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Yet where the Arab Spring started it isn't the same. Seems power and maintaining it are the problem.

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.Hand of Egypt's military rulers grows heavier

By HAMZA HENDAWI - Associated Press 1 hr 16 mins ago. 1 Nov. 2011

CAIRO (AP) Growing in confidence after eight months in power, Egypt's military generals appear more determined than ever to crush the protest movement that ousted Hosni Mubarak and has turned critical of their rule.

This week, they detained Alaa Abdel-Fattah, a blogger whose activism made him an icon of the anti-Mubarak uprising, and in an accusation that was derided by fellow activists said he was to blame for stirring up violence at an October protest where 27 people were killed when soldiers cracked down.

At the same time, the military leadership has been drumming up an image of itself as the nation's foremost patriots, even as it steps up moves to silence critics, leaning on managers of media outlets to tone down commentary on the army or ban particularly vocal critics from appearing on political talk shows.

Activists worry the military aims to hold power for as long as possible to give itself time to create favorable conditions for one of its own or a civilian with military background to run for president in elections. In what many saw as a trial balloon, posters went up briefly last week in Cairo and the Mediterranean city of Alexandria voicing support for the head of the military, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, as a presidential candidate.

Tantawi and other generals on the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces insist the military has no wish to stay in power and will not field a candidate in the presidential election, slated for late next year or early 2013. But activists doubt it will willingly give up the domination it has enjoyed over the nation for decades.

"I have serious doubts that the military will hand over power to civilians," said activist Ahmed Imam. "They will most likely choreograph a scenario in which they will appear to hand over power but will in fact hold on to power."

The arrest of Abdel-Fattah has fueled accusations that the military is trying to sweep away the taint its reputation suffered from the bloodshed at the Oct. 9 protest that turned into Egypt's worst violence since Mubarak's fall in February.

In the violence, 27 people mostly Christians were killed when troops stormed their protest outside the state television building. Video from the scene showed military armored vehicles barreling through crowds and soldiers heavily beating and firing on protesters. The military later blamed the Christians and "hidden hands" for instigating the violence, denying its soldiers had live ammunition.

On Sunday, the military ordered Abdel-Fattah held for questioning for 15 days on suspicion of inciting the rioting, damaging military property and assaulting on-duty troops. If charged, he could face trial before a military court, where thousands of protesters and other civilians have been prosecuted in recent months. Human rights groups have pressed for such trials to stop because of the tribunal's swift and harsh verdicts.

At least 3,000 people marched through downtown Cairo on Monday to protest Abdel-Fattah's arrest, chanting "Down, down with military rule" and "Alaa, we're behind you, don't stop." Abdel-Fattah, who turns 30 in November, was Egypt's first blogger activist, launching a blog years ago organizing opposition to Mubarak. He has been a vocal critic of the military's rule since Mubarak's ouster. His wife, who is due this month to give birth to their first child, a boy, was among the marchers.

"They want to hide the actual criminals," rights lawyer and activist Gamal Eid said of the military's allegations against Abdel-Fattah.

One of the protesters Monday, Ibrahim Zakaria, said the military wants Abdel-Fattah to take the blame. "But they won't be able to. We were there ... and we saw thugs and the military do it," said the 25-year-old.

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Then we have the situation in which Israel might again consider a attack on Iran over it's nuclear programs.

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By AMY TEIBEL - Associated Press | AP 26 mins ago. 3 Nov. 2011

JERUSALEM (AP) Israelis are evenly divided over whether their country should carry out a military strike against Iran's nuclear program, according to a poll published Thursday.

The poll was released following reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to persuade Cabinet ministers to authorize such a strike and after Israel successfully tested a missile said capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to Iran.

If Israel thinks it has problems now with their neighbors sending a nuke to Iran
will for sure make matters much worst IMHO.


Israel insists Iran is working on nuclear weapons, despite Iranian denials. It was unclear whether Netanyahu actually favors a military strike or is trying to prod the international community into taking a tougher line on Iran. Ordering an attack is not a decision he would take alone, but rather he would need the approval of his Cabinet ministers.

As does many others in high places, yet if Iran attacks Israel things would be much different as for the Western Nations.

Forty-one percent of those questioned by the Dialog polling institute said they would back an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, which many Israelis believe were built to produce bombs.

A similar number 39 percent oppose such an attack, which would be fraught with logistical difficulties and risk a deadly Iranian counterstrike and regional mayhem. Twenty percent were undecided.

The survey, published and commissioned by the Israeli Haaretz daily, surveyed 495 people on Wednesday and quoted a margin of error of 4.6 percentage points. The Dialog agency said its random sample represented Israeli adults.

Although the poll appeared to reflect a divided nation, the fact that four out of 10 Israelis would support a strike is noteworthy, given the implications. On Wednesday, Iran's military chief threatened a fierce retaliation against Israel should it attack Iranian nuclear installations.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News that Israeli threats were nothing new.

