The Tunisia effect: where next?

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Feb 17 2011 18:26

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http://iwpr.net/report-news/azerbaijan%E2%80%99s-opposition-warns-egyptian-scenario

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As Hosni Mubarak’s grip on power faded in his own country, opposition leaders in Azerbaijan stepped up calls for a statue of the Egyptian president to be removed from their capital.

The opposition leaders drew comparisons between the situation in their own country and the wave of popular protests in Egypt, saying events in Cairo should serve as a warning to other authoritative regimes.

The statue of Mubarak was erected in 2007 in Khirdalan, a suburb of the Azerbaijani capital Baku, and a local school was dedicated to the Egyptian leader’s wife at the same time.

“As if we don’t have enough idols and dictators of our own,” Panah Huseyn, a member of parliament until the November 2010 election, said in a statement.

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Feb 18 2011 00:30

Warning: graphic footage

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Feb 18 2011 11:58

Arms sales to Bahrain

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Foreign Secretary William Hague has said there is no evidence Bahrain is using British-made products to crack down on protesters.

Mr Hague demanded Bahrain's leaders involve opposition politicians in reforms, and said the UK's "strict" export criteria aims to prevent governments providing weapons for internal repression.

He told Radio 4's Today programme: "We have no evidence that they have been used."

Mr Hague added: "I'm not relaxed about it - we have very strict export licensing criteria in this country.

"We do not sell material to other countries that are likely to be used for internal repression or to fuel regional or international conflicts." ...

So what is he expecting arms to be used for then?

Bahrain

Bristol against the arms trade wrote:

In 2010, equipment approved for export included tear gas and crowd control ammunition, equipment for the use of aircraft cannons, assault rifles, shotguns, sniper rifles and sub-machine guns. No requests for licences were refused.

UKTI DSO has listed Bahrain as a key market for UK arms exports.

Bahrain was invited to attend the UK arms fairs: the Farnborough Airshow in 2010 and Defence and Security Equipment International in 2009. UKTI DSO supported the Bahrain International Airshow 2010, where it organised an outdoor event.

UK armed forces have been used in support of sales efforts, demonstrating arms to the Royal Bahrain Artillery.

Meanwhile in Abu Dhabi...

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The International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) is the largest defence and security event in the Middle East and North African region.



In 2011, the 10th edition of IDEX, takes place from Sunday 20th - Thursday 24th February, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.



Retaining the prestigious honour, IDEX 2011 will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

List of exhibitors at IDEX

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Feb 18 2011 12:06

Bahrain uses UK-supplied weapons in protest crackdown

The Guardian wrote:

Last night, the Ministry of Defence was unable to say what role the British military has supporting or advising the Bahraini defence forces through secondments or training programmes. Military analysts said the anglophile nature of the Bahraini elite made it likely. "The Bahrain military employs a number of British citizens as advisers on organisation and strategy in the ministry of interior and the ministry of defence," said Jonathan Eyal, the director of international security studies at the Royal United Services Institute.

According to the Foreign Office's own records and the Campaign Against the Arms Trade, the UK has also supplied Libya – which has warned in an SMS message that it will use live ammunition against protesters – with similar weapons and ammunition. Sales to both Bahrain and Libya were actively promoted by the UK government's arms promotion unit, the UK Trade & Investment Defence & Security Organisation.

Despite the widespread unrest throughout the Middle East and North Africa, British arms manufacturers this weekend will be attending IDEX, a major arms fair in Abu Dhabi, to promote sales throughout the Middle East region.

Examination by the Guardian of pictures of the injuries of the dead and injured taken at hospitals in Bahrain showed the tell-tale blast pattern of shotgun pellets, including on a young, seriously injured child who appeared to have been shot in the ribcage at close range. Credible witnesses to both Thursday's assault and a similar attack on a funeral procession in Manama describe police using shotguns, alleged to have been responsible for the death of mourner Fadhel Ali Almatrook.

