Posts Tagged ‘revolution’

 

Third day of street fighting rattles Yemen’s capital

  • By Stephen C. Webster
  • Following Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, people in Yemen are pushing feverishly to throw off the yoke of a puppet government that does not represent their will. But as we’ve seen in Tunisia and elsewhere, that freedom does not come without a steep price

    Rest of story:

    http://www.rawstory.com/rawreplay/2011/03/third-day-of-street-fighting-rattles-yemens-capital/

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    Great article on the spreading Middle East Revolution

    Saudis mobilise thousands of troops to quell growing revolt

     By Robert Fisk, Middle East Correspondent

    Saudi Arabia was yesterday drafting up to 10,000 security personnel into its north-eastern Shia Muslim provinces, clogging the highways into Dammam and other cities with busloads of troops in fear of next week’s “day of rage” by what is now called the “Hunayn Revolution”.  

    Saudi Arabia’s worst nightmare – the arrival of the new Arab awakening of rebellion and insurrection in the kingdom – is now casting its long shadow over the House of Saud. Provoked by the Shia majority uprising in the neighbouring Sunni-dominated island of Bahrain, where protesters are calling for the overthrow of the ruling al-Khalifa family, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is widely reported to have told the Bahraini authorities that if they do not crush their Shia revolt, his own forces will.

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    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudis-mobilise-thousands-of-troops-to-quell-growing-revolt-2232928.html

    Have you been watching the revolutions and uprisings in other countries. Have you thought it would be a great idea to catch on in the USA? Well we might be the US, and have an military sworn to defend the citizens, but think again. Great article by Marc Slavo, it wouldn’t go over so well.

    Of Course They Will (Fire On US Citizens)

    Author: Mac Slavo

    In previous opinions we’ve discussed the possibility of US law enforcement and military assets being deployed to Main Street at the onset of any major crisis. Discussions by our comment contributors included all manner of thought on such a scenario, with arguments for and against the possibility that troops, police and private contractors would, if ordered to, fire on US citizens. As we’ve seen in the middle east over the last several weeks, and are seeing in real time in Libya today, once military is deployed things can spiral out of control very quickly.

    Revisiting the question in a recent article, Zero Hedge contributor Cognitive Dissonance asks Would US Police/Troops Fire Upon US Citizens?

    So while I can’t answer the title’s question for you I can offer my own opinion as to whether or not Americans will be fired upon. The short answer is that of course they will. Why would you think otherwise when US history offers up dozens of examples to choose from. The powers that be are ego maniacs, the elites have hundreds of years of experience controlling the masses and the masses are mostly living their lives in denial. I consider it inevitable that when the uprisings begin and they turn really ugly that those who are paid to protect the powerful and their assets will follow orders and do precisely that.

    Once again you can’t see this from your own point of view because you most likely won’t be the one holding the riot gear and facing the screaming mobs. While I’m certain some within the police, military and National Guard will follow their heart and refuse to fire or even follow orders if doing so means hurting their fellow citizens, in effect declaring conscientious objector status, they will for the most part be a small minority and will be quickly weeded out of the ranks by the second or third round of protests.

    Considering the insanity the police and troops will be facing as well as the economic collapse that threatens them as well, the police/troops will rally around each other and protect their own closed community using whatever means necessary. Throw in the mercenaries, the agent provocateurs, the psyops campaigns, the meddling from the various intelligence agencies and the only question I have is not if but when and how much.

    Someone in the comment section the other day said that since the military is now an all volunteer fighting force, the standard of conduct has been raised and no one in the military would ever fire on their fellow citizens. While I would love to believe this, I see it from a different point of view. Those in the military want(ed) to be in the military, thus they were more likely to buy into military groupthink and its attendant mind control and propaganda. Rest assured that long before any uniformed service person (police or military) is asked to confront their fellow citizens they will be subjected to a barrage of intensive conditioning and will be propagandized to the nth degree.

    In my opinion, to believe that the various forces arrayed against the protesting public won’t fire on them is to continue to believe in American exceptionalism and more specifically in the desire of the rich and powerful to finally see the error of their ways and thus immediately cease and desist from further exploitation and pillage. If this is the case, if this is what you believe, then all I can say is that you live in a dream world Neo.Once again you can’t see this from your own point of view because you most likely won’t be the one holding the riot gear and facing the screaming mobs. While I’m certain some within the police, military and National Guard will follow their heart and refuse to fire or even follow orders if doing so means hurting their fellow citizens, in effect declaring conscientious objector status, they will for the most part be a small minority and will be quickly weeded out of the ranks by the second or third round of protests.

    Considering the insanity the police and troops will be facing as well as the economic collapse that threatens them as well, the police/troops will rally around each other and protect their own closed community using whatever means necessary. Throw in the mercenaries, the agent provocateurs, the psyops campaigns, the meddling from the various intelligence agencies and the only question I have is not if but when and how much.

