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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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Mohammad

    I love Israel. Palastin is not a real country. I love America the beautiful. Oh say can you see....I don't believe in Allah-big lie.

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

    You could pass a boat through my mother's kunt, and she shouldn't even blink.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    @Mohammd, hhhhiiiii Mohammad. Hahahahahahahahahaha

    February 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    @Mohhammad: So how's the weather?

    February 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    @Mohammad, where did you go raghead? I guess you're busy stroking your goat. Haahhhaahahahahahah

    February 14, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    @Cesar of 2:09: you are a meat heat filthy animal pig, like your filthy raghead mother.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mohammad

    I'm gay, lonely, and need attention. Somebody, pls do me. I like big long juicy hot dogs, mmmmmmmm

    February 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mohammad

    I do not believe in Allah...I do not believe in Allah...I do not believe in Allah...I do not believe in Allah...I do not believe in Allah...I do not believe in Allah...I do not believe in Allah!!!

    February 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Allah may not believe in you either if you keep using that Tea Party lingo. Obviously you're a fan of the Tea Party Movement and Sarah Palin,judging by your choice of words.

      February 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • capnmike

      There isn't any "allah"..."gods" are nothing but inventions of humans...they don't exist. The bible, quran, etc., are nothing but a pack of lies....and stupid brainwashed humans are murdering each other over whose version of these lies is the "right" one....How far the human race has yet to go before it GROWS UP! Time to toss the scam of religion on the trash pile where it belongs.

      February 15, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    @Mohammad: Me either, stupid.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    @Mohammad, what was that about your grandmother? Your mother what??

    February 14, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mohammad

    Oh RuffNutt and Cesar, let's have a 4some with Abu, my camel, ok? My place or yours???

    February 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tomaz

    @cesar: the condition you appear to the taxi put u in the front seat. Respect yourself, and you'll be respected. Same for u, mohamad!

    February 15, 2011 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tomaz

    DEAR PROTESTERS, TRY COLD WATER INSTEAD OF THE ROCKS AND WET ANYONE THAT COMES AGAINST YOUR WAY TIL U GET YOUR WISHES. PLEASE DON'T PLAY INTO THE EVIL HANDS OF YOUR GOVTS AND THEIR FARAWAY FRIENDS. THEY WANT YOU TO REACT SO THEY CAN USE THE WORD CLASH, RIOTS ETC. INSTEAD, GO THE GANDHI WAY AND JUST KEEP MOVING FORWARD EVEN AS THEY STRIKE. YOU MAY BRING YOUR KIDS WITH YOU SO THE CAN KILL THEM AS THEY WORLD SITS AND WATCH! BE COURAGEOUS, BUT NOT WEAK! WE SHALL OVERCOME!!!

    February 15, 2011 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tomaz

    So they can kill them too, as they do to you for wanting a better future for your homelands! Give the sick rulers no reasons to use the word fight. They're trained to keep you slaves for dollar. They have everything to keep you from freedom. But be wise and willing. Show them how gandhi defeated the evil empire of England. Show the world you're civilized and determined to take back your respects. Don't give up on your sweet freedom and pride. It's your country, freedom's your right. Reclaim her!!!

    February 15, 2011 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. bcfrom va

    Who would have thought - a Sarah Palin fan in Yemen!!??

    February 15, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
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