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Canada had some upset people last week and so did Greece... Will it hit here at home if we fail to cut spending and lose some of our debt?

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By DEMETRIS NELLAS, Associated Press – Sun Jun 19, 10:44 am ET


ATHENS, Greece – Greece is talking with international creditors about a second bailout package "roughly equal" to the first euro110 billion ($157 billion) rescue it accepted a year ago, the prime minister confirmed Sunday.

George Papandreou also blamed Greece's bloated and inefficient state sector for bringing the country to its knees and vowed to effect deep changes with a fall referendum on the constitution that would make it easier to get rid of inept officials or workers.

His proposals were a populist response to widespread popular anger at politicians as austerity measures cut deeply into disposable incomes. Riots erupted on the streets of Athens last week against a new round of spending cuts and tax hikes being demanded by the European Union and the IMF.

"I ask for a vote of confidence because we are at a critical juncture ... the debt and deficits are national problems that have brought Greece into a state of dependence that may have protected us from bankruptcy, but which we need to get out of," Papandreou said, opening a three-day parliamentary debate that culminates Tuesday in a confidence vote.

He dismissed any calls to default on the country's massive debt, saying this would be "a catastrophe for households and banks alike" and made it clear he would not back off from efforts to reduce the debt.

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Yes hold off the elections till the students who got ths done can start their own Political Parties and avoid any Islamic form of Govt. Cause it will never give up power once it gets it.

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By HAMZA HENDAWI and MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press – 1 hr 43 mins ago, Like the one above it is 19 June 2011


CAIRO – Calls are growing in Egypt for a delay of September's parliamentary elections to give parties formed in the aftermath of Hosni Mubarak's ouster more time to organize.

The push, which now has the prime minister's backing, is aimed at keeping the well-organized Muslim Brotherhood from dominating the next legislature and exerting disproportionate Islamist influence over the drafting of a new constitution.

The debate over the timing of the elections and the new constitution is a political novelty in a country where elections under the 29-year rule of former President Mubarak were routinely marred by widespread fraud and their results known before the first ballot was cast.

The election debate is just one of a host of challenges Egypt is grappling with in the chaotic transition period to what many hope will be a freer, more democratic Egypt. There are also disagreements over the extent to which police powers should be curtailed, how best to halt economic deterioration and how to divvy up the nation's wealth among some 85 million people.

The debate itself seems remarkable, given the authoritarian system that was in place until just a few months ago. It is another sign that post-Mubarak Egyptians have cast off decades of political apathy and have new faith in the political process.

However, it also could be a trigger for renewed unrest if the question is not resolved in a way that satisfies everyone or at least many of the players.

Interim Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, in an interview posted Sunday on Egyptian news website Masrawy.com, said he preferred a delay in the vote to allow the nation's "political landscape" to take shape. He also hinted that drafting a new constitution before the elections would not be a bad idea either.

Sharaf, however, made clear that a delay is his personal preference, and that his Cabinet would do everything it can to ensure a fair and secure vote if the election went ahead as scheduled.

The Islamic fundamentalist Brotherhood, Egypt's largest and best organized political group, reacted angrily to Sharaf's comments, with a top figure in the group saying the prime minister should resign before expressing personal views.

"The people want to transfer power to a civilian administration. This is in the interest of the country," said Sobhi Saleh, a Brotherhood leader who helped draft amendments to Egypt's current constitution that were voted on in March. "The Muslim Brotherhood are against postponement and against drafting the constitution before elections."

Some fear that elections will leave the doors wide open for Islamist ministers to govern, a council of clerics to decide which laws to pass or drop depending on how they fit according to Islamic Sharia law and where liberal and secular voices will be labeled "infidels."

Those worries have been prompted by the fact that the 90-year-old Brotherhood has revved up the social services campaign that has long helped it build its following. Just after the collapse of Mubarak's rule, it formed for the first time a political party and launched a strong nationwide campaign.

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China has flooded big time. And the rainy season has just started in that part of the world. I remember it as summer in the NAM was wet, humid and more rain...

