Just pointing out some facts about the benevolent one. Actually, speaking with an Egyptian Canadian (lives here, but ona return trip to Egypt was personally tortured for a period in an Egyptian jail), I learned (from this individual) that his torturer was indeed Sheik al-Torture, in person.
Just shedding some light on this cockcroach. _________________ The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.
- Chinese proverb
Just that there is a political spin coming
along with that article about el Turd-o:
If French philosopher Jean Baudrillard was alive, he would say
this revolution never took place - except on the world's television screens.
There was heavy spin coming out in the CIA Fakes after the initial
uprising to imply that the NWO was still running things. That article
has some. Its dated 9th Feb and events since then have proven the
Mourad Medelci, Algeria's foreign minister has said that the 19-year-old
state of emergency in Algeria will end within days.
Meanwhile in Egypt:
Wael Ghoneim has said that the reform coalition will submit the military
council list of candidates to fill the post of prime minister for the next phase.
Meanwhile, in other positive developments:
--The Army has appointed Tareq al-Bishry, a retired judge, to head a
committee set up to suggest constitutional changes. Al-Bishry was a
strong supporter of an independent judiciary during Hosni Mubarak's
rule and is respected in legal circles for his independent views.
--Adly Fayed, the director of public security at the interior ministry,
and Ismail El Shaer, Cairo's security chief, have been sacked for their
involvement in the decision to open fire on pro-democracy demonstrators
during the uprising.
--The Muslim Brotherhood said on Tuesday it intended to form a
political party once democracy was established, but a senior leader in the
Brotherhood, said the movement would not run any candidate for planned
presidential elections, acknowledging that such a move would be too
controversial. _________________ Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when open.
New Protest in Iraqi City After Clashes With Police New York Times
February 17, 2011 - 'About 1,000 protesters took to the streets of the eastern Iraqi city of Kut on Thursday demanding the release of 45 people arrested a day earlier after clashes with security forces that left 3 dead.
The protesters, who are part of a group called Youth of Kut, have called on the province’s governor, Latif Hamad al-Tarfa, to resign over accusations that he stole money from the government and failed to improve the economy and electric supply. A donkey with the word “the governor” scrawled on its side stood with demonstrators in front of the headquarters on Thursday.
On Wednesday protesters set the provincial government headquarters and governor’s home on fire after security forces fired on them as they threw rocks at the headquarters, demanding that the govern resign. Three people died in the melee and at least 27 were injured, including a security officer. The protests in Kut on Wednesday were far more violent than others that have popped up around Iraq over the past few weeks as unrest has spread throughout the Middle East.'
_________________ The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.
- Chinese proverb
Yemeni government criticising Al Jazeera saying there is reckless
misleading propaganda by media aimed at destabilising #Yemen..
In an interview with the BBC, Saudi Arabia's prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz
says there is a danger the protests in Bahrain could spill into Saudi Arabia if
there will not be serious reforms in the kingdom. Prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz -
a known liberal - is the father of billionaire price Al Waleed Bin Talal.
Independent sources say shooting at protesters in Mansoura, Aden
region, is done by snipers from rooftops !! #yemen
Al Jazeera's correspondent says that three more bodies are being kept
in the morgue of Salmaniya hospital. There are also reports of another
victim - a young girl. Two more patients are fighting for their lives in the
hospital. There are also a lot of missing people.
A medical source told our correspondent that the army
may have taken away bodies in a refrigerated truck.
Bahrain's foreign minister Khalid al Khalifa on state TV denies that
Bahraini authorities used live fire the disperse pro-reform demonstrators.
At a news conference he called the deaths of three protestors during the
police raid a "regrettable accident". Police action was necessary to
pull Bahrain back from the "brink of a sectarian abyss", he said.
_________________ Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when open.
Bahrain royal family orders army to turn on the people
Bahrain's ruling family has defied mounting international criticism by ordering the army to turn on its people for the first time since pro-reform demonstrations erupted five days ago.
By Adrian Blomfield, Manama 8:32PM GMT 18 Feb 2011
As protesters attempted to converge on Pearl Roundabout, a landmark in the capital Manama that has become the principal rallying point of the uprising, soldiers stationed in a nearby skyscraper opened fire.
Since they took to the streets, Bahrain's protesters have come to expect violence and even death at the hands of the kingdom's security forces. At least five people were killed before yesterday's protests.
But this was on a different scale of magnitude.
As they drew near, they were met first with tear gas and then with bursts of live ammunition.
Many fled the first salvoes, scrambling down empty streets as the shots rang out behind them.
As they ran, terror and disbelief flashed across their faces. One man shouted: "They are killing our people! They are killing our people."
Cowering behind a wall, a woman wept, her body shaking in fear.
But many refused to run, initially at least, determined to defy the violence being visited upon them. Some held their hands in the air and shouted "Peaceful! Peaceful!".
