When mass protests toppled Hosni Mubarak in February last year, Cairo's Tahrir Square swiftly became the emblem of the hopes of the Arab Spring. Sixteen months on, however – with the constitution still not written and soldiers guarding the doors of the parliament – the outlook for the Egyptian revolution is far from certain.
It is true that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has restated its commitment to hand control to the new President at the end of this month as planned. But on Sunday night, a bare few hours after the polls closed, the council issued a constitutional declaration granting itself both sweeping legislative and budgetary oversight and also, crucially, the final say over who will draft the constitution that will set out the President's powers.
Introducing an unpredictable new element into the Syrian crisis, a news agency said on Monday that two Russian naval vessels with marines on board were ready to head for Syria to protect Russian citizens and a naval base there, in what would be the first known reinforcement of Moscow’s military presence since the start of an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
The Interfax news agency quoted a Russian naval official, who was not identified, as saying that the two amphibious assault ships would head for the Mediterranean port of Tartus, where Russia has its only warm-water naval base in the region. Russia has been the staunchest ally of Mr. Assad in the 16-month-old conflict, shielding the Damascus government from stern international measures to remove him from office.
Moscow is also Syria’s biggest arms supplier, and the relationship provides Russia with its main foothold in Middle East diplomacy.
Sudan's police used tear gas and batons to break up protests in Khartoum on Monday, witnesses said, after President Omar Hassan al-Bashir unveiled tough austerity measures to plug a budget deficit.
Sudan has avoided an "Arab spring" but anger is rising over spiraling food prices among a population strained by years of conflict, poverty and U.S. trade sanctions.
The Arab-African country has been struggling with economic crisis after losing three-quarters of its oil production, the lifeblood of the economy, when South Sudan seceded a year ago.
Protests erupted after news of Bashir's plans to cut the number of civil servants, reduce fuel subsidies and raise taxes on consumer goods, banks and imports.
About 250 students staged an anti-government protest in the heart of the capital for a second day, shouting "rise up, rise up", witnesses said. They also shouted slogans protesting against rocketing food prices.
Thousands of women representing social and farm movements marched in central Rio Monday to rail against the "green economy" advocated by the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development.
Behind a large banner from the international peasant movement Via Campesina proclaiming "the peoples are against the mercantilization of nature", they marched several miles to the Flamengo park, the venue for the "People's Summit" organized by civil society groups on the sidelines of the Rio+20 event.
Several hundred men closed off the march to show their solidarity.
Perched atop a truck fitted with loudspeakers, a female activist howled: "This is a march of urban and rural women against this Rio+20 charade."
"No to green capitalism! Yes to an economy based on solidarity, yes to people's sovereignty," she added.
People's Summit militants view the "green economy" concept touted by organizers of the official Rio+20 gathering as just "another stage of capitalist accumulation" after the failure of the current model.
World leaders are to gather here from Wednesday to Friday to debate how to steer the planet toward a greener and more sustainable future.
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Ten days before Greece’s elections, a member of the neo-nazi party, Golden Dawn, repeatedly hit a female candidate of the communist party while appearing live on a television talk show and threw water over a female candidate of the radical left Syriza. The communist had just called him a “bloody fascist” and he addressed her as a “commie”. Greek elites (journalists, intellectuals, politicians) condemned his violence almost unequivocally. Yet the ugliest part of this incident was the readiness of many lay people to defend him, even cheer him, while the neo-nazis rose in the polls.
Unfortunately this episode was not isolated. Despite the narrow victory of a centrist party in Sunday’s vote, almost every day extremist violence breaks out in Athens and beyond. Neo-nazis against immigrants, anarchists and leftists. Anarchists, ultra-leftists and other fringe groups of the nationalist-populist camp against riot police, mainstream politicians, journalists, liberal intellectuals, even artists. Add to this a surge in crime and rising tolerance of violence and you have a clearer picture of today’s Athens. Does it remind you of anything?
That’s right. Greece’s situation recalls the Weimar Republic. Violence (and its banalisation), hate, rage, polarisation, fear, despair and resignation. As for the police, it has already taken sides: neo-nazis won by a landslide in polling stations where officers were assigned to vote.
Do I believe it is coming to this Country? You better believe it is and on a much grander scale. Egypt, Syria, Greece, Italy, this is nothing compared to what the United States of America is facing. These countries have tolerated things that America would have never allowed for years. No other Country has enjoyed the freedoms and free enterprise that we here in America have experienced. Nor, are true Americans going to be willing to give these freedoms up as easily and settle for a so, so life. The American Spirit is going to want to fight to save our Country, and I believe most are willing to pay the price, the real question is how do we unite in a large enough group to take back Washington??? There is not enough time to vote them all out, America as we know it, doesn't have much time left before we too join the ranks of some of these other countries. Many Americans are already throwing in the towel and fleeing to other countries, especially the wealthy.
I don't have all the answers, but I am certainly open to suggestions. One man didn't win this Countries freedoms, it will take literally millions of True Americans to win this Country again!!! Who is with me???
Why are we/media worried about this? We have our own problems, it is nice to know about world issues but when the Euro flattened the value of the US dollar did they care about us? Brazil and So America as a whole have their continuing struggle for their civil rights since the birth of time.
We have an illegal president that is pushing socialism/dictatorship/open borders down our throats, spending/trashing our hard earned money with the MSM supporting every move by G.Soros and Co.
I feel like Blues Bros. movie: "Take The Word To The Streets!" We have to get the Media under control and out of the hands of the Left Wing extremists.
It looks like some of you have read up on the History of the Rothchilds which explains a lot. I am going to look up the history of the Bilderbergers next. This is all eye awakening. And while you might think that Jews are to blame, read the articles very carefully, and you will find out those so called Jews come from an area which today is Georgia, but in 700, can't remember whether it was b.c. or a.d., and were not Jews at all.
Further, look up the Organic Act of 1871 and be more rudely awakened as well. If you can;t find it, let me know and I will post it.
Blog, tweet, post, messge, facebook, and anything anywhere to anyone to get around the obama media and we are doing it. Boycott HBO, george clooney and any so called star that supports BO, cancel all newspapers that are owned by the Associated Press, cancel magazines that have bo or moochelle on the cover, and most important VOTE. Bo is losing and he knows it why do you think all the hispanic, women, black, and racist garbage. 104 million white, 16 million black, 11 million hispanic registered voters. White voters put the communist muslim in as our President and white voters will take him out. VOTE LOCAL TO NATIONAL REPUBLICAN (tea party to conservatives), BUT VOTE!!!!!!!
Lyn, my friend, 104 million white voters divided by half is 52 million plus 8 million black and 5.5 million hispanic voters add up to 65.5 million votes for that scumbag Obama and if we are lucky we can get the same for our guy then it will be up to the electoral college and that depends on what states who gets what. My reasoning is 350 million people in the US divided by 4, 4 members of each family and we know the blacks and latino's have more than 2 kids. anyway that comes out to 87 million voters if all of them register now divide that in half and we get 43.5 million voters if everyone votes and that is dividing every race equally.
We are not a shoe-in, we don't out number them. Too many people want this country to become a Socialist or Communist country because they believe the crap that they hear.