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You are in the 210th Witness Revolution diary, bearing witness to pro-democracy movements in North Africa, the Middle East and beyond. We aim here to simply report, from as many reliable worldwide resources as possible, on the successes, challenges or failures of the brave people striving against oppression for representative democracy with civil and human rights. One small bit of assurance that they do not strive in obscurity. Please see the 200th edition where participants shared what this series means to them.

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS



BAHRAIN
Mr. Mohamed Issa Al Tajer
The Observatory recalls that since his arrest on April 15, 2011 (see Background information), Mr. Al Tajer is detained incommunicado and is being denied the access to his lawyer and family. Mr. Al Tajer appeared before the Lower National Safety Court on June 12, June 16 and June 23, 2011 and could only meet with his family and lawyer on these occasions. According to some information, Mr. Al Tajjer would be detained in Gurain military prison but, to date, the authorities have refused to confirm this information.

The Observatory firmly denounces the continued detention incommunicado and judicial harassment faced by Mr. Mohamed Issa Al Tajer, which seems to merely aim at sanctioning his peaceful and legitimate human rights activities as a defence lawyer, and moreover condemns the lack of due process in his trial.




Abbas Alnaflees from Alsihla
#Bahrain photo of Abbas Alnaflees from Alsihla, lost his eye after the attack on the financial harbor on 13march,was released
posted Sunday, July 3




YEMEN
GRAPHIC: 13 year old Abeer Kamal Mahdi Al-Makrob from Solman, Arhab. She was killed by mortar shelling fragments that were launched from Al-Sama’a camp on Arhab villages.





The story of Arhab via the Yemen Rights Monitor:
(WARNING: this is the least graphic photo at the story. Proceed with caution)
One of Arhab tribe leaders said “In April we received information on some military movements from the guards in Al-Sama’a and Fareja camps towards the capital. Friday of Dignity Massacre, what was before it and what is happening after it from killing the peaceful youth protesters made us feel that the President and his sons are ready to kill people for the sake of the chair –power-. This is why we gathered the people in Arhab and our sons that are protesting in Change Square of Sana’a and called them to protest in front of the camps to prevent them from any try by the troops to enter Sana’a to kill the people there.”

 On April 27th civilian Hazim Al-Marani was killed by Republican Guards bullets, however, tribes decided to control themselves and think of it as an accident to prevent war from happening and decided to stick to what they called an agreement. [please read the whole thing. they continue to think there is a ceasefire agreement and continue to be attacked....]
Tribes made a new agreement with Republican Guards to cease-fire, it lasted until June 25th when the Republican Guards broke the agreement and started shelling Haqban and Yahees villages using heavy and medium weapons. The shelling continued for three days straight and used more than 250 artillery and missile shelling on different regions in Arhab. The result of that shelling resulted in the destruction of 150 houses, 15 artesian wells, 20 tribal members killed and 64 injured civilians 32 of those are in critical conditions.
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A child less than a year old was killed and her mother was seriously injured in the heavy shelling that took place on July 1st evening by Republican Guards on Arhab.
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Bombardement is still taking place until this day in Arhab.





LIBYA
Call for rallies across Libya in support of Tripoli



People of Tripoli hate Gaddafi the most, not just today or yesterday but for 42 years. Because 50-60 years ago before there was even oil, Tripoli was organized, there was mail, there were buses. We didn’t have the G lookalikes, who came in the 70’s during “the home is for whoever lives in it” [a law the permitted people to live in other people’s property] so they took our homes and land.

People of Tripoli demonstrated but he planned for its people. If you look at Benghazi, a city of about 1 million people, he had only one battalion, in Tajura, one area of Tripoli he has 27 places between battalions and military bases.
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People from Tubrok to Ajdabyia, all people abroad should protest, we need to show the world that people of Libya are 95% against Gaddafi. We acknowledge he has some supports, they are uneducated people, we can’t forget that Gaddafi purposely destroyed education, he destroyed it since 1976 and he killed and killed the students that told him not to destroy education, and he made people ignorant and when people are ignorant they will not know better, they will think anything you will tell them is right.

A message to people with him, we are fighting for freedom and dignity, and you are fighting for one man, a tyrant, a psycho, who destroyed you and destroyed the country.


Please read the full transcript at the link.



SYRIA
Too many martyrs in Syria:
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They are coming from scenes such as this:


This video really captures both the fact that these are NOT armed people on the streets who are being shot at and the ensuing chaos as they try to help the wounded.



ABOUT OUR GROUP
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Libyan Doctors for Hospitals in Libya is an impressive new aide organization launched by one of our own: StepLeftStepForward.

NEWS UPDATES


(country names in bold are updated from the previous diary.)


