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60 Minutes – Tunisia: Spark of the Revolution

In Tunisia, World Revolution on February 22, 2011 at 10:47 PM

60 Minutes:

The wave of revolutions sweeping the Arab world started in a forgotten town in the flatlands of Tunisia. It was an unlikely place for history to be made. But so was Tunisia itself, the smallest country in North Africa, strategically irrelevant, with no oil and not much of an army.

It has been an oasis of tranquility in this tumultuous part of the world, famous for its beaches, its couscous and its wonderful weather. But there was a dark side to paradise: for 23 years, Tunisia was ruled by a corrupt and ruthless dictator named Zine Ben Ali, who filled his prisons with anyone who spoke out against him.

He’s gone now. A month ago, he left the country, quickly. In one of the most astonishing episodes of our time, he was overthrown by a popular uprising sparked by the desperate act of one simple man. If the Middle East is being transformed before our eyes today, it all began when a poor fruit vendor decided he just wasn’t going to take it anymore.

Correspondent Bob Simon, fresh off the plane from Tunisia, explains how social media and other factors led to the Tunisian uprising that ignited Egypt and the rest of the Arab world.

Libyan Revolution: The World Is Watching!

In Libya, Viral Videos, World Revolution on February 22, 2011 at 6:15 PM

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F. Kennedy (1962)

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” – Thomas Jefferson (1787)

To download this video for your archives, go to http://keepvid.com

Yemen President Saleh Calls for Talks as Protests Continue

In WikiLeaks, World Revolution, Yemen on February 22, 2011 at 5:22 AM

After three decades in power, Saleh faces widespread complaints of corruption and the concentration of power within his tribal sub-group, the Sanhan clan.

Large areas of the country are already in open revolt against his regime, with a breakaway movement in the south, attacks on the security services by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and a de-facto semi-autonomous area under the control of northern rebels.

The mainstream media has focused largely on the political objectives of the protesters — some of whom are calling on Saleh, who has ruled Yemen for 32 years, to step down. But many protestors are calling for changes in their livelihood as well as political reform.

“Together we fight against poverty, corruption and injustice,” protesters at Sanaa University chanted Thursday, minutes before they were set upon by a swarm of pro-Saleh supporters, mainly middle-aged men wielding batons and cattle prodders.

“They are here because of poverty,” said Hani Al-Maydsma, a 30-year-old employee at Yemen’s financial ministry, beckoning towards the students. “People are dying, the economy is dying. Everything is damaged.”

Ali Tayman, a tribal sheikh from Marib province, said he had travelled to Sana’a to call for the president to step down. He said he refused to accept bribes of allegiance from the government. “Our authority has stolen all the money from our people,” he said.

One banner hanging on the university gates reads simply: “Look at the gap between rich and poor.”

For the average young Yemeni, daily grievances are far more important than politics. Graduates hope to find a job. Young men struggle to accumulate enough money to be able to get married. New couples battle with price hikes. Nearly half of the population lives on less than $2 a day and social development indicators — such as child malnutrition, maternal mortality and education — remain extremely poor, according to the United Nation’s World Food Program.

Yemen is ranked 138 in a list of 179 states on the United Nations’ Human Development Index (HDI).

Many of those taking to the streets are young unemployed men who, despite making up a large proportion of Yemen’s population, find themselves economically and socially marginalised and living at the fringes of society.

Southern Observatory on Human Rights issues a statement on violence in Aden. Part of it reads:

Sirs and madams in the international organizations for human rights,
The Southern Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) presents its compliments to you and informs you of horrible crimes against citizens staging peaceful demonstrations in the city of Aden during the last three days, raising banners demand freedom, democracy and the departure of the regime of the Yemeni President.

A number of demonstrators were demonstrating in al-Rwishan Square for more than a weak, led by young people who were launching a sit-in peacefully for more than a week in al-Rwishan Square in al-Mansoura city – Aden, until Wednesday 16.02.2011, after the noon prayer, when Yemeni security forces came unexpectedly using tear gas grenades which led to dispersing them to residential neighborhoods, but the security forces continued to chase them using live bullets against them, which resulted in the murdering of a number of people and wounding many others, amounted to 4 dead and 32 wounded.

