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Egypt and Tunisia: risk of civil war

May 10, 2011 Comments off

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The deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians in Cairo, in Egypt and unrest in Tunis region, spark fears of renewed sectarian violence in Egypt, and insecurity in Tunisia. In Egypt, a religious leader warns against a “civil war”, while police is accused of inaction.

  •    The Egyptian government has promised to use all available legislative arsenals to prevent further clashes after those in the neighbourhood of Imbaba Saturday night having made 12 dead and 232 wounded.
  •    On Monday, the press was concerned about an expansion of violence: “The fire of religious fanaticism threatens Egypt,” headlined the daily Al-Ahram, while the independent Al-Masri al-Yom emphasized: “extremism burns the revolution.”
  •    Newspapers and the power blamed the “cons-revolutionaries” and “extremists” for the violence orchestrated by these followers of former President Hosni Mubarak ousted Feb. 11 by a popular revolt. The army has provided since the country’s leadership.
  •    Quoted by Al-Masri al-Yom, Mufti Ali Gomaa, one of the highest Muslim authorities in Egypt, has warned against “a possible Read more…
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Tunisian prime minister resigns amid new clashes

February 28, 2011 Comments off

TUNIS (AFP) – Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi resigned Sunday, as security forces clashed with protesters in Tunis demanding the removal of some ministers of his interim government.

“I have decided to quit as prime minister,” Ghannouchi told a news conference, saying that he thought carefully before taking the decision which was supported by his family.

“I am not running away from responsibility. This is to open the way for a new prime minister,” he said.
“I am not ready to be the person who Read more…

“Three Middle East Leaders In Coma – Strange”

February 19, 2011 1 comment

Ariel Sharon – Five years in coma
Sunday, January 9, 2011
http://shiratdevorah.blogspot.com/2011/01/ariel-sharon-five-years-on.html

Rumors Honsi Mubarak may be in a coma
AFP February 16, 2011 5:07am
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/frail-honsi-mubarak-may-be-in-a-coma/story-e6frfku0-1226006677173

‘Deposed Tunisian president is in a coma’
JPOST.COM STAFF
02/17/2011 11:17
http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=208622

Tens of thousands turn out for rival rallies in Yemen

February 4, 2011 Comments off
By Borzou Daragahi and Noah Browning, Los Angeles Times

Yemeni protesters shout slogans during their "day of rage" rally against President Ali Abdullah Saleh. (Gamal Noman, AFP/Getty Images / February 3, 2011)

Large competing rallies for and against the longtime leader of Yemen unfolded Thursday without incident in one of the Arab world’s poorest, most volatile and violent nations.

The Arabian Peninsula nation’s opposition, inspired by the revolt in Tunisia and the ongoing uprising against President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, had called for a “day of rage” against the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has held his title since 1978 and has been accused of corruption and mismanagement. Saleh and his supporters sought to upstage the protesters by holding a simultaneous counter-demonstration across town.

The two rallies drew tens of thousands of people and, unlike in Egypt or Tunisia, unfolded largely peacefully with no major arrests or clashes, according to a Yemeni official. The day’s relative calm suggested that the political passions unleashed by the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia will play out in different countries in different ways

In the North African nation of Read more…

Tunisia Riots: Government on brink of Collapse

January 18, 2011 Comments off

Unity Government in Tunisia Fractured by Resignations

Holly Pickett for The New York Times

Police formed a line in front of protesters in Tunis on Tuesday.

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

 

TUNIS — Five or more ministers from opposition parties resigned from Tunisia’s unity government on Tuesday, bowing to a wave of street protests against the cabinet’s domination by members of the ousted president’s ruling party and putting mounting pressure on his prime minister, Mohammed Ghannouchi, to resign as well.

As the leaders of the established opposition parties renounced the unity government, the revolutionary passions unleashed across the region continued to reverberate, as two more men in Egypt set themselves ablaze on Tuesday and a third was stopped before he could do so. Those self-immolations followed six others, all in apparent imitation of the one that set off the Tunisian uprising a month ago.

The new unity government was showing strains practically from the moment it was sworn in on Monday, with new protests focused on its links to the former president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Read more…