Other licences granted for export to Bahrain by the UK included small arms ammunition and submachine guns.

Despite the warnings from HRW and other organisations of a worsening rights situation in Bahrain, the Foreign Office's own statistics reveal that the number of arms exports licences continued to increase in 2010 from 34 to 42 with no licences being refused. Arms exports to Libya, where lethal force has already been used against demonstrators, appear to have followed a similar pattern with exports last year including tear gas, and £3.2 million worth of ammunition including for crowd control...

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Feb 18 2011 12:10

Al Jazeera

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2:08pm Pro-government rallies being held in Bahrain's capital, despite ban on such gathering by police. Al Jazeera reporter says that strong police presence in other areas of city, with helicopters patrolling overhead.

12:27pm Friday prayers are over and strong police presence on some streets. Here is a picture that was uploaded on Twitter that shows tanks in the streets.

11:09am The funerals are taking place before the Friday prayers. Al Jazeera's reporter in Bahrain says that people taking part in the funeral processions fear for their lives

10:07am Thousands now gathering at grave yard for the funeral ahead of Friday prayers.

9:58am Funeral for some of those killed yesterday is now underway. People are very sad, but also very angry.

8:35am No sign of security forces in area where funerals are to be held. Hundreds have gathered and the funeral procession is preparing to start. 

8:23am The funerals of four people killed in Thursday's pre-dawn raid in Manama are expected to be held today and could well serve as a rallying point for protesters.

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Feb 18 2011 12:54

More live updates

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Guardian

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Feb 18 2011 12:33

Hague says he has "no evidence" of British arms being used to murder. He hasn't wanted to look at any of course and this makes his statement factually correct.

Reference Mark above, the British have finally stated that they have a naval base in Bahrain and Hague's visit last week showed him visiting a British army garrision. Where there's soldiers, there's special forces and these latter, along with MI6, have likely been "advising" the regime. The British ruling class once again accomplices to murder.

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Feb 18 2011 16:03

spain sells a lot of light weapons to israel. In libya's case spanish' stablishment must be hysterical, cos lybia is the most lucrative bizness for repsol-ypf: http://www.webislam.com/?idn=6124

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Feb 18 2011 16:26

More Bahrain killings this evening near Pearl roundabout.

Guardian

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4.01pm: Mark Tran has been speaking to Martin Chulov in Manama. He says:

The worst fears have played out to some extent. A small group of villagers marched to Pearl Square ... They were beaten back. There were a large numbers of shots fired. Most of them were warning shots fired in the air ... We're told it was only 100 or so villagers walking on the area; that was perceived as being something far more significant by the security forces, who had laid siege to that part of town, which is in central Manama. We understand that the shots were fired in the air, but we also believe that a couple of people have been injured ... They absolutely will not tolerate any dissent and nor will they tolerate demonstrators returning to Pearl Square ... It appears that [now] they [the security forces] have retreated back to their positions.

BBC

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1612: A witness to today's dramatic events in Manama tells al-Jazeera English: "[There were] only bullets. They didn't give us any [indication] so that we could just run away from them. They just started shooting us. Now there are more than 20 injured in the hospital. One guy, he has already passed away because he got shot in his head. And there are more than three injured. They will pass away in a few hours because... they have got shot... near their chest or near their heart."

AJE

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The circumstances of the shooting after nightfall on Friday were not clear.

A former Shia lawmaker said troops shot at the protesters and wounded several.

Jalal Firooz, of the Wefaq bloc that resigned from parliament on Thursday, said demonstrators had been elsewhere in the city, marking the death of a protester killed earlier this week when riot police had fired tear gas at them. The demonstrators then made for the roundabout, where army troops are deployed.

A doctor of Salmaniya hospital told Al Jazeera that the hospital is full of severely injured people after the latest shootings.

"We need help! Our staff is entirely overwhelmed. They are shooting at people's heads. Not at the legs. People are having their brains blown out," a distraught Dr Ghassan doctor said, describing the chaos at the hospital as something close to a war zone.