China's worst fear is not keeping it's people happy and employed or riots might cause a real upset in the balance of power... With so many people they can't contain an uprising if most of China's population gets involved...

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China's epic flooding: 40 miles of dikes near breach

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More rain over next few days expected; dozens killed in recent weeks


By LOUISE WATT

updated 2 hours 59 minutes ago

BEIJING — More than 40 miles of dikes are in danger of overflowing in an eastern Chinese province where floods have caused $1.2 billion in losses, authorities said Monday as the country neared a critical point in battling seasonal rains.

So far this season, some 5.7 million people have had their lives disrupted in eastern and southern China, the Xinhua news service said. More than 7,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged.

Heavy rains pounded Zhejiang province over the weekend, and the level of a river that passes through Lanxi city has risen sharply, said Zhao Fayuan, deputy director of the provincial flood control headquarters.

The level of Lanjiang river has now hit 110 feet, the highest since 1966, the headquarters said.

Several sections of the dikes in Lanxi city are barely holding, Zhao said. More than 20,000 people could be affected if the dikes are breached, he was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

The flood control headquarters advised Lanxi officials to evacuate all residents near the dikes that are at risk of overflowing, and to repair them immediately.

Recent flooding has destroyed 600,000 acres of farmland and caused 1,846 companies to stop production in Zhejiang, incurring 7.69 billion yuan ($1.19 billion) in direct economic losses, the flood control agency said. Of these, 3.4 billion yuan were agricultural losses. Coastal Zhejiang is one of China's richest provinces and its economy grew 11.8 percent last year.

Flooding in eastern and southern China this month has forced 500,000 people to evacuate, triggered landslides, cut power and telecommunications and left more than 180 people dead or missing. Five more people were killed Sunday and one remains missing after surging floodwaters swept them away in their southwest villages, Xinhua reported.

Farmers quoted by Xinhua said the flooding was the worst in 20 years, reducing vegetable output by 20 percent and also causing shortages of fruits and grains. Prices for green vegetables were up 40 percent, Xinhua said, adding to an inflation rate of 5.5 percent, a three-year high.


China's minister for water resources said Sunday that the country was entering a crucial period for flood control as severe floods triggered by heavy rains threatened southern areas.

It is likely that more frequent and more intense downpours will continue, Chen Lei told a meeting in Beijing, Xinhua reported.

He urged local authorities to improve weather forecasting and ensure dikes, reservoirs and dams are safe.

China's national weather agency said Monday that torrential rains will continue in southern and eastern areas for the next three days.

However, while the deadly flooding continues, a persistent drought is still plaguing five provinces in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. It has left 630,000 people without safe drinking water and affected 11.9 million acres of farmland, Chen said.

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The greek govt. had and might again have unrest over it's unability to solve it's debt...

3 video's on the upper left...

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By ELENA BECATOROS, Associated Press – 45 mins ago


ATHENS, Greece – Greece's embattled prime minister faced a crucial confidence vote in parliament Tuesday over the new cabinet he formed to help pass the unpopular austerity measures needed to avoid a national default.

If Prime Minister George Papandreou's new government fails to get the necessary Parliamentary support in a midnight vote Tuesday, it would throw into question whether it can pass a new austerity bill by the end of the month as demanded by international creditors.

Expectations that Papandreou would win lifted world markets. His Socialist party holds a five-seat majority in the 300-member legislature, and a simple majority is needed to pass.

"Indications over the last 24 hours or so have certainly been that the government will survive, if only because the alternative would be so dire," said Beat Siegenthaler, an analyst at UBS.

A prominent dissenter within Papandreou's socialist party, Nikolas Salagiannis, said he would vote in favor of the government after Papandreou reshuffled his cabinet last week and replaced his finance minister.

"This has generated a slim hope that the issues can be addressed," Salagiannis said. "We back the new government."

Another dissenter, Socialist lawmaker Panagiotis Kouroumplis, said he too would lend his support.

"I will back the confidence vote — but I won't give a blank check," Kouroumplis said during the debate.

