Damn you Gaddafi! May God help people of Benghazi…

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Libya: Benghazi Rises Against Gaddafi (Updated)

from Global Voices Online by John Liebhardt

Written by John Liebhardt

News organizations and people on the ground have reported that Libya’s army have shot at demonstrators in Benghazi protesting against the 42-year-rule of Muammar Al Gaddafi. Located 1,400km east of Tripoli on the Mediterranean coast, Benghazi is the country?s second largest city.

Middle East: The Dictator’s Handbook now in Bahrain

from Global Voices Online by Tarek Amr

Written by Tarek Amr

This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011.

All of a sudden, many ageing Arab regimes found themselves under the fire of their protesting peoples. The previously predicted wave of revolutions that is taking place in the Arab world has forced the rulers there to try all the tricks they know in order to save their thrones. However it seems that all dictators think alike, and copying each other is the dictators best plan.


Red Carpet for the King of BahrainBy the Brazilian illustrator, Carlos Latuff

A world roundup

from …My heart’s in Accra by Ethan

Some other stories I?m trying to follow, in addition to the news from Bahrain:

There?s very little news from Libya, as protesters take to the streets, especially in the eastern city of Benghazi. Libya tightly restricts press coverage, and the New York Times observes that while Libya hasn?t been able to prevent news from Tunisia and Egypt from inspiring protesters to take to the streets, it has been pretty effective at restricting news from Libya from reaching the global press. There are reports that Libya began blocking access to social media sites, and last evening, Libya disconnected from the internet.

2011-02-19 – #Libya, a Republic for the Masses?

Muammar al-Gaddafi came to power in Libya on the 1st of September 1969 through a military coup which proclaimed the Libyan Arab Republic, now he is the longest serving national leader that does not belong to a royal family. His stance on international affairs has mostly been conflictive and aggressive in nature, although after a long list of disputes such as financing terrorism worldwide or military clashes with the U.S. he moderated his policies seeking collaboration with international corporations, especially with the Bush Administration.

Morocco: ?I am Moroccan, and I Will Take Part?

from Global Voices Online by Jillian C. York

Written by Jillian C. York

Since the fall of the Egyptian regime, Moroccans have been planning a movement of their own. Taking place tomorrow, February 20, the ?movement for dignity? encapsulates some Moroccans’ frustration with a government that they believe has done little to combat corruption. The protesters are demanding constitutional reform, the dissolution of parliament, and the lowering of food prices, among other things.

Internet Restored in Libya, Google Maps Shows Up-To-Date Info

from Mashable! by Charlie White

Turkish NGO asks PM to return Gadhafi award

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
A Turkish NGO has called on the Turkish prime minister to return a ‘human rights award’ he received from Libya leader Muammar al-Gadhafi last year.

Glued to events in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Events in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain are moving fast, but the Guardian’s moment-to-moment coverage has me glued to my screen today:

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Bahrain’s crown prince: Not a fan of democracy

from Wiki Leaks by David Kenner

Watching Bahrain through a friend?s eyes, heartbroken

from …My heart’s in Accra by Ethan

Like anyone else trying to keep track of the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, the protests in Libya, Bahrain, Iran, Yemen and elsewhere, a pivotal election in Uganda, the ongoing collapse of the Ivory Coast, I?m feeling a little behind, a little lost, a little overwhelmed. In 2011, history has apparently accelerated ? it feels like a decade?s events are happening in a few weeks. I?m watching friends write books in weeks ? Micah Sifry on Wikileaks, my friends at Foreign Policy on the revolutions in the Middle East ? rather than the years these works usually require. It?s the opposite of the end of history ? everything is happening so fast that it?s hard to stop to reflect without missing the next chapter.

Yemen: Another Life Claimed on Eighth Day of Protests

from Global Voices Online by John Liebhardt

Written by John Liebhardt

Protests in Yemen against President Ali Abdullah Saleh entered into an eighth day on Saturday with more demonstrations throughout much of the country. Clashes between protesters and the military seem to be worsening by the day since the demonstrations began on February 11.

2011-02-19 More cables reveal corruption in #Bahrain

Every day the constant flow of leaks reveals why the people are fighting so hard to tear down the regime and write a new constitution: they show Bahrain as a country based on media manipulation, government lobbying and all sorts of corruption and trafficking of influences.

