"Just how American bullets make their way into Bahraini guns, into weapons used by troops suppressing pro-democracy protesters, opens a wider window into the shadowy relationships between the Pentagon and a number of autocratic states in the Arab world."
Three human rights activists received online death threats on Friday. Their photos were posted on Facebook, along with a request for them to be ‘killed and liquidated’. More on these threats at BBC. [The Canadian Press]
Demonstrators confronted police on the streets of Financial Harbor on Sunday. [Reuters]
We wrote about MoJo’s Egypt explainer in January, pointing out the feature’s particular ability to accommodate disparate levels of reader background knowledge; that format, Adam Weinstein, a MoJo copy editor and blogger, told me, has become the standard one for the mag’s explainers. “It was a great resource for the reader, but it also helped us to focus our coverage,” Weinstein notes. “When something momentous happens, it can be hard for a small staff to focus their energies, I think. And this was an ideal way to do that.”
Note the important part: Readers. You guys. From Tunisia to Egypt to Libya to Bahrain to Wisconsin and beyond, nothing’s shaped our coverage so much as your questions, concerns, tips, and comments. So keep the dialogue open!
PS: The exact number on our growth was 420 percent. Yeah, we know.
Joy in the streets. Citizens hand in hand. Songs and chants. Westerners greeted as liberators.
(Imagine, for a minute, if the US had never invaded Iraq. Imagine if we had never lost $776 billion and 4,439 troops, and the civil war never happened, and Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia never existed, and scenes like this could be playing in Baghdad nonetheless.)
Sent to our Twitter account from someone who apparently hates #wiunion demonstrators enough to see them killed.
There are people who think this way, but they’re a marginal minority — particularly in light of the government violence we’ve seen recently in Egypt, Bahrain, Algeria, Libya, and elsewhere. The only way to keep such people marginalized is to show the nation and the world what a peaceful, principled protest looks like.
Graphic Video of protestors being shot: Twitter says it’s Benghazi.
I don’t want to watch this. I’ll just trust the comment is right.
It’s haunting how much this video reminds me of Neda. We need to keep ourselves aware of what’s going on in other countries and stand by our brothers and sisters who are fighting for the freedoms we’re privileged enough to take for granted. Stay strong, Libya. The entire world is with you.
Bahrain’s ruling family has defied mounting international criticism by ordering the army to turn on its people for the first time since pro-reform demonstrations erupted five days ago. As protesters attempted to converge on Pearl Roundabout, a landmark in the capital Manama that has become the principal rallying point of the uprising, soldiers stationed in a nearby skyscraper opened fire.
Since they took to the streets, Bahrain’s protesters have come to expect violence and even death at the hands of the kingdom’s security forces. At least five people were killed before yesterday’s protests.