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Awww the land of my mother side, the Irish and they are at it again... $ problems can lead to other more violent reactions.. Dang fools to create even more damage...

AP – Loyalist rioters throw petrol bombs towards the mainly Catholic Short Strand area of East Belfast, Northern …


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By SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press – Tue Jun 21, 8:06 pm ET


LONDON – Hundreds of rioters threw gasoline bombs and attacked police vans in east Belfast on Tuesday as sectarian violence flared up for a second night in Northern Ireland.

About 700 people gathered on the street in the Short Strand area and were causing "serious disorder," throwing fireworks, gasoline bombs and other missiles, police said, adding that there were reports two men had sustained burn injuries.

Journalists were warned away from the area after a press photographer was reportedly shot in the leg during the violence.

Roads in the area were closed and police were working to restore order. British broadcasters showed video in which groups of hooded and masked men pelted each other with stones and missiles, and many attacked police vans.

The BBC said large numbers of police were on standby with water cannons.

Violence first flared Monday night in Short Strand, a small Catholic community in a predominantly Protestant area of Belfast. About 500 people were involved in the street riots, which began when masked members of the Ulster Volunteer Force — a paramilitary Protestant group — attacked homes with bricks, fireworks and smoke bombs, police said.

Shots were fired from both sides, though two bullet marks on a police car were blamed on the UVF, which claimed to have disarmed fully in 2009. Two men were being treated for gunshot wounds to the leg, police said.

Catholic leaders said the violence was unprovoked, but Protestant leaders said the Protestant mob appeared to be retaliating for smaller-scale attacks by Short Strand youths on Protestant homes the night before.

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson condemned the riot, which came as a separate bomb attack from dissident republicans targeted police in west Belfast early Tuesday.

The area affected by the rioting was one of more than 30 parts of Belfast where high barricades separate Irish Catholic and British Protestant turf. Such barricades, called "peace lines" locally, have grown in number and size, despite the success of Northern Ireland's 1998 peace accord.

Sectarian tensions typically flare in the build-up to July 12, a divisive holiday when tens of thousands of Protestants from the Orange Order brotherhood march across Northern Ireland.
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Sad to see violence still going on in Northern Ireland.

Especially now that their favorite son, Rory Mcllroy........... is the US Open Champion.

Ironically enough, last years Open champion is also from Northern Ireland.

It's quite remarkable that such a small country like NI, has back-to-back US Open Champions.


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Sad to see violence still going on in Northern Ireland.

Especially now that their favorite son, Rory Mcllroy........... is the US Open Champion.

Ironically enough, last years Open champion is also from Northern Ireland.

It's quite remarkable that such a small country like NI, has back-to-back US Open Champions.
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it is AK, a damn shame, funny you mentioned Rory Mcllory, as in this news release they use him to say let the violence stop in a off hand way.

Reuters – Police in armoured jeeps come under attack from youths throwing missiles on the Newtonards Road, Belfast … UN-,

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By Ivan Little – 1 hr 40 mins ago, 22 June 2011


BELFAST (Reuters) – Northern Irish police said on Wednesday they fear rioting in Belfast could escalate to the point where someone could get killed, threatening to upset a delicate peace between Catholics and Protestants in the British-controlled province.

A press photographer was shot and wounded on Tuesday evening in the second night of clashes between pro-British loyalists and Irish nationalists in some of the worst rioting in east Belfast in recent years.

"There are people potentially at risk of being killed by the level of violence," Assistant Chief Constable Alistair Finlay told journalists. "We need to see cool heads to pull this back."

The violence in the Catholic Short Strand enclave of mainly Protestant east Belfast comes at the start of the "marching season", a time of annual parades by Protestants which has triggered violent protests by Catholics in the past.

Police blame members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), one of the deadliest pro-British paramilitary groups of Northern Ireland's bloody past, for initiating the disorder, though they said they may no longer be in control.

The UVF said two years ago that it had completed the decommissioning of its weapons in line with other militant groups after a 1998 peace agreement mostly ended three decades of violence in the province.

