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Fourth baby dolphin found dead on Horn Island

By KAREN NELSON - klnelson@sunherald.com

HORN ISLAND -- The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies has confirmed that a fourth baby dolphin has washed ashore on Horn Island,

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2011

Unrest in the Middle East and Africa -- country by country

By the CNN Wire Staff

 February 23, 2011 9:33 p.m. EST


For a very good interactive map of the region, click here

 

Demonstrations have spread across a swath of the Middle East and Africa. Here are the latest developments, including the roots of the unrest:

 

Wednesday's developments:

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2011

Greece general strike: Clashes erupt

BBC

23 February 2011 Last updated at 08:01 ET

 

More than 30,000 protesters marched to the Greek parliament

 

Police in Athens have fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators hurling petrol bombs and stones as a 24-hour general strike grips Greece.

 

The violence erupted during a rally by more than 30,000 angry workers near the Greek parliament. They object to the government's far-reaching budget cuts.

 

 

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2011

New Zealand Earthquake 2011: Magnitude 6.3 Quake Shakes Christchurch, South Island (VIDEO)

A strong earthquake shook New Zealand on Tuesday afternoon, according to reports. The 6.3-magnitude quake, per the USGS, shook New Zealand's South Island and its largest city of Christchurch at 12:50 p.m. local time. ... The New Zealand Herald reported that the quake's epicenter was Lyttelton with a depth of 5 kilometers, though it was felt as far away as Wellington and Dunedin per Twitter reports. It shook the Canterbury region, which has a population of approximately 500,000. Radio New Zealand reports "that some people have been killed." Radio New Zealand also noted some of the damage from the quake in Christchurch: a church collapsed, a bridge is impassible, the airport has been shut down and the mayor is urging people not to drive due to road damage. HuffPost reader Laura Campbell submitted these photos of the damage in Christchurch. A local New Zealand media outlet posted this photo of damage to Chirstchurch's historic Christchurch Cathedral. Videos of the quake are beginning to surface on YouTube. One video (watch below) shows shaking, presumably an aftershock, and fallen rocks among the damage outside Christchurch
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2011

Nations condemn Libyan crackdown

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Tue

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2011

Algeria Approves Order to End State of Emergency

VOA News  February 22, 2011


Algeria's Cabinet formally approved an order Tuesday to lift the country's 19-year-old state of emergency.

The Cabinet said the order will take effect after its "imminent" publication in the official gazette.  It is unclear exactly when this will take place.

Earlier this month, Algeria's Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci said the government planned to lift the emergency rules soon.  It was one of the changes promised by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the aftermath of weeks of anti-government protests.

Algerians have been demonstrating over high unemployment and food prices in protests similar to those that led to the recent ouster of the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt.

Algeria's military-backed government first imposed the state of emergency on February 9, 1992, the date marked as the start of the country's civil war.

It gave the military broad police powers to crack down on Islamist militants who gained support after an Islamic political party was prevented from winning elections a few months earlier.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.


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Tue

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2011

Indiana lawmakers boycott hearing on union-rights bill

CNN News Blogs

The vast majority of Democrats in the Indiana House have not showed up at a House hearing Tuesday which, in effect, blocks a Republican-supported bill that would reduce private-sector union rights.

 

Republicans - who make up 60 of 100 House seats - lacked the two-thirds majority needed for a quorum. Sixty-three lawmakers attended Tuesday's hearing.

 

Democratic state senators in Wisconsin similarly boycotted their legislature last week to prevent a quorum from passing a budget bill that would increase the costs of benefits to public employees and curb their collective bargaining rights.

 

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Tue

22

Feb

2011

Chaos Grows in Libya as Strife in Tripoli Intensifies

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TUNIS — Libya appeared to slip further into chaos on Tuesday, as Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi vowed “to fight to the last drop of blood” and clashes intensified between rebels and his loyalists in the capital, Tripoli.

 

Witnesses described the streets of Tripoli as a war zone. Several residents said they believed that massacres had taken place overnight......

 

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Tue

22

Feb

2011

Wisconsin Power Play

New York Times

By PAUL KRUGMAN

Published: February 20, 2011

 

Last week, in the face of protest demonstrations against Wisconsin’s new union-busting governor, Scott Walker — demonstrations that continued through the weekend, with huge crowds on Saturday — Representative Paul Ryan made an unintentionally apt comparison: “It’s like Cairo has moved to Madison.”...


Some background: Wisconsin is indeed facing a budget crunch, although its difficulties are less severe than those facing many other states. Revenue has fallen in the face of a weak economy, while stimulus funds, which helped close the gap in 2009 and 2010, have faded away.

