Police tried to separate pro and anti-government demonstrators in the
Yemeni capital Sanaa on Saturday.
A crowd of about 2000 protesters collided with a counter-demonstration of
supporters of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, which swept aside the police and
chased the protesters down Sanaa's main streets, dispersing them.
The pro-government crowd was armed with clubs and knives,
and the clash followed an incident last night when a demonstration
was broken up by gunmen. In that case the security forces stood by.
_________________ Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when open.
Mubarak delayed exit in order to move secret funds intelnews.org
February 14, 2011 - 'One of the reasons why Egypt’s disgraced ex-president kept prolonging his rule amidst ferocious anti-government protests this month, was to transfer billions of dollars-worth of personal assets into bank accounts around the world. British newspaper The Sunday Telegraph quotes a “senior Western intelligence official” who claims that Hosni Mubarak’s fund managers began transferring his extensive fortune to numbered bank accounts during the first days of the popular revolution in Egypt. The intelligence official told The Telegraph that Western intelligence services were “aware of some urgent conversations” within the Mubarak family about how to best protect their fortune from Egyptian and international financial investigators. The Mubaraks may have thus pre-empted the freezing of their accounts in Zurich, which was announced by the Swiss government on Friday. In this, Hosni Mubarak appears to have learned from Tunisia’s former dictator, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was forced to flee with his family to Saudi Arabia last month, without the benefit of his Swiss bank assets. The latter were frozen following an official request by the Tunisian government. In the case of Mubarak, whose vast $70 billion fortune is mostly managed by his son Gamal, it appears that most of his Swiss bank assets were moved to accounts in third countries in the days before his resignation and are thus “gone by now”' _________________ The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.
- Chinese proverb
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Another very significant and important move by the Amy:
Google executive Wael Ghonim and blogger Amr Salamahey, two of the
activists who organised the protests, say the military council has vowed
to rewrite the constitution within 10 days and put it to a referendum
within two months.
Based on previous army statements, that rewrite will cover range of
constitutional issues which the protesters have been demanding.
And this timetable is faster then even the protesters imagined.
The constitutional amendments will place the judiciary in oversight
of the fairness of elections to take place four months later.
Even the cynics and the cautious are now realizing this revolution
is a gift that keeps on giving --and that the Army is stepping up to the
mark again and again.
Each time a hot issue has been raised there's been no stonewall.
So far, so good.
Release of political prisoners the next follow-through.
Meanwhile, moves are afoot to cleanse state media of Mubarak loyalists:
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It seems the rising is becoming more appparent. The Sixth Wave is certainly moving quickly now, isn't it. I was listening to some older music today and caught this tidbit for some reason from a band I listened to years ago.
Islam is Rising, The Christians are Mobilizing. The world is on its elbows and knees, its forgot the message and worshipped the Creeds.
The The: Mind Bomb _________________ The Lies have always been different at every Level...
'Sheik al-Torture' is now a democrat Asia Times
February 9, 2011 - 'Sheik al-Torture already behaves as a president - while the actual president is still inhabiting his palace, playing video games, stashing money, but as a ghost. The regime, a brutal military dictatorship, remains an immovable subject - even while being denounced by the protesters as illegitimate from A to Z, from the executive to the legislative. The key point is that acting president Suleiman is the regime. If French philosopher Jean Baudrillard was alive, he would say this revolution never took place - except on the world's television screens.
I'm thinkin' Weekend at Bernie's
Anyone else gettin' that vibe?
Suleiman appears to be just the kind of person Washington wants in power there: "Suleiman may have an even better relationship with American officials than Mubarak did". _________________ Joseph Palmi: "What about you people, Mr. Wilson, what do you have?"
Edward Wilson: "The United States of America. The rest of you are just visiting."
Iranian police fire tear gas into protesters as unrest spreads across Middle East
Thousands of people marching illegally through Iran were targeted by police firing tear gas on Monday as the wave of Middle East revolution continued to spread beyond Egypt and Tunisia.
By Richard Spencer, Middle East Correspondent 7:35PM GMT 14 Feb 2011
Eye witnesses spoke of shots being fired and scores of arrests as demonstrators in Tehran shouting "Death to the Dictator" approached Imam Hossein Square. One protester was shot dead and several were wounded by gunshots, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.
Across the region, opposition groups seized on the success of 18 days of protest in the Egyptian capital Cairo and across the country to make demands for more political rights.
In Sana'a, Yemen, several thousand people calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down before the end of his current term in 2013 hurled stones at police who were attacking them with batons. Bahrain police fired buckshot at demonstrators, and there were also protests in Iraq.
In Egypt, military police moved in to clear the last remaining protesters in Tahrir Square, who had pledged to remain to ensure the army kept its promise to hand over power to a democratic civilian regime. Those who resisted were carried away by force to waiting unmarked trucks.
But in place of pro-democracy protests, many government buildings were surrounded by striking workers demanding higher wages and the sacking of bosses perceived as corrupt or as cronies of the collapsed regime of Hosni Mubarak.
The rapid ejection of first President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali of Tunisia and then, last Friday, President Mubarak of Egypt has caught Middle Eastern leaders by surprise.
Some regimes, including those not backed by the West, have moved quickly and harshly to prevent dissent from growing. Syria, which stifled early attempts to hold demonstrations, yesterday sentenced a 19-year-old woman blogger, Tal al-Mallouhi, to five years in jail for "divulging information to a foreign country".
In Iran, where both the government and the opposition claimed to be on the side of the pro-democracy uprising in Egypt, the authorities refused to give permission to a protest march which went ahead anyway.
Police surrounded the homes of Mirhossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi, the opposition presidential candidates whose defeat in 2009 elections set off weeks of protests in Tehran. While thousands of their supporters marched, witnesses and opposition groups said anyone seen taking mobile phone pictures or using public telephones was singled out by riot police.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailed the "courage" and "aspirations" of anti-government protests in Iran on Monday, and pressed Tehran to follow Egypt's example and "open up" its political system.
Washington is also closely watching events in long-standing allies such as Bahrain, home to the US Fifth Fleet. The small Gulf kingdom has an elected parliament but it has few powers to check the monarchy, which dominates the government. The monarchy and leadership are also Sunni Muslim, despite the country having a Shia Muslim majority.
By Monday night, police were blocking main streets on the island, after earlier firing rubber bullets and buckshot to disperse a number of separate protests.
In Egypt, Washington will also be watching the fallout with trepidation. The Supreme Military Council has met protesters' demands by dissolving parliament and suspending the constitution, but is left with few means to exert its authority other than by military force.
The army has promised to include opposition spokesmen in a cabinet reshuffle, and has also opened up talks with representatives of youth movements and bloggers who organised the uprising.
The military police alternately seized and consoled weeping demonstrators in Tahrir Square as they tried to clear the area yesterday morning.
"I will come back," said Ashraf Mohammed, 24, who was released from custody one hour after being detained. "They told me to give them some time to bring about reform, but I don't trust the army. It is our revolution, not their revolution."
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