 PM EST
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WikiLeaks (wikileaks) on Twitter
WikiLeaks to release over 100 new Bahrain revelations tonight.


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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 04:36:10 PM EST
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Cable Viewer
(C) King Hamad understands that Bahrain cannot prosper if he rules by repression.


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 05:42:11 PM EST
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Project on Middle East Political Science » Blog Archive » Arab Uprisings: Bahrain's Turn - Discussion of current events in political science in the Middle East.
As news of Bahrain's turmoil continues to develop, many wonder where the country's crisis is headed. Violence is now being used against peaceful protesters as protests enter their fifth day, and Bahrain's ruling family orders its army to turn on demonstrators. POMEPS and Foreign Policy's Middle East Channel have produced a wide range of high quality analysis over the past year on Bahrain. As part of POMEPS' recently launched Briefing series, a PDF is now available which highlights some of the Middle East Channel's best work on this small country which has recently rocked the Gulf.


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 05:57:09 PM EST
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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 06:50:06 PM EST
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Beyond the abyss | Mahmood's Den

Shocking video. Shocking and barbaric situation.

For all the naysayers, I don't think that any sane person can even dream of condoning such action, under any pretenses:

In light of the effective political societies' refusal to take up the Crown Prince on his offer for dialogue until the resignation of the government and the withdrawal of the armed forces and the riot police, the country is now at a critical fork in the road, the choice of which to tread must be decided before 3pm this afternoon when the street - not political societies - has decided to once again take to the streets from several locations and converge once again on the Pearl Roundabout.

Can you imagine the massacre awaiting your fellow compatriots there if the army is not instructed to stand down and get back to their barracks? The protestors - regardless of whether you agree with them, are Bahrainis just like you and me. They have legitimate demands and aspirations, again just like you and me, will you stand by the wayside, once again, and allow them to be mowed down and get their blood to flow on the streets of this country? How can we live with ourselves if we allow that to happen? Even animals have more compassion.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 08:58:18 AM EST
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BBC News - Bahrain unrest: Army withdraws from capital Manama

Armoured vehicles sealing off Pearl Square, the focal point of protests in Bahrain's capital, have withdrawn on the orders of the royal family.

Police have returned to fire tear gas at protesters trying to enter the area.

Earlier, the main Shia opposition bloc, Wefaq, rejected an offer from the king to hold talks aimed at ending days of unrest in the Sunni-ruled Gulf state.

The army's withdrawal and the resignation of the government were a condition for talks, the bloc said.

But a Wefaq MP has now told the BBC that the army's withdrawal was positive, and that the government's resignation was not a pre-condition for talks.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 07:31:55 AM EST
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Bahrain Protests: Police Fire Tear Gas In Manama Pearl Square As Army Withdraws | World News | Sky News
Police in Bahrain used tear gas in Manama as they regained control of the capital's main anti-government protest site.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 07:42:26 AM EST
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Simeon Kerr (simeonkerr) on Twitter
As military withdraws from Lulu, cars honk horns, goad riot police who are behind barbed wire next to Dana mall

Simeon Kerr (simeonkerr) on Twitter

Police negotiating with youth trying to march on Lulu. Say crown prince is promising change. Youth don't seem convinced. #bahrain


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 07:45:04 AM EST
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Sultan Al Qassemi (SultanAlQassemi) on Twitter
Bahrain Military Statement Number Two on TV: The Bahrain Defense Force has successfully completed its assigned task in maintaining security to maintain public security & stability for citizens & residents & was ordered to retreat  back to its camps today Saturday and prepare for any other duties. (Ends)


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 07:46:25 AM EST
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Simeon Kerr (simeonkerr) on Twitter
Police withdrawing from dana. Youth pulling back barbed wire.

Simeon Kerr (simeonkerr) on Twitter

Demonstrators approaching lulu, pearl roundabout. #bahrain


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 07:47:13 AM EST
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Bahrain: bankers didn't sign up for blood on the streets | beyondbrics | News and views on emerging markets from the Financial Times - FT.com

The Bahrain government has spent millions of dollars promoting itself as "Business Friendly Bahrain" lately. "Bullet-friendly Bahrain" more like, goes the grim joke now.

