Category Arab world

Six died in Bahrain’s capital clashes

. 18nth of February: [4] 11:51pm Bahrain forces fire on protesters – an MSNBC photo gallery 11:33pm A representative from the Bahraini teachers’ union has declared Sunday a national protest day, calling for all teachers to stay at home and for parents not to send their kids to school. 11:09pm A photo gallery from our web team in Bahrain: The funeral for 22-year-old engineering student Ali Ahmed Al-Muamin. 10:31pm Hospital

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Rebellions in the Arab World: News from Libya, Iran, Iraq and Egypt

LIBYA: [1]Protesters have clashed with police and government supporters in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, reports say. Demonstrators gathered in the early hours of Wednesday morning in front of police headquarters and chanted slogans against the “corrupt rulers of the country”. Police fired tear gas and violently dispersed protesters, the sources said without providing further details. The online edition of Libya’s privately-owned Quryna newspaper, which is based in Benghazi,

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Thousands turn out for pro-reform protest in Algeria…

Thousands of riot police tried to seal off the Algerian capital on Saturday to prevent activists from holding a banned pro-democracy rally a day after Egypt’s authoritarian leader was toppled. Police blocked off streets in Algiers and set up security barricades at strategic points along the march route and outside the city to try to stop busloads of demonstrators from reaching the capital. Armed police were also posted near newspaper

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Egypt: Breathlessly watching… (live streaming)

[1] Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, has resigned from his post, handing over power to the armed forces. Omar Suleiman, the vice-president, announced in a televised address that the president was “waiving” his office, and had handed over authority to the Supreme Council of the armed forces. Suleiman’s short statement was received with a roar of approval and by celebratory chanting and flag-waving from a crowd of hundreds of thousands

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Revolt in Egypt and Tunisia Continues…

  [portfolio_slideshow showtitles=false thumbs=false] . [1] Egyptians have been engaged in widespread protests against their U.S.-backed, authoritarian government for weeks. Massive rallies have occurred in all cities and towns. The movement so far has been leaderless and mostly nonviolent. The government has responded with violent thugs, army and police violence, curfews, and shutdowns of the Internet and phone systems. Friday developments: 1) Mubarak steps down Click here for more! Thursday

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Statement of protesters at Cairo’s Tahrir Square to the Egyptian people

[portfolio_slideshow showtitles=false thumbs=false] The President’s promises and the bloody events of Wednesday February 2 We the protesters who are currently on sit-in at Tahrir (liberation) square in Cairo since January 25, 2011 strongly condemn the brutal attack carried out by the governing National Democratic Party’s (NDP) mercenaries at our location on Wednesday February 2, under the guise of “rally” in support of President Mubarak. This attack continues on Thursday February

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The Egyptian revolution: Updates الثورة المصرية : تحديثات

A revolutionary, organic, engaged, democratic space has emerged in Tahrir Square. Numbers swell and fall throughout the day, people come and go, but intense and sophisticated political engagement remains a fixture. From debates about the relative merits of parliamentary vs presidential systems, to proposals about consititutional reforms, to suggested programmes of political transition, there is only one thing on everyone’s mind. Some debates are held around the numerous microphones, with crowds cheering or booing the speaker’s proposals. Some are held in small circles on the ground that attract passers by eager to listen or voice an opinion, all are open to everyone to participate.

Anonymous: Response to Honsi Mubarak

[1] President M. H. Mubarak: We are Anonymous. We, along with the rest of the world, watched and listened to the speech you gave to the Egyptian People. We were all deeply disappointed by your decision to ignore your people’s desires by continuing to cling to the last vestiges of power in the face of your overwhelming lack of support. Your reign as “The Pharaoh” has come to an end,

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Victory and liberty for Tunisian people! Down with the dictatorship!

The marvellous uprising of the Tunisian people has taken on revolutionary proportions. The coldblooded murder of more than 20 demonstrators by the police over the weekend did not have the effect the dictatorship hoped it would have. The result was not fewer demonstrations but more with even more people taking part who were more determined than ever not to be intimidated any longer. One thing is sure now: this tug

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