He said the hospital was running short of blood and appealed for help to get more supplies.

Police had no immediate comment.

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Feb 18 2011 16:36

Iran: http://antifateheran.blogsport.de/2011/02/18/iran-news-diese-woche-2/

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„Senior officers in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have written a letter to their commanding officer demanding assurances that they will not be required to open fire on anti-government demonstrators.
Following the recent violence that occurred during anti-government protests in Egypt, the officers argue that it is against the principles of Shi‘ite Islamic law to use violence against their own people.
In a suggestion of a major split within the Islamic Republic’s ruling hierarchy over its handling of anti-government protests, the letter has been circulated widely throughout the ranks of the Revolutionary Guards, the body responsible for defending religious system.“
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Feb 18 2011 16:38

Re Bahrain shootings

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4.32pm - Bahrain: Martin Chulov is tweeting from Salmaniya hospital in Manama. A man admitted with gunshot wounds has just died, Martin says.

• @martinchulov Just seen one man in hosp hit with live round in the head. In terrible shape. Not expected to live.

• @martinchulov Man shot in the head just died.

4.24pm - Bahrain: Lots of tweets flying around about medical treatment being denied in Manama. Reports unconfirmed as yet.

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Feb 18 2011 17:08

Meanwhile, news from elsewhere via le Parisien

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> In Jordan, witnesses and hospital sources assure that eight people were injured during a pro-democracy rally, calling for "political reform", an "elected government" and "end to corruption" .

These are the first recorded instances violence since the start of the protest movement in Jordan in January. Unlike other Arab countries, the protests had up until now taken place peacefully.

> In Syria, according to an opposition website which broadcasts from Dubai, all4Syria.info, hundreds of people demonstrated Thursday for more than three hours, in the heart of Damascus, to protest against the brutality of policemen deployed against an inhabitant . The rally quickly turned into a denunciation of police corruption.

The protesters remained more than three hours on site, blocking nearby streets. They asked the Minister of the Interior, who came to see them [!?!] to arrest the officers involved and bring them to justice, according to the website.

> In the Sultanate of Oman, Muscat, the capital, some 300 people, including women, demonstrated peacefully to demand wage increases and political reforms. Participants in the parade, the second of its kind in a month, traveled Central Avenue departments with banners proclaiming: "Stop the rise in prices," "Increase wages", "Allow Islamic banks' .

Couldn't say as to reliability of that source re the Syrian story. In the words of the acerbic comment reputedly passed on by Orwell from his war days in the Ministry of Propaganda - "good if true".

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Feb 18 2011 17:42

BBC - Kuwait

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1703: Some news now from Kuwait: Dozens of protesters are said to have been arrested in a big demonstration by stateless people demanding citizenship, Reuters reported

AJE - Basra

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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.[...]

Basra, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman... That's the length of the historic Al-Bahrayn region. The Saudis must be going spare.

Not to mention Yemen and Jordan. With the exception of the UAE and Qatar, there's not a country bordering Saudi that isn't in some kind of instability.

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Feb 18 2011 22:09

BBC eight o'clock tonight reports that anti-aircraft cannon (Britain supplied similar ordnance) was fired from military trucks over the heads of protesters in Bahrain. 300 doctors walked out of the hospital (and went back to work I should imagine); 60 protesters still missing (Channel 4 reports helicopters firing on demonstrations).

In Yemen the crowd were kettled by the police who then opened up and let the thugs in, directing operations.

There's reports on the former of demonstrations occuring in Tripoli, the home base of the regime. And there is another (one above I think) of soldiers joining the protest. All Libyan youth have to do some form of national service and it's certainly not a mercenary force like Bahrain. These, as much as anywhere in the region, will be mainly the sons, brothers, cousins, uncles, etc., of protesters. Unemployment here is at least as great as anywhere in the region.