As a result of the people’s anger at that, the demonstrators set fire to the headquarters of the Local Council, the municipality and burned vehicles belong to the municipality, and they also burned the headquarters of the General People’s Congress / Mansoura Branch, after that they went to besiege the police station in al-Mansoura city. Everyone was in hit and run with the armed forces that went in using live ammunition to disperse and chase the protesters.

Al-Marsd.com with this report: President Saleh threatens to “resort to cutting the genitals of the entire leadership of the Joint Meeting and the southern movement in the event that these leaders” do not stop opposing his regime.

On violence in Aden and Taiz, from February 20:: The demonstrations continue despite a curfew. Security forces tried to prevent a gathering Saturday night but were unable. Opposition leaders are accusing the regime of using “excessive violence to prevent peaceful demonstrations in the country.”

President Saleh refuses to quit, appeals for talks with opposition He says yes to reforms but “no to coups and seizing power through anarchy and killing.” He adds, “You are calling for the regime to go—then come and get rid of it through the ballot boxes, not through violence.”

The Yemeni American Anti-Terrorism Center (YAATC) reports thirty thousand in Liberty Square in Taiz.

Horrifying story from a blog on Amnesty International’s website condemning violence in Yemen. An activist tells Amnesty:

…security blocked every corner, then allowed the thugs to enter, people had no where to run… while running we came across two very young girls around the age of 7 or 8 who were selling books but got caught in the crowd. We took them into the house with us, but then the security wanted to enter. We informed the security that we have children and a woman with us but instead of protecting us, they called the thugs to come in and attack us but the doors were locked. We tried to go up on the roof, and then wanted to run down to the other side, but thugs saw us and started throwing rocks at us. Me and one of the girls got hit by a rock but very mildly, the girls were terrified.

Thousands still protesting out in front of Sana’a University Tom Finn reports, “This will be our Tahrir Square.”

Al Tagheer reports on the thousands of citizens and students engaging in a sit-in in front of the University of Sana’a The sit in is open-ended and sheikhs and dignitaries are joining in solidarity. Many of the unions, including the trade union with members of the faculty at the University of Sana’a Teachers Association and the secretariat of the capital and the Bar Association are all believed to be joining the students.

Students have been facing attacks from government “bullies.” A “security committee” was set up and now when forces try to storm the students or approach them with guns there are measures being taken to try and prevent violence from taking place.

Related Links:

Yemen President Still Not Quitting Despite Growing Student Protests at Sanaa University

WikiLeaks Yemen Resources

WikiLeaks Vindicates Those Behind Unfolding Revolutions

Yemeni Child Holding Sign "Go Out...Leave! So We Can Be In Peace!

March to End the Egyptian Blockade of Gaza – March 4th, 2011

In Egypt, Israhell, NWO, Palestine, Viral Videos, WikiLeaks, World Revolution on February 22, 2011 at 3:07 AM

The Plan: A march to the Rafah Crossing. The starting point is tentatively set to begin from a tea house approximately a kilometer distance from the gate.

The Strategy: To use the force of public opinion to persuade new leadership in Egypt that it’s time for change.

The Objective: To free the people of Gaza and end Egypt’s support for Israel’s collective punishment.

Let us be clear, the power of the peo­ple is para­mount and we can achieve absolutely any­thing we set our minds to. For nearly four years now we as peo­ple have allowed fear, along with denial of our col­lec­tive power, to allow a bar­baric and ille­gal col­lec­tive pun­ish­ment block­ade of Gaza to endure. Make no mis­take, we could have ended this block­ade long ago, and if it were up to the pow­ers that be, the peo­ple of Pales­tine would live impris­oned and vio­lated till the end of time.

At this point it is hardly debat­able, Barack Obama dis­gust­ingly vetoed the Secu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion to con­demn Israeli set­tle­ments, the US gov­ern­ment is noth­ing more than a quis­ling agency of Israeli Apartheid; their motives are plain to see. Right now over $1 bil­lion US dol­lars con­tinue to go largely to the Egypt­ian Mil­i­tary, and we know it was lower rank­ing com­man­ders who refused to carry our Mubarak’s orders to slaugh­ter pro­test­ers in Tahrir Square that spared a mas­sacre. Thus we can­not ignore the fact that the expec­ta­tion of America’s bribe money is to main­tain effec­tive con­trol over Egypt and a con­tin­u­a­tion of the Israeli/Egyptian block­ade. It is a mat­ter of the peo­ple vs. cor­rupt indi­vid­u­als both inside and out­side of Egypt who remain com­mit­ted to cor­rupt­ing the will of the people.

