On the Radar: Bahrain crackdown, Wisconsin protests, Tanzania bombings
An injured man is taken away in an ambulance Thursday in Manama, Bahrain, after a police crackdown.
February 17th, 2011
11:12 AM ET

On the Radar: Bahrain crackdown, Wisconsin protests, Tanzania bombings

Wave of unrest grows - Since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, unprecedented anti-government demonstrations have swept the Middle East and North Africa. Protests in Libya appeared to be gathering steam Thursday in several cities, with some reportedly turning deadly. In Bahrain, which has been the center of several days of protests, at least three people were killed and nearly 200 injured after security forces stormed an encampment of demonstrators in the dead of night. An ABC News reporter covering the chaos was beaten. In Yemen, at least 20 people were injured in clashes between stone-throwing pro-and anti-government demonstrators in the capital of Sanaa, an opposition lawmaker said.

Demonstrations close Wisconsin schools - Schools in 15 districts in Wisconsin are closed Thursday as thousands of public workers demonstrate against a bill that seeks to eliminate most of their collective bargaining rights and to make them pay dramatically more for health benefits. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, said the bill addresses the state's budget crisis.

Blasts kill 20 in Tanzania - A series of blasts killed 20 people and injured dozens in a military camp in Tanzania, authorities said Thursday. At least 184 people were wounded at the army base in the main city of Dar es Salaam, said the assistant director of disaster management. The official declined to discuss the cause of the blasts but said she does not think they are terror-related.

Watson wins - Watson the supercomputer was victorious over "Jeopardy!" champs Ken Kennings and Brad Rutter. No word yet on whether he'll get a Wheaties box. Watson is just the latest machine to show up a human.

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  1. C Michael P

    Congratulations and best wishes to the rally protesters in Madison, Wisconsin! These are true patriotic Americans voicing their oposition to right wing governmant hating politicians. Hopefully the voters in Wisconsin now know what happens when a low turnout election sweeps these nutbags into power.
    Someone remind Glen Beck that when he had a anti America protest rally in Wshington DC, it was 1st Amendment, and 2nd Amendment "solutions"..."great Americans...", but when he sees real everyday middle class hard working people doing the same thing with a different opinion than his, it is all of the sudden "communist..socialist...volent..." Wake up Glen! The madison rallies have been very respectfull. No Guns, No insulting banners, No hatred like the Tea Baggers.
    ON WISONSIN!!! Recall Walker.. This is the same guy (Walker) who was kicked out of Marquette University for cheating.

    February 17, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Carrie P.

      I am with the Madison Wisconsin protesters for their rights. I beleive that Walker should have his pay cut and pay more for health care. In fact, why can't all of our capital employees have pay cuts and pay for their health care. The politicians do work for us, the American people. I bet this would help our deficit.

      February 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • wimsy

      I completely agree. CNN reporter Don Lemon - who is too stupid and biased to understand the issue - has proven himself an idiot once again this afternoon. What else can you expect from an agenda-driven "reporter" who gets stories totally wrong day after day?

      February 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Beck is an entertainer, not a journalist, like Rush or Bozo. Mentioning him in serious discussiom just exposes more people to his twisted reality

      February 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    The Governor would do well to clean out his own house first...by cutting off all the perks *his* government gets after being voted out; by cutting *their* pensions, insurance, etc. It won't make a huge difference in the overall scheme of things, but it would show good faith towards some of the voters that put him there in the first place!

    February 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PamG

    Recall Walker!!!
    It's past time to stop the radical right's attacks on public education. They had plans to close public education so that they could indoctrinate our youth sinde the 1950's, they finally got their program under way with Ronadl Reagan in the 1980's. They've done a lot of damage but haven't filled their promise to their well-healed supporters that NO child would be ain a public school (Goal was 2000).
    For what it's worth we're tired of Republican radical right politicians trying to pay for their perks on the backs of public workers.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Krush