    Someone in the comment section the other day said that since the military is now an all volunteer fighting force, the standard of conduct has been raised and no one in the military would ever fire on their fellow citizens. While I would love to believe this, I see it from a different point of view. Those in the military want(ed) to be in the military, thus they were more likely to buy into military groupthink and its attendant mind control and propaganda. Rest assured that long before any uniformed service person (police or military) is asked to confront their fellow citizens they will be subjected to a barrage of intensive conditioning and will be propagandized to the nth degree.

    In my opinion, to believe that the various forces arrayed against the protesting public won’t fire on them is to continue to believe in American exceptionalism and more specifically in the desire of the rich and powerful to finally see the error of their ways and thus immediately cease and desist from further exploitation and pillage. If this is the case, if this is what you believe, then all I can say is that you live in a dream world Neo.

    Read rest of story below:

    http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/of-course-they-will-fire-on-us-citizens_03042011

    The only way freedom is truly earned and understood is if the people fight and die for it. Libya is telling the New World Order, which thinks it should intervene in every single country (United Nations) and “help” them with their natural resources *cough* I mean freedom of democracy, STAY THE HELL OUT. The Libyans want to finish the revolution they started. They want victory. They want to show other oppressed countries “you too can do this”. It is worth dying for. More importantly a big middle finger to the bloodsuckers trying to get Libya’s oil supplies (which are HUGE) yelling “WE ARE SOVEREIGN”

    No foreign intervention, Libyans tell West
    Agence France-Presse
    Benghazi, March 01, 2011
     
    Libyan pro democracy protesters say they are determined to unseat strongman Muammar Gaddafi without any foreign military intervention, even at the cost of further bloodshed. With world powers weighing options to end Gaddafi’s 41 year hardline rule, protesters who overran Benghazi, Libya’s second ci

    ty, hoisted a banner spelling out their message loudly and clearly, “No foreign intervention, Libyan people can do it alone.”
    
    The devastating sectarian violence that rocked Iraq in the aftermath of the 2003 US led military intervention, that brought down dictator Saddam Hussein, haunts many Libyans. “The Iraqi example scares everyone in the Arab world,” said Abeir Imneina, a professor of political sciences at the university of Benghazi.”We know very well what happened in Iraq, which is in the throes of instability. Following in those footsteps is not appealing at all,” she said. “We don’t want the Americans to come and then to have to regret (the end of  the rule of) Gaddafi,” she added.

     

    Vietnam dissident detained for revolution calls
     
     
    One of Vietnam’s most prominent pro-democracy dissidents has been detained after using the Internet to call for a revolution to overthrow the communist government.

    The Tuoi Tre newspaper reported that Dr Nguyen Dan Que, 69, was being held by police in Ho Chi Minh City.

    It said his house was searched on Saturday and police found 60,000 documents on his computer calling for a revolution.

    Dr Que who also heads the Non-Violent Movement for Human Rights in Vietnam. He has been jailed three times since 1978, serving a total of 20 years behind bars for promoting democracy and human rights.

    Vietnam considers his actions a threat to national security. AP

    http://www.todayonline.com/World/Worldinbrief/EDC110301-0000201/Vietnam-dissident-detained-for-revolution-calls

    Oman deploys Army to Squash Protests

    Oman deployed troops north of the capital Muscat and near the border with the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, following three straight days of anti-government protests, a government official said.

    Oman, ruled by a powerful family dynasty, is the latest Arab nation to be swept up in a wave of regional unrest that has already brought down two leaders and threatened the rule of others.

    The center of protests in Oman has been the port town of Sohar, about 120 miles (200 kilometers) northwest of Muscat, where demonstrators demanding higher salaries and jobs have clashed with security forces.

    Police killed a protester in Sohar on Saturday, after demonstrations turned violent. Several government buildings and a supermarket were set on fire, local media reported.

    Anticipating more unrest, the government deployed troops and military vehicles around the capital and near Oman’s border with the UAE, a government official said Tuesday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release information to the media

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_OMAN_PROTESTS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-03-01-09-02-50

    Clinton Tells Qaddafi “Surrender Now”; More Protests in Yemen, Bahrain, Oman

    Libyan rebels now hold about 80% of the country. France is sending an airlift of medical supplies, including doctors and nurses to aid the rebels. Think anything else might be in those planes?

    Regardless, Qaddafi is holed up in Tripoli with options growing smaller by the day. The only country that might take him is Venezuela. Why anyone would take him is beyond me.

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has stepped up the rhetoric as International Pressure on Qaddafi Intensifies.

    An international campaign to force Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi out of office gathered pace on Monday as the European Union adopted an arms embargo and other sanctions, as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton bluntly told the Libyan leader to surrender power “now, without further violence or delay.”

    Germany proposed a 60-day ban on financial transactions, and a spokeswoman for Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, said that contacts were being established with the opposition.

    Italy’s foreign minister on Sunday suspended a nonaggression treaty with Libya on the grounds that the Libyan state “no longer exists,” while Mrs. Clinton said the United States was reaching out to the rebels to “offer any kind of assistance.”

    France said it was sending medical aid. Prime Minister François Fillon said planes loaded with doctors, nurses and supplies were heading to the rebel-controlled eastern city of Benghazi, calling the airlift “the beginning of a massive operation of humanitarian support for the populations of liberated territories.”