 

In this situation, it makes sense to call for shared sacrifice, including monetary concessions from state workers. And union leaders have signaled that they are, in fact, willing to make such concessions.

 

But Mr. Walker isn’t interested in making a deal. Partly that’s because he doesn’t want to share the sacrifice: even as he proclaims that Wisconsin faces a terrible fiscal crisis, he has been pushing through tax cuts that make the deficit worse. Mainly, however, he has made it clear that rather than bargaining with workers, he wants to end workers’ ability to bargain.

 

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Tue

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2011

Ohio Unions Protest Collective Bargaining Bill

10TVNews

Tuesday,  February 22, 2011 12:21 PM

Updated: Tuesday,  February 22, 2011 1:55 PM

WBNS-10TV

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A hearing on a bill that could strip public employees of collective bargaining rights drew thousands of protesters to the Statehouse on Tuesday afternoon. 
      
Union leaders said their members and supporters will rally at the state capitol, as lawmakers continue hearings on Senate Bill 5, 10TV's Danielle Elias reported. 
      
The Republican-backed measure would end collective bargaining rights for state workers and restrict teachers, firefighters, police, and university employees.

 

The bill was proposed by Sen. Shannon Jones, and is supported by Gov. John Kasich. 
      
If the bill passes, it would end collective bargaining rights for state workers, and set up a merit-based pay system.

 

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Mon

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2011

China protests: China police show up en masse at hint of protest - latimes.com

A police officer disperses members of the public, most of them onlookers, and media outside a McDonald's after internet social networks called for a "Jasmine Revolution" protest in Beijing. (How Hwee Young / EPA / February 20, 2011)
A police officer disperses members of the public, most of them onlookers, and media outside a McDonald's after internet social networks called for a "Jasmine Revolution" protest in Beijing. (How Hwee Young / EPA / February 20, 2011)

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times.  February 21, 2011

Pre-announced demonstrations in 13 Chinese cities bring plenty of paramilitary, uniformed and undercover police, but not many protesters. Six people are reportedly detained overall


 

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2011

Morocco reforms: Tens of thousands march in Morocco for political reform - latimes.com

Thousands of protesters take to the streets to demand that Morocco's ruler, King Mohammed VI, give up some of his powers, dismiss the government and clamp down on corruption.  (Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times / February 20, 2011
Thousands of protesters take to the streets to demand that Morocco's ruler, King Mohammed VI, give up some of his powers, dismiss the government and clamp down on corruption. (Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times / February 20, 2011
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2011

Tunisian Refugees in Lampedusa

02/16/2011

 

SPIEGEL ONLINE

 

Tunisian Refugees in Lampedusa

'I Felt Very Near to Death'

By Katharina Peters in Lampedusa

 

They have come in the hopes of finding a better life: In recent days, thousands of Tunisians have landed on the shores of the Italian island of Lampedusa. Many are young men who feel let down by their homeland. They may soon be let down by Europe.

 

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2011

Chinese police rescue nearly 10,000 kidnapped children

CNTV

02-11-2011 10:12 BJT


BEIJING, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- More than 9,300 kidnapped children in China have been rescued since April 2009 since a nationwide campaign was launched to crack down on human trafficking, according to the Ministry of Public Security Thursday.

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2011

Time to panic about water - expert

News 24

2011-02-19 14:10

 

Johannesburg - South African metropolitans are heading for a major water crisis in 2020, a former director general of the department of water affairs has warned.

 

Mike Muller, who now serves as an adjunct professor at the University of the Witwatersrand and sits on the national planning commission, said at a Water and Energy Forum in Sandton this week that it was time for metropolitans to start "panicking" about their water supplies.


 

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2011

The Arab Revolution Saudi Update

SaudiWoman's Weblog

FEBRUARY 18, 2011 · 3:06 AM


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.

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Sun

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2011

Libya unrest death toll 'tops 200'

Dozens of Muslim leaders call for end to civilian deaths

after security crackdown on funeral procession of protesters.

Last Modified: 20 Feb 2011 11:25 GMT


 

Hundreds have been killed in Libya since protests broke out across the North African nation six days ago, according to rights watchdogs and eyewitnesses across the country.

Residents told Al Jazeera that at least 200 people had died in the eastern city of Benghazi alone, while the New York-based Human Rights Watch on Sunday put the countrywide death toll at 104.  The rights group said the figure was "conservative".

Protests have also reportedly broken out in other cities, including Bayda, Derna, Tobruk and Misrata.

In the capital, Tripoli, supporters of the government took to the streets in large numbers, and security forces prevented large demonstrations against Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year reign.

