Politics

17.02.2011

N.Korea completes missile launch tower

Recent satellite images show that North Korea has completed a launch tower at its new missile base, a key step in efforts to test a missile which could eventually reach the United States, experts say. An image taken on January 10 of the Tongchang-ri base on the west coast shows a moveable launch pad and swing arms along with the tower. »

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

Argentina: U.S. Warplane Carried Unauthorized Weapons

The Obama administration is locked in a diplomatic row with Argentina over allegations a U.S. military warplane brought unauthorized cargo to the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. The Argentine government says a U.S. Air Force jet was found to be carrying a number of items, including weapons, drugs and spying devices, without proper clearance. »

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. »

15.02.2011

Follow Egypt’s example, Obama tells Arab world

US President Obama urged autocratic Middle Eastern allies to look to Egypt's example and encouraged the Iranian people to pursue their quest for democracy. "You can't maintain power through coercion," Obama said in a stark message to Arab allies of the United States as protests raged in Algeria, Bahrain and Yemen following the ouster of presidents in Egypt and Tunisia. »

13.02.2011

Clashes in Algeria as opposition plans new protest

Hundreds of demonstrators clashed with police in the Algerian city of Annaba, as the opposition announced another major anti-government rally next weekend. The next anti-government rally will be held February 19, said Mustepha Bouchahi of National Coordination for Change and Democracy, an umbrella group of opposition parties, civil society movements and unofficial unions. »

13.02.2011

Thousands rally in solidarity with Egyptian protesters

Thousands of people rallied in cities across the world to demand respect for human rights in the Middle East and North Africa as part of a global day of action organized by Amnesty International. Activists, trade unionists and students created a sea of red, black and white - the colours of the Egyptian flag - in countries from Switzerland to South Korea. »

12.02.2011

Humanist postscript to the Egyptian revolution

“Getting rid of dictators is not enough. Building a civic participatory society is not easy - Europe's enlightenment did not come just from removing a few dictators,” a Palestinian friend said to me recently. “People's expectation raised for change will dash against the reality that it will take decades to create systems of governance, accountability, economic justice...” »

12.02.2011

On Rebellion

Rebellion is in the air. The people of Egypt have given us a shining example of the power of nonviolent protest combined with absolute determination. But theirs is not the only example. The Egyptian revolt was sparked by one in Tunisia that echoed in Syria, Jordan, Algeria, Yemen. Something is stirring in the Arab world. But that's not all. »

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