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US might redeploy Bahrain fleet

July 22, 2011 Comments off

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The US Navy Fifth Fleet Area of Operation, September 23, 2010
The US is reportedly considering redeploying its Navy Fifth Fleet outside Bahrain, due to its alarm at the popular revolution against the country’s Washington-backed regime.

Citing sources in Washington, The Times wrote that there was a groundswell of opinion in favor of the relocation of the fleet, which has been stationed in Bahrain since the 1970s.

Tens of thousands of Bahraini protesters have been holding peaceful anti-government rallies throughout the country since February, demanding an end to the rule of the Al Khalifa family.

“There was talk on Capitol Hill about moving the fleet within days of the protests breaking out, and that increased in Read more…

Nearly 100,000 Chilean students demonstrate in Santiago

July 1, 2011 Comments off

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Students are sprayed by a riot police water cannon during a protest march against the government of President Sebastian Pinera and the new education law, in Santiago.

Students are sprayed by a riot police water cannon during a protest march against the government of President Sebastian Pinera and the new education law, in Santiago.

Santiago – Close to 100,000 Chilean students and teachers demonstrated Thursday in front of the presidential palace in Santiago demanding reform in the country’s public education system.

The conservative government of President Sebastian Pinera has rejected student demands, which include tax reforms to finance education and healthcare and changes in the constitution.

‘They slammed the door on dialogue insofar as they make demands that show they are not in favour of coming to an agreement,’ said Education Minister Joaquin Lavin.

It was one of the largest demonstrations in Chile over the past 20 years. Towards Read more…

Cairo clashes highlight tensions between Egyptian police, public

June 29, 2011 Comments off

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Egyptian riot police and demonstrators throw stones at each other during clashes close to the interior ministry in Cairo, early Wednesday, June 29. Egyptian security forces and protesters are clashing for a second successive day in central Cairo in scenes not seen since the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak earlier this year. Khalil Hamra/AP

Major clashes erupted in Cairo overnight, underscoring the volatility of Egypt as it seeks to transition from revolution to a more democratic state. Thousands of protesters, demanding speedier prosecutions for the police who killed hundreds of demonstrators earlier this year, clashed with riot police in Tahrir Square.

The rioting snowballed after a planned memorial service for Egyptians killed in the uprising went awry last night. When families of the dead arrived at the Balloon Theater downtown, they were turned away by security. Shouting soon escalated, and police began beating people and using tasers, with the crowd eventually swelling. Later in the evening, the clashed moved to Tahrir Square.

Today the roads to the iconic square, which served as the epicenter for a revolution that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak, were lined with rubble Wednesday. Ambulances whizzed by, police lobbed tear-gas canisters, and protesters retaliated by throwing stones. Nearly 50 policemen and 132 protesters have been injured, according to security and hospital officials cited by the Associated Press.

The police, once feared by civilians, are now seen as leftover elements of Read more…

China Blocks Web Searches in an Attempt to Halt Protests

June 16, 2011 Comments off

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China has blocked internet searches after riots and unrest struck its southern province of Guangdong, home to many impoverished migrant workers.  (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Despite rampant censorship, the hacker collective Anonymous is yet to target the Chinese government as it did governments in the Middle East.

Anonymous remains silent on Chinese censorship

In China the long dreaded “Jasmine Revolution” might be starting to finally materialize.  Outraged and impoverished, migrant workers in Zengcheng, a city in the country’s sea-facing southern Guangdong province, have taken to the streets in protest, clashing with police.  The protests and riots began last week when police told two migrant workers to stop selling goods in the street, and then proceeded to knock down one of the migrants who was pregnant.  Video of the incident went viral and Read more…

Greece Chaos: 20,000 protest in Athens, cops fight masked rioters

June 15, 2011 Comments off

Chinese riots enter third day

June 14, 2011 Comments off

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Chinese riots enter third day

Chinese protesters reach a standoff with riot police in Guangzhou province. The clashes highlight the authorities’ struggle to control social frustrations. Photograph: Reuters

Rioters burned police and fire vehicles in a third day of unrest in southern China‘s manufacturing heartlands, witnesses have reported.

Hong Kong broadcasters reported that armed police fired teargas as they sought to disperse the crowd and detained at least a dozen demonstrators.

The clashes, which began on Friday after a fracas between security officers and a pregnant street vendor in Xintang, Guangdong province, highlight Chinese authorities’ struggle to control social frustrations. It is thought that most protesters were migrant workers like the vendor.

Last week hundreds of migrant workers clashed with police in Chaozhou, also in Guangdong, following a dispute over unpaid wages. In Lichuan, Hubei, as many as 2,000 protesters attacked government headquarters last Thursday after a local politician who had complained about Read more…

Hopes for democracy fade as civil wars grip the Arab world

June 13, 2011 Comments off

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A Syrian soldier on a military bus near Jisr al-Shughour, where authorities said 120 soldiers and police were killedA Syrian soldier on a military bus near Jisr al-Shughour, where authorities said 120 soldiers and police were killed

The Arab awakening is turning into the Arab nightmare. Instead of ushering in democracy, the uprisings in at least three Arab states are fast becoming vicious civil wars. In the past 10 days, crucial developments in Syria, Libya and Yemen have set these countries spiralling into violent and intractable struggles for power.

In Syria, thousands of troops are assaulting the northern town of Jisr al-Shughour where the government claims 120 of its soldiers and police were killed last week. Leaving aside exactly how they died, the government in Damascus is making it lethally clear that in future its opponents, peaceful opponents or not, will be treated as if they were armed gunmen. An extraordinary aspect of the Syrian uprisings is that people go on Read more…

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