For more go to the article

 

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Sun

20

Feb

2011

Libya protests: More than 100 killed as army fires on unarmed demonstrators

Libya protests: Muammar Gaddafi has been facing international criticism for the violent crackdown in Benghazi. Photograph: Dai Kurokawa/EPA
Libya protests: Muammar Gaddafi has been facing international criticism for the violent crackdown in Benghazi. Photograph: Dai Kurokawa/EPA

World leaders condemn


Muammar Gaddafi


after army launches violent


crackdown on pro-democracy


protesters in Benghazi


 

Jo AdetunjiPeter Beaumont and Martin Chulov in Bahrain guardian.co.uk, Sunday 20 February 2011 11.39 GMT

 

More than 100 people have died over four days of anti-government protests in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi as Colonel Muammar Gaddafi confronts the most serious challenge to his 42-year rule as leader.

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Fri

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2011

History's Lost Black Towns

Black Americans have played a vital role in building this nation. Eager to live and prosper as free people, we have established our own towns since Colonial times. Many of these communities were destroyed by racial violence or injustice, while some just died out. The Root looks at the history of these lost towns.

 

There are 15 pictures in total.  Six of them are presented here.  

Press here to go to the article to see all the pictures.

 

 

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2011

“It is the women who have the guts in Pakistan”

A woman lights a candle next to an image of the governor of Punjab Salman Taseer during a candlelight vigil in commemoration of Taseer. - Photo by Reuters (File Photo)
A woman lights a candle next to an image of the governor of Punjab Salman Taseer during a candlelight vigil in commemoration of Taseer. - Photo by Reuters (File Photo)

 

The men in Pakistan need to step it up

 

greatly when it comes to supporting

 

women in social activism.

 

 

 

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2011

Wisconsin Crowds Swell to 30,000; Key GOP Legislators Waver

Protesters demonstrate at the Capitol Square in Madison, Wisconsin, on February 16, 2011. (Photo: Narayan Mahon / The New York Times)
Protesters demonstrate at the Capitol Square in Madison, Wisconsin, on February 16, 2011. (Photo: Narayan Mahon / The New York Times)

"I have never been prouder of our movement than I am at this moment," shouted Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt, as he surveyed the crowds of union members and their supporters that surged around the state Capitol and into the streets of Madison Wednesday, literally closing the downtown as tens of thousands of Wisconsinites protested their Republican governor’s attempt to strip public employee unions of their collective bargaining rights.

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2011

Wisconsin Union Vote On Hold After Democrats Leave State

Andy Manis / AP Protestors of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers pack the rotunda at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis. on Feb. 17, 2011.
Andy Manis / AP Protestors of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers pack the rotunda at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis. on Feb. 17, 2011.

Associated Press  By SCOTT BAUER

 

The Wisconsin Senate adjourned for the day after minority Democrats blocked an attempt by Republicans to vote on an anti-union bill by leaving the state.

 

As some 25,000 protesters filled the Capitol for a third day, the 14 Democrats disappeared around midday, just as the Senate was about to begin debating the measure, which would eliminate collective bargaining for most public employees.

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2011

Libyans in US allege coercion

The Libyan government allegedy paid citizens to attend rallies when Gaddafi visited the UN in 2009 [EPA]
The Libyan government allegedy paid citizens to attend rallies when Gaddafi visited the UN in 2009 [EPA]

In an apparent effort to control the public narrative in the wake of rare protests that have spread throughout Libya, the country's government is threatening to withdraw scholarship funding from citizens studying in the US unless they attend pro-government rallies in Washington this weekend, Al Jazeera has learned.

 

 

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2011

Clashes rock Bahraini capital

By Al Jazeera Staff in  Middle East on February 16th, 2011.
By Al Jazeera Staff in Middle East on February 16th, 2011.
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2011

Shy U.S. Intellectual Created Playbook Used in a Revolution

BOSTON — Halfway around the world from Tahrir Square in Cairo, an aging American intellectual shuffles about his cluttered brick row house in a working-class neighborhood here. His name is Gene Sharp. Stoop-shouldered and white-haired at 83, he grows orchids, has yet to master the Internet and hardly seems like a dangerous man.

 

 

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2011

Libya: Protests 'rock city of Benghazi

From BBC

Hundreds of people have clashed with police and pro-government supporters in the Libyan city of Benghazi, reports say.

 

Eyewitnesses told the BBC the overnight unrest followed the arrest of an outspoken critic of the government.

 

The lawyer was later said to have been released but the protests continued.

Pro-democracy protests have swept through several Arab countries in recent weeks, forcing the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt from power.

 

A call has been put out on the internet for protests across Libya on Thursday.