After a bloody clampdown on a peaceful Egyptian-style protest calling for more democracy, opposition members now fear that the violence, rising sectarian tension and challenges to the ruling family will translate into an erosion of the country's business standing.

Manama, Bahrain's capital, was once the Gulf's pre-eminent financial centre, primarily acting as an offshore banking hub for rich but closed-off Saudi Arabia. But in recent years it has lost momentum to Dubai, where international banks have flocked in recent years.

Bahrain still boasts the regional headquarters of BNP Paribas and remains an important Islamic banking and insurance centre. But it's been hit hard by the rising competition elsewhere in this oil-rich region.

Few bankers signed up for blood on the streets of the capital.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 07:48:38 AM EST
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Simeon Kerr (simeonkerr) on Twitter
Demonstrators retake lulu. Clashes reported elsewhere.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 08:14:55 AM EST
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Sultan Al Qassemi (SultanAlQassemi) on Twitter
Just in: BBC Arabic: Bahrain Hospitals receive 80 persons injured by rubber bullets & tear-gas.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 08:54:40 AM EST
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Babylon and Beyond blog: BAHRAIN: Celebrations break out as protesters retake Pearl Square
Thousands of Bahraini protesters flooded back into Pearl Square in the capital of Manama on Saturday afternoon after the army appeared to withdraw from the area following two days of violent clashes that killed several people and injured dozens more.

Angry crowds headed toward the square chanted "Down, down Hamed!" referring to the king, and "Bring down the government!" according to the Los Angeles Times.

CNN's Nic Robertson described "scenes of jubilation" in Pearl Square, despite reports of initial attempts by police to disperse the protesters with tear gas.



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 10:55:48 AM EST
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LA Times: Police let Bahrain protesters take square
Protesters celebrated Saturday in Bahrain when police apparently ran run out of tear gas and rubber bullets and allowed them to occupy Manama's symbolic Pearl Square.


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 10:57:14 AM EST
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Chan'ad Bahraini (chanadbh) on Twitter
Emotional scenes: Protester who has become clinically dead by rubber bullet is taken out of ICU in hospital http://youtu.be/oH_hDtG7aK4


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 06:36:28 PM EST
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Mapping Pro-Democracy Protests in Libya - Google Maps
This map has been created by compiling reports from trusted accounts on Twitter. Contact me via Twitter @Arasmus.

Because of the difficulty in properly translating Arabic names into English, reports including latitude and longitude data are preferred. Watch this video to see how to find latitude and longitude using Google Maps:


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 01:45:00 PM EST
Andy Carvin (acarvin) on Twitter
Okay folks, I say again: Libya is a confused mess. Take all of this with some skepticism. We simply don't know what's true yet.


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 01:51:55 PM EST
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Feb 17 voices (feb17voices) on Twitter
Audioboo: LPC: #Benghazi man:elec&intnet cut, sound of live gunshts, pleading4internat community 4relief #Libya #Feb17 http://boo.fm/b281957


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 03:34:25 PM EST
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Jon Williams (WilliamsJon) on Twitter
Developments in #Libya tonight. Al Jaz Arabic taken off air. Electricity cut in the coastal area of Benghazi, 4 tanks outside court house.


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 04:07:39 PM EST
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benwedeman (bencnn) on Twitter
Benghazi resident says no army, police presence on streets, except 3 tanks outside courthouse, tank crews speaking with protesters.

benwedeman (bencnn) on Twitter

Benghazi resident said Al-Jala hospital full of dead and wounded. Fears there will be government counterattack. #Libya


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 04:28:10 PM EST
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BBC News - Libya protests: Death toll mounts as unrest spreads

Rights groups say there is a rising death toll from clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in Libya.

Amnesty said 43 people had died in protests on Thursday, while other reports suggested dozens more were killed on Friday.

The government has blocked websites and shut off electricity in some areas.