GENERAL ANALYSIS
(h/t Dibsa 7/1)-Recognizing Reality in the Middle East
It appears the U.S. government may finally be getting smarter after decades of failure to develop a coherent approach to the phenomenon of political Islam in the Middle East. Speaking in Budapest, Hungary, on Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States was seeking “limited contacts” with members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood ahead of elections later this year, as well as with Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda




ALGERIA

(h/t JustJennifer 6/24)-Algeria responds to social protests

Algeria has witnessed unprecedented unrest in the past few months. Resident doctors, postal workers, students and the unemployed all have axes to grind. To placate the protestors, the authorities have adopted a raft of new measures.




BAHRAIN
(h/t Dibsa 7/5) - Bahrain : Unions Call for Reinstatement of Sacked Workers and End to Anti-Union Attacks
5 July 2011: In an interview published by the ITUC today, senior Bahraini trade union officials have called for the reinstatement of some 2,000 workers sacked for supporting the country’s pro-democracy movement, and an end to violent attacks on tradeunions

(h/t Dibsa 7/5) - Bahrain: Authorities employ foreigners in security institutions to suppress the protests

The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) expresses its deep concern in regards to the actions of the Bahraini Authorities that brings foreigners to be employed in security institutions (the National Guard and Riot Police) to suppress protests that demand democracy, human rights and political reform

(h/t Dibsa 7/1) - Leader of Bahrain's human rights probe vows transparency

(CNN) -- The head of the independent commission assigned by King Hamad bin Is al-Khalifa with investigating charges of human rights abuses during recent government crackdowns on pro-reform protesters in Bahrain vowed Thursday to carry out a fair, methodical and transparent investigation

(h/t Dibsa 7/1) - Protestors doubt Bahrain dialogue will end crisis

(Reuters) - Bahrain launches a national dialogue on Saturday but majority Shi'ites are skeptical the ruling Sunni monarchy is willing to offer the sort of concessions that could heal wounds caused by a crackdown on pro-democracy protests




BURKINA FASO
(h/t Dibsa 6/24 ) - Burkina Faso Considers Reforms to Change Constitution
June 24 (Bloomberg) -- Burkina Faso is considering changing its constitution after a series of army mutinies and protests against the government, Bongnessan Arsene Ye, the country's minister of political and parliamentary reforms, told reporters yesterday in Ouagadougou, the capital




COTE D'IVOIRE
(h/t Dibsa 7/5 ) - Security, recovery top list for Ivory Coast's Ouattara
Reuters) - Restoring security and basic services topped the to-do list for Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Tuesday as he outlined his new government's priorities

(h/t Dibsa 7/1) - I. Coast issues arrest warrants for Gbagbo allies

ABIDJAN — Ivory Coast has issued international arrest warrants for firebrand youth leader Charles Ble Goude and other close aides of former president Laurent Gbagbo, the Abidjan prosecutor said Friday




DJIBOUTI

(h/t Dibsa 6/22 ) - Djibouti Will Intensify Fight Against Poverty, Prime Minister Dileita Says

Djibouti’s government will intensify its fight against poverty, improve governance and implement renewable-energy projects to help spur economic growth, Prime Minister Dileita Mohamed Dileita said




EGYPT
(h/t Dibsa 7/5) - Egyptian court acquits 3 ex-ministers, convicts 1

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court acquitted three Hosni Mubarak-era ministers of corruption charges on Tuesday while finding a fourth guilty in absentia — a decision likely to stoke anger among protesters calling for more accountability for ousted regime officials

(h/t Dibsa 7/1) - Thousands in Cairo Protest Slow Pace of Change

CAIRO — Thousands of protesters returned to Tahrir Square here on Friday to voice frustration with what they called the slow pace of change five months after the revolution. The demonstration came just days after renewed clashes between protesters and the police left hundreds injured and underscored the lingering distrust between Egyptians and a police force long seen as a pillar of the former government




IRAN
(h/t Dibsa 7/1) - INTERVIEW - Opposition to Iran's rulers growing - Nobel laureate
LONDON (Reuters) - Iranian Nobel peace prize winner Shirin Ebadi believes Iran's rulers will one day be overthrown even though a crackdown there has prevented the kind of uprising seen in the Arab world

(h/t Dibsa 7/1) - UK condemns arrest of Iranian female activists

LONDON—Britain says Iran's government has recently arrested several female activists as part of a campaign to stifle dissent




IRAQ

(h/t JustJennifer 6/24)-New Wave of Iraqi Bloggers Cover Stories Ignored in the West

When thousands in Sulaymaniyah, the second biggest city in the Kurdish region of Iraq, rose up in protests daily for two months this year, American and European media gave the movement and its results only minimal coverage. This was despite security forces having shot numerous protestors, injuring hundreds and killing at least 10.