 

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2011

US military interests at stake in Bahraini unrest

Bahraini demonstrators run from tear gas Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, as riot police disperse a protest in the village of Duraz, Bahrain, outside the capital of Manama. Demonstrations broke out nationwide in response to calls on social media sites for major anti-government protests and were dispersed by riot police firing tear gas and chasing demonstrators. – AP Photo

 

From DawnCom

WASHINGTON: Unrest surging through the Arab world has so far taken no toll on the American military. But that could change if revolt washes over the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain — long-time home to the US Navy’s mighty 5th Fleet and arguably the Middle East anchor of US defense strategy.

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2011

Map of Uprisings to February 15, 2011

Countries in Uprising
Countries in Uprising
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2011

Unrest in the Middle East and North Africa -- country by country Feb 16 2011

For a more detailed map, press here

 

(CNN) -- Unrest has spread across the Middle East and North Africa. Here's a look at what has happened -- and what is happening -- in various countries

 

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2011

Breaking News: Obama says governments in the Middle East must recognize 'hunger for freedom'

Gene Thorp/The Washington Post
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Breaking News Alert: Obama says governments in the Middle East must recognize 'hunger for freedom' 
February 15, 2011 11:58:24 AM
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In the wake of the uprising that toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, President Obama on Tuesday sharply criticized Iran for using force against protesters and said that governments in the region "can't maintain power through coercion" and must recognize their populations' "hunger for freedoms." 

"The world is changing," Obama said at White House news conference, in a message directed at autocratic rulers across the region. "You have a young, vibrant generation within the Middle East that is looking for greater opportunity. ... You've got to get out ahead of change; you can't be behind the curve."

 

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2011

Bahrain Roiled After Second Protester Is Killed by Police

Protesters in Diraz, a village in Bahrain, were attacked Monday by the police, who fired tear gas and rubber bullets at them. By MICHAEL SLACKMAN and ALAN COWELL Published: February 15, 2011
Protesters in Diraz, a village in Bahrain, were attacked Monday by the police, who fired tear gas and rubber bullets at them. By MICHAEL SLACKMAN and ALAN COWELL Published: February 15, 2011
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2011

Clashes reported in Iran protests

Tear gas was used to scatter protesters at various points during Monday's banned protests in Tehran [AFP]
Tear gas was used to scatter protesters at various points during Monday's banned protests in Tehran [AFP]


Pro-reformist marches under way in Tehran

despite a heavy security presence

and police crackdown.

Aljazeera Last Modified: 14 Feb 2011 19:36 GMT

 

A day of protest in the Iranian capital of Tehran have been marked by clashes between demonstrators and security forces.

 

Thousands of demonstrators marched on Monday on Enghelab and Azadi streets [which connect and create a straight path through the city centre], with a heavy presence in Enghelab Square and Vali-Asr Street.

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2011

Gabrielle Giffords Brain Injury: Doctors Work To Help Giffords' Brain Rewire Itself

The New York Times added a number of encouraging details on Sunday night, including Giffords beating one of her nurses at a game of tic-tac-toe and using music to recover her speech:
The New York Times added a number of encouraging details on Sunday night, including Giffords beating one of her nurses at a game of tic-tac-toe and using music to recover her speech:

AP/The Huffington Post 

First Posted: 02/14/11 02:26 AM Updated: 02/14/11 04:05 PM

 

NEW YORK -- Compared to a sleek new laptop, that three-pound mass of fatty tissue called the brain may not look like much. But when it's injured, it adapts and rewires its circuits in new ways.

 

That's the kind of flexibility that doctors and rehabilitation specialists hope to encourage in Gabrielle Giffords, the brain-injured Arizona congresswoman.

Details about her recovery have been thin. But members of her staff say she recently began speaking for the first time since the Jan. 8 attack by a gunman in Tucson. Brain injury patients who regain speech typically begin to do that about four to six weeks after the injury, experts say.

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2011

Military rulers dissolve Egypt’s parliament

An Egyptian woman takes her son back after taking a picture of him with soldiers at Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Sunday (AFP photo by Pedro Ugarte)
An Egyptian woman takes her son back after taking a picture of him with soldiers at Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Sunday (AFP photo by Pedro Ugarte)

Excerpt from The Jordon Times

Monday, February 14th, 2011, 3:05 pm Amman Time

 

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's new military rulers said on Sunday they had dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution and would govern only for six months or until elections took place, following the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.

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2011

Clashes between supporters and opponents of the President of Yemen during demonstrations in Sana'a and Taiz

Arab News - Yemeni sources reported that police attacked demonstrators in the city of Taiz Monday, using live bullets and batons
Arab News - Yemeni sources reported that police attacked demonstrators in the city of Taiz Monday, using live bullets and batons

Article from 3rbnews.com and written in Arabic. The Google transalation is edited by Roger.