State media outlets have warned of retaliation against anyone criticising Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The mainstay of the unrest is in regional towns and cities, where many people live in poverty.



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 06:43:42 PM EST
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Josh Shahryar (JShahryar) on Twitter
#Libya: Still no news whether Saad Gaddafi, the president's son, was captured by protesters in Benghazi. #feb17


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 07:46:11 PM EST
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Iyad El-Baghdadi (iyad_elbaghdadi) on Twitter
African mercenaries demand a safe exit out of Cyrene, or they will start executing the 150 Libyan soldiers in the camp.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 08:23:01 AM EST
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Sky News Newsdesk (SkyNewsBreak) on Twitter
Libyan hospital official says security forces kill 15 mourners leaving funeral for protests in eastern city of Benghazi.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 12:25:08 PM EST
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Libya forces 'open fire' at funeral - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Libyan forces have reportedly opened fire at a funeral in the eastern city of Benghazi, killing at least 15 people and injuring scores more as protests against Muammar Gaddafi, the country's long-time ruler, continued.

The victims on Saturday were mourning the loss of protesters who had been killed during anti-government demonstrations in the city during the past week, witnesses told Al Jazeera.

Reports of the deaths came after Human Rights Watch said earlier on Saturday that 84 people had died over the past three days.

Ahmed, a businessman and resident of Benghazi who declined to give his real name for his own safety, told Al Jazeera that hospitals in the city were overwhelmed with the number of dead and injured and were running out of blood.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 01:46:58 PM EST
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Protesters attacked as Yemen steps up crackdown - Bikya Masr

Amnesty International has urged the Yemeni authorities to stop using excessive force to control anti-government demonstrations as continued violence against protesters across the country reportedly left several wounded.

At least six Yemeni protesters taking part in what appears to have been a peaceful sit-in were reportedly seriously injured in the city of Ta'izz today when security forces attacked them with what eyewitnesses described as a hand grenade, with dozens more also injured.

Meanwhile, activists in the capital Sana'a told Amnesty International today that they had been surrounded by security forces, aided by men described as "thugs", who were firing at them and issuing beatings.

"The Yemeni authorities seem to be stepping up their crackdown on protesters and we are gravely concerned that if that continues, the death toll will inevitably rise," said Philip Luther, Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director.

"Yemen's government must allow people to peacefully assemble and protest."



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 02:12:59 PM EST
Game changer in Yemen as protests swell - National Yemen Headlines | Examiner.com

In Egypt and Tunisia, the stance of the military was pivotal in the success of popular uprisings;  in Yemen, it may be the tribes that are the determining factor. 

Anti-government protests across Yemen show no signs of abating. In Taiz, Yemen's largest governorate, many who arrived last Friday are still in the city center a week later. Their numbers have grown as citizens from outside the city center have joined the sit-in demanding the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.  A grenade attack today injured eight.

In Aden, security forces were reported shooting from rooftops. Four protesters were killed by gun fire this week and dozens injured.  Demonstrations against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in power since 1978, were also held in Hodiedah, Hadramout, Dhalie, Abyan, Ibb, al Beidha. Lahj and other governorates. The protests in the capital, Sana'a have gained the most international attention, because thats where the reporters are. In Sanaa, the state deployed deniable proxies, supposed pro-government protesters, to attack democracy activists with clubs and knives.



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 03:45:23 PM EST
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DJIBOUTI: Reform demands spread to tiny East African nation | Babylon & Beyond | Los Angeles Times

Testifying to the infectious fever of calling for democratic change, protests spread Friday to the tiny East African nation of Djibouti, where thousands rallied in demand that the president resign.

President Ismail Omar Guelleh has incurred the wrath of his countryman by changing the constitution to scrap a two-term limit that would have prohibited him from running for reelection in April.

The Guelleh dynasty has been in power for three decades in the nation of 516,000. Despite rampant unemployment and life expectancy of only 43 years, analysts predict that Guelleh would win reelection if allowed to run.



