The Tunisia effect: where next?

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Mar 12 2011 23:29
Mark.
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Mar 14 2011 09:44

This doesn't sound good. I wonder what the international response will be.

Bahrain

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Saudi forces are preparing to intervene in neighbouring Bahrain, after a day of clashes between police and protesters who mounted the most serious challenge to the island's royal family since demonstrations began a month ago.

The Crown Prince of Bahrain is expected to formally invite security forces from Saudi Arabia into his country today, as part of a request for support from other members of the six-member Gulf Co-operation Council.

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Mar 14 2011 14:10

According to Al-Jazeera, 1,000 Saudi troops have already been sent to Bahrain.

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Mar 14 2011 21:21

According to Channel 4 News the US administration is OK with it.

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Mar 14 2011 22:25

Yemen:

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Governor of Yemeni northeast province of Marib was stabbed in the chest while he was trying to break up anti-government protests on Monday, a local security official told Xinhua.

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Mar 15 2011 16:03
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Regarding #1, the US Government is broke. In fact they’re so broke than an aid to Nancy Pelosi (who I can’t stand) has revealed that[b] the US Government might actually shut down at some point in the near future.[/b]
As for #2, commodities will be spiking even higher

That's a bit crazy, ain't it? What does it mean that "the us government might shut down"? does it mean a welfare program or what?

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Mar 15 2011 17:17

I didn't write that, I was quoting it from zero hedge.I suspect it's slightly over the top, but the prediction of food riots has a ring of truth to it.

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Mar 15 2011 17:22

They're also stating that the stock markets are on "red alert" and there could be yet another financial crash.

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In plain terms, the financial system is RED ALERT. The question now is if additional liquidity can prop this giant house of cards up anymore.
We’re about to find out.

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Mar 15 2011 17:32

Apologies if this is a derailment, but I should add that all these stock market/currency predictions are pretty much gobbledeegook to me; for all I know the site is trying to manipulate things for its own financial reasons...

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Mar 15 2011 17:42

Oman (not at all sure what this is about):

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events occurred in Wilayats of Ibri and Dhank including assaults against public and private properties by burning, vandalising and cutting off the main roads

Maybe a continuation from the beginning of the month.

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Mar 15 2011 18:26

Syria: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/syria-revolution-revolt-against-bashar-al--assads-regime/2011/03/15/ABrwNEX_blog.html

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Mar 15 2011 22:45

Protesto da Geração À Rasca

200,000 out in Lisbon on Saturday

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Mar 15 2011 23:41

Martial law in Bahrain

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At least two people were killed in fighting between the civilian protesters and government-backed security forces that included Saudi soldiers invited into the kingdom on Sunday.

Hospitals were again teeming with wounded demonstrators in scenes reminiscent of earlier clashes in February, that severely tested the legitimacy of the US-backed government.

Soldiers were active in numerous areas that had been flashpoints in past clashes. Doctors and medical staff reported that troops had taken over a medical centre in the Sitra area and, in some cases, prevented them from tending to casualties. Doctors in the medical centre claimed they were being prevented from leaving by troops stationed outside.

"They are shooting at us, they are shooting," one doctor told the Guardian. "Get help, get the international community to help."

Up to 200 people were reported to have been treated at some point during the day, which is being seen as the start of a new phase in the increasingly bitter clashes that are steadily gaining a regional dimension in the Gulf.

Villages throughout Manama stationed militiamen at entrances and crossroads in attempts to keep security forces away. However, they were unarmed, outnumbered and unable to stop soldiers taking over neighbourhoods to search for demonstrators...

Links to videos, photos and reports from the Angry Arab blog

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Mar 15 2011 23:15

Oman

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Believe it or not, the peaceful sit-in that started in Salalah on February 25th is still happening. Every morning for the past three weeks, I've had to drive through throngs of sleeping protesters and placards demanding an end to corruption in order to get to my office. Meanwhile, a plethora of smaller peaceful protests have erupted at many major institutions in Salalah including the university and colleges. As for the rest of Oman, every major organization seems to be on strike, and everyday I hear of yet another sit-in happening at some ministry or other. Many of the demands seem perfectly logical to me, while others completely contradict the idea of a 'new' Oman. The protest situation may have gotten a little out of hand, but who can blame us? For the first time in decades, we've been allowed to criticize the way this country is run. Discovering that the government will tolerate our protests is unbelievable, but I suppose with recent events in the Middle East they have no other choice. Once the thrill of staging protests wears off, hopefully things will calm down… but then what?
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Mar 16 2011 00:18

General Strike in Bahrain:

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Voice of Bahrain - special
Revealed a senior official in the Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) stopped yesterday the company for the export of oil to the outside through the port, as a result of the general strike declared by the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions and trade unions in solidarity with the demands of protesters in the Pearl Roundabout.
The sources emphasized that the losses "BAPCO" to stop the export of between 96 to 120 million dollars a day.
On the other hand, the lower the share price of Aluminium Bahrain, Alba yesterday (Monday) 20 fils at a rate of 2.17 percent, to 900 fils per share, its lowest level since its inclusion on the Bahrain Stock Exchange in the (November 30, 2010).
Alba and lost market value yesterday on the Stock Exchange about 28 million, because of investor fears that the protests affect the productivity of the company and then backed down revenues, and profits distributed to shareholders.
http://manamavoice.com/index.php?plugin=news&act=news_read&id=6674
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Mar 16 2011 13:50

AJE: Bahrain forces attack protesters

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Security forces in Bahrain have driven out pro-democracy protesters from the Pear Roundabout in the capital Manama.

Helicopters hovered overhead as troops backed by tanks stormed the site - the focal point of weeks-long anti-government protests in the tiny kingdom - early on Wednesday, an Al Jazeera correspondent said.