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Feb 18 2011 22:50

Reports of protests in Djibouti

Al Arabiya

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Thousands of opposition supporters, mainly students, gathered in Djibouti Friday to demand President Ismael Omar Guelleh step down, witnesses said.



The rare demonstration in the tiny Horn of Africa country was organised amid mounting opposition to the president, who last year had the constitution amended to allow him to seek a third mandate in upcoming April elections.



"IOG out", read one banner, using the president's initials, as most Djiboutians do. "No to a third mandate", read another banner.



Amid a tight police deployment, the demonstrators gathered at a stadium with the intention of staying there until their demands are met.



Officials from the Union for Democratic Change, an umbrella group of three opposition parties, gave speeches calling for Guelleh's resignation.



The group's leader, Ismael Guedi Hared, told AFP before the demonstration that Guelleh should leave power and called for a sustained protest movement akin to those that have swept the Arab world in recent weeks.



"For the moment, our goal is to remove Ismael Omar Guelleh from power," he said.



Asked if he hoped for an Egypt-like scenario, he said: "Yes, that's it." ...


Businessweek reports a claim that police opened fire on demonstrators but this seems to be unconfirmed

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Police have opened fire on demonstrators in Djibouti, the Horn of Africa nation that hosts the only U.S. military base on the continent, according to the leader of an opposition party.

“The police are confronting demonstrators,” Mohamed Daoud Chehem, head of the Djibouti Party for Development, said by phone from the protest in the capital, Djibouti. “They have opened fire,” he said, without being able to specify if anyone was injured or what type of ammunition was used.

Chehem earlier said that as many as 20,000 people had joined the protest

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Exiled Djiboutian opposition leader Abdourahman Boreh, who is currently in London, put the number of protesters today at as many as 5,000. The demonstration may extend beyond today, he said in a phone interview.

“We will see how it goes,” Boreh said. “This is the first day. We will see how the government reacts.”


The U.S has had a base in Djibouti since 2001, while former colonial power France also has 3,000 troops stationed in the country, which is smaller than the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The republic borders the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden and is seen as a strategic location in the U.S.-led fight against terrorism and piracy.

Last month, Boreh called for elections scheduled for April to be delayed by as much as a year and for international monitors to oversee an electoral roll that includes 130,000 to 140,000 of the population of about 865,000.

Edit: BBC live updates, this is sounding more serious

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1954: Witnesses in Djibouti says the area facing the interior ministry has been blocked to traffic following Friday's unrest. Burned-out cars can be seen near the el-Hannan hospital and there are other damaged vehicles nearby

1744: There's a report of unrest in Djibouti. An AFP correspondent says police fired tear gas and clashed with thousands of youths calling for the president to step down.

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Feb 18 2011 23:20

Video of bahrain army shooting protesters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwnUQcKXmMM&feature=youtu.be

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Feb 18 2011 23:52

From CGT North Africa

Morocco, 20 February (in Spanish)

machine translation

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Feb 19 2011 00:08

Kuwait

Al Jazeera wrote:

At least 1,000 stateless Arabs have demonstrated in Kuwait demanding citizenship, leading to dozens of them being arrested by police, witnesses have said.

Ambulances rushed an unspecified number of wounded protesters and security forces away from the scene, with a witness telling the AFP news agency that at least five people were hurt, one of them seriously.

The protest in Jahra, northwest of Kuwait City, on Friday was the first in the Gulf Arab state since a wave of unrest began sweeping across the Middle East in December.

Security forces dispersed the demonstration, using smoke bombs and water cannon after protesters refused warnings to leave.

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Stateless Arabs, estimated at more than 100,000, claim they have the right to Kuwaiti citizenship, but the government says that ancestors of many of them came from neighbouring countries and they are not entitled to nationality.

Kuwait launched a crackdown on them in 2000, depriving them of their essential rights in a bid to force them to reveal what the authorities say are their true identities.

Authorities said that following the crackdown, some 20,000 of them disclosed their original citizenship and were given residence permits like other foreigners.

