After Egypt, Iraq?

This 2018 video is called Here’s How the Arab Spring Started and How It Affected the World.

Egypt‘s junta banned union meetings and strikes today as tens of thousands of public-sector staff demonstrated for improved pay: here.

Where next for Egypt? A roundup: here.

Hannah Allam, McClatchy Newspapers: “‘To the palace!’ chanted the thousands of protesters who’d already besieged state television offices in Cairo and were beginning a perilous march on the presidential residence in the final hours of Hosni Mubarak’s regime. Mohammed Abdellah, 64, one of the last living founders of the former president’s National Democratic Party, found himself just yards away from the seething crowds as he returned from an appointment downtown. He rushed home and swallowed a Xanax, terrified at the possibility that Mubarak could order his elite guard force to open fire on the protesters. ‘When they moved to the presidential palace, he had two options: leave, or let the Republican Guards clash and have a real massacre. I don’t think he wanted to go down in history as a president with so much blood on his hands,’ Abdellah said late Saturday in a three-hour interview that offered one of the first inside looks on the collapse of the regime”: here.

The Egyptian Revolution: First Impressions From the Field: here.

A Tunisian-Egyptian Link That Shook Arab History: here.

This video from the USA is called Longshore workers tell why they protested the Iraq war.

Iraq: Thousands of working people rallied in central Baghdad today to protest against rampant government corruption and the shabby state of public services in their occupied country: here.

Tunisia‘s new government warned Rome not to meddle in its affairs today after the Berlusconi administration proposed to deploy Italian troops in the country to stem a flow of immigrants.

Algeria’s Democratic Parties Come Forward: here.

9 thoughts on “After Egypt, Iraq?

  1. Activists call for democracy rally

    ALGERIA: The organisers of a rally for democracy that brought thousands of Algerians onto the streets of their capital over the weekend called on Sunday for another rally next week.

    The Co-ordination for Democratic Change in Algeria – an umbrella group for trade unionists, human rights activists, lawyers and others – has called for the February 19 demonstrations to take place throughout the country.

    Around 10,000 people participated in Saturday’s rally, which was hemmed in by over twice as many riot police.


  2. Feb 14, 12:21 PM EST

    Iraq delays purchase of US fighter jets

    Associated Press

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq is delaying the purchase of 18 American fighter jets over budget problems and has decided to funnel the money into food for the poor instead, said the Iraqi government spokesman Monday.

    Iraq, like, many Middle Eastern countries in the wake of the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, is under pressure to demonstrate its commitment to helping its own people. But delaying the purchase also leaves Iraq, which relies on departing American forces to protect its skies, vulnerable.

    Ali al-Dabbagh told The Associated Press that the Iraqi government would postpone the expected purchase of the F-16 fighter jets and would instead use the money to beef up food rations. The Iraqi government gives food rations to many of its neediest citizens, who complain the rations have gotten smaller.

    Al-Dabbagh said an initial partial payment of about $1 billion was to be spent this year on the fighter jets, but did not have an exact figure on the total cost of the deal.

    “We need the money badly this year … to finance other important items,” he said. “We thought that we cannot afford to buy the F-16s.”

    Al-Dabbagh said that Iraq did not intend to purchase fighters from another country at a cheaper price, as some Iraqi newspaper reports had indicated in recent days. “We feel that it is one of the most efficient fighters in the world, and we definitely need them.”

    According to al-Dabbagh’s Web site, the Iraqi Cabinet had been moving forward with the deal as early as Jan. 26 when it authorized Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is the acting minister of defense, to negotiate with the Americans about making the first payment on the planes.

    Al-Dabbagh said the postponement would not affect the departure of American troops scheduled for the end of this year. Iraq relies on American planes and drones to patrol and protect its skies, and the country’s head of armed forces has said Iraq will not be ready to protect its own airspace until 2020.

    An American military spokesman said the U.S. realizes that Iraq has to make tough budget decisions.

    “The purchase of F-16s is one of many budget decisions they must make,” said Col. Barry Johnson. “Any impact a decision to postpone the purchase of F-16s may have is just one of many factors the Iraqi government will have to weigh in considering its future security agreements.”

    Iraq has been rattled by protests in Tunisia and Egypt that have toppled governments there. In small-scale protests across Iraq, demonstrators have vented their anger at the Iraqi government, which they say is corrupt and demanded improved government services and more jobs.

    Hundreds of Iraqis rallied Monday in central Baghdad, protesting the rampant corruption and the lack of government services that have plagued the country for years.

    Despite sitting on some of the world’s largest oil reserves, Iraqis endure electricity shortages that make summer almost unbearable and leave them shivering in winter. There are also water shortages, and garbage is often left on the streets. At the same time, Iraqis are infuriated by the high salaries earned by their elected officials, compared with ordinary Iraqis.

    “We want reforms to take place,” said Hanaa Adwar, an activist from the nonprofit watchdog group, al-Amal. “We have witnessed the popular revolution carried by Tunisian and Egyptian people that led to the toppling of their regime.”

    Many of the demonstrators carried banners that bore the image of a broken red heart, alluding to the fact that the protest took place on Valentine’s Day. They shouted slogans saying Iraq’s oil wealth should go to the people but goes to thieves instead.

    “Government, you should take lessons from Egypt and Tunisia,” demonstrators shouted as they walked through downtown.

    On Sunday, al-Maliki met with government officials to discuss problems facing Iraqis, specifically the electricity shortage and the food rations, and vowed to address the problems.

    Associated Press reporters Hamid Ahmed and Saad Abdul-Kadir contributed to this report.


  3. Hi Kitty, I haven’t come by to comment in a long time. I was at the San Francisco ILWU protests. My brother in law is a longshoreman and a member of ILWU local 10. By the way, the video of tortoises mating was the funniest thing I saw for Valentine’s day. All the best to you and your blog.


  4. Hi Jon, good to hear from you again. Did you recognize people on the video? All the best to you and your blog as well (and on Facebook as well, though I cannot see most Facebook stuff, not being a member for privacy reasons)!


  5. No that video was from Seattle. Facebook has some really big problems but it is an easy way to stay in touch with a large group of friends and fellow workers. That was the original intention of my blog. Turns out none of my friends ever read my blog. I did make a few new friends because of the blog but I’m better able to accomplish my original goal on Facebook. Of course I have mixed feelings.


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