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2011: World in Turmoil

3 Apr

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This page will be updated periodically as new video reports are made available.

From Ireland to the southern tip of Africa, from East to West and beyond, the coming of the year 2011 brings fresh new turmoil, new wars and rumors of wars, across the globe. The end time Kali Yuga period rages on, and man’s inhumanity to man is on display around the world. Civil unrest, dissatisfaction, political upheaval and other signs of unusual evil and personal cruelty are everywhere.

Anymore it is hard to open the news and read it without being sickened by it. I find I want to take more days off and do pleasant, soul nurturing things that have nothing to do with bearing witness to  more death, killing, war and human horrors, and readers will note that some days the blog is silent.

On those days I am doing something beautiful that has nothing whatsoever with any of this hell on earth that is breaking out everywhere and I hope others are doing the same. That having been said, here is the grim news report of who is warring with whom, where, and a brief video round-up of what’s happening today on the besieged planet earth.

Chase Kyla Hunter

Africa:

Syria:

Lebanon:

Israel:

Ukraine:

Japan:

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BREAKING: Obama Administration Prepares Military Intervention in Libya

9 Mar

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Tags: US military intervention in Libya planned, Libya crisis, war in the mideast, US military Libya, Obama administration

Raw Footage: Gaddafi Orders His Soldiers to Kill Protestors, Police Fleeing in Libya Street Riots, Bodies Being Hidden Tripoli Libya

28 Feb

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[Some of the video below is not in English.]

Tags: Libya, Gaddafi regime, battle for democracy in Egypt, democracy uprisings Mideast 2011, news blackout Libya uprising 2011

Updated: Egypt’s Military Imposes Martial Law

14 Feb

Copyright 2.14.11 By CK Hunter, All Rights Reserved.

Repost courtesy of the Washington Post

Egypt in turmoil

Full coverage of the Egyptian protests

Egypt’s generals impose martial law

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Ruling council says it will run the country for six months or until elections are held; tensions flare as military evicts protesters in Tahrir Square.

Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, February 13, 2011; 11:00 PM

CAIRO – Egypt’s generals imposed martial law on Sunday, dissolving parliament and suspending the constitution, moves that many of the protesters who helped topple President Hosni Mubarak said were necessary to excise a rotten form of government.

The sweeping actions appeared to have their desired effect of calming the national mood. Under a celebratory facade, Egypt has remained on edge since Mubarak was forced to abdicate Friday, as uncertainty grew over the revolution’s next stages.

In a written communique, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, led by Field Marshal Mohammed Tantawi, said the military rule was temporary and would last until elections are held, possibly as soon as six months from now. A new set of guiding laws will be drafted by an appointed committee and made subject to a referendum, the military chiefs said.

The parliament disbanded by the military had been a rubber-stamp body dominated by ruling-party members who prevailed in rigged November elections. The constitution had also been skewed heavily in favor of Mubarak’s regime.

Opposition figures praised the moves as important first steps toward free elections but urged further measures to sweep away the old guard. Some expressed alarm at an aborted effort by the military early Sunday to clear Cairo‘s Tahrir Square of remaining protesters. They also criticized a decision by the military rulers to leave Mubarak’s cabinet in place.

“By no means can they concentrate on fixing the problems and investigating what happened under the former regime, because they are the ones responsible,” said Alaa al Aswany, an Egyptian novelist and democracy activist.

It remains far from clear how quickly elections might be held in Egypt. The well-organized Muslim Brotherhood, officially banned under Mubarak, has pressed for speedy elections. Some democracy activists have said that it might take much longer than six months to prepare the ground for a fair contest.

Some unrest continued in Cairo, as about 500 police officers, demanding higher wages, marched through Tahrir Square and blocked the entrance to the Interior Ministry. Workers at state banks held sit-ins, forcing Egypt’s central bank to declare Monday a bank holiday. The antiquities-rich Egyptian Museum reported that two statues of King Tutankhamen and 16 other artworks had been looted.