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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 03:38:03 PM EST
BBC News - Egyptians celebrate but military starts talking tough

Egypt's ruling military council says it will not tolerate any more strikes which disrupt the country's economy.

State television carried a statement in which the military said strikers would be "confronted".

Egypt's huge public sector has been hit by stoppages by groups including policemen and factory workers.

The army statement came at the end of a day in which millions of Egyptians had celebrated the victory of their revolution one week ago.

Cairo's Tahrir Square was again at the centre of events, with an estimated two million people gathering there to celebrate the removal of Hosni Mubarak and to pay tribute to the 365 people who died in the uprising.



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 06:44:37 PM EST
A Gay voice from Egypt's Tahrir Square - Bikya Masr

If the ongoing Egyptian people's revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak in just 18 days -- after 30 years of dictatorship -- quickly engulfed the whole country, its beating heart was always Cairo's Tahrir Square (in Arabic, "Liberation Square"), for many years a gay cruising mecca.

And gay people were among the millions of Egyptian citizens who made the revolution possible and joined the crowds who occupied the square to demand democracy and freedom from oppression.

This revolution was motored by young people through the Internet, and one of them was a well-educated, 22-year-old gay blogger and medical student who uses the pseudonym Ice Queer ("It's a pun on `Ice Queen,' as I'm a calm, cool person," he explained). He was present in Tahrir Square during much of the protest, including last Friday, February 11, when Mubarak finally fell.



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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 06:46:30 PM EST
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Veteran Egypt activist sees revolution as ongoing - Yahoo! News

CAIRO - He organized his first demonstration while still a student in 1998, then got arrested and tortured by Egyptian police two years later at age 23. Now he has seen the fall of the president he spent his adult life struggling against.

For 33-year-old activist Hossam el-Hamalawy, though, Egypt's three-week youth revolution is by no means over -- there remains a repressive state to be dismantled and workers who need to get their rights.

"The job is unfinished, we got rid of (Hosni) Mubarak but we didn't get rid of his dictatorship, we didn't get rid of the state security police," he told The Associated Press while sipping strong Arabic coffee in a traditional downtown cafe that weeks before had been the scene of street battles.

The activism career of el-Hamalawy typifies the long, and highly improbable, trajectory of the mass revolt that ousted Mubarak, Egypt's long-entrenched leader. Once a dreamer organizing more or less on his own, el-Hamalawy's dreams suddenly hardened into reality. The next step, he says, is the Egyptian people must press their advantage.



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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 07:55:41 AM EST
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Laila El Baradei (Egyptianwoman) on Twitter
  1. Egyptian Ministerial change expected very soon. Just waiting for military approval. #Egypt #jan25 about 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPad
    • PM Shafik has been speaking for an hour. he is trying to say he wants to change the cabinet but no one offered the position is accepting. about 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPad
      • Shafik Prime minister of Egypt is giving a hilarious speech about his attempts to change the ministers!! #Egypt #jan25


      Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
      by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 06:20:13 PM EST
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      In Egypt, Town Built on Patronage Is Test of New Order - NYTimes.com
      BAGOUR, Egypt -- In a town he represented in Parliament for 46 years, Kamal al-Shazli left his mark. There is the Kamal al-Shazli School on Kamal al-Shazli Street, around the corner from the Kamal al-Shazli Mosque, which is a little ways from the cafe where Mr. Shazli held court when he was the only man in town who got things done.


      Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
      by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Feb 20th, 2011 at 07:55:51 AM EST
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      Blog of the week: A revolution that suits Morocco - Bikya Masr

      By Mariam Altiji, a Moroccon blogger. This piece was originally sent to the Arab Union Blogger in Arabic.

      I am following the debate on February 20th, the set date for Morocco's march and I am concerned.  I am repeating to myself, "Do we not deserve an uprising that suits us?"

      Dense fog wrapped the call to protest, political parties leaders' calls reminded me of the many protests that often have turned into a chance to flex political muscles and settle scores.

