Middle East

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

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." »

11.02.2011

Egypt: A non-violent revolution and a future to be built

We humanists feel very joyful at the outcome of the Non-Violent Revolution in Egypt, which has culminated in Mubarak's resignation. Towards the end of January the International Humanist Party showed its support for the “peoples’ protest” in the Arab world; and we demonstrated outside Egyptian embassies in several countries supporting the non-violent struggle of its people. »

11.02.2011

The new world which is already arriving

The majority of journalists, media people, commentators and intellectuals from the main broadcasting channels do not seem to be able to perceive in depth what is happening in Egypt. And we must bear in mind that the massive demonstrations or social unrest are only an indication of the “new world which is already arriving”. »

11.02.2011

Long live the people of Egypt!

After 18 days of the popular uprising, Mubarak resigned and fled the country. Egypt displayed the greatest expression of the strength of non-violence. Some nay-sayers, who were more interested in silencing the mass movement with gunfire rather than avoiding bloodshed, were announcing “civil war” . No bloodshed occurred. »

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. »

09.02.2011

Egypt’s Youth Will Not Be Silenced

“In memoriam, Christoph Probst, Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl” reads the banner at the top of Kareem Amer’s popular Egyptian dissident blog. “Beheaded on Feb. 22, 1943, for daring to say no to Hitler, and yes to freedom and justice for all.” The young blogger’s banner recalls the courageous group of anti-Nazi pamphleteers who called themselves the White Rose Collective. »

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