If Libya Shuts Down the Internet, What Happens To .ly Domains?

from CenterNetworks by Allen Stern

[Comment] The West must talk to the Muslim Brotherhood

from EUobserver.com – Comment

Radio Free Benghazi

from FP Passport by Blake Hounshell

Revolutionaries in Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, have taken over a radio station and are broadcasting their message on the Internet. Benghazi has long been a center of dissent against the rule of Muammar al-Qaddafi, who has ruled Libya with a mercurial iron fist for more than four decades

Too little, too late and too often

from From the field by arn
Crown Prince Salman has offered a dialogue once calm is restored to Bahrain.  This is a familiar tune, unfortunately.
Several major questions will determine whether productive dialogue is feasible:

2011-02-18 Cables: Human Rights Watch’s Torture Allegations Threaten Bahrain Government’s Credibility

from WL Central by kgosztola

Tunisia: Who?s to Blame for the Murder of the Polish Priest?

from Global Voices Online by Afef Abrougui

Written by Afef Abrougui

News of the murder of a Polish priest near the capital Tunis on February 18 was received with shock and grief by Tunisians. The Polish foreign ministry have said they are treating the murder as ?an individual criminal case? without connection to the current state of affairs in Tunisia, but in Tunisian blogs and social media, many theories prevail of who could be responsible and what the motive would be.

2011-02-19: Libya, Bahrain & others: Crimes against humanity, what can we do?

The world watches in horror as peaceful protesters particularly in Libya and Bahrain (but also in Iraq and elsewhere) are attacked by police or military forces using live ammunition. Even worse, in Bahrain, firstly at the Pearl Roundabout, not only did those armed forces prevent many injured from being removed from the streets for medical attention, they beat up the paramedics attempting to remove those injured. Here are graphic videos at Wikileaks Central the first of which is another Bahrani incident, (horrific scenes of dead and dying).

Arab World: The Uprisings Continue

from Global Voices Online by Amira Al Hussaini

Written by Amira Al Hussaini

Take a look at Global Voices Special Coverage on Bahrain Protests 2011, Egypt Revolution 2011 and Tunisia Revolution 2011.

It’s revolution time across the Arab world, with people rising and calling for political, economic and social reforms. Rallies, demonstrations and protests across the region are flooding our timelines, with heartbreaking news of how one Arab government after the other is using the same tactics to quash protests and silence the voices of dissent.

Morocco: Across the Nation, Demonstration

from Global Voices Online by Jillian C. York

Written by Jillian C. York

In the broader context of the Arab world, Morocco has one particularly unique feature: Whereas other countries in the region often have two cities of importance (Aleppo and Damascus, Algiers and Oran, Cairo and Alexandria), Morocco has bustling hubs of activity in its four imperial cities: Meknes, Fez, Marrakesh and Rabat, not to mention in its largest city, Casablanca, and the Mediterranean city of Tangier. Today, as protesters step out onto the streets to call for an end to corruption, constitutional reform, and the dissolution of parliament, their strength in numbers is distributed across these cities, as well as in smaller towns.

Egypt: Evolution of an uprising

from FT.com – Analysis
Focal point was the Arab world’s most populous nation, a US ally in a volatile region and one of only two Middle Eastern states to have formal relations with Israel

2011-02-19 #Jordan: The industry of war in the Middle East

A recent cable, from 2010, announces: ?Jordan continues to face some of the most troubling challenges of King Abdullah’s 10-year reign.¨ These problems are a deficit of USD 1.43 billion, unstable regional politics, originated from the continuous privilege of rural communities in the East Bank over urban communities with larger Palestinian populations, rigged elections and unequal political rights (09AMMAN813). The cables also reveal that this inequality is created by the government and pushed through by force: ?The King’s economic and political changes face domestic opposition from tribal leaders and an array of entrenched East Bank interests. The latter include many in the military, security services, and bureaucracy, who enjoy a disproportionate share of the current system?. (10AMMAN329).

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  • Claude

    I deeply admire the Middle East demonstrators. It takes so much courage. Tyrants can crush the bodies but they cannot destroy the human spirit.

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