"The change that is taking place across the region is being driven by the people of the region. This change doesn’t represent the work of the United States or any foreign power. It represents the aspirations of people who are seeking a better life."
Pizza from around the world. To show their support for the labor protesters here in Madison, people from California to Egypt have been calling into local pizza joints and ordering pizzas to be delivered to the Wisconsin state capital. For Ian’s Pizza, located just a stone’s throw from the capital building, it started with a single anonymous call from California. Then the orders starting pouring in from around the country, and then around the world. One call even came in from Cairo, the epicenter of Egypt’s massive protests that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
The guys at The Uptake have a great video story on the protests and pizza. Watch it here, or go to their site where you can find lots more video coverage of the events in Madison.
"There is a plot against Libya. People want to create a government in Benghazi and others want to have an Islamic emirate in Bayda. All these [people] have their own plots. Of course Arab media hyped this. The fault of the Libyan media is that it did not cover this."
— Seif El Islam El Gadhafi, the Libyan leader’s son, sounding a lot like Glenn Beck in a TV speech.
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.
"Now that Wisconsin’s governor has given the Guard its marching orders, we can discern a new pattern of global repressive solidarity emerging—from the chastened pharaoh of the Middle East to the cheese-head pharaoh of the Middle West."