ISRAEL
(h/t Dibsa 6/28) - Israel should not intimidate reporters covering flotilla
New York, June 27, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Israeli authorities to allow journalists covering a Gaza-bound humanitarian aid flotilla to do their work without interference or reprisals

(h/t Dibsa 6/27) - Israel backs away from threat to flotilla reporters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel backtracked on Monday on a threat to bar foreign journalists from entering the country for 10 years if they board a new international aid flotilla that plans to challenge the Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip

(h/t Dibsa 6/27) - Germany: Israel accepted swap with Hamas

JERUSALEM – Germany says Israel accepted a proposal by a German mediator to free a soldier captured by Hamas-linked militants in Gaza five years ago, but Hamas did not sign off on it

(h/t Dibsa 6/27 ) - Activists: Israel presses Greece to halt flotilla

ATHENS, Greece – Organizers of a flotilla to challenge Israel's sea blockade of the Gaza Strip say they'll sail any day now, but are struggling to overcome delays that they blame on Israeli pressure

(h/t Dibsa 6/27 ) - Israel approves plan to repel new Gaza flotilla

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel's security cabinet on Monday ordered the navy to stop an international aid flotilla from breaching a naval blockade on the Gaza Strip, but also to avoid clashes with activists on board




JORDAN

(h/t JustJennifer 6/24)-Economic woes could drag Jordan into Middle East unrest

Arab royal families have been feeling the heat during the protests sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, though Jordan may be better placed than others to manage change, argues one of the Hashemite dynasty's senior figures.

(h/t Dibsa 6/24) - Jordanians demand 'incorruptible' government

AMMAN (AFP) – More than 500 Jordanians demonstrated on Friday outside the prime minister's office in Amman, demanding speedy reforms and a corruption-free government




KUWAIT

(h/t Dibsa 6/27) - Kuwait arrests duo over Twitter comments

Kuwait will put two citizens on trial for criticising Gulf Arab ruling families on social media site Twitter, a security official said




LEBANON

(h/t JustJennifer 6/17)-Lebanese PM sends in troops as Syrian situation sparks clashes

Lebanon dispatched troops Friday to quell clashes that arose in the city of Tripoli over the Syrian crisis.




LIBYA
(h/t Dibsa 7/1) - Defiant Gadhafi threatens attacks in Europe

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A defiant Moammar Gadhafi threatened Friday to carry out attacks in Europe against "homes, offices, families," unless NATO halts its campaign of airstrikes against his regime in Libya

RESOURCES:

A vision of a democratic Libya an 8-point plan from the National Transitional Council

The full text of UN Resolution 1970 on Libya.

The full text of UN Resolution 1973 on Libya.

President Obama's letter to Congress regarding commencement of operations in Libya. (h/t greenbird)

Al Jazeera Libyan live blog. (h/t jnhobbs)

UK Telegraph Libyan live blog. (h/t bee tzu)

BBC Libyan live blog found here. (h/t greenbird)

The New Yorker Dispatches from Libya. (h/t suejazz)

BBC's Libyan crisis mapped. (h/t phil S 33)

revolutionology is a blog from an American in Benghazi




MAURITANIA
(h/t Dibsa 6/16) - Mauritania opposition says October vote not possible

NOUAKCHOTT — A Mauritanian opposition leader said Wednesday elections due in October could not go ahead without reforms, accusing President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz's government of abuse of power




MOROCCO
(h/t Dibsa 7/5 ) - Morocco’s important constitutional vote
Morocco took last Friday in approving constitutional changes. The vote was symbolic and substantive, and both characterizations are important. The United States should take note and show support for the changes and how they were brought about. The European Union has already weighed in affirmatively

(h/t Dibsa 7/1 ) - The Monarchy Model

The lesson Arab autocrats seemed to learn from Egypt and Tunisia was almost the exact opposite of what democracy advocates were hoping for. Instead of using less force, leaders across the region have been using more of it, reaching unusual levels of brutality

(h/t Dibsa 7/1 ) - Will Morocco Be the Arab Spring's Great Success—Or Great Failure?

Morocco, they say, is different. When post-World WarII independence movements across North Africa were toppling European-imposed monarchies, Morocco's independence party declared its allegiance to the king, Mohamed V. When colonial-era France deposed the king and replaced him with a puppet, the puppet, apparently unable to bear betraying the beloved monarch, quickly abdicated, recognizing Mohamed V as the true leader




OMAN

(h/t Dibsa 6/28) - Oman sentences 15 protesters for unrest

MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — Judicial authorities in Oman say 15 protesters have been sentenced to jail terms for taking part in violent demonstrations calling for more jobs and other reforms from the Gulf nation's rulers




PALESTINE

(h/t Dibsa 7/1 ) - Palestinian passport art cries freedom

Ramallah, West Bank (CNN) -- When you pass through a country's borders, what does it mean to have immigration issue that authoritative stamp in your passport?