“Our concern now is security, to bring security back to the Egyptian citizen,” Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq said after presiding over a meeting of the caretaker cabinet. “That sense has been lost since the beginning of the events. It’s been coming back, but not as quickly as we hoped.”

Before the session, workers removed a huge portrait of Mubarak that had kept watch over the meeting room.

Unlike the police and other domestic security forces that Mubarak used to brutalize his political foes, the armed forces are seen by many Egyptians as their protectors and saviors. The military permitted the protests to unfold peacefully during the 18-day revolution. Many soldiers and officers made clear that their sympathies lay with the people.

For the near term, at least, the man running the country is Tantawi, 75, a close ally of Mubarak’s who served under him as defense minister and commander in chief of the armed forces. The military council’s communique said Tantawi would function as Egypt’s head of state in international relations.

Retired military officers and analysts described Tantawi as pragmatic and conservative, with no visible political aspirations. They said he has the support of other senior commanders, including Lt. Gen. Sami Enan, the armed forces’ chief of staff.

“Tantawi does not have ambitions to run for president. No one in the supreme council has that wish,” said Hosam Sowilam, a retired major general and former military college classmate of Tantawi’s. “We are military people. We don’t want to indulge in any political matters. We want to only participate in defending our territory and preserving the independence and stability of the country.”

Over the years, Tantawi has kept close ties with U.S. government and military officials. “He understands the importance of this relationship,” said Mohamed Kadry Said, a former major general who is an analyst at the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo.

Tantawi is also seen as a reliable ally by Israel, which has feared greater instability with Mubarak’s departure. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has affirmed that Egypt will honor its international treaty obligations, including its peace accord with Israel.

But some military analysts said that despite protestations to the contrary, Tantawi and other generals might find that they enjoy ruling Egypt without any checks on their authority.

“In a few months, after they realize how powerful they are and if they believe they can control the country and restore stability, I am not sure they won’t fall in love with their huge influence,” said Giora Eiland, a retired Israeli major general who is an analyst at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. “Under certain circumstances, they can find excuses as to why an election cannot be held at the moment.”

Some demonstrators said they would continue to occupy Tahrir Square until the generals acceded to other demands, including the release of thousands of political prisoners and the repeal of Egypt’s state-of-emergency law, which Mubarak imposed almost 30 years ago as a tool to repress political opponents.

“How can there be freedom as long as the emergency law exists?” said Ram Ebead, 32, an unemployed chemist who has camped out in the plaza since protests erupted Jan. 25. “How can there be freedom without the release of political prisoners?”

Other organizers said they would leave Tahrir Square for now but would return every Friday to pressure the military to make good on its promises.

“The people will be frustrated if the military stays in power more than six months,” said Essam el-Erian, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. Analysts said the group stands to benefit from snap elections because it is Egypt’s best-organized political movement.

Erian urged the military to cancel the emergency law and to release the prisoners, many of them Brotherhood supporters. But he also praised the military for the measures it has taken.

“We’re on the right road,” Erian said. “Transitions from dictatorship to democracy are very difficult. It will take time.”

Special correspondent Samuel Sockol contributed to this report.

Breaking: Mubarak Resigns, Egyptians Elated, Roaring Joy in Streets

11 Feb

Copyright 2011-3011 Chase Kyla Hunter, All Rights Reserved.

Hosni Mubarak resigns as president of Egypt

See also: Mubarak Resigns [ BBC coverage ]

See also: Debate Swirls Over Mubarak Legacy

Egyptians roared wildly with joy in Cairo and Alexandria as news spread early this morning that Mubarak would finally step down and the military would be ruling the country temporarily. Chants of “free Egypt!” filled the streets as crowds reacted to the breaking news, after 17 days of nonstop rioting and unrest. The historic uprising leaves many questions and uncertainty about what will happen next in the Mideast. Americans watch closely to see what role, if any the controversial Muslim Brotherhood will play in a newly forming Egyptian government in days to come.