The trouble flared only 1.5 miles from the airport in Belfast where golfer Rory McIlroy was arriving home last night after his historic U.S. Open win.

"These are the wrong headlines about Northern Ireland flashing around the world on the back of a day when the right headlines on the success of Rory McIlroy ... were making world headlines," Finlay said.

Northern Ireland was torn apart during the violent "Troubles" between loyalists, mostly Protestants, who want it to remain part of the United Kingdom, and Irish nationalists, mostly Catholics, who want it to form part of a united Ireland.

The peace deal paved the way for a power-sharing government of loyalists and nationalists. Violence has subsided over the years, but there are still dissident armed groups opposed to the deal.

Annual protestant parades commemorating notable British victories peak on July 12 and are regarded by marchers as an expression of cultural identity. Many Catholics see them as provocative and they are often accompanied by violent protest.

Police fired plastic bullets and used water cannons on Tuesday night as rioters threw petrol bombs, fireworks and bricks. They said 350-400 people were involved, cutting their earlier estimate of 700 people.

The photographer was hit in the leg but his injury is not believed to be serious. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny told Ireland's parliament that six shots were fired from the nationalist side and five from loyalists.

Kenny warned the violence threatened to undermine the peace process, and said economic hardship was fuelling discontent.

"Unemployment and lack of activity is the cancer that eats away at the heart of the peace process and that requires constant vigilance in communities," he said.

"Those who were involved in this cannot and will not be allowed to disrupt the normalization of relations right across the community," he said.

(Additional reporting by Carmel Crimmins; Editing by Conor Humphries and Sonya Hepinstall)
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Man when you put all you can find on Unrest from all over the world, the M.E. seems to pop up the most.

To bad I didn't start this thread first, before Syria, Libya and the few others. But then this thread would be on page 30+ by now...

With news on each spread all over the place. Yet this one even though I know will come up again will be placed in this thread.

Also knowing this is one of our Navy's 5th Fleet base which we need.

And the only way this tension, hate etc,. etc., can change is if the Shiite & the Sunni's
can start to work together, which is like asking Hamas to hug and accept the Jewish Nation, as brother's. Which is like hitting a and asking it to move aside.

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Protests hit Bahrain after activists sentenced

2 hrs 38 mins ago, 22 June 2011


MANAMA, Bahrain – A Bahraini security court sentenced eight Shiite activists to life in prison Wednesday, triggering the first major protests in months by hundreds of anti-government demonstrators demanding political freedoms and equal rights from the Sunni monarchy.

Witnesses said police fired tear gas at marchers trying to reach a central square in Bahrain's capital, Manama, that was once the hub of their campaign for greater freedoms, which began in February as the political tumult in the Arab world spread to the Gulf.

After the court ruling, Shiite crowds blocked roads with sand piles and called for the protest marches, which also took place in Shiite villages on the capital's outskirts. It was the first serious unrest after months of a security lockdown by military and police units in Bahrain, a key American military ally that is home of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

The court handed down life sentences for eight Shiite activists and long jail terms for 13 others. They were convicted of trying to overthrow Bahrain's 200-year-old monarchy and of having links to "a terrorist organization abroad."

"It's a political verdict," said Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights. "All those convicted today were targeted because of their activities to bring about change and democracy in Bahrain."

Angry crowds took their grievances back to the streets after the verdict despite the strengthened police presence around the Gulf island.

Shiites account for 70 percent of Bahrain's population, but claim they face systematic discrimination such as being barred from top government and political posts.

The protests in Bahrain have claimed at least 31 lives since February and put U.S. officials in the difficult position of denouncing the violence while standing by the allied rulers.

The kingdom's rulers fear that any gains by Bahrain's Shiites could open new footholds for influence by Iran, a predominantly Shiite country that is a main regional rival of the Sunni Arab-led nations just across the Gulf. Bahrain also accuses Iranian-backed Hezbollah of having a role in the protests.