"We have been hearing threats from Israel for eight years," he said on the sidelines of the Istanbul Conference for Afghanistan, "We are very confident of ourselves. We can defend our country."

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Poll shows Israelis divided over attacking Iran - Yahoo! News

153 Comments at the site. I doubt Israel would strike alone.

Also there is other news at:
Middle East News Headlines - Yahoo! News
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And in Yemen we have this good news.

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AFP – 18 hrs ago. 5 Nov. 2011

Five Al-Qaeda suspects have been killed in artillery shelling by Yemen's army in the country's restive southern city of Zinjibar, officials said on Saturday.

"The army's 25th Mechanised Brigade fired artillery shells late Friday at an area in Zinjibar's east killing five Al-Qaeda militants," an army official told AFP.

A local official in the nearby town of Jaar, an Al-Qaeda stronghold, confirmed the bodies of "five Al-Qaeda militants" were brought to the town from Zinjibar.

Tribesmen and Yemen's army have been battling militants from the "Partisans of Sharia (Islamic law)" who are believed to be close to Al-Qaeda in the country's southern and eastern regions.

Yemen has been gripped by violence as the government in Sanaa has become weakened by anti-regime protests that have rocked the country since January.

The international community has expressed fears the power vacuum in the impoverished country could play into the hands of Al-Qaeda.

Hundreds have died in battles between security forces and protesters, and security forces and Al-Qaeda fighters, amid growing fears the extremists will exploit the fragile political situation to seize Yemen's restive regions.
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This kills me not one Arab nation which fears Irans approach to nuclear weapons can do squat so now they are relying on their most hated enemy Israel to solve the problem.

But will they control their own people if Israel does use their nuke missles?

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.Israel's warnings on Iran get quiet nods in Gulf

By BRIAN MURPHY - Associated Press | AP – 4 hrs ago. 6 Nov. 2011

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Among the many alliances of convenience in the Middle East, one is so unusual that the partners can barely hint about it publicly: Israel and the Gulf Arab states linked by shared fears over Iran's nuclear program.

While their deeper disputes on the Palestinians effectively block any strategic breakthroughs, the recent warnings from Israel and the West about military options against Iran invariably draw in the Gulf and its rare meeting of minds with Jerusalem.

The Gulf states — a cornerstone for U.S. diplomatic and military pressure on Iran — are indispensable parts of any effort to confront Tehran's nuclear ambitions. And even Israel, which has no direct diplomatic outreach to the Gulf, is likely brought into the Gulf-centric policymaking with U.S. envoys acting as go-betweens, experts say.

"I would be surprised if there is no knowledge about the Saudi positions (in Israel) or knowledge in Saudi of the Israeli positions," said David Menashri, director of the Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University.

It's part of a complicated mix of mutual worries and divergent risks — the Gulf, unlike Israel, has critical commercial and diplomatic ties with Iran — that puts Washington in the middle as the common ally and chief Western architect of pressure tactics on Iran.

The next moves are expected after the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency releases an intelligence report Tuesday to its 35 board members.

Early leaks from diplomats suggest the document will indicate Iran has made computer models of a nuclear warhead and conducted other weapons-related work, which would strongly reinforce suspicions that Iran is working toward atomic weapons. Iran denies it seeks to develop nuclear arms and claims its program, including uranium enrichment labs, is only for energy and research.
Of course they deny it, as they have lied about so much else. And their Muslim Brothers all across the area fear them.
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Dang what is up with our Military and it's need to create more problems & expenses for our Nation?
Ike warned us about the MIC and we need to wake up and slow them down A.S.A.P.

We keep saying we want peace yet our Military seems to know only war. With our problems on our southern boarder these troops could be the answer in solving it.
Yet even as we start withdrawing from combat zones the Military wants to keep them overseas.

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.Kuwait: No plans to host more US troops

AP 5 hrs ago. 7 Nov. 2011

KUWAIT CITY (AP) A top Kuwaiti official has thrown doubt on American proposals to station at least 4,000 additional soldiers in the Gulf nation following the U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq at the end of the year.

Sheik Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah, who is also defense minister, was quoted Sunday as saying there is no plan to increase U.S. troop levels in the country.

It was not immediately clear whether this was Kuwait's final word to the Pentagon or a suggestion that nothing is yet resolved and negotiations are in progress. The reference to the issue of U.S. troops was mentioned as part of a lengthy statement on a variety of issues.

A rebuff from Kuwait would be a significant blow to U.S. efforts to boost the numbers of forces in the Gulf, where the U.S. and its Arab allies fear Iran's expanding military reach. Earlier this month, U.S. officials said the Pentagon hoped to shift at least 4,000 soldiers from Iraq to Kuwait at the end of the year, pending a final decision by military planners and Kuwaiti leaders.