    I hear much liberal whining going on in these posts, blaming the problem on the big bad conservatives, taking a pot shot at a political group that scares liberals out of their skivvies in an attempt to marginalize people by labels: typical liberal sewage. Public education in Wisconsin (and the nation overall) has gone to the dogs because liberal policies allow children to graduate high school without the basic proficiencies of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Liberal tax and spend policies are in large part the reason Wisconsin is in the current fiscal crisis. The state is now bankrupt. It's a big turd sandwich, and everyone, including public employees have to take a big bite. The collective bargaining and union claptrap has given the teachers more headaches than benefit. Hold those involved in public education accountable for the product they are paid to deliver: educated students. Make their pay performance based. And so far, they get a big fat F. Those of us in the private sector get paid based on performance and we pay for our own medical. Why shouldn't teachers have the same?

    February 17, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      You obviously have no clue what the real issues are in WI. If you would simply educate yourself on the real facts, for instance, WI had a budget surplus when Walker took office, in a month's time he spent double the surplus in order to pay his campaign contributors back for their support. If this were about money then it would be over because the workers have agreed to concede to the cuts that Walker wants them to take (something which I think personally is wrong, I don't think they should have to give up a thing, but they are willing to do their part and help our state if that's what is being asked of them) but that is not good enough for Walker, he wants them to lose their ability to even have a say in their pay and benefits. Something which was hard fought to get and once it is gone will change the way that employer/employee relations are handle in the future. If you think it's good that employers can hire and fire based on any reason and employees should just take what ever employer do to them then I guess you are in favor of this bill, but if you enjoy an 8 hour work day and having a weekend then maybe you should consider what unions have done for workers and their families. Unions are not the problem, greedy people are.

      February 20, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. Darrin G

    This guy (Gov. Walker) is what my mother would a bad puppy. More now than ever the radical right are showing their true faces. The true power is and always has been with We The People!

    February 17, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MeToo

    CNN might want to check Gov Walker's time in college when he ran for student president. Also be aware of any posts or videos by WTMJ. They are backers of the Republican party .

    February 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nola mcreynolds

    Don Lemon's badgering was unnecessary. He sounded ridiculous.

    February 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • wimsy

      I totally agree. Don Lemon is an agenda-driven idiot, just like the new Wisconsin governor.

      February 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. proud conservative

    Gov. Walker is a HERO! He is doing what needs to be done to balance his state's budget. Good luck to him!

    February 17, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. john

    sounds a lot like how obama care was rushed through hmmm and why do employees of the state need a union? Im so sick of these whiney union people complaining about how bad they have it big babies! Screw the unions! If a person does their job the best way they can they get rewarded and they dont need a union to take their hard earned money

    February 17, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. john

    C michael youre a nut! Glenn becks rally was not anything how you described it i was there you bafoon lets see you nuts have a rally that big without anything bad happening

    February 17, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Jon stewart did it.. MLK did it. Even the million man march. Congrats, you're just like everyone else.

      February 17, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. personny

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

    February 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. larry

    I say the people in Wisconsin should keep protesting. If you stand up and say no to paying a portion of anything you will show them. Then when the state runs out of money and can't afford salaries at all you won't have any income. Smart move!

    February 17, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom Degan

    Dick Gregory once made a beautiful analogy comparing revolution to a coffee pot. The pot makes a whistling noise to warn us that it is boiling. (Boiling mad, in this case). If an attempt is made to ignore that noise by plugging up the hole, sooner or later that coffee pot is going to explode – burning everyone in the room.

    Can you hear that whistling noise, Governor Walker? That's the people of your state sending you a little message. You would be smart to listen to them. You would also be wise to pick up a couple Dick Gregory albums. The gem of wisdom paraphrased above is from the LP "Dick Gregory at Kent State". You can probably find it on ebay.


    Tom Degan

    February 18, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. john

    Ask not what your country can do for you..... What ever happened to that idea hmmm

    February 18, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. Howard Gibson

    We are the world. It's not democracy BS, it is food, education, that is why Wisconsin is part of the mass strike wave radiating out of Egypt and Tunisia. http://www.realcrash.com/do-wisconsin-protests-turn-you-on/

    February 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |