On the Radar: Protests in Yemen, Iran, Bahrain and painful cuts in Obama budget
Anti-government protesters turn out Sunday in Sanaa, Yemen, as reverberations from Egypt and Tunisia continue in the region.
February 14th, 2011
10:52 AM ET

On the Radar: Protests in Yemen, Iran, Bahrain and painful cuts in Obama budget

Bahrain and Yemen protests -  The unrest spreading through North Africa and the Middle East has reached the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain, the headquarters of the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet. At least three police officers and one demonstrator were injured in clashes Sunday, Bahrain's state new agency reports. Police fired on protesters with rubber bullets, causing one injury, the news agency said.

Further protests were scheduled to take place Monday in Bahrain. Protesters have organized on Facebook, Twitter and through e-mails, saying they want political changes, including a constitutional monarchy.

And in Yemen, battles between anti-government demonstrators and authorities continue into their fourth day. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports from Sanaa. Are you in the region? Show us what's happening by sharing stories and photos with CNN iReport.

 

Iranian protests - Iranian authorities clashed with protesters who hit the streets of Tehran on Monday chanting, "Death to the dictator,"  a reference to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's regime. Security forces in uniform and plainclothed members of the pro-government Basij militia rushed toward crowds at Imam Hossein Square, the planned starting point of a scheduled rally, a witness said. Several people were hit, while the majority were chased away, the witness said.

Fights between security forces and protesters erupted at Tehran University when authorities fired tear gas and paint-ball guns at demonstrators, another witness told CNN. Some protesters have been detained.

Thousands marched peacefully along Revolution Avenue, some shouting their support for opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi. Who is Moussavi?

Meanwhile, in Egypt on Monday, the military appealed to citizens to stop protesting and return to work, saying that will help restore safety and security to the country.

Federal budget unveiled - There are some severe cuts in a proposed federal budget plan that President Obama is presenting to Congress on Monday morning. White House Budget Director Jacob Lew says the plan's cuts are tough, and include several government programs, including low-income heating assistance. The proposal doesn't touch Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The plan's overall goal is to slash $1 trillion over the next 10 years.

Obama's 2012 budget is sure to stoke the debate over how to get the government's fiscal house in order. Republican lawmakers are demanding even deeper cuts. Many Democrats and liberal advocates are expected to criticize the White House for cutting programs.

Mock space mission - Six cosmonauts are due to land Monday on Mars, sort of. They're 520 days into a mock mission to the red planet, a test of what would happen on a real flight to Mars.

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  1. personny

    Israel is becoming a nation. http://nopolicestate.blogspot.com/2011/01/egypt_29.html

    February 14, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      So should Kurdistan!

      February 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    So many good, smart people in Iran. I hope they triumph over all those fanatic butt heads.

    February 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Sorry folks,I didn't post the above. I hope the people of Iran are smart enough to see that the right-wing thugs in Washington,London and Paris are out to take Iran any way they can.

      February 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      fake ceasar your geeting real lame.. and boring, post something better and you basically post the same way weather you use my name or ceasars...

      February 14, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Razi

    Once upon a time lived a big an emperor in a supposed empire who ordered its small puppet-kings to do what it liked & the kings Like the shah of Iran, Pinochet in Chile, Mubarak in Egypt,... obeyed frightened and without any freedom of thought.
    So this really was a story of the past. until some said " America can not do a damn thing." And said America is a "paper-made lion"- not having any fear, no more obeying, .. So after that many countries found themselves, their dependence, freedom. Right now others also are looking for their own dependence, freedom, liberty and not being under the rule of this new tyrannic emperor. So as history shows big empires wont last for ever & Will end- as the holy Quran says.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Klatu Berata Nicto

      Once upon a time was an oppressed people in a region of totalitarian regimes and hardline religious zealotry. They were ruled with an Iron fist and yearned for freedom. People were imprisoned for words, and women were persecuted as if it were the middle ages. One day, the peoples overwhelming bravery, with the aid of western social networking and 24 global news media helped them overcome, and the people rose above their hardline leaders, and found undeniable freedom. There was no hardline religious influence, no portraits of mullahs or dictators in the crowds, no western influence or ulterior religious agendas. It was the people rising up for the sake and betterment of the people, period. RAZI- your words fall on deaf ears here. There are no ignorant hardline religious anti-western "pawns" here. We are free people! Also, if you despise the West so much, why are you using the internet (a western invention) on a western news site, speaking in English? Shouldn't you be posting on Al Jazeera or something? Again, your words fall on deaf ears here.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jmiles228

    How do people stil not follow these events? Egypt has been history in the making and people refuse to follow what is going on. Iranian events could have a huge impact on the whole region which would effect the whole world! Americans need to take more interest
    http://jmiles1.blogspot.com/2011/02/egypt.html

    February 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Razi

    Iranians had its effect in the past 2 yeas after the Islamic revolution. It takes time to others to follow. Besides Iranian people give their blood in the revolution against the USA-supported dictator, The SHAH, and give many warriors against the USA-supported Saddam in the Iraq-Iran War. Freedom does have a cost which people have to pay especiaaly when the kings and puppets are supported by a once-a-time superpower like USA.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • lana

      If you think so badly of USA...then go and live somwere else. USA is a cradle for freedom and humnitarian help for the world. Even though the budget is in crises. How hateful one has to be to bash the very country that trying to support the freedon in other countries.

      February 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Klatu Berata Nicto

      The last time I checked, the US is still the number 1 economy on earth, and our currency is the world standard. Our internet ( we created that by the way) and entertainment are used and viewed around the world. Do you have the internet? Obviously you do, so how about an ipod? Yeah, that's what I thought. I shouldn't need to define to you what a global superpower entails, but apparently you have no idea what you're talking about! Look it up "online", and thank the west every time you use the internet or social networking sites. You're welcome from the west.

      February 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    @Cesar of 2:09, you sir, are a meat head.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      And you are a mouthpiece for the right-wing thugs in Washington,Phunnie boy. What did they ever do for you,anyway???

      February 14, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mohamad

    Cesar you motherfukker go fukk your grandmother

    February 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      If you have to insult me mohamad,must you use that disgusting Tea Party lingo? It makes you look like a fan of both Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

      February 14, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    @mohamad. Pls do not insult my grandma I, she is very sick and I love her very much.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mohamad

    She is sick because she has been sukkin and fukkin all day, everybody knows she sells her azz

    February 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mohamad

    She's a " pro fukker"

    February 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    Pls mohamad don't say bad things about my grandma she goes to church and she is a virgin.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mohamad

    Cesar you could pass a boat thru her kunt and she wouldn't even blink

    February 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mohammad

    I pimp my mother because I like to watch.hahahahahahaahahaaahah

    February 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mohammad

    Oh I so love vibr*tors shaking in my rear. I LOVE IT eeewweeeeeeeee. I'm gayyyyyyyyyyy.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mohammad

    In my country, we do it with goats. Oh o. O. Oo oo yessssss mommie!!

    February 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
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