Shiite leaders in Bahrain have repeatedly denied any ties to Iran and accuse leaders of using the fears of Iranian string-pulling to wage crackdowns that have included hundreds of arrests and purges from jobs and universities.

Fourteen of the 21 convicted are in custody while the rest were sentenced in absentia by the security court, which was set up during martial law-style rule that was imposed in March. The emergency rule was lifted June 1, but the arrests and trials at a military-civilian tribunal with military prosecutors have continued.
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And what if Al-Qaida gets involved in the power struggle? So PUSHING for change might be another keyword used to say we picked our man..

And that might not hold water with the population of Yemen..

1 of 3 video's on the upper left: Slideshow:Yemenis rally against government

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By AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press – 57 mins ago


SANAA, Yemen – A senior U.S. diplomat pushing for a peaceful transfer of power in Yemen said Thursday that whichever side emerges from the four-month political crisis to lead the nation will cooperate with Washington in battling Yemen's al-Qaida branch.

The Obama administration fears Yemen's turmoil will give al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula more room to operate freely and plot attacks on the West from the country's remote and mountainous reaches. The U.S. says the Yemen-based militants are now the terrorist network's No. 1 threat and has carried out expanded strikes against them with armed drones and warplanes.

In talks with government officials and opposition figures seeking the president's ouster, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffery Feltman said all expressed an understanding of Washington's concerns about Yemen's al-Qaida branch, which has an estimated 300 fighters and has carried out several nearly successful strikes on U.S. targets.

"Everyone gave us some assurances that they are concerned about al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula," Feltman said. "Any government is going to be a strong partner. They are committed to work with us in fighting terrorism."

The diplomat also delivered Washington's message that it wants to see a swift transfer of power as outlined in a proposal by Gulf mediators trying to end the political crisis.

Yemen's autocratic president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is clinging to power despite daily protests since February calling for his ouster and an attack on his palace this month that badly wounded him and forced him to fly to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment.

He has refused three times to sign the Gulf proposal.

"We continue to believe that an immediate peaceful and orderly transition is in the best interest of the Yemeni people," Feltman said Thursday after his talks.

"We encourage all parties to move swiftly to implement the terms of the agreement so the Yemeni people can soon realize the security, unity and prosperity that they have so courageously sought," he added.

Feltman met with Saleh's powerful son Ahmed, who commands Yemen's Republican Guard force and is helping preserve his father's rule in his absence.

The deal by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council calls for Saleh to step down within 30 days and hand power to his vice president. It also calls for a national unity government to run the country until elections are held. In return, Saleh would get immunity from any prosecution.

Washington considered Saleh an essential partner in battling al-Qaida and had given his government millions of dollars in military aid, but has been pressing for him to step down to spare the country further bloodshed.

Despite Feltman's assessment that all sides in Yemen's power struggle are committed to fighting al-Qaida, the U.S. is also preparing for a worst-case scenario.

The United States is building a secret CIA air base in the Persian Gulf region to target al-Qaida militants in Yemen in the event any future leadership would shut U.S. forces out.

There are several signs that the al-Qaida offshoot is already taking advantage of Yemen's turmoil to expand its reach. Hundreds of al-Qaida-linked militants have taken over two towns in southern Yemen.

And on Wednesday, nearly 60 suspected al-Qaida militants escaped from a Yemeni prison in the lawless south.

Yemen's unrest began in February with largely peaceful protests inspired by the successful uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. A crackdown by government security forces has killed at least 167 people, according to Human Rights Watch.

The crisis descended into further violence when street battles broke out between forces loyal to President Saleh and fighters under the control of Yemen's most powerful tribal leader.
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Default Re: UNREST in other COUNTRIES

Thailand is having a few problems at the moment. Has it ever not had violence at least sense the NAM period?

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A triple bombing by suspected insurgents kills at least two people and wounds nine others in Thailand's deep south. Deborah Lutterbeck reports. ...

All I could find were video's so if you would go to the site given below you can pick which site you care to view it from.
Deadly triple bombing in Thailand - Google Search
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