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Posted: February 21, 2011 in Politics, Religion
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LIBYA: The premier denounced a “plot” to turn his country into a terrorist base, as anti-regime protests reached the capital and world powers slammed an iron-fisted crackdown said to have cost hundreds of lives.

IRAN: A massive police deployment in Tehran prevented large-scale protests from erupting, although Iranian opposition websites reported stray clashes and officials said the capital remained calm.

BAHRAIN: Bahrain’s Sunni Muslim ruling family came under increased pressure to open in-depth talks with the Shiite-led opposition, as protesters erected more tents on the capital’s Pearl Square and unions called off a strike.

MOROCCO: Thousands staged rallies in Moroccan cities demanding political reform and limits on the powers of King Mohammed VI, with protesters shouting “the people want change.”

KUWAIT: Hundreds of stateless Arabs demonstrated for the third day running to press for basic rights and citizenship of the oil-rich Gulf state and Human Rights Watch called for the release of dozens detained on Friday.

YEMEN: Hundreds of students demonstrated on the eighth straight day of anti-regime protests in Sanaa, while police shot dead a protester in south Yemen and the opposition vowed to join protests.

EGYPT: Three police officers in Alexandria face questioning over the shooting of protesters in the early days of the Egyptian uprising, as banks reopened and workers at Egypt’s largest factory ended a strike.

TUNISIA: Tunisia’s interim government asked Saudi Arabia to extradite deposed strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali as it faced a second day of protests on the streets of Tunis, demanding its resignation.

DJIBOUTI: Djibouti authorities have “provisionally released” three top opposition leaders briefly detained after unprecedented protests demanding regime change, the state prosecutor said.

IRAQ: At least eight people, four police and four civilians, were reported wounded when clashes erupted during a rally in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah.

JORDAN: King Abdullah II urged speedy reforms, comprehensive dialogue and more efforts to battle corruption amid popular discontent and pro-reform protests.

SYRIA: A jailed Syrian Kurdish blogger and rights activist, Kamal Hussein Sheikho, is on a hunger strike, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

ALGERIA: Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci told Spain’s El Pais newspaper the anti-government revolts in Tunisia and Egypt will not spread to Algeria, a day after riot police clashed with protesters in the centre of Algiers.

Recently Australia was under its 4 yearly obligation to be under review of the United Nations Human Rights commission. 50 countries across the globe participated in our review, making almost 150 recommendations for improvement. That’s quite a lot for a developed democratic country.

One of the main recommendations that stands out were to scrap our policy on mandatory immigration detention centres for asylum seekers. This is a touchy subject with a lot of people in Queensland, personally I agree with the U.N. I think the mind set of a lot of Australians is the fact these refugees are illegally attempting to seek asylum in Australia. Some people can even go as far as saying these people are terrorists, which is absurd and completely false. Since 1958 Australia’s Migration Act states that it is not illegal for a refugee to seek Asylum, even if it is by boat. These people flee terrible home countries, hoping to start a new life in a foreign land, only to be locked up again? Doesn’t seem right to me, and neither to the U.N.

Another recommendation was to recognise same sex marriage. Again, I agree with this one. I am actually embarrassed to be a citizen of a country that won’t stand up for its own and won’t grant a basic form of human rights to two people who love each other. Crazy. Europe is already moved forward, even certain states in the U.S. Why can’t we?

Great websites for further information:

Rethink Refugees: http://www.rethinkrefugees.com.au

Australian Marriage Equality: http://www.australianmarriageequality.com

How did they do it? C’mon guys, it aint rocket science. Thats the question of the day.

Each ISP in Egypt has responsibilities to the government. They are therefore known. Send troops to ask politely, then send armed troops to demand disconnection. Country offline? Yes, rather quickly. Can it happen here? Do you think the guy at the ISP is going to argue civil liberties against the guy with the gun?

A GRISLY cartoon that marks the upcoming Year of the Rabbit by portraying a bunny revolt against brutal tiger overlords has proven an online hit, with its thinly veiled stab at China’s communist rulers.

The “South Park”-style video by animator Wang Bo, in which persecuted rabbits overthrow the ruling tigers, went viral on video-sharing sites in recent days thanks to its gruesome depiction of a number of recent scandals.
It was unavailable on websites in China Thursday, apparently deleted by skittish government censors. Wang’s cartoon begins with baby rabbits who die horribly from drinking “Sanlu” milk. Sanlu is the now-defunct Chinese dairy giant that was at the centre of a huge scandal in 2008 over tainted milk. The milk was blamed for killing six infants and making another 300,000 ill. In the video, rabbit parents are then savagely beaten by tiger thugs when they complain, or are cruelly run over by cars and killed – in a clear reference to two notorious recent cases.

In one, the son of a police official in northern China stood trial this week accused of striking and killing a pedestrian while driving drunk. He reportedly tried to escape arrest by invoking his father’s name.
In another, a village chief was last month crushed by a truck. Villagers allege he was killed by local officials to silence his complaints about a land seizure by authorities.

The bunnies in the video are a reference to the Chinese Year of the Rabbit, which begins on February 3, while 2010 was the Year of the Tiger. But the video remains on YouTube (see below) – which is blocked in China. Fearful of social unrest China’s leaders are scrambling to contain public anger over a range of hot-button issues including official abuses and rising costs of food and housing.

This week, Premier Wen Jiabao paid an unprecedented visit to an office in Beijing where members of the public can petition the government over their grievances. Wen pledged the government would go all-out to address public concerns, but Human Rights Watch dismissed his appearance as a political charade. China annually sees tens of thousands of sometimes violent protests by ordinary citizens, often related to illegal land seizures, evictions and home demolitions by officials and businesses seeking to redevelop land.

A scene in the online video depicts tigers knocking over rabbits’ homes with bulldozers. After an orgy of violence as the bunnies rise up, the video ends with a character saying: “It will really be an interesting year.” China operates a huge system of online censorship that deletes content considered a threat to the primacy of the ruling Communist Party.