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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After Qaddafi — who?

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was unable to reach the foreign minister, Moussa Koussa, on February 24, Mr. Crowley said, citing a technical glitch. The under secretary of state for political affairs, William J. Burns, did speak twice with … Continue reading

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Sudan:12 senior military commanders retired

The Sudanese army dismissed reports that recent shuffling made within its ranks have anything to do with politics stressing that the military institution “is a model of fairness and discipline”. There have been reports that around 12 senior military commanders … 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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