This video from Egypt is called Protesters in Tahrir Square break into song.
By Tom Mellen in Britain:
Egypt‘s long-repressed Communist Party vowed today to “continue the struggle for justice and national dignity,” despite the junta’s decision to exclude it from its “dialogue” with other opposition parties. …
The party condemned “any attempt to exclude the Communists in any national dialogue,” and declared that it is now in the process of preparing to regain its rightful place in the country’s political process.
It also strongly condemned the Iraqi government‘s drive to shut down the headquarters of the Iraqi Communist Party, noting that this “threatens the future of political and democratic development in the occupied country.
“We call upon all Iraqi, Arab and world progressive and democratic forces to stand against this decision because history has taught us that the experiences of fascism and totalitarian repressive regimes begin with anti-communism and then move on to hostility to all democratic forces,” it said.
Reformists in the United Arab Emirates petitioned the chief sheikh today to allow the people to elect parliament. There are no official opposition groups in the country, which is a union of seven sheikdoms: here.
The world’s media is having trouble coping with the waves of demonstrations across North Africa and the Middle East.: here.
Egyptian feminists: Deep roots and diverse journeys to revolution: here.
Noam Chomsky: “On Feb. 20, Kamal Abbas, Egyptian union leader and prominent figure in the Jan. 25 movement, sent a message to the ‘workers of Wisconsin’: ‘We stand with you as you stood with us.’ Egyptian workers have long fought for fundamental rights denied by the U.S.-backed Hosni Mubarak regime. Kamal is right to invoke the solidarity that has long been the driving force of the labor movement worldwide, and to compare their struggles for labor rights and democracy”: here.
Dirk Adriaensens, Truthout: “While Anglo-Saxon universities are boasting of their so-called ‘glorious role’ in the reconstruction of Iraqi academia (See f.i. U of A helping create an education revolution in Iraq)(1), Iraq’s education is dying. From August 1990 onward, UN sanctions excluded Iraqi education from international scientific developments and banned import of essential educational material such as books and even … pencils. Many Iraqi professors and scientists left the country during that period”: here.
Katherine Hughes, Truthout: “February 26, 2011, marks the eighth anniversary of the imprisonment of Dr. Rafil Dhafir. Dhafir continues to pay the price for feeding the children of Iraq during the US- and UK-sponsored UN sanctions against that country. According to the United Nations’ own statistics, every month throughout the 1990’s, 6,000 children under the age of five in Iraq were dying from lack of food and access to simple medicines. Three senior UN officials resigned because of what they considered a ‘genocidal’ policy of sanctions against Iraq. Dhafir’s charity, Help the Needy (HTN), openly sent food and medicines to starving civilians in Iraq during the brutal embargo. Seven government agencies investigated Dhafir and HTN for many years. They intercepted his mail, email, faxes and telephone calls; bugged his office and hotel rooms; went through his trash; and conducted physical surveillance. They were unable to find any evidence of links to terrorism, and no charges of terrorism were ever brought against Dhafir”: here.
10 Reasons the Iraq War Was No Cakewalk: here.
Thousands stage rally in Bahrain: here.
Yemen urged to halt ‘deadly night raids’ and other attacks on protestors: here.