 

The sources said that eight of the demonstrators were injured when the police tried to disperse the demonstration by youth in the city. Witnesses said police used batons to disperse demonstrators.


In Sana police were seen attacking civilians, demonstrators who were university students at the entrance to the University of Sana.  Sticks and stones were thrown. Thousands of supporters of the ruling party took control of the Tahrir Square in the capital for several days.

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Egyptian PM says security is priority

Egyptian army soldiers surround remaining protesters on Tahrir Square as the military tries to help people return to normal life in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday morning, Feb.13, 2011. Protesters were debating whether to lift their 24-hour-a-day demonstration camp in Tahrir. (AP Photo/Manoocher Deghati)

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2011

Protesters press for voice in Egyptian democracy

An anti-government protester waves an Egyptian flag on top of a tank during celebrations in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt , Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011. Cries of "Egypt is free" rang out and fireworks lit up the sky as hundreds of thousands danced, wept and prayed in joyful pandemonium after 18 days of peaceful pro-democracy protests forced President Hosni Mubarak to surrender power to the military, ending three decades of authoritarian rule. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

 

 

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2011

Egypt's US envoy says Mubarak may be unwell

An Egyptian woman walks with her baby in front of a burnt out vehicle that was being taken away near Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt , Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011. Cries of "Egypt is free" rang out and fireworks lit up the sky as hundreds of thousands danced, wept and prayed in joyful pandemonium after 18 days of peaceful pro-democracy protests forced President Hosni Mubarak to surrender power to the military, ending three decades of authoritarian rule.

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2011

After Mubarak

from Dawn.com

2/13/11

 

WAS Friday the day the people of the Middle East began to reclaim their region for themselves? Amid emotional scenes that will live long in the memory of Egyptians and people across the world, the largest country in the Middle East celebrated the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year-old rule.

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Yemen protesters: "First Mubarak, now Ali"

Protesters in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sunday call for the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh
Protesters in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sunday call for the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh

From Mohammed Jamjoom, CNN

 

Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) -- Hundreds of anti-government protesters marched toward a presidential palace in Yemen on Sunday, calling for regime change in the Middle Eastern country.

Some of them chanted, "First Mubarak, now Ali," referring to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Hosni Mubarak, who recently resigned as president of Egypt after nearly 30 years in power.

 

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2011

Pro-democracy rally begins in Algeria, defying ban

About 30,000 police have been deployed in and around Algiers, reports say
About 30,000 police have been deployed in and around Algiers, reports say

BBC

12 February 2011 Last updated at 08:36 ET


Thousands of people are holding a pro-democracy rally in Algeria's capital Algiers, defying a government ban.

 

 

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An Active Pacifist by Carl's friend Martha Cuneo

Carl Haessler was from Milwaukee.  He lived a long life in a time of volatility in the United States.

 

He was a Rhodes Scholar whose entrance requirement in sports was met by his participation in a successful rowing team.  His tutor while there was Arnold Toynbee.

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2011

Introduction to Citizen Actions > Uprising > Egypt

Topic:  Uprisings

 

For a thought piece about Egypt and this uprising see A completely unpredictable revolution

 

For a short version of what has happen, let's start with a look at Tunisia's uprising.

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2011

Introduction To Citizens Actions Uprisings

Topic:  Uprisings

 

For an Excellent Video on the Role of the Internet Press Here


Let me start this with a little but true story from my life.  Martha just recalled it a couple of days ago and we talked about it in relation to what is happening in Egypt and other countries.

 

Early in our marriage when we were living in Detroit, the guy who was best man at our wedding (Donald Gibson - later to become an English Professor in an important University in eastern USA), was visiting us.  We were all in the family room, and Don was sitting back by a big window in a recliner playing his guitar.  Don is an African American who had been an activist while we were in college.  Martha asked him what he thought that people who were african american - who had been involved in the civil rights revolution - wanted.  He said he did not think they wanted any one thing or group of things - what they wanted was just their share of the pie.

 

It seems to Martha and me that at least in Egypt a big factor in these uprisings is that people do not have their share of the pie.


These articles seem worthwhile to read as a preface to the other material in this topic:

Who's Afraid of the Muslim Brothers;

The Arab Reform Dodge Cosmetic Concessions Aren't Enough

Country by Country

Map Of Uprisings To February 15, 2011

 

 

This topic is subdivided into several countries currently involved or just having gone through uprisings (this is February 2011) and with an additional subdivision of Timelines.

