Feb. 16th, 2011

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It's nigh on impossible for me to do a link round-up about the protests going on right now by Wisconsin's public employees.

Luckily, the Internet has done most of it.
The Wheeler Report has links to all press coverage by WI newspapers, and press releases by legislators, the Governor, and state agencies.

The Isthmus has a guide to social media campaigns against Scott Walker, including comprehensive lists of Facebook events, Facebook groups, Twitter feeds, and groups/sites for a recall of Scott Walker. There's also a list of satirical Twitter accounts.

This morning, the Cap Times posted did post an article titled, "Labor Activists strategize for 'class war' ignited by Walker budget bill." The article is here.

Lastly, if you want longer posts about the current status of the Budget Repair Bill *right now,* I recommend Wispolitics' Budget Blog.

If you have more links, post in the comments. I know there are some Flickr feeds missing from the Isthmus's list of social media.

x-posted to [community profile] wisconsin
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Cost of Living: Venezuela

The Central Bank of Venezuela has announced that produce prices went up nearly 70 per cent in 2010.

Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, blames the jump on vendors. However, they say they have no choice but to raise prices.

Al Jazeera's Craig Mauro reports from the capital, Caracas.

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I think I can safely say that I've always lived in interesting times; what with an Intifada when I was about 3, a Gulf War when I was 5, Oslo when I was 10, October 2000 and the Second Intifada when 15, the various skirmishes during my years in the IDF, the second Lebanon War when I was 20, again, the various skirmishes in the years that followed.
Now, when I'm 25, I can say that while the death in the face of standing up for the right to be free is disturbing, upsetting and I don't know if I would ever have the strength to do the same, it is humbling to be a witness, no matter how distant, to these times in a place in the world I call home.

Bahrain: Protesters occupy Bahrain square. In case you didn't know. Bahrain has a Shi'ite majority and is ruled by a Sunni elite and the government has been naturalising foreign Sunni nationals and workers in order to create a "demographic advantage". Sounds familiar. People are staying in the streets and in the squares 24/7. That really is the only way to do it.

Iran: They are quaking in their boots. When you call for the death of the opposition leaders and the people in charge are in a bind.

Libya: Benghazi, Libya 'rocked by protests'. This is huge you guys. This is Gaddafi's place. I'm seriously in awe.

Not as many links as yesterday, but also not as much time and many links are out of date already. The changes and reports are coming in double-time and I really recommend Twitter as another on-the-spot News aggregatpr, it's amazing how much information you can get from sharing information and just reading what people on the ground have to say.
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Al Jazeera Bahrain Live Blog The live feed has been blocked by the Kingdom of Bahrain so far? The Guardian Live Blog of Middle East Protests Police attack Bahrain protest site: At least two killed and many injured as police carry out surprise, nighttime raid on protest camp in Manama

At least two pro-reform protesters were killed and dozens were injured as hundreds of Bahraini riot police, armed with tear gas, rubber bullets and clubs stormed the main square in the capital as protesters slept.

The pre-dawn assault on Pearl Roundabout, which has become the focal point for protesters demanding reform, was meant to disperse the crowd and regain control of the area.

Nazea Saeed, a journalist with Radio Monte Carlo, said hundreds of people gathered at the hospital where the victims of the police attack are treated.

Speaking to Al Jazeera from the scene, she said the crowd is chanting: "Down with Al-Khalifa", in reference to the country's kingdom.

"People are also chanting that the blood of the victims will not be in vein," she added.

Speaking to Al Jazeera from Salmaniya hospital, the main medical facility in Manama, Maryama Alkawaka of Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, said that she saw dozens of injured demonstrators being wheeled into emergency rooms.

'Protesters attacked'

"People were attacked while they were sleeping. There was no warning," she said. "And when they ran, the police attacked them from the direction they fled to."More

Bahrain authorities launch surprise attack on protestersTear gas canisters bombard sleeping protesters in Manama's Pearl Square. At least two men are reported killed by rubber bullets.

The demands of protesters have grown over three days, with the crowd torn between those who want constitutional reforms and others who now say openly that they want the family of the king to step down.


Bahrain's protest movement appears to be largely leaderless, although medical and media centers have been organized by the demonstrators. Some credit the use of Facebook, Twitterand blogs with providing a forum for activists to trade ideas and promote the rally.

Before Thursday's crackdown, the unrest in Bahrain had emerged as among the most potent anti-government movements in a string of sometimes lethal demonstrations sweeping the Middle East, importing the lessons of NorthAfrica's recent uprisings into the oil-rich Persian Gulf region.

The successful uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt have become models for a daily phenomenon in places such as Yemen and Bahrain. With new marches planned in several other countries over the next several days, including Morocco and Libya, governments from North Africa to the gulf were settling in for what looks to be an extended period of instability.


One of the more volatile fronts is Libya. Anti-government protests erupted in several towns there Wednesday, with reports of police stations torched in Qubbah, Zentan and Baida, and overnight clashes in Benghazi on Tuesday.

The most serious reports of violence in Libya remained unconfirmed because the government of Moammar Kadafiimposes heavy restrictions on the operation of journalists.

Opposition activists reported on social media that police had opened fire with live ammunition on demonstrators in Baida and Benghazi. At least five people reportedly died in the violence Wednesday, which broke out a day before major street demonstrations were planned for the North African nation.

Street fighting in Benghazi began Tuesday night, when protesters gathered in response to the arrest of a well-known human rights lawyer became agitated at reports of a fire inside Abu Selim military prison. Many outside the prison were awaiting the release of family members, said Libyan journalist Fatthi Ben Eissa in a telephone interview.

"It started out with a few tens of families. That became 300 demonstrators in a few minutes, and very quickly escalated to 2,000," said Mohammed Ali Abdallah, deputy secretary general of the exiled opposition group the National Front for the Salvation of Libya.

Protest organizers have called for a "Day of Rage" across Libya on Thursday.




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