The Pentagon said Monday that officials are still working on the issue of where troops will be arrayed in the region after the U.S. departure from Iraq.

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Kuwait: No plans to host more US troops - Yahoo! News

Yet I posted an updated version of our response in the Current News plus you can find it and more International news here:
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And here: Asia News Headlines - Yahoo! News
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After 4+ year here at PW I need a break, for the upcoming battles with the Progressive left & Liberals as the election gains pace. So I am leaving you the links and making a suggestion to help you in your searchs.

I would use a second browser and copy & paste these links into the the subject bar on the top of your browser. I will bumb this and the other two threads so they don't get lost into the pages behind page one.

This way you can keep PW and select different news stories on days when there are more than one on the topic your interested in.

Asia News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Middle East News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Africa News Headlines - Yahoo! News

And once there you will see you have choices to select other countries. I will kep bumbing it forward so it doesn't get buried as other members post items.
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I hope you reader have been keeping pace, using the links above this post. I do see the numbers have been dropping off some. But that is each of your choice.

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.New Libyan government sworn in

By VANESSA GERA | AP 58 mins ago. 24 Nov. 2011

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) Libya's transitional government has been sworn in before the country's interim leader, another step along to the oil-rich country's roadmap to elections next year.

The new government read the oath of office before its leader, Abdel-Jalil Mustafa, on Thursday. The lineup of relative unknowns will confront daunting challenges, like establishing control over the fractured nation after the ousting of Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year regime.

Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib said the government's first task is to formulate plans to build state institutions. Gadhafi left few institutions behind, preferring one-man rule.

The formation of the Cabinet clears the way for the next key step on the timeline election of a 200-member national congress by the end of June.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) Libya's transitional leaders have vowed to work with the International Criminal Court and with the United Nations in investigating alleged crimes committed by Moammar Gadhafi's recently captured son and one-time heir apparent, the court's prosecutor said Thursday.

ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told The Associated Press that the court received the formal pledge in a letter from National Transitional Council chairman Mustafa Abdul-Jalil. He gave the AP a copy of the letter in an English translation.

Moreno-Ocampo said he was satisfied with that move, which appears to settle a dispute between the international court and Libyan authorities over which body should try Seif al-Islam Gadhafi with crimes against humanity.

Libya is obliged by a UN Security Council resolution to work with the ICC, but that does not necessarily preclude a trial in Libya. If the court determines that the country has a functioning legal system that will give Seif al-Islam a fair trial on substantially the same charges as were filed before it, it can leave the case with Libya.

Moreno-Ocampo said the most important thing is for Seif al-Islam, whom he called the "face of the old regime," to face justice.

It "is very important for the world and for Libya to understand what happened here, how they attacked these people, how they killed these people," Moreno-Ocampo said.
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Well this Arab Spring isn't going so well is it?

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By The Associated Press | AP 4 hrs ago. 26 Nov. 2011

EGYPT

Egyptian security forces clash with protesters camped outside the Cabinet building, leaving one man dead, as tensions rise two days ahead of parliamentary elections being held despite mass demonstrations against military rule.

Also, Egyptian state TV says Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the head of the ruling military council that took over the government after Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February, meets separately with opposition leader and Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei and presidential hopeful Amr Moussa, who was the former head of the Arab League.

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SYRIA

Syria buries 22 members of the armed forces, including six elite pilots, as the government reinforces its message that the 8-month-old revolt against President Bashar Assad is the work of terrorists and foreign agents, not patriotic Syrians seeking reform.

Also, an Arab League committee agrees on a draft of recommended sanctions against Syria, including halting cooperation with the nation's central bank and halting flights to the country. The 22-nation body will vote on the recommendations Sunday in Cairo.

Activists say at least 13 civilians are killed, 12 of them in the flashpoint Homs province. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 10 soldiers were killed in overnight clashes with defectors in the country's east.

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MOROCCO

An Islamist party is set to get first crack at forming the next government after winning the largest bloc of seats in parliamentary elections.

With about two-thirds of all results in, the Justice and Development Party has taken 80 seats out of 282 so far announced. A total of 395 seats were up for grabs in the nationwide vote a day earlier.

Barring a massive upset, the PJD known by its French initials will be the largest party in the new parliament and charged with forming a new government making another Islamist victory in an election brought about by the Arab Spring.

The second place finisher, Istiqlal, was far behind with 45 seats.

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YEMEN

Yemen's vice president calls for a presidential vote to be held on Feb. 21 in line with a power-sharing deal aimed at ending the country's nine-month political crisis.

Yemen's SABA state news agency says Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has issued a decree setting the date for the vote after Saleh authorized "the vice president the constitutional authorities to carry out dialogue with the parties that signed the Gulf initiative."