And here we find our­selves at a time in which we must not fail to seize the moment. Within days of this march being launched the Egypt­ian gov­ern­ment announced Rafah Cross­ing would be open per­ma­nently. There is no coin­ci­dence in this. And so the organ­is­ers of this march seek to effect a cel­e­bra­tion as opposed to a con­fronta­tion. Every­one of sound mind sim­ply wants to see Rafah Cross­ing open, so that not only peo­ple, but build­ing mate­ri­als and vital trade can be estab­lished. As long as the peo­ple main­tain gen­tle but firm pres­sure, the lib­er­a­tion of the peo­ple of Gaza will result.

So March 4th will see the peo­ple march­ing to Rafah Cross­ing on both the Egypt­ian and Gazan side. Pales­tini­ans and Egyp­tians and inter­na­tion­als will express the will of the peo­ple from around the globe who have felt the pain and the shame of the block­ade. We will camp and march as decided by the lead­ers of this march on the ground in Egypt. Noth­ing will be done unless it is sanc­tioned by them.

http://Tahrir4Gaza.net/

WikiLeaks cable showing the disruption and lack of co-operation from Israel regarding the supply of goods from Egypt.

2 Million Egyptians showing their support for the Palestinian people, chanting “Free Palestine!” and “We go to Jerusalem! Matyrs in the millions!”

In an interview with Press TV, international activist and former US marine Ken O’Keefe compares the US and EU imperialism with Gaddafi’s power hold over the Libyan nation, and how they are all one in the same forms of domination and suppression of the people.

UPDATE:

Mubarak may have stepped down, but until the Mubarak era Egyptian blockade of Gaza is shattered, the Egyptian revolution is incomplete. We must end this Zionist/American imperialist blockade once and for all.

http://Tahrir4Gaza.net/

30,000 Protest In Djibouti

In Djibouti, NWO, WikiLeaks, World Revolution on February 22, 2011 at 2:19 AM

WLCentral.org:

Dijibouti had protested earlier, on January 28, leading Ismaël Guedi Hared, President of Djibouti’s UAD opposition alliance, to call for a massive protest today. “According to UDDESC activists, this evening even international calls have been blocked in Djibouti in an attempt to restrict reporting from the events.”

Afrol News is reporting a much bigger crowd “Around 30,000 out of the capital’s 600,000 population” and all reports have the size increasing rapidly. Reports of shooting seem so far to be restricted to sounds, so the police seem to be firing in the air at present.

Protesters returned for a second day, prompting Interior Minister Yacin Elmi Bouh to speak to Reuters. He said at least one policeman had been killed on Friday and “The opposition wants to take power by force.” Reuters says other sources said one protester had also been killed. Afrol News says the small suburb of Balbala, where the minister claimed the protests were taking place, was nothing to the “tens of thousands of protesters dominating central Djibouti City yesterday, with the marches starting in Abdl Nasr Avenue and moving close to the presidential palace.” The opposition group estimates that about 60,000 people were protesting in central Djibouti at 3 PM, when the manifestation reached its heights.

At around 6 PM “police began attacking protesters camping in the centre, resulting in at least 24 persons being wounded,” The opposition parties claim one protester was killed and two protesters were “seriously injured” following the use of “sharp ammunition”.

Yesterday, at least 20 protest leaders, including Mohamed Daoud Chehem, leader of the minor opposition Djibouti Development Party (PDD), were arrested. Today, the arrests continue, with confirmed reports that UAD leader Hared – the country’s main opposition leader – this afternoon was arrested in his home by police.

Afrol News is reporting that the government has freed the country’s three main opposition leaders, Ismaël Guedi Hared, the leader of Djibouti’s main opposition coalition Union for a Democratic Alternative (UAD), Aden Robleh Awalleh and Mohamed Daoud Chehem, leaders of the minor opposition parties PND and UJD. The government is also warning against further protests.

Protesters were able to keep control of the Balbala neighbourhood during the night from Friday to Saturday. Protests on Saturday were concentrated in Balbala, as armed security forces stopped the protesters from reaching the city centre.

National Security chief Hassan Said Khaireh said that “authorities will have to take severe measures to punish those responsible for these troubles and senseless act of violence.”

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