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New Egyptian Prime Minister pledges democratic change ~ link ~
Inspired by the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, Jordanians have been holding protest rallies for the past two months, demanding political reforms, including a constitutional monarchy. Protesters want King Abdullah to relinquish some of his powers, including the right to appoint prime ministers.
North Yemen forces fired on protesters ~ link ~
Libya: Protests hit Gaddafi stronghold of Tripoli ~ link ~
Anti-government protests held in Saudi Arabia ~ link ~ This is the 'big one'. I strongly suspect that the Saudi Royal Family will not allow the global banking cartel and the Mossad to engineer a successful revolution. If a revolution gets close, they are apt to chose to ignite the whole region in war before they would be overturned. Stirling
The peaceful protest rally, dubbed the 'Day of Rage,' which condemned the Saudi government's detention of Sheikh Tawfiq al-Amer, was held in al-Hufuf district following the Friday Prayers. The Shia cleric was arrested last Friday after a sermon in which he said Saudi Arabia should become a constitutional monarchy. Sheikh Tawfiq al-Amer has been arrested several times over his calls for giving Shias, a minority in Saudi Arabia, further freedom to exercise their religious rights.
Gaddafi forces open fire on protesters ~ link ~ Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi's troops have opened heavy fire on anti-regime protesters in an area near the oil port of Ras Lanuf. Heavy shelling has been heard from the city some 600 kilometers east of the capital, Tripoli. At least four people were killed during heavy clashes between Gaddafi loyalists and defectors, a Press TV correspondent reported.
Reports say Gaddafi's military forces have bombed the eastern oil-rich town of Brega for the third consecutive day. Similar air strikes have also been reported in the northeastern town of Ajdabiya 160 kilometers south of Benghazi.
This comes as reports say Gaddafi's regime has stepped up the recruitment of mercenaries from other African countries. Revolutionary forces say they have already captured scores of Gaddafi mercenaries.
Marines Return to Tripoli? ~ link ~ On a serious note, men preparing to land amid an unstable political and military situation with very limited resources are going into a situation fraught with danger. The left likes to protest any military intervention, expedition, commitment or use of American Military Forces. Left-wing politicians will call for an immediate withdraw of American Forces and demand ten different investigations. There is no national will to invade Libya! None!
Israel Intervenes in Libya - for Gaddafi ~ link ~ In a move that surprises all but Middle East experts, Israel has promised Libya’s dictator of over 40 years, Colonel Gaddafi, 50,000 troops to aid in crushing rebels set on overthrowing his his murderous rule. According to news sources inside Israel, “troops” are being hired across Africa, Uganda, Sudan, Chad and the Central Africa Republic, including Al Qaeda fighters, to be deployed against demonstrators and rebel forces currently involved in heavy fighting in a two week old attempt to overthrow the Libyan ruler that has left thousands dead.
Libya's money machine keeping Gaddafi alive ~ link ~ “Israel is flooding Libya with mercenaries, Gaddafi is slaughtering his own people and the rebel leaders who have called for help from America are being ignored while Gaddafi is consolidating for a full scale civil war which could easily have ended a week ago.”
The vote will give the assembly direct law-making power in 20 devolved areas, such as health and education.
EU's Baroness Ashton mulls scrapping Mideast envoy job ~ link ~ Belgian diplomat Marc Otte was not replaced after his term ended this week and it will probably be several months before Ashton decides to name a new envoy, a diplomat told AFP. "A final decision will be taken a later time, probably in the fall," the diplomat said on condition of anonymity.
Ashton, who is heading a new EU diplomatic service, is reviewing the European Union's network of special envoys and representatives in order to determine their usefulness. The EU's foreign and security policy chief has made her personal involvement in the diplomatic efforts in the Middle East a priority and prefers to take the dossier in her own hands, another diplomat said. The English baroness is close to the special envoy of the diplomatic Quartet in the Middle East, former British prime minister Tony Blair, her political mentor in the Labor Party.
China will boost its defense budget for 2011 ~ link ~
Israeli airstrike targets central Gaza ~ link ~ Israeli warplanes struck a car in central Gaza Friday morning causing no injuries, witnesses said. Locals said Israeli fighter jets fired two missiles near the An-Nuseirat refugee camp, destroying a jeep belonging to a resistance fighter.
Many Israeli drones were hovering over Gaza at the time of the raid, residents said.
Is the Anglosphere driving militant Islam? ~ link ~ Yes, if by Anglosphere you mean the global banking cartel/families. You have to have an enemy to have wars, and wars are very profitable you know. Stirling
Settlers chop down 500 trees in Nablus ~ link ~ Stealing more Arab lands will NOT bring peace or security to Israel. Stirling
Bail Out Europe's Banks? ~ link ~ Good article, take the time to read it all at the link, if you can. Stirling
The German magazine Der Spiegel has turned to an American economist to bang the drums for further bank reliquification (see article excerpt above). Obviously the US$50 trillion that Western powers have apparently dropped into the world's economy has not done the trick. We know this to be to true as well because of certain elite estimates floating around the blogosphere that the world (including the developing world) will need US$100 trillion or more over the next decade to ensure economic progress.
Watch out Africa - The World Bank has a 'Plan' ~ link ~ It is truly astonishing that in the 21st century the World Bank – which has inflicted ruin on nation-states across the globe – can confidently propose a pan-continental plan (see excerpt above) for one of the world's largest and most diverse regions without receiving even a modicum of pushback. Perhaps it is merely the predictability with which the World Bank approaches its destructive mandate that reduces debate.