N. Africa, Mideast protests - Gadhafi: I'm still here
Anti-government demonstrators in Sanaa, Yemen, on Monday.
February 21st, 2011
11:44 PM ET

N. Africa, Mideast protests - Gadhafi: I'm still here

Across the Middle East and North Africa, CNN's reporters and iReporters are covering protests, many of them inspired by revolts in Tunisia and Egypt that toppled those countries' longtime rulers. Check out our story explaining the roots of the unrest in each country. Have a story to tell from the scene? Click here to send an iReport.

Developments on unrest in the Middle East and North Africa:

LIBYA 11:45 p.m. ET, 6:45 a.m. local: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Libya to immediately stop the "unacceptable" attacks on anti-government demonstrators.

"Like you and many others around the world, I have seen very disturbing and shocking scenes, where Libyan authorities have been firing at demonstrators from warplanes and helicopters," Ban said from Los Angeles. "This is
unacceptable. This must stop immediately. This is a serious violation of international humanitarian law."

LIBYA, 11:22 p.m. ET, 6:22 a.m. local: At the request of Libya's deputy ambassador to the United Nations - who earlier today called the crackdown in Libya a "genocide" - the U.N. Security Council scheduled a Tuesday morning meeting on Libya. This will be the first time the council has held consultations over any of the revolts that have swept Arab nations since January.

LIBYA, 11:09 p.m. ET, 6:09 a.m. local: A Libyan woman, speaking on condition of anonymity to CNN's Anderson Cooper, recounts a massacre near her home in Tripoli:

BAHRAIN, 8:51 p.m. ET, 4:51 a.m. local: CNN's Tim Lister reports from Bahrain, where he walked among protesters in the capital's Pearl Roundabout. Thousands of demonstrators were in the roundabout on Monday, preparing for a massive demonstration on Tuesday. Lister says the demonstrators' encampment has taken on an air of permanence, with tents, makeshift kitchens, even a rudimentary field hospital.

More on the Bahrain protests:

LIBYA, 7:40 p.m. ET, 2:40 a.m. local: About 15,000 of Libya's 2 million to 3 million Egyptians returned Monday across the border, border officials said.

The Egyptian military has set up refugee camps near its border with Libya and set up two mobile hospitals at the Salloum border crossing to assist Egyptians fleeing the protests in Libya, Egypt's state-run news website EgyNews
reported late Monday.

LIBYA, 7:33 p.m. ET, 2:33 a.m. local: Here is more on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's 40-second appearance - in which he said he still was in Libya - on state-run TV Tuesday morning:

"I want to have some rest," the embattled Libyan leader told a reporter in front of what Libyan television said was his house as he pulled out an umbrella in the rain. "Because I was talking to the young man at Green Square,
and I want to stay the night with them but then it started raining. I want to show them that I am in Tripoli, not in Venezuela. Don't believe those dogs in the media."

Green Square is where pro-government demonstrators in Tripoli have been located.

LIBYA, 6:49 p.m. ET, 1:49 a.m. local: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said Tuesday morning on state-run television that he is not in Venezuela as rumored, but in Tripoli.

Earlier today, British Foreign Secretary William Hague told Reuters that Libyan leader Gadhafi may have been on his way to Venezuela.

Here is video of Gadhafi's comments to Libyan state-run TV:

LIBYA, 6:46 p.m. ET, 1:46 a.m. local: CNN's Cairo bureau chief Ben Wedeman has entered eastern Libya and is the first western television reporter to enter and report from inside Libya during the current crisis. He says much of eastern Libya appears to be in opposition control.

"What we saw as we were driving in is that this part of eastern Libya is clearly under the controls of the rebels - the forces that are opposed to Col. Gadhafi," Wedeman by phone on CNN's "The Situation Room."

"We saw along the road a lot of groups of men with shotguns - with machine guns - in civilian clothing. They call themselves basically the popular committees that are trying to maintain some sort of order along the way.

"Clearly the situation is very unstable. What we saw was that there are a lot of people – mostly Egyptians – who are leaving Libya at the moment. At the Egyptian border we were told by Egyptian officials that 15,000 Egyptian s left Libya, returning to Egypt."

"There are some signs of normal life. Gas stations are open. Stores are open. We saw … what looked like kebab shops that are functioning. There is a fair amount of traffic on the road, although I was told that was mostly Egyptians leaving the country."

LIBYA, 6:35 p.m. ET, 1:35 a.m. local: Libyan state TV is reporting that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is to speak soon.

LIBYA, 6:28 p.m. ET, 1:28 a.m. local: Ali Al Oujli, Libya's ambassador to the United States, said earlier today that he urges protesters in Libya "to keep momentum alive."

