Big anti-dictatorship protests in Egypt


This is a video on the pro freedom movement in Egypt, Tunisia, and other countries.

An Egyptian opposition Facebook page, Mama Qarat, just posted this stunning picture of the protests in Tahrir Square

Huge pro-democracy demonstrations, and horrible police violence, today in Egypt.

This is a Dutch TV video on the demonstrations in Egypt today.

Thousands of Protesters Challenge Police Crackdown in Egypt: here.

Widespread Revolt Strikes Egypt: here.

IP addresses for social media: pass on to people in Egypt needing to use the internet: Twitter: 128.242.240.52. Facebook: 69.63.189.34.

Democracynow: LIVE—Journalist Ahmad Shokr reports from Cairo: Egypt has been disconnected from the digital world: here.

What happens when a country goes offline? Government disconnects Egypt from internet: here.

Watching Egypt coverage, remembering when U.S. bombed Al Jazeera during Iraq invasion: here.

Al Jazeera English reporter on the line from Suez says main police station has been taken over by protesters.

Guardian live updates: here.

WikiLeaks Cairo cables index: here.

The US and British establishment and Egypt: here.

Solidarity demonstration with Egypt in Jordan: here. And here.

Canada: Toronto rally in support of Egypt: here.

Solidarity demonstration in The Hague: here.

This is called Raw Video: Man Shot in Egypt Protest.

Major opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei is under house arrest, Egyptian officials say: here.

Nuthatch and chaffinch


It has been freezing tonight. However, still no ice in the old harbour.

Near the entrance of the cemetery, great tits and a jay.

Obydlené dutinky from RollsRojs on Vimeo.

This video is about middle-spotted woodpeckers and nuthatches taking care of their offspring. And a fire salamander in between.

A nuthatch on a big branch catches an insect.

A male chaffinch sitting on a tombstone.

On a grave, four bird feeders, one empty.

The 20 Most Brilliantly Colored Birds in the World: here.

Stop torturing WikiLeaks whistleblower


This video from the USA is called PFC Bradley Manning Being Held In Torture Like Conditions.

Thirty miles from downtown Washington DC, the US military is engaged in the torture of Army Private Bradley Manning, jailed on suspicion of leaking classified documents to the whistleblower web site WikiLeaks: here.

Zaid Jilani, ThinkProgress: “Last May, the military arrested Private First Class Bradley Manning, a military intelligence officer who had served overseas in Iraq, over charges that he was involved in leaking numerous classified documents and videos to the Wikileaks whistleblowing group, including a video of a U.S. attack helicopter killing numerous unarmed journalists. Since his arrests, numerous civil liberties groups and investigative journalists have protested the conditions under which Manning is being held, noting that he has been kept in solitary confinement and is denied even access to a pillow or bed sheets. This is particularly shocking in light of new information revealed that Manning was suspected of having poor mental health before he was deployed to Iraq, with some superiors even requesting that he not be given firearms…. Now, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates inquiring about Manning’s condition, protesting the Army’s treatment of him, and requesting a visit with the imprisoned solider”: here.

Why Bradley Manning Is a Patriot, Not a Criminal: here.

Mark Seibel, McClatchy Newspapers: “The FBI said Thursday that it had served more than 40 search warrants throughout the United States as part of an investigation into computer attacks on websites of businesses that stopped providing services in December to WikiLeaks. The FBI statement announcing the search warrants was the first indication that the U.S. intends to prosecute the so-called ‘hacktivists’ for their actions in support of WikiLeaks”: here.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation carried out 40 raids January 27 as part of the ongoing campaign to suppress WikiLeaks and its supporters. Also on Thursday British police arrested five young men in connection with the same case: here.

The persecution of ex-CIA agent and whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling reveals that the Obama administration is prepared use any means necessary to keep the lid on its dirty secrets: here.

Middle East pro-democracy fight continues


This video is called Thousands defy Egypt protest ban.

Two weeks after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Arab leaders that their region’s “foundations are sinking into the sand”, the growing revolutionary upsurge of the masses has revealed that the pillars of Washington’s own policy in the Middle East are rotten and crumbling: here.

Egyptian government deploys police, shuts down Internet, ahead of mass demonstrations: here.

Jeffrey Fleishman, The Los Angeles Times: “Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who formerly headed the U.N. nuclear regulatory agency, returned to Egypt on Thursday in a move certain to increase political pressure on President Hosni Mubarak during a wave of protests that have gripped the nation”: here.

Cable: “Egypt’s abuse of Emergency Laws”: here.

Cable: “Mubarak’s terror against writers, bloggers and journalists”: here.

At least 16,000 and, according to some reports, many more protested in Yemen calling on Ali Abdullah Saleh, president for more than 30 years, to step down: here.

Tunisia: Ben Ali Allies Sacked in Cabinet Reshuffle: here.