    Across the region, the tumult that has been threatening one autocratic government after another since the turn of the year continued unabated. In Yemen, protests drove President Ali Abdullah Saleh to make a bid for a unity government, but the political opposition rapidly refused. An opposition leader, Mohamed al-Sabry, said in a statement that the president’s proposal was a “desperate attempt” to counter major protests planned for Tuesday.

    In Bahrain, protesters blocked access to Parliament, according to news agencies. In Oman, whose first major protests were reported over the weekend, demonstrations turned violent in the port city of Sohar, and spread for the first time to the capital, Muscat.

    Third Night of Protests in Oman

    Bloomberg reports Youth Protests Enter Third Night as Sultan Promises to Create Jobs

    Hundreds of Omani protesters gathered in the city of Sohar for a third night, demanding that the government open talks on their demands for more jobs, higher pay and more representative political institutions.

    Khaled Maqbuli, a leader of the protest, called on the demonstrators at a roundabout in the center of Sohar, north of the capital, Muscat, to stay peaceful and avoid confrontation with the army and the police. Two people were killed, several wounded and a supermarket set on fire over the past two days.

    “We are peaceful, we have demands, we are not saboteurs,” Maqbuli, 26, said through a loudspeaker. “We want the government to send civilian people to discuss our demands; we have nothing to say to the military.”

    Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, the country’s ruler since 1970, “has received the demands of the citizens in all the provinces and is giving them his attention,” state television reported.

    If governments could easily create jobs they would. Look no further than the US for proof. Only private enterprise can create jobs, at least lasting ones.

    Governments can only take wealth from one place and distribute it elsewhere, by taxation, by force, or by the hidden tax of inflation that comes from printing money. When the stimulus ends, so do the jobs, except the bureaucratic ones, where massive pension problems and needless bureaucrats remain.

    Mike “Mish” Shedlock
    http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com

    Obama: It’s time for Libya’s Gadhafi to go

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    By BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press Bradley Klapper, Associated Press Sun Feb 27, 8:42 am ET

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has called on Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi to leave power immediately, saying he has lost the legitimacy to rule with his violent crackdown on his own people.

    With that shift Saturday, Obama dropped the careful condemnation, threats of consequences and the reminders to Gadhafi’s regime about its responsibility to avoid violence.

    The president called on Gadhafi to step down for the first time, saying the Libyan government must be held accountable for its brutal crackdown on dissenters. The administration also announced new sanctions against Libya, but that was overshadowed by the sharp demand for Gadhafi’s immediate ouster.

    “The president stated that when a leader’s only means of staying in power is to use mass violence against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what is right for his country by leaving now,” the White House said.

    The statement summarizing Obama’s telephone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel came as Libya’s embattled regime passed out guns to civilian supporters and sent armed patrols around its capital to quash dissent and stave off the rebellion that now controls large parts of the North African nation.

    Until Saturday, U.S. officials held back from fully and openly throwing all their support behind the protest movement, insisting that it was for the Libyan people to determine how they want to be led. The refrain echoed the public position maintained by the administration during the Egypt crisis, when the U.S. gradually dropped its support for longtime ally Hosni Mubarak but never explicitly demanded his resignation after nearly three decades in power.

    Explaining the change, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Libyans “have made themselves clear” that they want Gadhafi out.

    The tougher tone set the stage for Clinton’s trip Sunday to Geneva, where she will confer with foreign policy chiefs from Russia, the European Union and other global powers on how to drive home the message to a Libyan government determined to cling to power and crush opposition to Gadhafi’s rule.

    Interviewed on CNN’s State of the Union, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said even more forceful action needs to be taken against Gadhafi’s regime, including imposing a no-fly zone and providing arms to the rebels.

    “The world has to do more,” he said.

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said foreign mercenaries fighting for Gadhafi should know they run the risk of “finding themselves in front of a war-crimes tribunal.”

    The two lawmakers spoke Sunday from Cairo where insurgents toppled the government of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak earlier this month.

    Obama and Merkel strategized on how the world should respond to the violence that, according to some officials, has killed thousands of people. Clinton spoke with the EU’s top diplomat Catherine Ashton to coordinate the international pressure.

    Acting on its own, the administration announced a new measure Saturday when Clinton said the U.S. was revoking visas for senior Libyan officials and their immediate family members. New travel applications from these individuals will be rejected, she said.

    The visa ban followed the administration’s moves Friday to freeze all Libyan assets in the U.S. that belong to Gadhafi, his government and four of his children. The U.S. also closed its embassy in Libya and suspended the limited defense trade between the countries.

    It is unclear how far the U.S. — and its international allies — might have to go to convince Gadhafi that his four-decade reign in Libya must end. American military action is unlikely, although the administration hasn’t ruled out participation in an internationally administered protective no-fly zone.

    U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon was due in Washington on Monday for talks with Obama at the White House.

    A nonviolent revolt against Gadhafi’s government began Feb. 15 amid a wave of uprisings in the Arab world. Most of Libya’s eastern half is under the control of rebels. Witnesses say Gadhafi’s government has responded by shooting at protesters in numerous cities.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110227/ap_on_re_us/us_us_libya_22