"If they they keep the momentum in the Libyan streets, (then) they’ll reach their goals. ... They have a very good experience on what happening in Egypt and what happening in Tunisia. And they should not compromise."

LIBYA, 6:22 p.m. ET, 1:22 a.m. local: Earlier today, this blog reported that Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters Monday that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has declared war on the Libyan people and is committing genocide.

Below is video of those comments. Dabbashi was speaking in reference to reports that the Libyan military was firing on protesters.

LIBYA, 6:07 p.m. ET, 1:07 a.m. local: A formerly pro-government newspaper in Libya is reporting that African mercenaries are shooting at unarmed civilians in Tajouraa, 25 miles east of Tripoli. The newspaper Quryna's perspective has changed since protests in Libya began.

CNN could not immediately confirm the report. The Libyan government maintains tight control on communications and has not responded to repeated requests from CNN for access to the country.

LIBYA, 5:32 p.m. ET, 12:32 a.m. local: The United States on Monday condemned the violence in Libya and called for a halt to the "unacceptable bloodshed" in response to civil unrest, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement.

"The government of Libya has a responsibility to respect the universal rights of the people, including the right to free expression and assembly," Clinton's statement said.

LIBYA, 5:29 p.m. ET, 12:29 a.m. local: Saif al-Islam al-Gadhafi, the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, told the Libyan state news agency that the Libyan armed forces have not targeted protesters in Tripoli and Benghazi, Libyan state television reported Monday.

Al-Gadhafi said the bombardments targeted ammunition storage facilities in remote areas.

Earlier, a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly told CNN that Libya has used "aviation assets" to attack protesters on the outskirts of Tripoli.

In the following video, CNN's Ivan Watson, reporting from Egypt, talks about these allegations that Libya used aviation assets to attack protesters.

LIBYA, 5:21 p.m. ET, 12:21 a.m. local: Libya has used "aviation assets" to attack protesters on the outskirts of Tripoli, a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly told CNN Monday.

The official could not be more specific about the "assets," but the National Front for the Salvation of Libya, an opposition group, said helicopter gunships have fired into crowds of protesters.

A Libyan diplomatic source has denied the Libyan air force was conducting air raids against protesters in Libya.

LIBYA, 4:54 p.m. ET, 11:54 p.m. local: Video on YouTube shows what CNN is told are six badly burned bodies of Libyan soldiers in open body bags. Opposition sources in Libya say the bodies are of soldiers who refused to shoot at anti-government demonstrators. The video, taken on a cell phone, was posted on Monday; it is not known when it was taken.

Read this post for more information and to see the video.

LIBYA, 4:31 p.m. ET, 11:31 p.m. local: A woman in Tripoli, speaking on condition of anonymity, reports seeing people shooting - in an apparently random fashion - from cars. "I've seen myself red Hyundai cars with tinted windows that had armed people inside it shooting random people," she told CNN in a telephone interview. "Three victims have fallen in the street where I live."

CNN could not independently confirm this report. The Libyan government maintains tight control on communications and has not responded to repeated requests from CNN for access to the country. CNN has interviewed numerous witnesses by phone.

LIBYA, 4:25 p.m. ET, 11:25 p.m. local: A Libyan diplomatic source has denied the Libyan air force was conducting air raids against protesters in Libya. Earlier, the National Front for the Salvation of Libya, an opposition group, said helicopter gunships were firing into crowds.

LIBYA, 4:01 p.m. ET, 11:01 p.m. local: The Arab League will hold an urgent summit Tuesday to discuss the recent developments in Libya, Egypt's official news agency MENA reported Monday.

ZIMBABWE, 3:53 p.m. ET: Zimbabwe isn't part of either North Africa or the Middle East, but a recent development there has links to the North African/Middle Eastern unrest. Police in Zimbabwe have arrested dozens of political activists and trade union members on suspicion of plotting an Egyptian-style uprising in the southern African country.

BAHRAIN, 3:43 p.m. ET, 11:43 p.m. local: Mass protests planned in Bahrain for Tuesday in support of calls for political reforms coincide with the planned return of Hassan Mushaimaa, who is the leader of Bahrain's largest opposition party, the Haq Movement.

Thousands more people moved into Bahrain's Pearl Roundabout on Monday ahead of Tuesday's planned mass demonstrations. Meanwhile, fallout from last week's violent protests continues. A 20-year-old protester in Bahrain, who was shot in the head on Friday, has died, hospital sources said Monday.

LIBYA, 3:41 p.m. ET, 10:41 p.m. local: CNN is checking reports that helicopters in Libya fired on protesters. The National Front for the Salvation of Libya, an opposition group, has said helicopter gunships were firing into crowds.