 

Also see maps, or other interesting articles, or look at various news sources

 

For more articles

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2011

Why Ghonim's passion reignited revolt

Just out of jail, Wael Ghonim is embraced by the mother of Khalid Said, who was allegedly beaten to death by police.
Just out of jail, Wael Ghonim is embraced by the mother of Khalid Said, who was allegedly beaten to death by police.

By Peter Bouckaert, Special to CNN

February 11, 2011 12:32 p.m. EST

Peter Bouckaert is the emergencies director at Human Rights Watch.

 

Cairo, Egypt (CNN) -- Few things to date have energized popular Egyptian protests against President Hosni Mubarak as much as the emotional interview given by Wael Ghonim, a 30-year-old Egyptian internet activist, almost immediately after his release from 12 days of detention by the feared state security police.

 

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2011

Murbarak resigns. A Peaceful Rebellion

EXCERPT FROM AN ARTICLE:

 

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 in Cairo's Tahrir Square, as well by pro-democracy campaigners who attended protests across the country on Friday. The crowd in Tahrir chanted "We have brought down the regime", while many were seen crying, cheering and embracing one another. Mohamed ElBaradei, an opposition leader, hailed the moment as being the "greatest day of my life", in comments to the Associated Press news agency. "The country has been liberated after decades of repression,'' he said. "Tonight, after all of these weeks of frustration, of violence, of intimidation ... today the people of Egypt undoubtedly [feel they] have been heard, not only by the president, but by people all around the world," our correspondent at Tahrir Square reported, following the announcement. "The sense of euphoria is simply indescribable," our correspondent at Mubarak's Heliopolis presidential palace, where at least ten thousand pro-democracy activists had gathered, said. Pro-democracy activists in the Egyptian capital had marched on the presidential palace and state television buildings on Friday, the 18th consecutive day of protests.

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2011

Egyptians hold 'Farewell Friday'

Pro-democracy protesters in Tahrir Square have vowed to take the protests to a 'last and final stage' [AFP]
Pro-democracy protesters in Tahrir Square have vowed to take the protests to a 'last and final stage' [AFP]

Aljazeera:  Protesters' new push to force president Mubarak to step down may test the military's loyalties.

 

Massive crowds have gathered in Cairo's Tahrir (Liberation) Square on Friday, chanting "the army and the people are one, hand in hand". Pro-democracy protesters had called for "millions" of Egyptians to take to the streets across the country, a day after Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's president, repeated his refusal to step down. In a statement read out on state television at midday, the military announced that it would lift a 30-year-old emergency law but only "as soon as the current circumstances end".

 

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Reports: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak may transfer power

Washington Post

By Craig Whitlock, Leila Fadel and Ernesto Londono
Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, February 10, 2011; 10:58 am

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/09/AR2011020905656_pf.html 


 

CAIRO -- President Hosni Mubarak will meet the demands of protesters, military and ruling party officials, the Associated Press reported Thursday, in the strongest indication yet that Egypt's longtime president may be about to give up power.

 

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Who's afraid of the Muslim Brothers

There are offshoots of the Muslim Brotherhood in countries across the region [EPA]
There are offshoots of the Muslim Brotherhood in countries across the region [EPA]

ALJAZEERA

Western fears of 'Islamism' have been aided by Arab autocrats seeking to prolong their iron-fisted rule.

By Mohammed Khan, a political analyst based in the UAE.

The views expressed in this article are the author's own

and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera's editorial policy.

Last Modified: 09 Feb 2011 08:10 GMT

 

"Islamism" has been sending jitters through Western political corridors over recent years readily aided and abetted by Arab autocrats who have exaggerated and harnessed the "Islamist" threat to prolong their iron-fisted rule.

In the case of Egypt, the biggest bogeyman in this long-running battle over political supremacy with the state is the Muslim Brotherhood (the Ikhwan al-Muslimun) whose influence extends across the Arab and Islamic world.

 

 

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Labour unions boost Egypt protests

Pro-democracy protesters have gathered outside the parliament, near Cairo's Tahrir Square [AFP]
Pro-democracy protesters have gathered outside the parliament, near Cairo's Tahrir Square [AFP]

From Aljazeera

Last Modified: 09 Feb 2011 14:38 GMT

Thousands of factory workers stay away from work as pro-democracy protesters continue to rally seeking Mubarak's ouster.

