Posts Tagged ‘ revolution ’

The Syrian state vs. Syrian society

June 6, 2011
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by David D'Amato  

"Violence is, by definition, at the heart of everything the state does. The very existence of the institution depends on precluding, through the use of coercive force, competition in the sphere of defending the rights of individuals. It is important to make known of market anarchists that we do not advocate or wish for a society in which chaos, lawlessness or mob rule would prevail, that statelessness means only the lack of arbitrary aggression, hierarchy and monopoly." (06/03/11)

http://c4ss.org/content/7290  

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Down with the dictator

June 6, 2011
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LewRockwell.com
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.  

"Governments and their intellectual front men believe that nothing unites a population like a war. Actually, that’s not quite true. What happens is that during war, governments strike fear into their domestic opponents and silence them through intimidation. The appearance of unity is wholly illusory. If you truly want to unite a population, here is a key: drive the dictator out of the country." (06/06/11)

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Bangladesh paralysed by opposition strike

June 6, 2011
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Pakistan Times [Pakistan]    

"Thousands of riot police and elite paramilitary forces were deployed in the Bangladeshi capital Sunday after violence ahead of a nationwide strike to protest changes to the country's electoral system. At least 12 buses were set on fire overnight and 40 people were arrested, police said, just hours before the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) enforced its strike." (06/06/11)

http://www.pakistantimes.net/pt/detail.php?newsId=22247  

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Syria: Regime thugs murder 31

June 6, 2011
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Independent [UK]    

"Syrian security forces have shot dead 31 people since Friday during demonstrations in a town in the north-west, residents say. The official Syrian news agency meanwhile said gunmen killed four policemen in the same town, Jisr al-Shughour, as protests against President Bashar al-Assad have grown in the face of a continuing crackdown. Residents claim the killings began on Friday, when snipers began firing at a funeral for six protesters killed during a demonstration on Friday. " (06/06/11)

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Yemen: Tribal leader agrees to call to end fighting

June 6, 2011
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CNN    

"A tribal leader battling Yemen's government agreed to a truce with the country's interim leader Sunday while embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh was undergoing medical treatment in Saudi Arabia, the tribal leader's spokesman said Sunday. Supporters of Hashed tribal leader Sadeq Al-Ahmar are suspected of being behind an attack on a mosque within the presidential palace Friday that left Saleh wounded." (06/05/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3q45m2g  

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IMF loan sharks move in on new Egyptian regime

June 5, 2011
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New Orleans Times-Picayune    

"The International Monetary Fund on Sunday agreed to provide Egypt with $3 billion in financing to help the Arab world's most populous nation ease the blow to its economy sustained by the popular uprising that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak.  The loan announcement comes days after the government unveiled a draft budget that projects the deficit swelling to nearly 11 percent of the nation's gross domestic product, as officials look to boost social services spending to meet persistent demands by a population that complained of gross economic inequity under the former regime." (06/05/11)

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Yemen: Exit of wounded Saleh sets off celebration

June 5, 2011
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Tacoma News Tribune    

"The departure of Yemen's battle-wounded president for treatment in Saudi Arabia set off wild street celebrations Sunday in the capital, where crowds danced, sang and slaughtered cows in hopes that this spelled a victorious end to a more than three-month campaign to push their leader from power. ... Saleh, who was taken overnight to a military hospital in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, underwent successful surgery on his chest to remove jagged pieces of wood that splintered from a mosque pulpit when his compound was hit by rockets on Friday, said medical officials and a Yemeni diplomat." (06/05/11)

 

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Mubarak trial set for August 3

June 2, 2011
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Washington Post    

"Facing growing pressure to prosecute former president Hosni Mubarak promptly, Egyptian prosecutors announced yesterday that he will go on trial Aug. 3 for conspiring in the fatal shooting of protesters. The setting of a trial date suggests that the country’s interim military rulers want to show an increasingly restless public that they are making good on promised reforms. Some people reacted to the news with skepticism, pointing to stalled cases of other prominent officials charged after the 18-day uprising that forced Mubarak from office in February." [editor's note: Now if they'd just schedule the ones for Bush, Cheney, Obama ... - SAT] (06/02/11)