(h/t Dibsa 7/1 ) - The Battle Over the Gaza Flotilla

On Thursday, the passengers of the Audacity of Hope, the US boat in the “Freedom Flotilla 2” to Gaza—a convoy of ten boats, two cargo ships and some 300 civilians—emerged from their hotel on the edge of an Athens turned upside down. The air was heavy from the stench of garbage and tear gas, after two days of a general strike and fighting between police and demonstrators protesting the latest austerity measures. But the dramatic urban landscape barely caught the passengers’ attention as they boarded a chartered bus to a distant Athenian port, kept secret until then due to security concerns




SAUDI ARABIA

(h/t Dibsa 7/1) - Basu: Saudi women are driving change

Americans may not be driving as much this holiday because of high gas prices. But in Saudi Arabia, where the price of gas is about half what it is here, one group of adults is not supposed to be driving anywhere, ever: Women

(h/t Dibsa 7/1) - Saudi Arabia's clerics challenge King Abdullah's reform agenda

On a Friday at one o'clock, Sheikh Saad Bin Naser al-Shethri is leading prayers in a small mosque in an upmarket neighbourhood of Riyadh, the Saudi capital. The faithful fill two floors, listening to the cleric's sermon on the true sense of the traditional greeting "salaam aleikum" – peace be upon you. This, Shethri says, means love thy neighbour




SYRIA
(h/t Dibsa 7/5) - Syrians resist advancing army in Hama; 3 killed
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops fired Tuesday on residents who set up makeshift roadblocks to prevent the advance of tanks ringing the city of Hama, which has become a flashpoint of the uprising against autocratic President Bashar Assad, activists said. At least three people were killed, they said

(h/t Dibsa 7/5) - Syrian tanks 'pull back from Hama'

Syrian tanks and armoured vehicles deployed at the entrances to the city of Hama have pulled back, residents said. They headed north on Sunday after moving close to the city of 650,000 people

(h/t Dibsa 6/28) - Syrian opposition tells Russia: Make Assad resign
Exiled Syrian opposition figures urged Russia on Tuesday to persuade Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to resign, warning that Moscow risked being left behind by history unless it withdrew its support for the leader

(h/t Dibsa 6/28) - Syria is ready to accept Reforms

DAMASCUS- the Syrian government accepts it has to embrace reform and move towards democracy, a key advisor has told Sky News. Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, senior advisor to President Bashar al Assad, said it wanted change because otherwise the country itself would be at risk

(h/t Dibsa 6/28) - U.S. lawmaker on fact-finding mission to Syria

Damascus, Syria (CNN) -- U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, the Ohio Democrat who's long been an outspoken anti-war voice in Congress, is visiting volatile Syria to explore whether there is a resolution to the violence spiraling across that country

(h/t Dibsa 6/27) - Syrian opposition meet in Damascus

BEIRUT – Critics of Syria's authoritarian regime, at a rare gathering in Damascus, called Monday for a peaceful transition to democracy and an end to the Assad family's 40-year-old monopoly on power. Otherwise, they said, Syria's current chaos might destroy the country

(h/t Dibsa 6/27) - Syria dissidents vow 'peaceful uprising' for democracy

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Syrian dissidents meeting in Damascus on Monday pledged to press ahead with a "peaceful uprising for freedom" until the creation of a "democratic state."

(h/t Dibsa 6/27) - Syrian refugees in Turkey homesick, but returns rare

YAYLADAGI, Turkey (AFP) – Syrian refugees sheltering in Turkish camps say they are grateful to Turkey for offering them refuge from bloody unrest, but many also miss their homes and some are starting to return




TUNISIA

(h/t Dibsa 7/1) - Drug charges against Ben Ali are 'irrational'

TUNIS — Accusations that ousted Tunisian president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali possessed and planned to sell marijuana are "irrational", his lawyer said Friday as the exiled leader faces another trial on drug trafficking charges during his rule




UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

(h/t Dibsa 6/15 ) - UAE urged to release five activists on trial

DUBAI — Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged Emirati authorities to drop charges against five activists, including a blogger and a lecturer, facing trial for "criticising" the government




WESTERN SAHARA

(h/t Dibsa 6/23) -

The latest round of U.N.-sponsored talks to resolve the conflict over Western Sahara foundered recently. In an email interview, Yahia H. Zoubir, a professor of international relations and international management and the director of research in geopolitics at Euromed Management in Marseilles, France, discussed the Western Sahara talks




YEMEN
(h/t Dibsa 7/5) - Yemeni opposition given stern warning
SANAA, Yemen, July 5 (UPI) -- Civil war would erupt in Yemen if opposition leaders agree to form a council aimed at vetting a transitional government, a presidential aide said

(h/t Dibsa 7/5) - Yemen arrests head of Shiite opposition party

Yemeni authorities arrested the head of a Shiite opposition party, Hassan Zaid, at Sanaa airport on Tuesday as he was headed for the Saudi city of Jeddah, his son said

(h/t Dibsa 6/28 ) - Yemen bombs anti-government tribal area

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni government warplanes and artillery pounded several villages of anti-government tribes north of the capital on Tuesday, killing at least three people, a senior tribal leader said

(h/t Dibsa 6/28) - Saleh to speak on TV to 'reassure' Yemenis

President Ali Abdullah Saleh is to speak on television within days to reassure Yemenis on his health, three weeks after being hospitalised in Riyadh with bomb blast wounds, a senior official said on Tuesday




It bears repeating - Please Rec this diary.

