Middle East

03.03.2011

Mubarak ally quits as Egyptian PM

Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq resigned unexpectedly, sparking celebrations from protesters who demand a purge of the remnants of ousted president Hosni Mubarak's regime. The country's military rulers said he would be replaced by Essam Sharaf, a former transport minister who joined the rallies in Cairo's Tahrir Square that led to Mubarak's resignation on February 11. »

01.03.2011

Huge demo in Yemen capital as Saleh blames US, Israel

Huge crowds poured onto the streets of the Yemeni capital in what the opposition hailed as the biggest protest yet against the President three-decade rule. The veteran leader, whose supporters staged a large counter-demonstration, dismissed the opposition rally as a copycat action mimicking protests in other Arab countries that he charged had been fanned by Israel and the US. »

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

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. »

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. »

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. »

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