The second Friday “Revolution Of The Day” posting.
First one is here:
No News is Good News?:
Saudi Arabia – Announced a $37 Billion Dollar
bribe economic program to buy off help its citizens find jobs and buy houses.
Turkey - complaining about protests in Bahrain, but not much else. Kurds may be wondering what to do next. See “Iraq” below…
Syria - The innocent will be beaten…
In an effort to squash nationwide protests in their infancy, Syrian President Bashar al-Asad clamped down hard on peaceful protests earlier this week, enlisting street-clothed police to beat and arrest demonstrators.
Fourteen people were arrested and several beaten by street-clothed Syrian officers on Tuesday, following a sit-in of roughly 200 people outside the Libyan embassy in Damascus
On Feb 28, however, 1,500 angry Syrians spontaneously took to the streets of Damascus for three hours after witnessing a police beating. The video can be viewed below.
Lebanon - They have been protesting various things for a few months now Mostly a Hezbollah candidate for PM. Lately some Syrian actions have been protested.
Kuwait - They had 30 folks injured in a 19 Jan 2011 protest
KUWAIT — Thirty people were wounded in Friday’s clashes in Kuwait between security forces and stateless Arabs demanding citizenship, security sources said on Saturday.
The stateless Arabs, long-time residents of Kuwait known as bedoun from the Arabic “bedoun jinsiyya” (without nationality), were demanding citizenship, free education, free healthcare and jobs, benefits available to Kuwaiti nationals.
Ah the joys of those “Free” “Social Benefits”… isn’t it nice how they bring peace to the world?…
United Arab Emirates - Up to their eyeballs in money and a collection of independent kings, the only thing happening is a protest by Libyans there about what is happening at home.
Qatar - A WikiLeaks page says a Facebook page is up calling for a protest against corruption. Most folks seem too busy enjoying the money to protest it…
Eritria - BBC says they are protesting the UN sanctions placed on it for backing Somalian pirates…
Failed States Floundering
Somalia - Which see… Some pirates killed 4 folks on a Yacht 200 miles off the coast, so the US killed some pirates and captured another batch (15 or so) and are now shopping for where to have a trial… I’d suggest ‘trial by ordeal’. Tie a rock on them and toss them overboard. The ones that float are guilty. Hey, if it was good enough for the Pilgrims…
Voted for Partition – A problem?
Sudan - OK, the Christians are tired of Muslims beating them up but will it go well as the partition happens?
According to numerous news reports, Sudanese security forces responded to the largely peaceful protests with tear gas and beatings with water pipes and sticks, reportedly causing one student’s death. A handful of human rights groups have also reported on a large number of arrests – 113 at one point, according to the Africa Center for Justice and Peace Studies. More alarming are the many individuals that remain in detention, with no communication to the outside and no rights guaranteed under Sudanese law.
Indonesia - Where Papuans continue to want independence
Pakistan - Where our CIA Spy / Diplomat killed a couple of muggers so now the Pakistanis are cranky. Hey, everyone knows that all the diplomats are just a pack of spies anyway, so what’s the problem? They always get diplomatic immunity… but now the Pakistan Government has a problem. If they had just handed him over immediately, they could have played dumb after the fact. Now they get to piss off most of their citizens OR act in accordance with international law…
War In Progress – Foreign Powers Involved.
My, but I’m so happy we are involved in keeping the peace there… /sarcoff>
Afghanistan - While we continue “keeping the peace” in Afghanistan too in our own “special” way:
(Reuters) – Violence in Afghanistan will rise this year from the record levels seen in 2010, the top U.S. military officer said on Wednesday.
The prediction by Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, signals an escalation in the nearly decade-old conflict even as the United States prepares to start withdrawing troops in July.
July looks so far away from the middle of a long cold winter…
Civil War in Progress
Libya - Anderson Cooper continues to have good coverage with the present focus being on Libya. Like this bit about how the USA is seen from an inside Libya point of view.
George in this comment found some interesting suggestions (still not confirmed) that the USA, Britain, and France have joined the party on the side of the Revolutionaries (who just happen to be occupying the oil fields..)
Islamabad—The United States, Britain and France have sent several hundred “defence advisors” to train and support the anti-Gadhafi forces in oil-rich Eastern Libya where “rebels armed groups” have apparently taken over.
According to an exclusive report confirmed by a Libyan diplomat in the region “the three Western states have landed their “special forces troops in Cyrinacia and are now setting up their bases and training centres” to reinforce the rebel forces who are resisting pro-Qaddafi forces in several adjoining areas.
While the Army Times only says that the USA and EU are thinking of sanctions… Why actually do anything that would depose / kill a dictator when you can punish all the oppressed people instead?
U.S., EU threaten Libya with sanctions
By Angela Doland – The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Feb 23, 2011 15:07:44 EST
PARIS — The United States and the European Union vowed Wednesday to consider sanctions against Libya for Moammar Gadhafi’s fierce crackdown on protesters, with the EU calling the attacks possible “crimes against humanity.”
“The continuing brutal and bloody repression against the Libyan civilian population is revolting,” French President Nicolas Sarkozy said in a statement Wednesday, raising the possibility of cutting off all economic and business ties between the EU and Libya. “The international community cannot remain a spectator to these massive violations of human rights.”
Though the folks in Malta are ‘aware’ of British Special Forces who are just there to help with the evacuations… you know, it’s very important to have folks trained in covert insurgency warfare to run an evacuation boat…
NATIONAL Friday, February 25, 2011
UK special forces in Malta for Libya evacuations
The Maltese government “is aware” of British special forces in Malta on stand-by for more Libya evacuations, reliable sources have told MaltaToday.