LIBYA, 3:29 p.m. ET, 10:29 p.m. local: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi still is in Libya, a Libyan diplomatic source told CNN. The source also denied the Libyan air force was conducting air raids against protesters in Libya.

Separately, a senior official in the Italian secret service also said that Gadhafi remains in Libya. Earlier today, British Foreign Secretary William Hague told Reuters that Libyan leader Gadhafi may have been on his way to Venezuela.

SUDAN, 3:24 p.m. ET, 11:24 p.m. local: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir says he will not run for re-election four years from now, a senior member of the country's ruling National Congress Party announced Monday.

"He will also leave his post as chair of the NCP to allow for the transformation of power to a new generation," said Rabi Abd al-Ati. The senior NCP member rejected the notion that al-Bashir's decision was prompted by popular uprisings in the region, including neighboring Egypt.

LIBYA, 2:15 p.m. ET, 9:15 p.m. local: Two Libyan Air Force pilots defected to Malta on Monday after being asked to bomb Libyan citizens, a Maltese government source said. The pilots' fighter jets were armed with rockets and loaded machine guns, the source said. Malta is a short flight from Libya.

LIBYA, 2:04 p.m. ET, 11:04 p.m. local: Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmudi met in Tripoli with ambassadors of the European Union, blaming the unrest in the country on "terrorists and destructive plans" and stressing that Libya has the right to "take any measures" to protect its unity, stability, people and resources, Libyan state television reported.

LIBYA, 1:19 p.m. ET, 8:19 p.m. local: Libyan helicopter gunships are firing into crowds of protesters, according to the National Front for the Salvation of Libya, an opposition group. CNN was unable to confirm the report independently.

LIBYA, 12:45 p.m. ET, 7:45 p.m. local: Oil company Total says it will evacuate most of its expatriate employees and their families from Libya. Shell said it has temporarily relocated the families of expatriate staff.

LIBYA, 12:30 p.m. ET, 7:30 p.m. local: The U.S. State Department has ordered family members of U.S. Embassy employees and non-emergency personnel to leave Libya.

LIBYA, 12:26 p.m. ET, 7:26 p.m. local: Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has declared war on the Libyan people and is committing genocide. Who is Gadhafi?

YEMEN, 12:17 p.m. ET, 8:17 p.m. local: Two human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, are reporting that 12 people have died as a result of protests in Yemen.

LIBYA, 12:02 ET, 7:02 p.m. local: British Foreign Secretary William Hague told Reuters that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi may be on his way to Venezuela. CNN has not confirmed. Gadhafi has maintained power in the country for 42 years. The Libyan ambassador to the UK, Omar Jelban, is denying that Gadhafi is on his way to Venezuela.

LIBYA, noon ET, 7 p.m. local: U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had talked with Gadhafi, saying he was deeply concern about the violence, and that it must stop. At least 233 people have been killed in the protests, according to Human Rights Watch. Its report cites information from hospital sources. CNN is not able to independently confirm the figure, as the network has not been granted access to report on the ground.

Google has designed this map of protests based on what it calls "reliable tweets." Personal up-to-the-minute audio reports have been uploaded on Google here. CNN has not yet vetted these reports.

LIBYA, 11:45 a.m. ET, 6:45 p.m. local The government is demanding that citizens cooperate with security forces, and warning "organized gangs," Libyan state television reported, as security forces conduct raids on what it called "nests of terror and sabotage." Libya's justice minister, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, has resigned to protest the "bloody situation and use of excessive force" against protesters by security forces, a Libyan newspaper reported. Meanwhile, two Libyan fighter jets have landed in Malta, according to journalists at the airport.

YEMEN, 11 a.m. ET, 7 p.m. local: It is the 11th day of protests. More than 3,500 gathered in the capital Sanaa for a peaceful demonstration, but violence broke out in Aden as police fired on demonstrators. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports what the Yemeni government doesn't want anyone to see.

Journalists were not allowed entry into hospitals where wounded students were taken, and Jamjoom shows you how difficult it is for reporters to get the truth about what youths have been calling their movement. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh refuses to step down and compared anti-government protests in his country to the flu spreading through the region. "This is a virus and is not part of our heritage or the culture of the Yemeni people," he told reporters.

LIBYA, 11 a.m. ET, 6 p.m. local: As reports streamed of protesters setting fire to a government building in Libya's capital and ransacking state TV headquarters, questions swirled around Gadhafi and whether he could be the third Arab leader toppled by the wave of protests rippling through the region. His son, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, is trying to defend the family dynasty, warning on state television of "a fierce civil war" if the demonstrations don't halt. Who is the Western educated son of Gadhafi? What could Libya's uprising mean in the long term, CNN commentator Kirk Vandewalle asks. He wrote "A History of Modern Libya."