 

 

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English Houses in the Middle Ages

From delanceyplace  2/7/11 - private rooms

In today's excerpt - in the middle ages, English houses owned by the wealthy consisted primarily of a single great room called the "hall." The fourteenth century brought improvements to fireplace construction which allowed for second floors, which in turn brought an explosion in the construction of private, separate rooms - including the boudoir, literally "a room to sulk in." Even with this new privacy, residents still often copulated and defecated in full view of children, servants and friends:

 

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Egypt protesters unmoved by talks

Hundreds of people are resisting attempts by the army to restore order to Tahrir Square
Hundreds of people are resisting attempts by the army to restore order to Tahrir Square

BBC NEWS

7 February 2011 Last updated at 03:16 ET

 

Talks between the Egyptian government and opposition groups on tackling the country's political crisis have failed to end protests in central Cairo.

 

Crowds of protesters, who have occupied the city's Tahrir Square for two weeks, say they will only leave when President Hosni Mubarak stands down.

The government offered a series of concessions at Sunday's talks, but the opposition said they were not enough.

 

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Egypt unrest: Protests map CAIRO: KEY LOCATIONS

From BBC News
From BBC News
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The Arab reform dodge: Cosmetic concessions aren't enough

The Washington Post editorial Friday, February 4, 2011

 

LIKE EGYPTIAN President Hosni Mubarak, Arab rulers around the Middle East are trying to head off the swelling popular discontent in their countries while retaining political control. In the past few days, Jordan's King Abdullah fired his prime minister and cabinet and ordered a new appointee to undertake reforms, while Yemen's President Abdullah Salehpromised not to run for another term or promote his son. The Palestinian Authority announced it would hold overdue local elections, Algeria's president promised an end to 19 years of emergency rule, and even Syria's Bashar al-Assad assured the Wall Street Journal that he would initiate muncipal elections and loosen controls on the media.

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Some comments at the end of a timeline

There are already several timelines about the North African uprisings, and the intent is not to include another one.  If you want another timeline here is a connection: Another TImeline  I am mentioning it here because of the paragraphs at the end of the timeline, and because of the very nice map of the area.

 

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Map: North Africa

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TIMELINE: Revolt in the Middle East and North Africa To Feb 4

To Source:  National Journal

By Kenneth Chamberlain

Friday, January 28, 2011 | 6:10 p.m.

 

The fast-paced events in Tunisia, Egypt, and elsewhere in northern Africa and the Middle East during the past month or so can be confusing and hard to follow. Below is a basic outline of what has happened.

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'Alarming' Amazon Droughts May Have Global Fallout

Major droughts in 2005 and 2010 cut into the Amazon's ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Drought reduces carbon-absorbing tree growth, and opens the door to more forest fires, which release carbon into the air. Seen here, a Peruvian section of Amazonia.

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China restricts news, discussion of Egypt unrest

Chinese censors are apparently blocking online discussion of unrest in Egypt and sanitising news reports about it in a sign of official unease that the uprising could fuel calls for reform at home.

By AFP    Published: Monday, January 31, 2011


Chinese censors are apparently blocking online discussion of unrest in Egypt and sanitising news reports about it in a sign of official unease that the uprising could fuel calls for reform at home.

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Egypt's 'Friday Of Departure' Rally: Massive, But Calm

Egyptian soldiers stand behind barbed wire at the entrance of Cairo's Tahrir Square as anti-government demonstrators gather Friday by NPR STAFF AND WIRES  February 4, 2011

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters massed again in central Cairo for what organizers billed as a "Friday of Departure." After two days of clashes with supporters of the regime, their goal remained the same: Force out President Hosni Mubarak.

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Media in the line of fire in Egypt

As the situation intensifies in Egypt, journalists are increasingly targeted [AFP]Domestic and foreign journalists have come under siege amid the turmoil in Egypt.  Al Jazeera's online producer   Modified: 03 Feb 2011 13:34 GMT
As the situation intensifies in Egypt, journalists are increasingly targeted [AFP]Domestic and foreign journalists have come under siege amid the turmoil in Egypt. Al Jazeera's online producer Modified: 03 Feb 2011 13:34 GMT

Journalists in Egypt – domestic and foreign – are increasingly under siege, with Egyptian authorities detaining reporters and gangs of young men roaming the streets looking for anyone with camera equipment.


Some of the pressure has come from the government: Six Al Jazeera journalists were detained for several hours earlier this week, and while they were eventually released, their equipment remains with the police.

Two New York Times reporters were reportedly arrested – or "taken into protective custody", as the government termed it.

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Storm Wreaks Havoc In Australia

he storm destroyed hundreds of homes and fields of banana and sugarcane crops, worth millions [Reuters]
he storm destroyed hundreds of homes and fields of banana and sugarcane crops, worth millions [Reuters]

From Aljazeera The biggest cyclone to hit Australia in a century has left towns in the country's northeast shattered, but early reports suggested residents had escaped without serious casualties.