Our Egyptian brethren articulated what people around the region are fighting for, though variations to the theme may exist from country to country. banner held by protesters and translated to English:

1 The departure of Mubarak

2 An end to the current Parliament

3 An end of the state of emergency

4 The creation of a national united government

5 A parliament elected by the people to modify the constitution and run the presidential elections

6 Put those responsible for the killings on trial

7 Put those responsible for stealing the country's money and other acts of corruption on trial

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Al Jazeera on Facebook: - http:// www.facebook.com/aljazeera

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BBC Middle East and Arab Unrest

WorldWideTahrir{NEW} : Worldwide protests being organized to coincide with the upcoming ones in Egypt.

bicycle Hussein paladin - Why Iran 1979 Went to the Islamists and This One Won't

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@speaktotweet: Egyptian Voice Tweets on Twitter

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    •  special thanks to petral and dibsa! (9+ / 0-)

      they scrambled after the holiday weekend to give us some news updates. Their efforts are greatly appreciated.

      Please give them some love.

    •  META: a simple volunteer request (8+ / 0-)

      Hi all,

      JustJennifer and I do the vast majority of the publishing of our witnessing diaries. We're both committed to this work and are very happy to do so.

      However, we could use some hands to help with compiling the News Update section. This is NOT the gathering of the citations themselves. We welcome more volunteers for that, as well, but this is a much simpler task.  It is copying the already gathered citations in the country pages of our wiki and pasting them into the correct section of the body of the update template.

      You see, we publish 3 times per week and wish we could do more. But, it takes a lot of time and effort to put together a good Highlights section and when you add compiling the news updates, it can be a half day undertaking. (well, for me, anyway, as I have cognitive deficits around tasking.) The updates themselves don't take much time, but after doing the highlights work, it can feel like a bit much.

      Compiling the updates is a rote job.  It can be learned rather quickly and if you volunteer, you could choose to do it the night before publication or the morning of.

      Will you please volunteer to do this once per week? (we currently have someone for Tuesday - thanks, petral!)

      An additional benefit to the group effort is that the more people who know how to do the updates section, the more facile we will be with putting up quick liveblogs in the face of rapidly moving events. Will you please consider being a part of the team by providing this support?

      Thank you!

  •  Thank you, Una (and petral and dibsa). n/t (8+ / 0-)

    Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 10:59:12 AM PDT

  •  Syria 05072011 (7+ / 0-)

    i translate a news item here -

    Syrian security forces have killed at least ten civilians in the city of Hamas which is under siege by them. Rami Abdel Rahman of the syrian Observation Center for Human Rights (London) said, citing doctors, that nine civilians have been shot and a further one has been murdered and dumped in teh Orontes. Hamas is under siege since a mass demonstration on Friday.

    Abdel Rahman: "Tanks are posted at all entrances to the city, as well as north of it". (He says that) inhabitants have erected barricades from tyres and sandbags and would be resolved to defend the city against the army at the price of their lives. (According to him), the activities of the security forces on this tuesday have wounded more than 35 civilians by shots. The Arab Committee for the Defense of Freedom of Expression mentioned "several" killed civilians and gave the names of three of them.

    (...)

  •  Palestine, Israel, Greece - the flotilla (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ninkasi23, petral, jnhobbs
    An unexpected player has come to Israel's aid in thwarting this year's Gaza-bound flotilla: Greece.

    It's a country Israel has been courting since a raid on last year's flotilla ended in the death of nine Turkish citizens, severely damaging relations between the Jewish state and one of its most important Mediterranean allies. Desperate for new friends in the region, Israel reached out to Greece, offering generous military assistance to the debt-ridden state.

    Note:  the tear gas in Greece came from Israel.

    Israel's new friend: Why Greece is thwarting Gaza flotilla

    I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

    by JustJennifer on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 01:11:01 PM PDT

  •  Syria - dealing with Hama (4+ / 0-)
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    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad faces a dilemma over the city of Hama, crushed by his father a generation ago and now slipping beyond his control.

    If he lets protesters stay on the streets, he will see his authority ebb away, but if he sends tanks into the city still scarred by the 1982 massacre, he risks igniting far wider unrest at home and deeper isolation abroad.

    Between 10,000 and 30,000 people were killed when Hafez al-Assad ordered his troops in to defeat insurgents in Hama, and parts of its old city were razed to the ground.

    Twenty-nine years later Hama demonstrators chanting for the overthrow of Bashar still curse the memory of his father, who died in 2000 after ruling Syria for three decades.

