Monday, March 28, 2011

In other news ...... besides the unwanted election in Canada

Russia: ...Seventeen armed fighters and three Russian security force members ....have been killed in fighting in the restive North Caucusus region of Ingushetia, according to Russian officials

Yemen: Yemen arms looters meet fiery death; 110 killed when an explosion blows up a bullet factory in the southern Yemeni town of Jaar.

In Syria: Syria’s army was out in force Sunday .in a port city scarred by unrest aimed at symbols of the government, which is struggling to put down an unprecedented nationwide outbreak of protest and dissent

President Bashar Assad’s regime has responded by both fatally shooting protesters, and promising reform, and a lawmaker told The Associated Press on Sunday that he expected Assad to soon announce that he was lifting a nearly 50-year state of emergency. The timing remained unclear.....

Libya: NATO is taking command of the Libya war. . But the real strategy for victory over Moammar Gadhafi is found on the airwaves above Libya: communications frequencies telling his commanders to simply give up fighting. If that sounds like hope masquerading as a plan, then you’re receiving the message loud and clear

Flying over Libya is the Commando Solo, the Air Force’s special operations aircraft. It’s capable of hijacking radio and TV frequencies to disrupt enemy communications and broadcast the messaging that the U.S. wants. Last week, it informed Libyan naval officers that if they left port to challenge the American, French and Italian ships floating nearby, they’d be destroyed.

Kuwait: Pretending they have no trouble brewing in their own country while all this is going on. Youth groups in Kuwait are planning to hold demonstrations . calling for the resignation of the prime minister, and for greater political freedoms. A group called the Fifth Fence has urged followers on the social networking site Twitter to take to the streets on Tuesday as parliament holds its first session in six weeks

Taqiyyah masters that they all are, Kuwait says that Bahrain's largest opposition party has agreed to have them as a mediator. Bahrain's largest Shi'ite opposition group Wefaq has accepted Kuwait as a mediator with Bahrain's government to end a political crisis gripping the tiny kingdom, a member of Wefaq said on Sunday.


Bahrain: Bahrain's foreign minister said on Monday it was "completely untrue" that Kuwait would mediate resolve Bahrain's political crisis. The island kingdom's leading Shi'ite opposition group Wefaq said on Sunday it would accept an offer by Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah to mediate between Bahrain's Sunni Muslim al-Khalifa ruling family and Shi'ite opposition groups

Qatar: In Libya's skies, Qatar is punching .....above its weight. From an air base in Crete, the tiny Persian Gulf nation has started its biggest, farthest combat deployment including a third of its fighter-jet fleet — and given the first Arab face to the Western-led coalition hoping to protect Libyan civilians from Moammar Gadhafi's firepower

Lebanon: The Lebanese Army launched a dragnet for seven Estonians who were kidnapped in the central Bekaa Valley Wednesday. The state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported that the army and the Internal Security Forces raided several places in the mountainous areas of the village of Kfar-Zabad and nearby areas, where media reports say that the abducted Estonians were taken.

Jordan: Violence in weekend’s demonstrations ...........which left one dead and 120 wounded, viewed as watershed moment in the kingdom's history

UAE: Ah... wasn't the UAE supposed to provide 24 warplanes? Can never trust these guys to keep their word.  It sure was a good thing that the Harper govt. did not do that  Emirates Airlines deal with these yahoos like Iggy and Bob Rae were so hot for. The United Arab Emirates, a key US ally, on Thursday.said it has committed six F-16 and six Mirage fighters to help enforce the no-fly zone over Libya, despite reservations linked to unrest in Bahrain. "UAE participation in the patrols will commence in the coming days," Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan announced, quoted by state news agency WAM late

Here is a  real cool  map from the WashingtonPost which shows all the countries in the Middle East and Africa in the throes of revolution. Click on the country and you get the latest news pertaining to the situation there.

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