Here's a Monday morning breifing on protests in some of the nations in the region:

IRAQ - Unlike other nations, protests here have not targeted the government. Demonstrators are enraged by corruption, the quality of basic services and high unemployment. Most recently, on Sunday, A 17-year-old boy died and 39 people were injured were injured as demonstrators battled Kurdish security forces in Sulaimaniya in northern Iraq, officials said. CNN's Reza Sayah reports from Islamabad, Pakistan, on the violence. Masked gunmen attacked and burned an independent television station in Iraq's Kurdistan region Sunday, wounding a guard, police officials and the broadcast company said.

ALGERIA - Protests began in January over escalating food prices, high rates of unemployment and housing issues, and iReporters were there. Rallies started in Algiers, but spread to other cities as more people joined. Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced that he would lift the state of emergency law in what analysts said was an attempt to head off a similar revolt.

DJIBOUTI - Protesters in Djibouti are angry about the economy. The country is home to Camp Lemonnier, the only U.S. military base on the African continent. Protesters have called for President Ismail Omar Guelleh - whose family has ruled the country since its independence from France in 1977 - to step down ahead of the elections scheduled in April.

JORDAN - Jordan's economy is struggling as commodity prices rise and youth unemployment is high, as it is in Egypt. Its king has called for swift reform.

KUWAIT - Protests are relatively new, beginning over the weekend. Demonstrators, who want greater rights for longtime residents who are not citizens, attacked security forces late last week.

SUDAN - Protesters are demanding an end to National Congress Party rule and government-imposed price increases. A "Day of Rage" was reportedly organized on Facebook against the government, but it failed to materialize. Human Rights Watch says authorities used "excessive force" during largely peaceful protests on January 30 and 31 in Khartoum and other northern cities. Witnesses said that several people were arrested, including 20 who remain missing.

TUNISIA - An uprising in Tunisia prompted autocratic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to leave the country on January 14, after weeks of demonstrations. Those demonstrations sparked protests around North Africa and the Middle East.

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - Hundreds of Palestinians rallied for unity in Ramallah, calling on Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian political factions to heal their rifts amid arguments over elections scheduled for September in the Palestinian territories. "Division generates corruption," was one of several slogans written on banners held up by the demonstrators Thursday, who flooded the streets after calls went out on social networking sites, as well as schools and university campuses, for them to attend.

SYRIA - As protests heated up around the region, the Syrian government pulled back from a plan to withdraw some subsidies that keep the cost of living down in the country. President Bashar al-Assad also gave a rare interview to Western media, telling The Wall Street Journal last month that he planned reforms that would allow local elections and included a new media law and more power for private organizations.

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  1. Cesar

    It's about time that these people got rid of the cronies for the West.

    February 21, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Duane W

      Yep, very bright thinking there. In the meantime people lose their lives and the cost of energy and other goods will sky rocket. Your gas will run $8 a gallon by mid summer, people will be dying in countless skirmishes and civil wars across these countries and what do you want to bet on a timetable before the world is asking for the West to help bail these countries out. Seems to me your view is very short sighted

      February 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • buffoon

      Gadhafi & his son need to be targeted.

      Add Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi as well.

      February 21, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • buffy420

      the meantime people lose their lives and the cost of energy and other goods will sky rocket. Your gas will run $8 a gallon by mid summer,******************************************************** Theres a fix for that....legalize hemp we don't need thier oil! Before prohabition Henry Ford created a hemp car that ran from hemp fuel. It IS doable.

      February 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • SAM

      So, Duane, I guess you'd rather these people stay oppressed, and our antiquated, jacked-up, status quo foreign policy of dictator-pandering remain the same? The U.S. needs to kick its foreign oil addiction anyway–as it has for a very, very long time. A change has gotta come, however it has to, at whatever price. Those who refuse to be a part of the change either need to step aside or be pushed aside.

      February 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ser

      Buffy I think a Hemp car is as reasonable as an oil car. It's time we looked into nuclear fusion and other mass electricity deriving forces to once and for all make energy cheap.

      February 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      Duh.. Where are the rabbits george? where are the rabbits?

      February 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Manner Pekay

      I will pray for these people of the middle east, we might not share a prophet, but we share a God. The people rising up and taking what they need should be a symbol of hope for the entire world.

      February 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Niccolo Mack

      I am already preparing for the collapse of the middle east. I am also preparing for the world 2 end on oct 21, 2011 and dec 24, 2012. I am stocking up on all supplies as we speak, I will be ready. My sperm is healthy and it will be ready to impregnate a female on a moments notice. Any females out there want to join up we can start practicing for the real thing!!!!