    Analysis: Syria's Assad faces dilemma in Hama

    I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

    by JustJennifer on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 02:55:41 PM PDT

  •  Syria - citizen captures own death on film? (3+ / 0-)
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    by JustJennifer on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 02:59:29 PM PDT

  •  Syria - Al Jazeera live blog (4+ / 0-)
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    1 hour 51 min ago - Syria

    The Syrian government's violent suppression of the revolt against its rule could amount to a systematic campaign of crimes against humanity, the human rights group Amnesty International has said.

    London-based Amnesty International says it has gathered proof of such crimes by the government in the northern town of Tell Kalakh.

    In a new report the organisation called for the UN Security Council to refer the Syrian government's massive repression, which has come in response to continuing protests against President Bashar al-Assad's rule, to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

    7 hours 48 min ago - Syria

    Alain Juppe, France's foreign minister, who held talks in Moscow last week, said on Tuesday there were signs that Russia was beginning to question its Syrian stance after seeing President Bashar al-Assad continue a bloody crackdown on protesters.

    Russia has opposed a French-led UN Security Council draft resolution, which condemns Assad's government and urges it to adopt speedy change, but stops short of imposing sanctions or allow military action.

    France, unlike its European partners and the United States, says Assad has lost legitimacy to rule.

        I think the point of no return has been crossed and the ability for Assad to make reforms today is zero in view of what has happened.

    France has also failed to convince South Africa, India and Brazil to vote in favour, leaving the resolution short of the minimum 11 of 15 votes it feels it needs to submit the resolution and call Russia's bluff.

    I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

    by JustJennifer on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 08:09:57 PM PDT

    •  one wonders how bad it has to be to for (3+ / 0-)
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      countries to issue a slap on the wrist. Sheesh, they're not talking about invading, just issuing sanctions. How many unarmed people must die? How many tanks have to be deployed?

      •  I know (1+ / 0-)
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        I am not a fan of the UN in general because of things like this.  Right is right, and if part of your purpose is to be a watchdog then you should be set up to condemn something that is obvious without having to spend hours haggling and making side room deals to get there.  It's just another bureaucracy that stands in the way  of international justice, IMO.

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        by JustJennifer on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 07:15:34 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I guess the ICC is the place for that (1+ / 0-)
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          It seems to be more responsive and independent.

          •  Agreed (1+ / 0-)
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            I have  a lot of opinions about the UN :)  but let's just say that expecting an organization with ties to a military and/or occupying force (NATO) to be objective when it comes to condemning abuses by governments seems a bit foolhardy and clearly their efficiency in this area hasn't been the best.

            Anyway, my understanding is while the people in Syria would welcome any repudiation of Assad by world powers what they really want is for countries who continue to support him to be told if they keep doing that there will be consequences.  Both Alaa and the Syrian activist I met over the weekend have said Assad could care less what other people think but if he is cut off from support and isolated as a leader he cannot continue to cling to power.  Syria is far from self sustaining and relies on other countries for many things.

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            by JustJennifer on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 10:13:52 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

  •  Syria: 22 killed in Hama (3+ / 0-)
    Rights group slams Syria for deadly crackdown

    Government forces reportedly kill 22 in Hama as Amnesty International says Syria guilty of crimes against humanity.

    Syria drew strong condemnation for its deadly crackdown on protesters in the central city of Hama, with human rights organisations hinting at the possibility of the country's leaders being tried for crimes against humanity.

    Tuesday's attack in Hama killed 22 people and left more than 80 wounded as troops pushed through improvised road blocks made by residents, according to human rights groups.

    As international condemnation piled on Syria, Amnesty International said a deadly siege in May in Talkalakh, which lasted less than a week, may have amounted to crimes against humanity as a result of deaths of protesters in custody, torture and arbitrary detention.
    ( more )

  •  Libya: Rebels advance in Western mountains (4+ / 0-)
    Western mountain rebels launch offensive southwest of Tripoli
    AL-QALAA, Libya | Wed Jul 6, 2011 7:45am EDT

    (Reuters) - Hundreds of Libyan rebels launched a massed offensive in the mountains southwest of Tripoli Wednesday to seize a village held by Muammar Gaddafi's forces and push the front line closer to the capital.

    Rebels arrived at the front at first light in scores of Toyota pick-up trucks, many with large-caliber anti-aircraft guns or home-made rocket launchers welded onto the truck beds. Several tanks also came on the backs of lorries.

    The rebels began firing rockets and mortars at dawn, cries of "Allahu Akbar!" or "God is greatest!" echoing through groves of olive, almond and fig trees with each outgoing blast.
    ( more )

  •  Egypt: 'meddling' or 'investment'? (3+ / 0-)
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    a fascinating overview of the perspectives within Egyptian politics of the role of foreign, primarily US, funds for developing democratic institutions

    al-Masry al-Youm, Egypt warns of foreign meddling as US pushed on with democracy programs

    As Egypt prepares for its first free and fair parliamentary elections in recent memory this September, the US government and affiliated organizations are keen to play a part in the transition to democracy and spending millions of dollars in the process. Meanwhile, the Egyptian government and a public stigma around US support present major challenges.
    [much, much more]

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 05:58:03 AM PDT

  •  Tunisia: political-party financing committee (4+ / 0-)
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    struggling with proposals to limit contributions (sounds familiar, no?)