Multiple explosions were heard and smoke was seen billowing over central Manama.

Our correspondent said the police backed by the military attacked the protesters from all sides and used tear gas canisters to disperse the crowd.

Protesters, intimidated by the shear numbers of security forces, retreated from the roundabout, he said.

Hospital sources said two protesters had been killed and hundreds of others injured in the offensive. The Reuters news agency said three policemen had also been killed.

Ali Al Aswad, a member of the opposition Wefaq party, told Al Jazeera that the government used Apache helicopters to shoot at peaceful protesters.

He said the situation was very bad and Bahrain was heading towards a disaster.

"The security forces are killing the people, we call upon UN to help us," Aswad said.
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current reaction from US & EU - not a whisper.

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Mar 16 2011 14:24

Detail from Al Jazeera English liveblog of Bahrain crackdown

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10:00am The AFP news agency is reporting that Bahrain's stock exchange has been closed until further notice; so are schools and universities.
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Mar 16 2011 20:38

Committee meeting in Tennessee disrupted.

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Mar 17 2011 14:55

Swasiland: http://www.times.co.sz/News/26811.html

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Mar 18 2011 10:36

Syria

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Mar 18 2011 15:15

Swaziland, almost 7000 protesters, in a land of one million inhabitants.

Mark.
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Mar 18 2011 21:50

Syria again. It looks likes serious protests have finally started.

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Mar 18 2011 22:28

The claws are coming out in Yemen. Al Jazeera:

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Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni president, has declared a nationwide state of emergency, after a violent crackdown on anti-government protests killed at least 41 people, and left scores more wounded, in the capital Sanaa.

Saleh said on Friday that the decision to impose the state of emergency was made by the country's national security council, but there was no immediate indication of how long it would last.

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Al Jazeera correspondents in Sanaa reported that many protesters were shot in the head and neck; most of the injured were shot with live ammunition.

That last part would seem to suggest that the protesters were fired on by snipers, meaning the Yemeni authorities intentionally planned on killing large number of protesters rather than just dispersing them with random gunfire as appeared to be what happened in Bahrain. In any case it seems that Gone-daffy has set a precedent, skip the recuperation and move straight on to ruthless repression.

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Mar 19 2011 17:56

Syria

Al Jazeera wrote:

Police in Syria have sealed the southern city of Daraa and fired tear gas at crowds of people gathered to mourn the deaths of two men killed by security forces, according to witnesses.

Thousands of mourners gathered in the centre of the city on Saturday, marching behind the coffins of Wissam Ayyash and Mahmoud al-Jawabra, who were killed when security forces opened fire on protesters a day earlier.

Mazen Darwish, a prominent Syrian rights activist, said police had sealed the city with people being allowed out but unable to enter.

He cited residents who did not want their names published for fear of reprisals.

Inspired by the revolts sweeping through the Arab world, protesters on Friday had called for political freedoms and an end to corruption in Syria, which has been ruled under emergency laws by the Baath Party for nearly half a century.

Three to four thousand people leaving the city's Omari mosque after midday prayers chanted "God, Syria, Freedom" and slogans accusing the president's family of corruption, residents said.

But in the most violent response in years to protests against Syria's ruling elite, five people were killed when security forces opened fire on the protest.

Smaller protests also took place in the central city of Homs and the coastal town of Banias, home to one of Syria's two oil refineries, activists said.

A crowd briefly chanted slogans for freedom inside the Umayyad Mosque in Old Damascus before security forces closed in.

The Syrian security forces, which stepped up arrests of dissidents since the Arab uprisings began in January, have a history of crushing dissent.

In 1982, Hafez al-Assad, the father of current President Bashar al-Assad, sent troops to put down a rebellion in the city of Hama, killing thousands.

Three to five killed in Deraa demonstration, unrest spreads

Egyptian Chronicles: Syria - the start of revolution

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Mar 20 2011 11:10

more on the protests in Syria on http://supportkurds.org/ (Syrian Kurdish solidarity page)

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Mar 20 2011 15:12

Worst police truck ever from Yemen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK5wLGQkuV4

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Mar 20 2011 16:02
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Worst police truck ever from Yemen.

In fact, the cops could have run over the protesters - but it looks like they chose to just get away in the end. So "best police truck" ever ...

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Mar 20 2011 23:57

Syria

Al Jazeera wrote:

Crowds have set fire to the courthouse and other buildings on a third straight day of demonstrations in the southern Syrian city of Daraa.

Residents said one person was killed and scores injured when security forces used live rounds against protesters. Witnesses said dozens were also taken to be treated for tear gas inhalation at the main Omari mosque.

Thousands took to the streets on Sunday, calling for an end to corruption and 48 years of emergency law and to protest the killing of five civilians in a similar demonstration two days earlier.

The headquarters of the ruling Baath party was set ablaze as well as two phone company branches. One of the firms, Syriatel, is owned by President Bashar al-Assad's cousin Rami Makhlouf, who is under specific US sanctions for what Washington regards as public corruption.

"They burned the symbols of oppression and corruption," an activist said. "The banks nearby were not touched."

An AFP correspondent said protesters also tried to march on the home of the town's governor, but security forces used warning shots and tear gas to stop them.

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Mar 21 2011 10:53

Morocco.

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Mar 21 2011 13:07

re Bahrain:

NYT: Crackdown Was Only Option, Bahrain Sunnis Say

...those dirty Shias, they had it coming! Another truly disgusting piece from the NYT, never failing to pimp the Israeli foreign policy line. But yet more evidence that the deal done at the end of last week for the Arab league to greenlight air attacks on Libya, was on the basis of a quid pro quo allowing them to crush Shia dissent in Bahrain and on the East coast of the Arabian peninsula (Operation Peninsula Shield).