      February 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ali

      For some egos like Duane it is fine to have people suffer oppression and famine so they can enjoy driving their 10 mpg truck, it is fine to have children abused and women enslaved so they wear the finest clothes and smoke cigar.

      February 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      Duane W and Buffy420 are the same people! it's so obvious! Just look at BOTH of "their" posts. It is the EXACT SAME THING! This person would rather have the people oppressed and not have any freedoms that everyone else is either experiencing or starting to experience. It's a good thing that the people of these countries are OVERTHROWING DICTATORSHIP! How would YOU ALL like it, if instead of a President, we had this crap to run OUR COUNTRY? I bet you wouldn't like it one bit!! I back these countries, who are fighting for their freedoms!!

      February 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tommy John

      @Niccolo Mack – I always love that one.

      February 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • john longaphy

      Did you ever stop and think these people are doing it for themselves. I bet worrying about the West isn't even on their agenda, nor is the 7$ a gallon gasoline. Other than the CIA, these people don't care.

      February 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Avi Shlomo

      I am sure the west has already picked the new cronies.

      February 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Quest

      Niccolo... Brilliant thinking their. Stocking up for the END of the world! Nice!!!

      February 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tommy John

      Umm, Gadhafi was never a western ally. And as far as oil imports, the US gets less than 20% of its oil from both the Persian Gulf states and Africa. Pretty small potatoes for influence wielding.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Starman

      Sounds like something al qaeda would say.. makes me wonder if theres a drone on the way to bomb his place fight now!

      February 21, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jack

    Maybe Obama can use these protests in Africa to send the Arabs back to Arabia and put North Africa back in the native (black) African hands once again!

    February 21, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • NorthAfrican

      FYI, North African people have never been black (with no affends to black people). However, it looks like you have a problem with black people. I will teach you some history. The people that lived in that place for thousands of years called BERBER (google it if you want to know more), and the arabs came later in the 8th century. Moreover, eventhough nowdays most of the people there speak arabic, they are not all arab ..... reading is good , so try to do so before talking about something you don't know. (sorry, I doon't have time to teach you more).

      February 21, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • lawrence odoom

      I don't agree with jack, and might I add all three of you, including jack are idiots. Read your history before making foolish comments. Check who the Moors were? then find out about the west African civilization before the first Europeans stepped foot on Africa. Read a peoples history of the united states from 1942 to present for further enlightenment. P.S I'm white.

      February 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • NK- RE: Jack

      Women and children are getting slaughtered in Libya and all you care about is sending these "Arabs back to Arabia". Please educate yourself a little more when posting such stupidity on CNN, people are laughing at your ignorance. Good luck Jack!

      February 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tunisian

      Really get some Education before you talk.

      February 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Murray

      Lawrence, minor correction but I believe you're referring to the Moops, not the Moors. Common mistake.

      February 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cody

      If we are all going to level complaints about people's education, maybe you should end your comment with your own educational credentials...

      (BA in History from UC Berkeley)

      February 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maz

      You do realize that Tripoli (the capital of Libya) was founded by Phoenicians of Lebanon, as well as Carthage in Tunisia. This is was in 10th Century B.C., before that the only African civilization were the Egyptians, who are now considered Arabs but call North Africa home. North Africa has been Arab/Middle Eastern since the dawn of civilization. To say that only sub-sahran blacks, who never formed any great civilizations, are true Africans is to discredit the entire history of African antiquity.

      February 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • john percer

      Jack......shouldn't you be out on a ledge somewhere....read a little history dork.

      February 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Obama actually showed many that anything can be achieved if you believe!!!! Listen to his speech in Ciaro over a year ago!

      February 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Paden

    The world has gotten very dangerous in the last years, guess bowing to tyrants isn't working out

    February 21, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      I suspect that Western expansion had quite a bit to do with it,don't you? The Western leaders want the Muslims to stop chanting "Allah Akbar" and start chanting "Allah Akbar,but Capitalism Akbar-er"!!!

      February 21, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    I suppose that Phunnie boy's going be posting his mumbo-jumbo under my name here too,sooner or later

    February 21, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. wjeri


    February 21, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • lynseypug


      February 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul La Chance

      Open memo to Exxon & BP:

      Not Lybian blood, not any blood.
      Dr. Paul La Chance
      Ex-Kent State Protester

      February 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tim monahan

    i think our goverment should take a long hard look at all this. the united states is by far the greatest place to live on earth.but the americian dream is out of reach for most us now.

    February 21, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      No, it's not. It's not dead at all.

      The phrase "The American Dream" was first coined in 1931. The author said the *dream* was that "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement".

      But you have to realize that "better" and "richer" and "fuller" are not dependent on money or possessions. If you think it is, you'll never be happy.

