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February 1, 2011

Yemeni opposition plans massive protests on Thursday

Southern separatists demonstrate in Aden, South Yemen

February 11, 2011

Gaddafi is ready

Gaddafi ready for Libya's "Day of Rage", reports Ashark Alawsat. The protests are to hit the streets of Libya on February 17. The old Gaddafi is crazy as hell and some estimates put Libya's unemployment at 30%. If the protesters manage to make it to the streets, this thing may become an unforgettable show.

By courtesy of MEMRI, one of Gaddafi's best performances ever

February 12, 2011

They are coming for you, ya Bouteflika

Algeria braces for anti government protests scheduled for today.

Bouteflika about to receive the famous kiss of Ahmadinejad


The kiss is widely believed in the Middle East to posses magic qualities such as bestowing sanity and a sharpened ability to think rationally, as well as casting on a political leader a magic spell that makes him invulnerable to green revolutions

February 13, 2011

If tomorrow is not the day, then this is not the new Middle East as far as I am concerned

Tajrish, Tehran last night

Clashes in Bahrain last night

February 20, 2011

Clashes are reported from the center of Tripoli despite the most ferocious crackdown. If they can topple Gaddafi, the most insane and ruthless of them all, then sorry Israel, but there are no rules here anymore. You may be the next in line. Prepare to be put to test.

In the next videos Palestinians can be seen marching towards a nearby Israeli settlement chanting "Peaceful, peaceful". It's unclear whether the march happened after the collapse of the Palestinian government in the West Bank or the march preceded it.

Some witnesses say that the march was against an Israeli military roadblock and the shots were fired from a nearby hill which is hosting an illegal settler outpost. After the shooting violent clashes erupted between the soldiers and demonstrators. As the death toll keeps mounting, the US government appears increasingly unable to resist international calls to drop its objection for the internationally agreed solution, which includes Israel's withdrawal from the West Bank, to be imposed on both sides. Meanwhile the Arab League backed by other Muslim nations and some European leaders called for sanctions against Israel unless the Israeli government reigns in its security forces and stops "the massacre of unarmed protesters in the West Bank".

February 21, 2011

After Yemen and Libya, protests hit Wisconsin.

By the CNN Wire Staff
February 21, 2011

MADISON, Wisconsin (CNN) -- Wisconsin's growing demonstration over a budget bill continues Monday with guitarist Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine fame planning to play for the protesters a day after Republican Gov. Scott Walker signaled no retreat on the measure. Supporters call the bill vital, but opponents label it union-busting.

The growing crowds gathering daily in Madison, the state capital, over the issue exceeded 50,000 on Saturday, according to an official estimate, and shows no sign of abating.

Source: CNN

Last night thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Madison, battling police and setting police stations and government buildings on fire. On the other hand, hundreds of pro governor demonstrators, led by the Tea Party, were reported massing in the suburbs of the capital where they were chanting "In our spirit and our blood we will redeem you Abu Wuker". Gunshots reverberated across the city amidst street by street battles. According to unconfirmed reports, Scott Walker, better known as the Mubarak of the Midwest, has fled to Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile the protests in Yemen entered second week with the number of protesters swelling to dozens of thousands, while in Iran thousands of people answered the opposition leaders' call yesterday and demonstrated on the streets of major Iranian cities. Basically, as far as Arab protests go, the rule of thumb seems to be that once protests enter their third day, some kind of snowballing effect starts and the protests grow increasingly likely to become unstoppable. This rule does not necessarily apply to Iran where revolutions seem to take their time with protests going on and off for weeks. This difference in revolutionary patterns has probably something to do with a certain cultural gap between the Persian and Arab civilizations explained in the next video.

In short, Yemen looks increasingly as if sliding into another Arab revolution, which in Yemen's case means high probability of total breakdown and disintegration. The protests in Iran, while sporadic and failing to take off, persist. And as long as the protests persist, the Iranian regime should be worried that things can suddenly get out of control. Abu Wuker, if he is still in Wisconsin, may want to start getting worried too.

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