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Updates on protests throughout the Middle East

Instead of making four separate posts, I’m going to cover a few hot spots in one post.  Obviously, all of these stories have to do with the protest movements in the region (I feel like we need to name the general movement, maybe The 2011 Arab Wave?).

Syria Twenty protesters were killed in a government crackdown yesterday, according to this article from Al Jazeera.  Obviously, there has been a rise of popular anger.  There has also been a rise in support for the government.

Significantly, people do not want regime change at this point of time but want to protest peacefully to achieve their rights, our correspondent said. People want corruption to end, more political reforms and freedom of expressions, she said.

Libya The New York Times is reporting that rebels in Libya have taken back the town of Ajdabiya.  The news suggests that Western air support may succeed in reversing the course of the conflict.  The article also updates the American political situation facing Obama.

Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh is officially negotiating a transition of power to take place this year, reports BBC News.  The article doesn’t give much information on who might recieve that transfered power, which  is the main item of concern for the US government.  The article notes that 50 died in protests last week in Yemen, and also mentions that two of President Saleh’s relatives are equally unpopular and can be expected to go, they being


  • the president’s son Ahmed, who is in charge of the Republican Guard

  • his nephew and son-in-law Yahia Saleh, who heads the security forces


    Jordan The Jordan Times reports that pro-reform protesters were met with opposition from pro-government protesters in Amman yesterday.  As police tried to separate the groups, the scene grew violent, with many injured and one (another source reports two) dead.  The prime minister is blaming the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan.

    “Stop playing with fire! Where are you taking Jordan?” the premier asked, addressing the Islamists, who also issued a statement later in the day accusing the authorities and groups of thugs of attacking peaceful protesters.




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