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Yemen: Fighting brings fears of new civil war

June 2, 2011
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New York Times    

"Yemen edged closer to civil war yesterday as fighting spread to new parts of the country and government troops waged increasingly bloody street battles with opposition tribesmen for control of crucial areas in the capital. The violence has transformed a largely peaceful uprising into a tribal conflict with no clear end in sight. The United States and Yemen’s Arab neighbors such as Saudi Arabia, which have tried to mediate a peaceful solution to the country’s political crisis, are reduced to sitting on the sidelines and pleading for restraint." (06/02/11)

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Syria: Helicopter gunships attack protesters

June 2, 2011
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euronews [France]    

"In Syria the security forces have stepped up their brutal crackdown against protesters, using a helicopter to kill at least 13 people in Rastan. Despite the regime’s efforts to quell the demonstrations against Bashar al-Assad, public opinion has been inflamed by the government’s kidnapping, torture and murder of a 13-year- old boy last week and the protests continue." (06/02/11)

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Bahrain: Regime cosmetically “lifts emergency laws,” continues crackdown

June 1, 2011
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CNN    

"Bahrain lifted state of emergency laws Wednesday that had allowed for a crackdown on political leaders and journalists, but at the same time continued its crackdown on the country's major Shiite political opposition movement. It filed charges against four top opposition leaders in a move that could weaken the country's Al Wefaq party, according to two opposition sources. This came as King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa appealed for dialogue, saying that talks with opposition groups are scheduled to begin in July." (06/01/11)

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/06/01/bahrain.unrest/  

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Egypt: Trial date set for Mubarak, sons

June 1, 2011
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BBC News [UK]    

"A court in Egypt has set a date for the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons, Alaa and Gamal. They will appear at a criminal court in Cairo on 3 August, charged with corruption and the premeditated murder of protesters during the uprising which toppled Mr Mubarak on 11 February. If found guilty of the second charge, they could face the death penalty." (06/01/11)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13620599  

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The Egyptian Revolution in identity crisis

May 31, 2011
posted by

CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn  

"But for hundreds of thousands of Egyptians who demonstrated in Cairo, Alexandria yesterday these developments, inconceivable at the start year, are not radical enough. Many saw the rallies and marches as the moment to launch a 'Second Egyptian Revolution' to shatter the status quo. Frustrated protestors say that Egypt was a military dictatorship before the January 25 revolution and so it largely still is." (05/31/11)

http://counterpunch.org/patrick05312011.html  

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Yemen: Tribesmen seize government buildings in Sanaa

May 31, 2011
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"Tribal fighters in Yemen have taken over government buildings in the capital, Sanaa, including the headquarters of the ruling party, sources tell Al Jazeera. Fighters were also said to be surrounding the building of the interior ministry, our correspondents reported .... On the second day of continuing street clashes between Saleh's security forces and Hashed tribesmen, hundreds of explosions were heard, several people killed and dozens injured in Sanaa on Tuesday." (05/31/11)

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Georgia: Two killed in rally crackdown

May 26, 2011
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Agence France-Presse    

"Two people were killed and dozens injured Thursday when Georgian riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up a five-day rally against President Mikheil Saakashvili's pro-Western [sic] rule. Police fired rubber bullets and water cannon to beat back hundreds of people who had gathered in front of a grandstand from which Saakashvili later watched a showpiece military parade marking Georgia's independence from Russia. The government said 37 people had been hospitalised and 90 others detained for two months." (05/26/11)

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Egypt: Mubarak, sons to stand trial

May 24, 2011
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Bloomberg    

"Egypt’s public prosecutor ordered that former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons, Gamal and Alaa, be sent to a criminal court on charges of killing demonstrators and abusing public office. Mubarak is accused of instructing police officers to shoot at protesters in rallies that began on Jan. 25 and of acquiring benefits by misusing his position as president, the prosecutor’s office said in a faxed statement from Cairo today. Alaa Mubarak and Gamal Mubarak are charged with acquiring properties by abusing their father’s position, the prosecutor said." (05/24/11)

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Egypt: Death sentence for cop convicted of murdering protesters

