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April 11, 2011

Hundreds protest Syrian crackdown at Damascus University

The scene in Syria: Hundreds of students have begun protesting, rallying around Damascus University in support of those shot and killed by Bashar al-Assad’s government in its violent response to pro-democracy protests. In past days, there have been many hectic reports of government forces firing on and killing both civilians, as well as military personnel. Al Jazeera reports that many present have said the government’s security forces fired upon the Syrian Army because the army wouldn’t open fire on civilians. source

14:45 // 3 years ago
April 2, 2011

Blood continues to flow over Terry Jones: Yesterday, we mentioned the deaths in Afghanistan that had occurred when a protest against Koran-burning pastor Terry Jones boiled over. Sadly, the violence has spread: 9 more have been killed in Kandahar, ostensibly because Jones burned several Islamic holy texts on March 20th. Not to belabor our earlier point, but it seems worthwhile to balance disdain for Jones’ self-serving and gross bigotry with some basic honesty about what it’s caused- namely, that a danger intrinsic to any religion that takes itself very seriously is that it can cause overreactions to slights against it. The deaths of 20 people in 2 days because somebody on the other side of the planet burned some books is a tragic example. source

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13:38 // 3 years ago
March 30, 2011
Syria’s Bashar al-Assad defiant in anticipated speech
The oldest trick in the book: Faced with an upswell of protest against his government (during which deadly violence was turned on the citizens), Syria’s Bashar al-Assad gave a much anticipated speech. In explaining the protests against him, he resorted to a very familiar tactic for repressive heads-of-state facing public anger; blame it on a foreign conspiracy. Protesters had hoped to hear some concessions on reform, especially on Syria’s emergency powers law, which allows arrest without warrant. Sad to say, no such statement was to come from Assad, for whom the Parliament chanted “Only God, Syria, and Bashar!” source
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The oldest trick in the book: Faced with an upswell of protest against his government (during which deadly violence was turned on the citizens), Syria’s Bashar al-Assad gave a much anticipated speech. In explaining the protests against him, he resorted to a very familiar tactic for repressive heads-of-state facing public anger; blame it on a foreign conspiracy. Protesters had hoped to hear some concessions on reform, especially on Syria’s emergency powers law, which allows arrest without warrant. Sad to say, no such statement was to come from Assad, for whom the Parliament chanted “Only God, Syria, and Bashar!” source

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14:53 // 3 years ago
March 26, 2011
thepoliticalnotebook:

Protesters march in London against cuts. The turnout is expected to be huge: around a quarter million or more protesters. There are paint bombs and smoke bombs being thrown by protesters outraged at the coalition government’s cuts to the public sector.
Keep up with the news at the Guardian’s live blog.
Photo Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
 

Wonder if we’ll see any austerity protests in Dublin next weekend …

thepoliticalnotebook:

Protesters march in London against cuts. The turnout is expected to be huge: around a quarter million or more protesters. There are paint bombs and smoke bombs being thrown by protesters outraged at the coalition government’s cuts to the public sector.

Keep up with the news at the Guardian’s live blog.

Photo Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

 

Wonder if we’ll see any austerity protests in Dublin next weekend …

11:03 // 3 years ago
March 18, 2011
It seems to me the public policy behind effective enforcement of the open meeting law is so strong that it does outweigh the interest, at least at this time, which may exist in favor of sustaining the validity of the (law).
Judge Maryann Sumi • Explaining why she just blocked the just-passed law limiting collective-bargaining agreements in Wisconsin. Why’s that, you ask? Well, as a Democrat noted when Republicans passed the law, they violated the open meetings law to make it happen. The idea behind the law itself wasn’t blocked, though — meaning the Republicans could theoretically pass the bill again. source (viafollow)
12:55 // 3 years ago
newsflick:

Bahrain destroyed the statue at the Pearl roundabout, the focal point and symbol of weeks of pro-democracy protests there. See the full story here.

newsflick:

Bahrain destroyed the statue at the Pearl roundabout, the focal point and symbol of weeks of pro-democracy protests there. See the full story here.

11:17 // 3 years ago
March 10, 2011

Chaos at the capitol: As a means to reduce the amount of protests and (legitimately worrisome) rage in Madison, the state GOP’s sudden vote last night hasn’t been too helpful. source

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15:50 // 3 years ago
11:00 // 3 years ago
March 9, 2011
vruz:

this is the scene inside right now - we’ve taken OUR house back!
—via lefan-o-rama:


very little police presence.  looks like state troopers only.  no mapd.


likely 2000 inside.


lots of drums.

cars circling the capitol over and over honking horns.  first time i’ve seen this reaction.


The scene from inside the capitol in Madison.

vruz:

this is the scene inside right now - we’ve taken OUR house back!

—via lefan-o-rama:

  • very little police presence. looks like state troopers only. no mapd.

  • likely 2000 inside.

  • lots of drums.

cars circling the capitol over and over honking horns. first time i’ve seen this reaction.

The scene from inside the capitol in Madison.

(Source: l3fan-0-rama, via apsies)

22:07 // 3 years ago

Wisconsin Republicans pull shifty-eyed trick to pass union bill

  • crap Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker pushed to strip collective bargaining rights as part of a larger budget bill, which required a quorum to be passed. Senate Dems left the state to prevent it from passing. Protests roared.
  • bull*#(&@ After weeks of dispute, debate, and drama, the GOP senators stripped the bill down to the collective bargaining bit and passed it – because they didn’t need a quorum that way. We hope they all get recalled after a mess like this. source
20:23 // 3 years ago