Many of them have no right to a driver's licence, cannot get birth certificates for their babies or death certificates for the dead. They are also banned from getting their marriage contracts attested.

Due to stringent government restrictions, a majority of them are living in dire economic conditions in oil-rich Kuwait, where the average monthly salary of native citizens is more than $3,500.

Most of the stateless claim to be Kuwaitis whose forefathers, who lived as Bedouins in the desert, failed to apply for citizenship when the state first introduced its nationality law in 1959.

Comment on the Guardian live updates

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To whoever is doing the live blog: I received reports from Kuwait that the state security had closed off all entrances and exits to Taima, Jahra where the Bedoon protests were taking place ''until security has been restored.'' - eg. they will brutally repress all dissent. 150 were reported as being arrested and 50 hospitalised. Police and state security were using tear gas, rubber bullets, water cannons and stun grenades - I posted footage of the water cannons firing on the protesters earlier, but it can also be found on Twitter and You Tube. 



And the vast majority of Kuwaitis, as well as Bedoon, are ''descendants of desert nomads'' so that is not a point of differentiation between them (nor is religion in case anyone's curious) - Kuwait was only colonised in the early 18th century by the Bani Utbah. The vast majority of Bedoon have been there as long as Kuwaiti citizens - you can find out more about their history here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_bidoon_in_Kuwait

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Feb 19 2011 01:31

The view from Saudi

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Remember, in a former post, when I said that Saudis were captivated and shocked by what happened in Tunis and Egypt but hadn’t collectively made up their mind about it? Well it appears that they have. Everywhere I go and everything I read points to a revolution in our own country in the foreseeable future. However we are still on the ledge and haven’t jumped yet.

I know that some analysts are worried particularly of Saudi Arabia being taken over by Al Qaeda or a Sunni version of the Iranian Islamic Revolution. Calm down. Besides my gut feeling (which is rarely wrong), the overwhelming majority of people speaking out and calling out for a revolution are people who want democracy and civil rights and not more of our current Arab tradition based adaptation of Sharia. My theory of why that is, is that Al Qaeda has already exhausted its human resources here…

In Qatif, a Shia majority area in Eastern Saudi, there is talk that there was a protest demanding the release of political prisoners yesterday…

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Feb 19 2011 07:05

Although these updates are confined to movements in the North African region, wouldn't you say that in fact, the movements have had a rippling effect globally - in Wisconsin and Ohio, for instance? And - who knows? - France had an effect on Millbank which had an effect on .... ?

Also, and more importantly, given that we're along the path to a new epoch of global revolts, it now seems essential to develop nuanced critiques of leftist parties/organisations and trade unions (independent or otherwise), given their very different histories in different countries, if we're not to end up very brutally (and brutalisingly) defeated yet again - and defeated in a way that doesn't learn new mistakes and successes.
But perhaps this is not the thread to be doing that in.

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Feb 19 2011 12:21

Confirmation of the Saudi protest

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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.

Shi'ite website Rasid.com said protesters gathered in the centre of the small town but stayed silent and did not hold up any posters to avoid provoking the authorities…

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Feb 19 2011 12:22

Bahrain trade union calls strike from Monday

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The main trade union in Bahrain, rocked by anti-government unrest this week, has called for a strike from Monday, a member of an airline trade union said.

"The Gulf Air trade union has told its members that the General Union of Bahraini Workers has called for a strike from Feb. 20," said a Gulf Air employee who asked not to be named.

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Feb 19 2011 12:40
Samotnaf wrote:
Although these updates are confined to movements in the North African region, wouldn't you say that in fact, the movements have had a rippling effect globally - in Wisconsin and Ohio, for instance? And - who knows? - France had an effect on Millbank which had an effect on .... ?

The other day I caught a local TV news report about the closure of swimming baths in Levenshulme due to cuts. One of the women interviewed, definitely just a local resident not a lefty, said they should be doing what the Egyptians were doing. So yes, the ripples are global, everyone is watching events, there aren't really any boundaries.