May 22, 2011
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"An Egyptian police officer convicted of killing 20 protesters during demonstrations that brought down Hosni Mubarak's government in February has been sentenced to death. Mohamed Ibrahim Abdel-Monem was found guilty in his absence on Sunday of shooting dead 'at random' 20 protesters on January 28, one of the most violent days of the uprising that lasted 18 days. The criminal court in Cairo referred the case to the Grand Mufti, Egypt's religious authority who must approve all death sentences." (05/22/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3qp3awj  

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Yemen: US diplomats rescued from armed mob

May 22, 2011
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Fox News    

"Western and Arab diplomats were whisked out of the embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Yemen on Sunday as armed supporters of Yemen's embattled president surrounded the mission, a Yemeni government official said." (05/22/11)

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Yemen: Gunmen kill one soldier

May 15, 2011
posted by

Ogden Standard-Examiner    

"Gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on two soldiers in a market in southern Yemen Sunday, killing one and wounding the other as protests against the longtime president escalate. Yemen's opposition, meanwhile, said it is not ready to accept a new attempt to revive a regional initiative to defuse the crisis if it means giving President Ali Abdullah Saleh more time in office." (05/15/11)

http://tinyurl.com/6933l4o  

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Obama’s inexcusable indecision on Syria

May 15, 2011
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Boston Globe
by Jeff Jacoby  

"John Kerry finally got a clue on Syria last week. Is it too much to hope that the Obama administration might follow suit? For years, the senior senator from Massachusetts has been an advocate of appeasement with Syria. ... But last week, with Syrian tanks shelling residential neighborhoods and the death toll in the government’s savage crackdown on popular protests nearing a thousand, Kerry woke up to reality at last. He conceded that the Syrian dictator 'is obviously not a reformer now' and that continued engagement with the bloody regime in Damascus is pointless." (05/15/11)

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Syria: Regime forces shell residential areas, killing at least 18

May 11, 2011
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Lincoln Journal Star    

"The Syrian army shelled residential areas and unleashed gunmen Wednesday, and a human rights group said at least 18 people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy. The shelling of neighborhoods evoked memories of the Assad regime's brutal, 40-year legacy of crushing dissent. Syrian activists and protesters involved in the seven-week-long uprising renewed their cries for the world to join them in calling for embattled President Bashar Assad to give up power." (05/11/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3v283o3  

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Yemen: Regime forces murder at least nine

May 11, 2011
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Baltimore Sun    

"Yemeni forces opened fire on demonstrators in three cities on Wednesday, killing at least nine and wounding scores in escalating bloodshed that could ramp up public fury at the president's refusal to step down. In the capital Sanaa, forces fired on a crowd of tens of thousands marching to the cabinet building. At least six demonstrators died and around 100 were wounded, said a doctor heading a makeshift clinic for wounded protesters at the scene." (05/11/11)

http://tinyurl.com/43vk4mz  

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Syria: Hundreds more arrested in dissident crackdown

May 10, 2011
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The Washington Post    

"Syrian troops detained hundreds more people in towns across the country yesterday as they pursued their relentless crackdown against the stubbornly persistent protest movement that has swelled in recent weeks to challenge the government. Troops backed by tanks sealed off the Damascus suburb of Maadamiyeh in the early hours of the morning, and residents heard gunfire as soldiers conducted house-to-house raids looking for people who had joined in recent antigovernment demonstrations." (05/10/11)

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Syria: Regime detains hundreds in fresh raids

May 9, 2011
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USA Today    

"Syrian security forces arrested hundreds of activists and anti-government protesters in house-to-house raids across the country Monday, part of an escalating government crackdown aimed at stamping out the nationwide revolt engulfing the country. President Bashar Assad has dispatched army troops and tanks to crush the seven-week uprising that has posed the most serious challenge to his family's 40-year rule." (05/09/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3thlwrp  

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Bahrain: King declares state of emergency will end in June

May 8, 2011
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CNN    

"The king of Bahrain has decreed that the country's state of emergency will end June 1, state media reported Sunday. Massive anti-government protests prompted King Hamad al-Khalifa's March 15 declaration of a three-month state of emergency in Bahrain, a strategically important kingdom and U.S. ally. Witnesses reported violent crackdowns on protesters after the state of emergency was imposed." (05/08/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3gwur86  

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