Middle East

28.02.2011

Thousands Protest in Bahrain, Opposition Leader Returns

Protests meanwhile are continuing across the Middle East. In Bahrain, thousands continue to flood the streets of the capital city of Manama. On Sunday, demonstrators marched to a central court building in their deepest foray into the city so far. The protests come as leading Bahraini Shiite opposition leader Hassan Mushaima has returned from exile. »

24.02.2011

Yemen urged to halt escalating crackdown after two reported killed in capital

Amnesty International has urged the Yemeni authorities to end its crackdown on anti-government demonstrations after two protesters were reported to have been killed in Sana’a. They would be the first fatalities in the capital since the outbreak of unrest earlier this month and bring the total killed to 16, including 13 in the southern city of Aden. »

23.02.2011

Protest in Bahrein

As protests continue in Bahrein, mobilizing people to the squares and public areas to claim for their demands, we tried to interview one of the non-violent Human Rights activist working there but he preferred not to give his name and just explained us the main reasons that are moving people against their government. Here we publish those reasons. »

20.02.2011

Latin America in the coming years. A Universalist Humanism vision

Latin America is definitely on the move: there are multiple events taking place in political, economic, social, cultural, ethnic, institutional, religious and spiritual fields, showing a new moment. Here we publish the complete transcription of the lecture given at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem by Tomás Hirsch, humanist Latin American leader. »

16.02.2011

Egyptian Military Vows Democratic Transition in Six Months

Egypt’s governing military council has announced new steps in its oversight of the transition from the longtime rule of former President Hosni Mubarak. The council says it will hand authority to an elected civilian government in six months. It has also instructed a legal panel to draft a revised constitution within 10 days. »

16.02.2011

Mubarak is out — but he may take unimaginable wealth out with him

Estimates of his stolen fortune range as high as $70 billion, more than a third of the entire Egyptian economy. Time is running out for world governments to freeze Mubarak’s assets before they disappear into a maze of obscure bank accounts -- like so many other dictators' stolen fortunes. The Avaaz community is launching another international campaign. »

16.02.2011

Pro-Democracy Protests Erupt in Libya; Unrest Continues in Bahrain, Iran, Yemen

A wave of massive protest inspired by the recent uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia continues today across the Middle East and North Africa. In Bahrain, thousands of anti-government protesters are occupying one of the central squares in the capital Manama after two days of strong clashes with the state police and armed forces. »

11.02.2011

Rebelion in Arab countries and the clamour of the people

On January 14 the Tunisian dictator Ben Ali was deposed after 20 years in power. Even if the detonator for the popular rebellion was the self-immolation of a humble street vendor mistreated by the police, over many years the Tunisian people had to bear injustice of all kinds, alarming levels of unemployment and poverty and even the persecution of certain Islamic practices. »

11.02.2011

Mubarak Resigned after 18 Days of Protests and 30 Years in Power

To the joy of almost 20 million people who had mobilized to demand the resignation of Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president chose to step down after 30 years in power. Mubarak's resignation takes place after 18 days of massive protests. The recently-appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman made the announcement, saying that a Military Council will take over the administration. »

11.02.2011

Egypt: Human rights reform essential as Hosni Mubarak steps aside

In response to dramatic developments in Egypt, Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said: "I congratulate the protesters for their extraordinary courage and commitment to achieve fundamental change." "Persistent attempts to put down peaceful protests have not only failed but redoubled the determination of those demanding change." »

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