Bahrain's move to have its military stand down restores a bit of calm, with opposition groups...

Bahrain's move to have its military stand down restores a bit of calm, with opposition groups now meeting to prepare a coordinated list of demands to present to the government. The death toll continues to rise in Libya, where protesters take over Benghazi, long a spot of minor unrest, but now "in a state of chaos."

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  • spald_fr
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    With Bahrain in flux, one has to consider whether Mecca is in play. These are very interesting times indeed.
    20 Feb 2011, 12:43 PM Reply Like
  • anarchist
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    I am curious to know your thinking about Mecca's relationship to this chaos.
    20 Feb 2011, 12:51 PM Reply Like
  • spald_fr
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    Please refer to a map of the area. The House of Sa'ud is nearly surrounded by revolution. Egypt directly to the west, Yemen directly to the south, Bahrain directly to the east, with Jordan and Iraq at the northern border.


    By the way, I seem to recall from your bio that you reside in Costa Rica. Now it states La Paz, Mexico?
    20 Feb 2011, 03:13 PM Reply Like
  • anarchist
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    I have never been in Costa Rica but it sounds like a great visit.
    Regarding Mecca: What you say is true, actually there is a bridge between Bahrain and the city of Dhahran in Saudi. I lived in Saudi Arabia for three years so have a pretty good grip on who and where it's neighbors are but still not sure what the chaos in these countries has to do with Mecca itself.
    20 Feb 2011, 06:30 PM Reply Like
  • bob adamson
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    Over the past three weeks some of the best and most extensive coverage in English of North African and Middle Eastern upheaval have come from Al Jazeera and the Guardian Newspaper of the UK. Here are February 20th updates on the Libyan and Bahraini situations from Al Jazeera and reports and commentaries across the region by the Guardian.





    The Bahraini situation appears to be at an ‘eye of the storm’ standoff state at present and it is anyone’s’ guess how matters will be mediated or forced to a conclusion of what possibilities are most likely for that outcome. The same might be said about the Yemeni situation.


    The Libyan situation has heretofore been described in terms of domestic regional and tribal conflict. Given the escalation and spread of violence in Libya it is unclear whether that description captures the full extent of the current upheaval which now appears to have spread to all coastal urban areas but, regardless, the regional and tribal factors will make the establishment of any new regime very difficult indeed.


    The glimpses at the Algerian and Moroccan developments provide interesting contrasts. An argument can be made that, to date the monarchies of Jordan and Morocco have been most adroit in responding to the current unrest. Whether they will also be able to evolve creatively in response over time will be interesting.
    20 Feb 2011, 01:16 PM Reply Like
  • Wyatt Junker
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    So, America's enemies, whether Syria or Iran, fire on their own protesters and nothing's said much bad about it by our leaders here.


    But when our 'friends' or allies have a market square full of protesters, the Mubaraks of the world are supposed to just lower their heads, doff their hat and step down.


    It seems to me we should be encouraging Iranians to revolt since that is real freedom among the people. Meanwhile, the military just escorted into Cairo Muslim scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi from the Muslim Brotherhood who will lead thousands in the weekly prayers from Tahrir Square on Friday. *sigh*


    Such is the way of the world where 'good' is 'bad' and 'up' is 'down' and 'progress' is going back in time and embracing a 500 year old barbaric tradition of misogyny.


    America, you get it wrong practically every time. Congratulations.
    20 Feb 2011, 01:21 PM Reply Like
  • mikeybronx
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    20 Feb 2011, 08:11 PM Reply Like
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