    AFP via Al-Ahram, Tunisia commission delays text on party financing

    A commission tasked with drafting a law on the financing of political parties in Tunisia's nascent democracy postponed a decision Wednesday, because of a dispute among its members over its contents.
    [...]
    Proposals include a ban on any foreign financing of political parties and a limit to how much private individuals can contribute.

    But the main political parties, concerned at the effect such restrictions might have on them, have fiercely criticised such measures.
    [more]

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    by angry marmot on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 06:02:56 AM PDT

  •  Syria - Hama (3+ / 0-)
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    Syrian forces rounded up dozens of people in Hama on Wednesday after shooting dead up to 22 people, activists said, and Amnesty International said Syria may have committed crimes against humanity in an earlier crackdown.

    Tanks were still stationed outside Hama, which has seen some of the biggest protests against President Bashar al-Assad and was the site of a bloody crackdown against Islamist insurgents nearly 30 years ago.

    But some of the tanks had been redeployed away from the city and a resident said security forces were now concentrated mainly around the headquarters of the ruling Baath Party, the police headquarters and a state security compound.

    Syrian forces round up dozens in Hama

    I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

    by JustJennifer on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 07:18:34 AM PDT

  •  Libya - Misrata (5+ / 0-)
    At least 11 people were killed and dozens more wounded on Tuesday in an artillery barrage launched by forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on the besieged city of Misurata, according to rebel sources.

    "Eleven people were killed and 57 wounded, almost all of them civilians," a rebel told the AFP news agency from Misurata after the attack.

    The shelling marked another bloody day for a city that has been bombarded almost continuously since March.

    Sources said five rebels were killed in fighting at the western entrance to the city earlier in the day.

    On the same day, France's defence minister, Gerard Longuet, had questioned the rebels' chances of defeating Gaddafi's troops and eventually pushing towards the capital, Tripoli, some 200km to the east.

    The concern came amid rebels' claims that they had begun a ground offensive against a key gateway to Tripoli. There was no independent verification of the rebels' new campaign.

    Civilians killed in Misurata shelling

    I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

    by JustJennifer on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 07:21:44 AM PDT

  •  Palestine - activists fly in to Israel (3+ / 0-)
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    This Friday, July 8, hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists are planning to fly to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport in a display of solidarity with Palestinians living in the occupied territories.

    According to organisers, at least 500 people have already scheduled flights to Israel, including Palestinians that will fly from Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Africa.

    The "fly in", as organisers are referring to the action, will bring protesters to Tel Aviv where they will all arrive within a two-hour period. At least fifteen organisations are involved in the event which is timed to coincide with peaceful demonstrations and actions within the occupied territories that have been set up by Palestinians. The travellers plan to travel from the airport to the West Bank, a move that would challenge the long-standing Israeli government policy that has forbidden such movement.

    Activists conducting 'fly in' to Israel

    I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

    by JustJennifer on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 07:26:06 AM PDT

    •  Here is an article from Palestine (1+ / 0-)
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      Explaining their viewpoint on the fly-in and their call for a week of action starting July 8th.

      Some 40 Palestinian civil society organizations, popular resistance committees, and political factions announce the launching of the “Welcome to Palestine” initiative July 8-16 where hundreds of Internationals will work with hundreds of Palestinians for Peace.  The hundreds of men, women, and children will arrive July 8 at the Lod (Ben Gurion) Airport. The international community must recognize the basic human right to receive visitors from abroad and support the right of their own citizens to travel to Palestine without harassment. Where Israel works to isolate us, we invite all to join with us openly and proudly. We do not accept the attempts to keep us apart or to force us to speak less than with full honesty.

      Hundreds of Internationals and Hundreds of Palestinians Gear-up for July  8-16 activities

      I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

      by JustJennifer on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 10:23:48 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Egypt - Suez Canal (2+ / 0-)
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    All his life Ahmed Ali wanted nothing more than a decent life and enough of a salary to cover the expenses of his five-member family. But because the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has always been not only a national institution but untouchable as well, he kept silent.

    “We used to feel we have a national role. We’re generating a lot of funds for our country,” says Ali, 52, one of around 2200 workers from the Suez canal shipyard protesting at a sit-in that has entered its 22nd day, demanding an end to unfair treatment and the administration's poor pay.

    “But when you’re feeling humiliated, down and so unappreciated, this feeling of romantic nationalism fades away and is replaced by anger and a bitter feeling of hatred,” adds Ali, as he stands with his blue overalls and eyes full of power and stiffness, against a wall with a big banner that reads: The worker is always right.