Samotnaf wrote:
Also, and more importantly, given that we're along the path to a new epoch of global revolts, it now seems essential to develop nuanced critiques of leftist parties/organisations and trade unions (independent or otherwise), given their very different histories in different countries, if we're not to end up very brutally (and brutalisingly) defeated yet again - and defeated in a way that doesn't learn new mistakes and successes.
But perhaps this is not the thread to be doing that in.

There's definitely a need for more discussion. A new thread would be a good idea.

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Feb 19 2011 12:55

Bahrain

EA liveblog

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1237 GMT: Different reports now, from Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times and American ABC News's Miguel Marquez, that protesters have made it to Pearl Roundabout and police have pulled back.

1225 GMT: Renewed reports on clashes near Pearl Roundabout, with police firing tear gas and ambulances en route to Suleimaniya Hostpital.

There are other reports, however, that police have pulled back from the other protest route on Dana Mall.

1110 GMT: The official statement from the Bahrain monarchy on the Army withdrawal from Pearl Roundabout (see 1017 GMT):

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His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces has ordered the withdrawal of all military from the streets of Bahrain with immediate effect.

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces has ordered the withdrawal of all military from the streets of Bahrain with immediate effect. The Bahrain police force will continue to oversee law and order.

1017 GMT: The Bahraini Army is withdrawing its force from Pearl Roundabout in the capital of Manama, after occupying it since Thursday's police assault on the opposition's camp.

The Roundabout, ringed with barbed wire, is now guarded by police units.

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Feb 19 2011 12:59

Found through the EA Liveblog: Bahrein trade union calls for strike on Monday

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Feb 19 2011 13:18

Will the House of Saud adapt enough to survive ... again?

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Feb 19 2011 13:31

Bahrain

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3:10pm Even as the crown prince appeals for calm, our correspondent in Manama reports that anti-government protesters are gathering at three locations around the Pearl roundabout, planning to march towards it. Police are also present, setting up barriers using barbed wire. 

2:54pm More details on the clash that took place after the military withdrew from Pearl roundabout. The police, who were positioned to take control of the square as soon as the military left, fired tear gas on jubilant protesters who had approached the square in their vehicles, honking their horns and waving flags. The police arrested several people at the square, with the Associated Press putting the number at 10.

2:28pm Our correspondent reports that while the military have pulled out of Pearl roundabout, they have repositioned themselves on surrounding streets.

A protest was scheduled for 4:00pm local time by doctors at Salmaniya Hospital, but people there now say that if there are casualties from the clash at Pearl roundabout, they will not hold that protest.

2:06pm Al Jazeera's correspondent confirms that only tear gas was used during the most recent clashes at Pearl roundabout, when protesters attempted to retake the square after the military pulled out.

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Feb 19 2011 15:40

China. I wouldn't hold my breath - yet. Still...
A call for 'Jasmine Revolution' in China...

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Feb 19 2011 17:16

Al Jazeera on Bahrain

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5:00pm People in Pearl roundabout were seen kissing the ground, clapping, laughing and crying.

Some wore white sheets symbolising their readiness for martyrdom, while others carried Bahraini flags, flowers and signs and chanted "Peaceful".

"People want the removal of the regime," they chanted as they marched back into the square that has been the headquarters for their revolt against the Sunni monarchy in the predominantly Shiite island nation.

4:00pm Bahraini riot police retreated from Pearl roundabout and thousands of anti-government protesters streamed back into their former stronghold in Manama.

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Feb 19 2011 17:21

Iraq

http://twitter.com/mtawfeeqCNN

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Iraq: At least ten people wounded in Sulaimaniy when hundreds of angry demonstrators rallied against KDP party and demanded other things.

Iraq: Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of #Sulaimaniya,north of Baghdad on Sat. Dozens of Kurdish security forces on stand by.

Middle East protests hit Baghdad - http://bit.ly/g9f4Q8