Earlier press reports of the SAS (Special Air Service) troops holed up in a hotel in Malta generated a flurry of concern from government officials, who are conscious of appearing to be hosting foreign forces for military intervention.
While Malta is constitutionally a neutral country, Libya happens to be the guarantor of this neutrality along with Italy.
Sources said that a previous decision announced in the British press to have the SAS poised for action in the Libya evacuations, had been met with concern by high government officials.
Two Royal Airforce Chinook helicopters landed this afternoon at Malta International Airport, and are noted as being ideal for rescuing oil workers in deserted oil fields and the “insertion of special forces.”
The Daily Telegraph also reported Thursday that special forces “were on the ground in Tripoli to ensure the evacuation of all British nationals went smoothly. SAS officers offered support and advice to private security firms drafted in to rescue more than 170 oil workers stranded in remote desert compounds.”
While the USA says we are “over the horizon” ….. ‘Somewhere, over the rainbow…’
MR. CROWLEY: Without getting – without stepping on the Pentagon’s toes, we also had some military assets over the horizon that, if the situation was concerning in any way, we had options available. But as Pat said, we did get cooperation from every element of this operation except for the weather. And we did not feel at any time that the people on the ferry were in any other danger than anyone who was currently in Tripoli at the moment.
Given that the folks in Tripoli were being gunned down in the streets by the hundreds or thousands, I’m sure that was a great comfort to know…
Revolution – Interim Government:
Tunisia - Tunisians are protesting their brand new interim government. Since the old one left, I guess this is the only one left to protest…
Thousands of demonstrators gathered in downtown Tunis to call for the replacement of the interim government, marking the second day of protests in the North African country despite a ban on rallies.
Tunisia has been under a state of emergency since a popular uprising last month forced President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali to flee.
Marchers shouted slogans such as ‘Leave!’ and ‘We don’t want the friends of Ben Ali!’ as security forces carrying automatic rifles watched, but did not intervene.
Tens of thousands of Egyptian protesters gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday, calling for the removal of their interim government and an end to the country’s notorious 30-year-old emergency law.
GlobalPost’s Jon Jensen reports from Cairo that the peaceful demonstration in Tahrir came just one day after violent protests in Maadi, an upscale suburb just south of Egypt’s capital. Hundreds of protesters occupied a square in Maadi on Thursday, torching two security vehicles following a police shooting of a microbus driver there, Jensen wrote.
The new wave of demonstrations comes just two weeks after the ouster of Egypt’s former president, Hosni Mubarak, placing new pressure on the country’s new military leadership to enact greater political reforms.
Egypt’s military — which took power following Mubarak’s resignation on Feb. 11 — has been struggling to restore calm and order following weeks of protests and strikes in the Arab world’s largest nation.
Much of the anger on Friday was directed squarely at Mubarak holdovers in Egypt’s new cabinet, specifically Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik, a top ally of the former president.
“We will stay here until Shafik leaves,” said Hatem Amin, 34, an activist protester. “He is a part of the old regime, and just as corrupt as Mubarak.”
Tune in next week for the protests of the interim replacement interim substitute temporary government committee…
Anti-government protests in Bahrain have reached the one-week mark, and despite a lull in violence, there seems to be no end in sight to the country’s political unrest
Whether to engage in dialogue with the government is not the only issue dividing demonstrators. There also doesn’t seem to be consensus on what they want from the government.
At the start of the week, protesters were calling for more rights and equalities and for the prime minister to resign. But since the deadly crackdown, many people, such as Salman Ali, have also started chanting for the ouster of the royal family.
Yemen - A nice ABC summary of Iraq and Yemen activity, with the usual protests and riots and a few killed:
Meanwhile, vast crowds took to the streets across Yemen after weekly Muslim prayers to demand veteran president Ali Abdullah Saleh step down in mass protests that left one killed and 22 injured in clashes with police.
In the capital, tens of thousands of protesters poured into a main square near Sanaa University chanting “Out, out!” and “God bears witness to your acts, Abdullah,” a correspondent reported.
Anyone I forgot?
You must be kidding? Conclusions to violence in the area? It’s only been 1400 years or so… Oh, you meant conclusions about the violence…
Well, this week we’ve not had a country completely fall, though Libya has only Tripoli left under government control. So there’s still time to place your bets…. Libya / Yemen or ???
Oil has spiked up (and is unlikely to drop any time soon). Gold has a new run underway (and will likely continue… say you are a nice Arab Dictator… you’ve seen Swiss Banks rapidly freeze assets. Time to put some tons of gold on ships at sea under Panamanian Flags with your own special guards… ) and since revolts mean questionable national currencies, some goods will be transacted in gold too.
OK, so maybe it’s a silly thing, but this just looks like a wall to wall mess to me. We have a load of folks who all want to fight with each other and kill each other. Standing in between them is not a very smart place to be. I could see a “no fly” zone over Libya, but frankly, I’m tired of paying for cleaning up other folks messes. How about we let the EU handle this one. It’s all in their back yard anyway.
Frankly, I’d even be happy if the Chinese went in and fixed it. They would buy all the oil, ship it to China, refine it, and we could just buy the gasoline from them (bypassing the US EPA / Interior stupidity). Sure, it would ping a little (being sub spec on “octane”) and would likely cause early engine failure, but at least we would have gasoline and it would likely be cheaper…
If we can’t run the world right, maybe it’s time to let someone with more “attitude” take a crack at it.