The shooting resumed. One man crumpled to the ground, blood pouring from his leg; nearby a second was also felled. A scream went up: "live ammunition!"
As security forces then began to fire anti-air craft guns over their heads and the air filled with tear gas, the protesters' will finally broke.
But even as they fled in headlong panic, a helicopter sprayed gunfire at them and more fell. Paramedics from ambulances that had rushed to the scene darted forward to help the wounded, but they too were shot at. Several were detained and at least one ambulance was impounded.
Doctors at the nearby Salmaniyah hospital said they had received 32 wounded people, nine of whom were in a critical condition. There were unconfirmed reports of two deaths at Pearl Roundabout, but witnesses said the bodies had been seized by the army.
Those caught up in the violence were mourners, returning from funerals of three people killed before dawn the previous day when police opened fire on protesters, many of whom were asleep, in a successful bid to regain control of Pearl Roundabout.
Thousands thronged the body of Ali Ahmad al-Moumen as it was born aloft down the streets of Sitra, a poor Shia village near Manama.
Despite the violence, many said the death of Moumen and other protesters had only increased their determination to press ahead with the protests.
"The regime has failed to stop us," Abdulwahab Hussein, a senior Shia Muslim leader, told the crowd. "Their action shows that they are strong and we are weak."
Most of the protesters are members of Bahrain's long-marginalised Shia majority.
They say they are not demanding the abdication of Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Bahrain's Sunni king, but they are calling for a constitutional monarchy that would treat the Shia fairly and make them equal subjects in his kingdom.
But they are demanding the resignation of his uncle Khalifa bin Sulman Al Khalifa, who has served as prime minister for 39 years.
During his rule, the protesters say, the Shia have been turned into second class citizens, deprived of jobs in the army, police force and government while Sunnis from abroad have been given Bahraini citizenship to alter the kingdom's demographic balance.
Government officials in Bahrain have warned that the Shia opposition is controlled by Iran, which seeks to use the kingdom to establish a foothold on the Arabian peninsula.
Protesters insist that they have no love for Iran and are only seeking justice for themselves.
Should have seen this coming, post-Yemen uprising (or should that be pre-Yemen uprising?):
Djiboutians rally to oust president
Police use tear gas to disperse thousands demonstrating in East African nation to demand Ismail Omar Guelleh step down.
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2011 19:13 GMT
Thousands of demonstrators have rallied in the East African nation of Djibouti to demand that president Ismail Omar Guelleh resign, the latest in a series of demonstrations spurred on by political protests across Africa and the Middle East.
Amid a tight police deployment, the demonstrators gathered at a stadium on Friday with the intention of staying there until their demands were met.
But the demonstration escalated into clashes after dusk, as authorities used batons and tear gas against stone-throwing protesters.
Guelleh has served two terms and faces an election in April, but critics are concerned by changes he made to the constitution last year that scrapped a two-term limit.
Officials from the Union for Democratic Change, an umbrella group of three opposition parties, gave speeches at Friday's demonstration calling for Guelleh to step down.
The group's leader, Ismael Guedi Hared, told the AFP news agency before the demonstration that Guelleh should leave power and called for a sustained protest movement.
"For the moment, our goal is to remove Ismael Omar Guelleh from power," he said.
Guelleh ran without opposition in 2005. One potential challenger this year, Abdourahman Boreh, is supporting the anti-Guelleh demonstrations but currently lives in the UK.
Boreh, 51, said that if he returned to Djibouti he would be put in prison and could be tortured.
"In the wake of events like Tunisia and Egypt the president's instinct will almost certainly lead him to violence to counter the rising confidence of the demonstrators,'' Boreh told the Associated Press news agency.
"What we really want is a peaceful demonstration where the people can express their feelings for freedom, their eelings for a democratic transition of the government, because this government has been in power for the last 34 years. The people want change.''
Sustained protests urged
The number of international organisations that operate in Djibouti are sparse. One group in the country is Democracy International [USAID], which is working on a US-funded project to monitor the April vote.
The head of the group's observation mission, Chris Hennemeyer, said anyone in Djibouti expecting the popular uprisings that Egypt and Tunisia saw will be disappointed. He said while the turnout for Friday's rally would be low, it is "moderately significant'' by Djiboutian standards.
Djibouti's first political rally broke out after the Muslim country's Friday prayers on January 28.
Democracy International estimated that 2,000 to 3,000 people attended.
More demonstrations happened in early February, and police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a demonstration on February 5, according to Human Rights Watch.
Then, the president of the Djiboutian League of Human Rights, was arrested on February 9 after reporting on the arrests of students and members of opposition political parties following the demonstrations, according to Human Rights Watch.
The 63-year-old Guelleh has been in power since 1999 and the new constitution allows him to stand for two more six-year terms.
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