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Video Footage of the Earlier “Million Man March” which took place in Cairo

Egypt’s Bank of Alexandria Reopens After Two Weeks

8 Feb
Location of Alexandria on the map of Egypt. Al...

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Reports out of Egypt are mixed after two solid weeks of rioting, violence and chaos. Over 1 million tourists abandoned their vacations in the country, billions were lost in the Egyptian economy and many sectors of Cairo and Alexandria now look like war zones. Videos tell the story:

Earlier footage from January 28th in Cairo:

Egypt Day 11: Day of Prayer Marred By Violent Clashes

4 Feb

Copyright 2011-3011 By Chase Kyla Hunter

Christians Join Hands to Form a Ring of Protection Around Muslims While They Pray in the Streets of Egypt



Google News is presently posting 23,642 news articles covering the Egyptian uprising, which is the top news story in the world again for the 11th day. What’s different about day 11 is that protesters are now gathering in other neighboring countries to vent their rage and voice their support for the Egyptian protesters. In Iran, Turkey and on the West Bank of Israel protesters gathered to show their support for the Egyptian uprising against Mubarak. In one video posted below young Christians formed rings and locked hands to protect prostate Muslims while they prayed in the street. I never had seen an image like that, in my lifetime, until just a few minutes ago. It was dramatic and very moving.

To avoid igniting a Mideast conflagration of rage and violence, and a possible international firestorm as well, Mubarak needs to step down immediately. The situation is in the Mideast region is now getting worse by the day. I noted that a portrait of Barack Obama was burned along with photos and effigies of Mubarak. Here’s video coverage:

Egyptian Blogger “Sandmonkey” Arrested, Beaten by Mubarak’s Police

 

Clashes occur in Cairo side streets off Tahrir Square

CNN International – Ivan Watson – ‎32 minutes ago‎
Cairo, Egypt (CNN) — What a difference a few city blocks can make. Crowds of thousands upon thousands of Egyptians demonstrated peacefully on Friday, filling most of Cairo’s sprawling and once besieged Tahrir Square.

Journalists face obstacles and dangers in Egypt

CNN International – Christine Theodorou, Jill Dougherty – ‎44 minutes ago‎
By the CNN Wire Staff Cairo, Egypt (CNN) — The obstacles facing journalists covering the unrest in Egypt were cast into sharp relief Friday. The Al-Jazeera network said Friday that a “gang of thugs” stormed its Cairo office and burned the facility and

Huge Cairo Rally Renews Calls for Mubarak Ouster

Voice of America – ‎8 minutes ago‎
Photo: AP Tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Cairo, Friday, at another rally calling for the immediate ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. There were some clashes and gunfire, but the rally was peaceful overall in its early hours.
 


Opponents of President Hosni Mubarak called Friday the “day of departure.”
more by Hosni Mubarak – 1 hour ago – Voice of America (1 occurrences)

Egypt holds ‘Day of Departure’

Aljazeera.net – ‎30 minutes ago‎
Hundreds of thousands flood Tahrir Square for largely peaceful ‘Day of Departure’ protest against President Mubarak. Hundreds of thousands of protesters have gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in what has been a largely peaceful protest,

A message to Obama

Aljazeera.net – Karim Haddad – ‎54 minutes ago‎
Egyptian-Americans call on Obama to stand firmly on the side of the Egyptian people. “Down, down with Hosni Mubarak! Saudi Arabia is waiting for you!” The rhyme and rhythm is lost in translation, but the protesters’ chants are often catchy and straight

Timeline of the Egyptian Uprising Day by Day

Clashes Occur on Cairo Side Streets

Excerpt:

“What a difference a few city blocks can make. Crowds of hundreds of thousands upon thousands of Egyptians demonstrated peacefully on Friday, filling most of Cairo’s sprawling and once besieged Tahrir Square. They played music on loud speakers, danced and chanted “down with the dictator” in a rally dubbed “Day of Departure.”

But down the side streets leading east from Tahrir Square, just a few hundred meters away, fierce clashes raged between gangs of pro- and anti-regime youths.”

Tens of Thousands Gather in Tahrir Square During “Day of Prayer” Marred by Violence