      Out of past march experiences, I expect that each participant is now getting ready, mobilizing their followers to make it appear that they are the owners of the revolution and the more entitled to it. But I also expect them to wrestle over the leadership of the front row of the march, and this is how our marches became vessels to their likings.

      How will this change on Sunday and the speeches that are being used here and there does not promise a big change. Even in some human circumstances, occasions, were we were supposed to rise above political colors, it did not happen.



      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 06:45:23 PM EST
      Moroccans riot ahead of protests - Africa - Al Jazeera English

      Protesters have attacked a police station and premises linked to French firms in the Moroccan city of Tangier in a dispute over the local utility firm's management, organisers and residents have said.

      Saturday's violence came a day before a planned nationwide protest to push for political reform but there was no immediate evidence of a direct link.



      Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
      by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 01:48:39 PM EST
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      And now, Morocco « Ibn Kafka's obiter dicta - divagations d'un juriste marocain en liberté surveillée
      The revolutionary ignition of the Arab world initiated by the Tunisian revolution and fueled further by the extraordinary Egyptian revolution is a fact, as much as a sceptic like me would like to tone down the enthusiasm. Forget the diversions around the role of social media or the shameless fear-mongering about the role played - or not - by islamist movements, whether it be Ennahda in Tunisia or the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. These are mere side attractions. The main factor at play here is psychological - the sudden recognition amont the people that they can actually change their situation. Previous protests in Morocco since 1999 have been marginal, save the popular marches in 2000 for - and against - the reform of family law on March 12, 2000 (I'll leave aside the very substantial popular protests against the Israeli 2002 offensive in Palestine and the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, which drew millions of protesters across Morocco). The 2000 pro- and anti-Moudawana reform protests were however limited in scope and did not touch the overall political situation or equilibrium.


      Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
      by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Feb 20th, 2011 at 07:19:50 AM EST
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      Twitpic / O_El_Hyani
      Photos/Videos from O_El_Hyani


      Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
      by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Feb 20th, 2011 at 07:49:56 AM EST
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      Jordan protest turns violent - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

      At least eight people have been injured in clashes that broke out in Jordan's capital between government supporters and opponents at a protest calling for more freedom and lower food prices.

      The protest was the seventh straight Friday that Jordanians took to the streets demanding constitutional reform and more say in decision-making.

      Jordan's king enjoys absolute powers, ruling by decree: He can appoint and dismiss cabinet and parliament whenever at anytime.

      Amani Ghoul, a teacher and member of the movement that organised the protests insisted the protests will continue until their demands are met.

      "We want a complete overhaul of the political system, including the constitution, the parliament dissolved and new free and fair elections held," she said.



      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 06:47:23 PM EST
      Saudi Shi'ites hold small eastern province protest | News by Country | Reuters

      RIYADH, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Saudi Shi'ites have held a small protest in the kingdom's oil-producing eastern province, close to Gulf Arab neighbour Bahrain where unrest has cost six lives, local Shi'ite sources said on Saturday.

      They said a group of Shi'ites staged a protest on Thursday in the town of Awwamiya, near the Saudi Shi'ite centre of Qatif on the Gulf coast, to demand the release of fellow Shi'ites held in prison without trial.

      Top OPEC exporter Saudi Arabia fears that unrest in Bahrain, where majority Shi'ites are protesting against the Sunni government, might spread to its Shi'ite minority who mostly live in the eastern province, the source of Saudi oil wealth.



      Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
      by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 03:15:30 PM EST
      Sultan Al Qassemi (SultanAlQassemi) on Twitter
      1. NYT: Prince Nayef to invited prominent Saudi intellectuals: "Don't compare us to Egypt or Tunisia" (Nayef is most likely the next King) 17 minutes ago via web
        • NYT: Saudi Prince Nayef: Saudi is "immune" to the protests because it is guided by religious law that its citizens will not question" 18 minutes ago via web
          • New York Times: Unrest Encircles Saudis, Stoking Sense of Unease http://nyti.ms/fZdSWM "Saudi is the last heavyweight US ally in the region"


          Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
          by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 03:16:45 PM EST
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          reza sayah (sayahcnn) on Twitter
          Iranian authorities revoke press credentials for 11 international journalists accused of covering Monday protests #cnn #iran #25bahman


          Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
          by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 04:24:36 PM EST
          reza sayah (sayahcnn) on Twitter
          Security forces have cut off all outside communication with Mousavi, opposition website reports #iran #cnn #25bahman


          Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
          by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 04:24:59 PM EST
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          Jon Williams (WilliamsJon) on Twitter
          1. If Iran is barring UK ambassador return to Tehran, may be symbolic. @sgassIran due to move to Kabul as ISAF civilian head in April. 33 minutes ago via Echofon
            • Situation deteriorating in Tehran. Press TV report UK ambo prevented from returning to Iran. BBC Persian report tear gas fired in capital.


            Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
            by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Feb 20th, 2011 at 08:43:37 AM EST
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            Sky News Newsdesk (SkyNewsBreak) on Twitter
            Iran arrests the daughter of former President Rafsanjani for attending opposition protests - Reuters


            Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
            by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Feb 20th, 2011 at 10:41:26 AM EST
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            Ousted Tunisian leader hoarded diamonds, cash: TV

            Tunisia's ousted president stashed diamonds, gold and wads of cash in secret spots around his palace in the impoverished country's capital, according to video shown by state television on Saturday.

            Popular uprisings in January toppled president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali after 23 years of repressive rule, sending shockwaves through the rest of the Arab world and encouraging a similar revolution in Egypt.

            Ben Ali hid treasures behind curtains and in secret compartments behind the palace library, according to the video broadcast by First National TV, which showed millions of dollars and euros, diamond necklaces and gold recovered from the palace in Tunis' Sidi Bou Said district.



            Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
            by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 06:38:38 PM EST
            Watching the refugees arriving in Italy, I have noted that apparently Ben Ali's regime did a service for the EU by hindering refugees from reaching an EU country where they can apply for asylum. The buffer states of fortress Europe, making sure poor people do not follow their resources to the actual gates. I would assume Marocco does the same, and more countries to a lesser degree.

            Wonder what they get paid and if the revolutionary governments will reinstate the policy.

            Sweden's finest (and perhaps only) collaborative, leftist e-newspaper Synapze.se

            by A swedish kind of death on Sun Feb 20th, 2011 at 04:24:54 AM EST
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            You don't have to wonder about Morocco. They do.

            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 Sun Feb 20th, 2011 at 07:40:34 AM EST
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            Tunisia asks Saudi Arabia to extradite Ben Ali - Yahoo! News

            TUNIS (AFP) - Tunisia said Sunday it had officially asked Saudi Arabia to extradite deposed strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali whom it accused of "several serious crimes".

            A foreign ministry statement cited by the state news agency TAP said an official request had been sent through diplomatic channels for the extradition of the ousted president, who fled to Saudi Arabia January 14 after weeks of popular revolt against his 23-year regime.



            Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
            by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Feb 20th, 2011 at 02:08:48 PM EST
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            VietNamNet - SOCIETY IN BRIEF 19/2 | SOCIETY IN BRIEF 19/2

            Man killed as motorbike bursts into flame

             

            A man died on the spot when his motorcycle burst into flame on the street in Da Nang City Thursday.

             

            Eyewitnesses said they saw the flame sparked and burned the motorcycle into ashes on Bach Dang Street at noon.

             

            The burnt body of the driver was found on the sidewalks.

             

            Authorities said the man was identified as Phan Thanh Son, a 30-year-old IT engineer of the Da Nang Rubber Company.

             

            Local police are investigating the cause of the fire.

            The story that is starting to do the rounds on Facebook is that this was a suicide by fire protesting against corrupt expropriations. Also, beyond the current wave of protests, self immolation was also used in the 60's in Viet Nam...

            Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

            by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sun Feb 20th, 2011 at 09:46:10 AM EST
            Tweet of dissent in Algerian Army, two generals arrested.  

            She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
            by ATinNM on Sun Feb 20th, 2011 at 12:48:12 PM EST


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