Monthly Archives: February 2011

Oman: confrontation with protestors, some dead

In the Omani town of Sohar, security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters demanding a greater voice in the country’s affairs. At least one person was killed, police officials said, but other reports cited Omani news media … Continue reading

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Watch Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa

Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Bill Burns spoke twice over February 24-25 with Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa and Assistant Secretary Jeffrey Feltman has spoken with Kusa several times, the State Department said. The thing to watch is what … Continue reading

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Morocco: Arab spring brings unrest

King Mohammed VI of Morocco retained legitimacy. “The Arab spring represents an opportunity for Moroccan leaders,” . “He is widely perceived as the ‘king of the poor,’ active in the social field, to the point that the most critical French-language … Continue reading

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Kuwait: after riot, Interior Minister replaced

KUWAIT More than 1,000 “stateless” Arabs demonstrated in the city of Jahra demanding citizenship, with dozens of people arrested by the police, according to witnesses. The demonstration was broken up by security forces using smoke bombs and water cannons. Kuwait … Continue reading

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Libya: crowds rally in Benghazi, clash with police

In Benghazi, a crowd armed with gasoline bombs and rocks protested outside a government office to demand the release of a human rights activist. The demonstrators, numbering at least several hundred and possibly more, went to the central Shajara Square … Continue reading

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Egyptian Army has a fortune to lose

Military-run firms hold strong positions in a wide range of key industries, including food (olive oil, milk, bread and water); cement and gasoline; vehicle production (joint ventures with Jeep to produce Cherokees and Wranglers); and construction, in which it benefits … Continue reading

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Crowd at egyptian magles el sha3b

The Israelis were ”‘shocked’ by [President Hosni] “Mubarak’s aged appearance and slurred speech” but very impressed by Omar Suleiman (spelled “Soliman” in this cable), the intelligence chief who in January 2011 was named vice president. Continue reading

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