It says no party has the right to annul or change this decree.
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Spencer nice to know you stop in and read some of my posts. As the same goes for those that just come to read and pick up a link. My Thanks to all of you.

Seeing I can't seem to unlighten the other members to use one space to keep theior post going, to hell with them. I won't allow this and my other thread to get buried.
And I said it, mine, my thread. As that seems to be what I opened to all members which they seem to see as mlurps threads... Got that from the boss man..

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By Faisal Baatout | AFP 6 hrs ago. 2 Dec. 2011

The Sunni Muslim monarchies of the Gulf fear that Shiites on the Arabian peninsula will rise up against their rule, inspired by the Arab Spring, community leaders in the region say.

"They want to transform the Arab Spring into a 'Shiite Spring'," said Abdellatif al-Mahmud, a Sunni cleric in Bahrain, where a protest movement led by the Shiite majority was crushed in March.

The Arab Spring, which has swept the region and toppled three autocratic leaders, "has whetted the appetite of Shiites in our region," Mahmud told AFP on the sidelines of a Doha seminar on the role of religious diversity in the Gulf.

Walid Tabtabai, a Kuwaiti Sunni, was even more virulent.

"Since the Shiites are the majority, they are attacking Sunnis," he said, citing the case of Iran, as well as Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein's Sunni regime in 2003.

But Sheikh Ali Salman, the head of Bahrain's leading Shiite opposition formation, Al-Wefaq, rejected "this inappropriate approach."

"The Arab Spring involves all faiths and all communities, including the Amazigh," or Libya's Berbers, who helped to overthrow Moamer Kadhafi's regime, he said.

Bahrain's crackdown on Shiite protests, carried out with the help of other Gulf monarchies, raised tensions in countries with Shiite minorities, including Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, where four people were killed last month in clashes with security forces.

"The problem is political, and not confessional," said Ali Salman, whose group calls for democratic reforms to ensure equality and eliminate discrimination among Bahrainis.

His analysis is shared by Kuwaiti intellectual Mohammed al-Rumaihi, said it is necessary "to promote the sense of citizenship" in order to get rid of religious and tribal communalism.

Fawzia Hani, a Saudi Shiite human rights activist, agreed.

"A weak sense of citizenship promotes sectarianism and creates a gap between the state and people," she told the seminar.

However, the proximity of predominantly Shiite Iran raises concerns and suspicion in its Arab neighbours who fear their own Shiite communities are being influenced by Tehran, which has clear ambitions to establish itself as a regional power.

Shiism was born as a result of theological differences about the succession of the Prophet Mohammed.

The Sunni majority define themselves as the ones who maintain and apply the doctrines, standards, practices and traditions established by the prophet.

"We must disconnect from this historical inheritance which blocks us all," said Said Hareb, an academic from the United Arab Emirates.

"We cannot change the past, but we can help build the future."

But the reality on the ground is more difficult.

"We do not know how things are going to end up next week in Qatif," in Saudi Arabi's Eastern Province, during the Shiite Ashura commemoration, said Hani, referring to deadly clashes in late November.

Eastern Province is home to the majority of the conservative Sunni kingdom's Shiite population of around two million, who represent around 10 percent of Saudis.

The ceremony marks the killing of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammed and third Imam of Shiism, by armies of the Umayyad caliph Yazid in 680 AD.
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There is a 3 page thread on this issue just under this one. I believe this is the latest news on this topic. It goes by the title about the same as this title.

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.Egypt Islamists sweep early election results

By Adam Plowright | AFP 2 hrs 20 mins ago. 3 Dec. 2011

Early results from Egypt's first post-revolution election showed Islamist parties sweeping to victory, including hardline Salafists, with secular parties trounced in many areas.

Partial figures trickled in for the areas of the country that voted in record numbers on Monday and Tuesday, confirming earlier predictions that Islamist parties would win at least two thirds of the ballots cast.

In northern Port Said, the moderate Islamist alliance led by the previously banned Muslim Brotherhood triumphed with 32.5 percent of votes for parties, while the hardline Al-Nur party gained 20.7 percent, the Al-Ahram daily said.

The liberal Wafd party won 14 percent, while another Islamist party, Al-Wassat which advocates a strict interpretation of Islamic law, recorded 12.9 percent, according to the state-run newspaper.

In the southern Red Sea district, the Brotherhood's alliance won 30 percent, while secular coalition the Egyptian Bloc came in second with 15 percent, it said.

Full results after the first voting -- which saw 62 percent turnout -- were initially meant to have been published on Wednesday but have been delayed several times.

There appeared few bright spots for the liberal secular movement which played a key role in the overthrow of the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak in February after an 18-day uprising.

It has since splintered and been outgunned by the more organised Brotherhood, well known to Egyptians because of its decades of opposition to the Mubarak regime and its extensive charitable and social work.

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