links for 2011-02-16
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
"Emulating the occupation of Cairo’s Tahrir Square that helped toppled President Hosni Mubarak, news reports said, around 2,000 people camped out at the major road junction in the city center demanding a change in the government of this strategically-placed Persian Gulf kingdom that is home to the United States Navy’s 5th Fleet. "
"Three trends you notice in the local state and private media developing now: a) Continuous praise for the military; b) A cheap attempt to polish up the image of the police following their “protests”; c) Denunciation of the labor strikes, picturing it as “catastrophic” for the country, and “disruptive to the military’s efforts to reach a solution.”"
"Thousands of demonstrators poured into this nation’s symbolic center, Pearl Square, late Tuesday in a raucous rally that again demonstrated the power of popular movements that are transforming the political landscape of the Middle East."