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Why Almost Everything You Hear About Medicine Is Wrong

Newsweek

Why Almost Everything You Hear About Medicine Is Wrong

Sharon Begley

by Sharon BegleyJanuary 24, 2011
If you follow the news about health research, you risk whiplash. First garlic lowers bad cholesterol, then—after more study—it doesn’t. Hormone replacement reduces the risk of heart disease in postmenopausal women, until a huge study finds that it doesn’t (and that it raises the risk of breast cancer to boot). Eating a big breakfast cuts your total daily calories, or not—as a study released last week finds. Yet even if biomedical research can be a fickle guide, we rely on it.
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A Completely Unpredictable Revolution Mubarak, the military, and the future.

Only fools would predict the unpredictable, and thus with the course of the Egyptian revolution. Imagine yourself as a pundit in Paris at the start of the French Revolution, the mother of them all. In August of 1789, you would have celebrated the “General Declaration of Human Rights,” an ur-document of democracy, as the dawn of “liberty, equality and fraternity.” Yet, four years later, the Terreurerupted, claiming anywhere between 16,000 and 40,000 lives. In 1804, one-man despotism was back. Except its name was not “Louis,” but “Napoleon.”

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Megaloponera Foetens or The Stink Ant

Mr. Wilson's Cabinet Of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology

by Lawrence Weschler by Vintage

 

"Deep in the Cameroonian rain forests of west-central Africa there lives a floor-dwelling ant known as Megaloponera foetens, or more commonly, the stink ant. This large ant - indeed, one of the very few capable of emitting a cry audible to the human ear - survives by foraging for food among the fallen leaves and undergrowth of the extraordinarily rich rain-forest floor.

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Colossal Storm Roars Through Nation's Heartland, Warnings From Texas To Maine

MICHAEL TARM   02/ 1/11 09:31 PM
MICHAEL TARM 02/ 1/11 09:31 PM

From Huffington Post

CHICAGO — A winter weather colossus roared into the nation's heartland Tuesday, laying down a paralyzing punch of dangerous ice and whiteout snow that served notice from Texas to Maine that the storm billed as the worst in decades could live up to the hype.

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TIMELINE: Revolt in the Middle East and North Africa To Jan 31

The fast-paced events in Tunisia, Egypt, and elsewhere in northern Africa and the Middle East during the past month or so can be confusing and hard to follow. Below is a basic outline of what has happened.

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Tunisia Uprising Drives Iron-Fisted Ruler From Power

ELAINE GANLEY AND BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA   01/14/11 11:53 PM
ELAINE GANLEY AND BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA 01/14/11 11:53 PM

From Huffington Post

TUNIS, Tunisia — After 23 years of iron-fisted rule, the president of Tunisia was driven from power Friday by violent protests over soaring unemployment and corruption. Virtually unprecedented in modern Arab history, the populist uprising sent an ominous message to authoritarian governments that dominate the region.

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New Jordan Government: King Abdullah II Dismisses Government

First Posted: 02/ 1/11 08:02 AM Updated: 02/ 1/11 08:34 AM
First Posted: 02/ 1/11 08:02 AM Updated: 02/ 1/11 08:34 AM

 AMMAN, Feb 1 (Reuters) - King Abdullah of Jordan, a close U.S. ally, on Tuesday replaced his prime minister after protests over food prices and poor living conditions, naming a former premier with a military background to head the government.

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AlJazeera English Blacked Out Across Most Of U.S.

First Posted: 01/30/11 05:00 PM Updated: 02/ 1/11 08:39 AM
First Posted: 01/30/11 05:00 PM Updated: 02/ 1/11 08:39 AM

WASHINGTON - Canadian television viewers looking for the most thorough and in-depth coverage of the uprising in Egypt have the option of tuning into Al Jazeera English, whose on-the-ground coverage of the turmoil is unmatched by any other outlet. American viewers, meanwhile, have little choice but to wait until one of the U.S. cable-company-approved networks broadcasts footage from AJE, which the company makes publicly available. What they can't do is watch the network directly.

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March of a Million People

The Huffington Post/AP First Posted: 02/ 1/11 12:29 AM Updated: 02/ 1/11 05:50 AM
The Huffington Post/AP First Posted: 02/ 1/11 12:29 AM Updated: 02/ 1/11 05:50 AM

CAIRO - Tens of thousands of people flooded into the heart of Cairo Tuesday, filling the city's main square as a call for a million protesters was answered by the largest demonstration in a week of unceasing demands for President Hosni Mubarak to leave after nearly 30 years in power.   More in Huffingtonpost

 

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