13/05/2011

May 9 to 13,2011

Thousands gather in Egypt’s Tahrir Square
13/05/2011 – Al Jazeera

Thousands of activists congregated in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to rally against sectarian strife and express solidarity for Palestinian unity. Some demonstrators have called for a march to neighboring Gaza over the weekend to protest the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Taking Airport, Rebels in Libya Loosen Noose
11/05/2011 – New York Times

Libyan rebels made significant advances against regime forces in the besieged city of Misurata including capturing the airport and large swaths of territory around the city. The battle of Misurata has been the bloodiest contest in the nearly three-month conflict, and the recent rebel success comes as NATO has stepped up its bombing campaign and improved coordination with rebel officials. Capture of the airport, one of the last pieces of ground in the city controlled by Qaddafi forces, represents a considerable victory and a public relations blow to the Libyan regime. Analysts stress the triumph is reversible, but suggest it carries the potential to cut off the logistical lines of government forces in the east from those in the west.

Western powers turn blind eye to Bahrain crackdown on demonstrators
10/05/2011 – Daily Star

The fate of Bahrain’s protest movement is a stark reminder of how Western and regional power politics can trump reformist yearnings, even in an Arab world convulsed by popular uprisings against entrenched autocrats. Bahrain is not Libya or Syria, but Western tolerance of the Sunni monarchy’s crackdown suggests interests such as the U.S. naval base in Manama, ties to oil giant Saudi Arabia and the need to contain neighboring Iran outweigh any sympathy with pro-democracy protesters mostly from the Shiite majority.

Christians protest violence in Cairo demonstration
9/05/2011 – Salon

Hundreds of Egyptians protested violence against the country’s Coptic Christian minority Monday after Muslim mobs burned a church and sparked riots in Cairo that left 13 people dead. Spiraling sectarian tension is emerging as a major fault line in the tumultuous aftermath of the popular uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak from power in February. Protesters criticized the interim military rulers for their handling of the weekend violence and demanded the officer in charge of the country resign.

 

Thousands gather in Egypt’s Tahrir Square

13/05/2011 – Al Jazeera

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/05/201151394331855329.html

 

Thousands of activists congregated in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to rally against sectarian strife and express solidarity for Palestinian unity. Some demonstrators have called for a march to neighboring Gaza over the weekend to protest the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Taking Airport, Rebels in Libya Loosen Noose

11/05/2011 – New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/12/world/africa/12libya.html?ref=world

Libyan rebels made significant advances against regime forces in the besieged city of Misurata including capturing the airport and large swaths of territory around the city. The battle of Misurata has been the bloodiest contest in the nearly three-month conflict, and the recent rebel success comes as NATO has stepped up its bombing campaign and improved coordination with rebel officials. Capture of the airport, one of the last pieces of ground in the city controlled by Qaddafi forces, represents a considerable victory and a public relations blow to the Libyan regime. Analysts stress the triumph is reversible, but suggest it carries the potential to cut off the logistical lines of government forces in the east from those in the west.

 

– Western powers turn blind eye to Bahrain crackdown on demonstrators


10/05/2011 – Daily Star

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2011/May-10/Western-powers-turn-blind-eye-to-Bahrain-crackdown-on-demonstrators.ashx#axzz1LxHkwW2U

The fate of Bahrain’s protest movement is a stark reminder of how Western and regional power politics can trump reformist yearnings, even in an Arab world convulsed by popular uprisings against entrenched autocrats. Bahrain is not Libya or Syria, but Western tolerance of the Sunni monarchy’s crackdown suggests interests such as the U.S. naval base in Manama, ties to oil giant Saudi Arabia and the need to contain neighboring Iran outweigh any sympathy with pro-democracy protesters mostly from the Shiite majority.

Christians protest violence in Cairo demonstration

9/05/2011 – Salon

http://www.salon.com/wires/allwires/2011/05/09/D9N40EAG0_ml_egypt/index.html

 

Hundreds of Egyptians protested violence against the country’s Coptic Christian minority Monday after Muslim mobs burned a church and sparked riots in Cairo that left 13 people dead. Spiraling sectarian tension is emerging as a major fault line in the tumultuous aftermath of the popular uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak from power in February. Protesters criticized the interim military rulers for their handling of the weekend violence and demanded the officer in charge of the country resign.