    Egypt's Suez canal workers defy their ‘arrogant gods’

    I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

    by JustJennifer on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 10:49:14 AM PDT

  •  Egypt - also Suez Canal (2+ / 0-)
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    Hundreds of Egyptians hurled stones at government buildings in the city of Suez on Wednesday after a court upheld a decision to free 10 policemen on trial for killing protesters and grant them bail, witnesses said.

    There were no reports of injuries in the violence, in which relatives of some of those killed in the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11 stoned the courthouse and the police headquarters in the Suez canal city.

    "The courthouse, the security directorate offices and dozens of police cars were smashed," one witness told Reuters. He said that some 300 protesters remained outside the compound, which was being guarded by soldiers.

    Egyptians smash buildings over policemen release

    I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

    by JustJennifer on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 10:51:55 AM PDT

  •  Bahrain - reform talks (2+ / 0-)
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    Bahrain's opposition said on Wednesday the first session of a national dialogue for reforms in the Gulf island kingdom raised questions over whether talks aimed at easing tensions after unrest this year can succeed.

    The country's Sunni rulers crushed mostly Shi'ite-led pro-democracy protests in March. After a four-month crackdown, Bahrain hopes to lay the groundwork to heal deep rifts.

    But opposition groups said the first working session of the dialogue on Tuesday night left them concerned that their main demand -- a representative, directly elected government -- would never reach a consensus in break-out groups where some 60 people were allowed only five minutes to present their views.

    Bahrain opposition fears reform talks not serious

    I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

    by JustJennifer on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 10:54:18 AM PDT

  •  Syria - video report on Hama (1+ / 0-)
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    http://youtu.be/...

    (the title says Homs but it is really about Hama)

    I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

    by JustJennifer on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 10:59:19 AM PDT

  •  Syria - story above (2+ / 0-)
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    How did I miss the Kucinich goes to Syria story???   Well, I haven't watched any TV whatsoever since a week ago today but still.....

    I just looked up an article about how Spitzer just tore into him for the visit.  And, well, let's just say if Kucinich decides to come up here to Washington to run for our open seat I will be following him everywhere he goes to heckle him for claiming Assad wants to work on reform.   And I will be holding a Syrian flag when I do.   :)

    I'm disgusted.

    End rant.  

    I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

    by JustJennifer on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 11:05:44 AM PDT

  •  Syria - a life after Assad (2+ / 0-)
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    From the crumbling houses and narrow alleyways of Damascus's old city to the sleek cafes and government buildings of Abu Rummaneh and Mezze, posters of President Bashar al-Assad are taped on to windows. Syrian flags flap in the breeze.

    In the 41 years since the Assad family seized power in a coup led by Bashar's father, Hafez, it has tried to equate the country with the ruling family: "Syria, al-Assad." Soldiers are told to pledge allegiance to the leader, not the country. Statues of Hafez tower over city centres.

    But now, across the country, and right here in the capital, Damascus, this vision is being torn apart: people are beginning to imagine a Syria separate from Assad rule.

    After 41 years, Syria begins to imagine a future without an Assad in charge

    I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

    by JustJennifer on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 01:19:48 PM PDT

  •  Yemen - humanitarian crisis (2+ / 0-)
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    Yemen needs urgent international aid to head off a humanitarian crisis, a UN mission visiting the impoverished country said on Wednesday, warning of "collective punishment" against civilians.

    "We call on the international community to quickly provide humanitarian aid to Yemen during this difficult time," said a statement at the end of a nine-day visit.

    "Yemen is facing a humanitarian crisis due to intentional actions plus a failure in taking action," it said.

    UN mission warns of Yemen humanitarian crisis

    I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

    by JustJennifer on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 01:27:40 PM PDT

  •  Egypt - forgotten hereos (5+ / 0-)
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    On 28 January, the day Egyptians call the “Friday of Rage,” 22-year-old Islam Hasan decided to join the nationwide protests against the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak. He walked into his room, rummaged through his belongings until he found an Egyptian flag, the one he used to carry with him to football games. He took the flag and headed towards the door.

    His mother, Tafida Ramadan, had heard that the government was planning to kill protesters that day and was frantic with worry that something horrible might happen to her son. “I ran up to him while he was opening the door and grabbed his arms and begged him not to go. I told him that he might die.” Ramadan remembers. “But he just smiled and told me that he wants to fight for his country’s freedom and that he would gladly die for Egypt.”

    And he did. Only a few hours later, Ramadan was told that her son had been shot in the head and transferred to a hospital. After a tense week in intensive care, he died.

    Egypt’s fast forgotten heroes

    I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

    by JustJennifer on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 05:01:31 PM PDT

  •  META: new diary will be published late this (1+ / 0-)
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    afternoon. Thank you for you patience.

  •  new diary (0+ / 0-)

    I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

    by JustJennifer on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 01:28:53 PM PDT

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