      Our Declaration of Independence said we had an inalienable right to..."the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS". It didn't talk about money or possessions. And it didn't say we had a right to happiness...just a right to PURSUE happiness.

      No one else can keep you from having an awesome life, because your life is what YOU make of it. How YOU respond to hardship and loss. How YOU respond to both good and bad things. You can look for the good in people, see the silver lining in every cloud...or you can just doom-and-gloom it through your life, being dissatisfied and unhappy. What you don't realize is that, if you choose a negative, dissatisfied approach, nothing will ever be enough to make you happy because nothing will ever be enough.

      Only YOU can make you happy. Only YOU can make the choices that create a rich, fulfilling life for yourself. In America we have the freedom to make those choices. What you choose is up to you.

      February 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • nokios

      Kay – I'm going not going to assume anything about you. You make a good point. However, sometimes, in some families, money IS everything because they can't pay the bills for their health troubles or other unexpected consequences for which they did not prepare. Money has a HUGE role in happiness, especially when you don't have enough of it to cover the most basic things.

      February 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Starman

      Yes it is Key. The average American has brought in $33,000 a year since 1988 while the price of everything else has doubled and trippled.
      1988: Average price of gas $1.08. 2010: $3.40
      ‎1988: Average price of rent $420. 2010: $800
      ‎1988: Average price of a car $10400. 2010: $ 28,400.
      ‎1988: Average price of a house $61,020. 2010: $237300

      Simply put, republicans and trickle down economics has decimated the middle class.

      February 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    Yea, thanks burn everything while oil price skyrocket! These people are only doing this because the western media is paying attention.

    February 21, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      Yeah. Right. They're not protesting to get freedom from dictators. They're not protesting for a better life, for jobs, for an end to torture and corruption. They're just protesting in hopes of getting their face shown on the Jumbotron. Jeez Louise.

      Out of curiosity, what was your excuse for the American and French Revolutions? They wanted to get their names in our history books?

      February 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • NK- RE: Jack

      you need to educate yourself, you sound very ignorant in your comments. These "people" are not doing this to get attention, they could care less about what the Western society thinks. They have lived in poverty their whole lives and have finally had enough, meanwhile their govenors are living in palaces. Don't you think everyone deserves to be happy besides you?

      February 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noor K

      You need to educate yourself, you sound very ignorant in your comments. These "people" are not doing this to get attention, they could care less about what the Western society thinks. They have lived in poverty their whole lives and have finally had enough, meanwhile their govenors are living in palaces. Don't you think everyone deserves to be happy besides you?

      February 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tom

    Glen Beck said all of this would happen. And the stupid liberals said he was crazy and it wouldn't have a domino effect.

    LOOK WHO'S RIGHT?!?!?!?

    February 21, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Gracko

      You're delusional. EVERYONE saw this coming.

      February 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ash

      "Glenn" Beck is with two "N's." And Beck is a moron. No liberal said it would not create a domino effect. In fact, I think most people agreed it would. You'd have to be braindead not to. What Glenn Beck said is that this was the beginning of a new caliphate- something I doubt either Beck or his viewers even know the meaning of; it's just a svary word he used. That was what people disagreed with him about. Beck is an idiot and you're even dumber for listening to his nonsense. He is an uneducated rube that postulates using random events in history that he has a brief "knowledge" of to give of the impression of intelligence. He's no different than people like Ayatollah Khomeni in Iran who did the same thing.

      February 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • toga

      So millions of Africans and Middle Easterners should live under the slavery of dictatorship so that your oil price remains low? Glen Beck is still crazy

      February 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      How silly is *that* claim. The revolution in Egypt was, itself, just ANOTHER domino falling.

      Beck was talking about Egypt AFTER their government had been overthrown, so your "it", as in "liberals claimed it wouldn't have a domino effect" was referring to Egypt...after they'd overthrown their government.)

      However, in case Glenn didn't inform you or you haven't been paying attention, the protests started in Tunisia. And! The Tunisian President stepped down BEFORE the protests in Egypt started. Heck, *that* was the event that encouraged Egyptians.

      So...the first domino had ALREADY fallen. Egypt was the SECOND one. So, no, "liberals" weren't denying a domino effect...since it was already happening. Yeesh.

      But here's what Beck *really* said...and what most people (not just "liberals") are rolling their eyes at:

      "I believe that I can make a case in the end that there are three powers that you will see really emerge. One, a Muslim caliphate that controls the Mideast and parts of Europe. Two, China, that will control Asia, the southern half of Africa, part of the Middle East, Australia, maybe New Zealand, and God only knows what else. And Russia, which will control all of the old former Soviet Union bloc, plus maybe the Netherlands. I'm not really sure. But their strong arm is coming. That leaves us and South America. What happens to us?"

      Oh...and when everyone was making fun of *that* claim, he tried to defend it by claiming that he *knew* that Communists and Islam would work together to make this happen.

      You can listen to him say ALL of this online on his own website. And, if you want to believe China is "going to control...Australia, maybe New Zealand" and that Russia will 'maybe control The Netherlands', you go for it.

      Just don't forget to check under your bed tonight for the bogeyman.

      February 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1plus1

      Glenn Beck is an entertainer, not an intellectual. And most definitely not a person you should trust on anything (just like every other talking head – Rush L., Sean H., Rachel M., Chris M., etc. etc. etc.. ) Entertainers care about ratings, they don't care about truth, positive change, or you.

      February 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maz

      Glenn Beck is a fool, who never received a post-high school education. He lacks the basic knowledge of Middle Eastern history in order to make any relevant comments on the issue. He claims that this revolution is the coming of a communist Islamic Caliphate, with no proof. I think beliefs such is this are the mark of a paranoid schizophrenic, but then again, I am not a clinical psychologist.

      February 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ofw

    The Philippines will be celebrating its 25th year of its bloodless People Power Revolution on Feb. 22 – 25 where they deposed the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986. Marcos reigned for 20 years. Corazon Aquino, his losing opponent in the election allegedly lost a small margin, was installed as the new President. This revolution had happened even before the downfall of the Berlin Wall and the Cold war era. What is happening in the Middle East/North Africa had been accomplished by Filipinos in 3 days without shedding blood. Due to this inspiration, the current elected president in one of the cleanest election so far is the son of former President Aquino.

    February 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      Thanks for letting Americans know that people's revolutions *can* work well.

      February 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. 11:11

    I have a cousin living in Bahrain. This wasn't written by her, but she posted it on her FB page as it summed up her feelings. I can't speak on any of the rest of these nations, but being that she lives in Bahrain, I can pretty much figure that she knows more than most.

    The True Bahrain

    This was sent to us from a Bahraini. Please read and spread.

    Dear Sky News

    I am currently living in Bahrain. I have lived here for thirty years. I am a British born naturalised Bahraini. I am a businesswoman and a mother of two.

    I have been watching your coverage of the current situation in Bahrain with increasing dismay. It is not the whole truth. You are not talking to any of the Bahraini's who do NOT support the rioters. At this very minute, our streets are packed with thousands of peaceful Bahrainis loyal to the King and the Government who are marching throught the streets to make it clear to the world we are happy with our leadership. It is being broadcast on Bahrain TV, on Al Jazeera News, so why are SKY NEWS ignoring this?

    Your Headines even as I write this are talking about "Anger in Bahrain', well yes there is anger, but not just anger from the illegal rioters.
    There is even more anger from true Bahraini's who are sick of external forces trying to interfere in our affairs.

    Look at history, read Bahrain's Consitution, talk to Bahrainis and expats alike who live here in total harmony . I realise telling the truth may not be as sensational or provide such graphic headlines, but your handling of this is unfair and will only serve to jeopordise all the progress Bahrain has made since our King voluntarily brought about democratic and social reforms ten years ago. His Majesty had a clear vision for his country. Other Arab leaders who questioned his wisdom at that time now find themselves wishing they had emulated him. Bahrain is not Libya, Yemen, Tunisia or Egypt.
    We live in the most free, open, liberal country in the Middle East, we have free education, and healthcare for all, women have equal rights under the law and there are jobs for everyone who REALLY wants to work. There are free Training Programmes, free business set up and development advice and grants, and press freedom that you will not witness elsewhere.

    The rioters have lots of rights under our laws, they hold senior positions in lots of government posts, they hold 18 out of 40 seats in parliament and much more.
    Drive through any of the shia villages either today or over the last four decades and you will find pictures not of Bahrain's leaders but of political and religious leaders of another country in this region. What does that tell you?
    Despite all of this blatent disloyalty to Bahrain, (some would call it treason) our government continues to do everything it can to meet their demands .
    Unlike Britain, where David Cameron recently admitted that 'multiculturalism had failed', Bahrain is a shining beacon to the world that multiculturalism can and does work.

    It has worked here for decades.

    In Bahrain muslims, jews, hindus, christians, buddhists all enjoy religious freedom and we all live in harmony. Why? Because in Bahrain we recognise that abiding by the law and showing mutual respect for your fellow citizen comes before anything else. We are all "Bahrainis" before we are muslims, jews, hindus, christians, or buddhists and that is why multiculturalism works here in Bahrain. Of course multiculturism can only work where citizens respect the laws of Bahrain and love the country in which they reside.
    Therein you have the answer to why we have illegal rioters .

    Many, many of Bahrain's wealthiest businessmen and women are Shia, why are they not amongst the rioters on the streets? Why do you not talk to some of them? I have many shia friends who are as equally appalled as I am at this current situation.

    Why does your Reporter in Bahrain show only coverage of the injured rioters in hospital? Why not also the injured police?
    You showed pictures of weapons confiscated from the rioters, but you did not reveal that was where they came from. You have allowed your viewers to assume they were weapons used by police against the rioters. Manipulative reporting which does you no credit.

    No one is more heartbroken than our King, that violence has been involved and that blood has been shed on the streets of our beloved Kingdom.
    His Majesty has been incredibly patient, some would say too patient, he has freed political prisoners and convicted criminals many times over in the hope that his forgiveness and generosity of spirit would serve as an example and would allow these people another chance to live a fruitful life and offer them the opportunity to tread the path of their fellow Bahrainis, showing loyalty and respect to their King and country.

    All Bahrainis love their King, whether sunnis, shia, jews, christians. This love is the glue that holds our society together and will continue to do so even in our darkest hour.

    Please listen to both sides, please report both sides truthfully, fairly and professionally. It is what we expect from SKY NEWS.

    These rioters have every right under our laws to air their grievances and pursue their demands by legal, peaceful means.

    Please read our Consitution and you will see what I mean.

    Finally, to the instigators of this turmoil. For decades, you have failed to achieve the destruction of our country. You will continue to fail, because the people of Bahrain will continue to stand unstintingly behind their Leadership.

    Hate destroys. Love conquers all.

    February 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      What lie and missleading article. Bahrain used to be 100% Shia and had freedom. British Empire took the control and brought Sunnis from Saudi and let them to govern. The country has changed and 70% of present Shia do NOT have right. They changed country from democratic way to kingdom and now King's son is waiting to replace his father. All government roles are given to Kings family such as prime minoster, all imporatnt roles in government and etc. 80% of army are NONE bahrain people. They are from Ex- Sadam regime, India, Pakistan, Jordan and Sumali. They do NOT care about Bahrain people. more killing more bonus from King. British need to leave Bahrain. They have damaged contry enough. Colony period is far gone. Bahrain is NOT falkland for English leaders. When government use machine gun and killed peacefull demonstrator, what can we say about them? When they attacked childeren, mother, Granmother and youn people at 3:00AM and kill them, what can we say about this regime and kingdom. Proxy Royal family is placed by British Empire and Saudi and rest is history. 70% of people want freedom and select their own leader and NOT a proxy Sunni placed by British Empire. Obviously, it is NOT a good news for British business man or women.

      February 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • 11:11

      Either my cousin is lying or you are. I'm the type that believes blood is thicker than water. She has lived their for over 4 years. I'll take her opinion over yours any day.

      February 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scratchy

      The problem with an obvious piece of government-sponsored propaganda, is that it's obvious. "No one is more heartbroken than the King" - My goodness.

      I also have cousins who blindly re-post and re-mail all manner of things that begin with language like, "Important - you must pass this on!". I keep telling them to think carefully about it before they do. Does it really make sense? Does it jibe with information obtained from the many other sources you have access to?

      The internet has proven itself to be an invaluable tool for people who are trying to change their world. Hasn't it occurred to you that it can also be used for the opposite purpose? Clearly not.

      February 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mttrailboss

    The point is.., all of the protests against their leadership in their countries in the Middle East.., this may be their only change for chance for freedom and individual rights. This may be a one time deal, its now or never. Sometimes when you and other citizens want freedom, individual rights and an opportunity for a better life. You have to die for what you believe in or you simply will not get it. Its like distinguished statesman, lawyer and orator said during the Revolutionary War in America said.., "Give me liberty or give me death.." No finer words have been said, when it comes to a revolt or a revolution for freedom and individual rights, and more opportunites in life. Mike in Montana

    February 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peanut the Destroyer

      Well said – Freedom is the most inalienable of rights, the most basic of human desires, and the one which cannot be given to anyone. Freedom demands liberty of the mind and body and a willingness to die for it. Otherwise it is squandered foolishly. That being said – we also had help in achieving ours.

      February 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Batman

    I love batman!

    February 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Batman

    If Batman and Robin were real, they could go and beat up Khadafi

    February 21, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Batman

    Why don't we just send the leaders of the Arab world hunting with Dick Cheney, that will take care of them.

    February 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Batman

    Lets put Khadafi in a dark room and then tell Ben Rothlesberger there is a drunk college girl in there, Big Ben will do the rest.

    February 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Nice one

      February 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeb

      lol, the sad thing is that this is true

      February 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
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