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Arab World: The Uprisings Continue

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It's revolution time across the Arab world, with people rising and calling for political, economic and social reforms. Rallies, demonstrations and protests across the region are flooding our timelines, with heartbreaking news of how one Arab government after the other is using the same tactics to quash protests and silence the voices of dissent.

Anti and Pro Gaddafi factions protest outside their embassy in Knightsbridge, London, UK. Image by Mario Mitsis, copyright Demotix (17/02/2011).

Anti and Pro Gaddafi factions protest outside their embassy in Knightsbridge, London, UK. Image by Mario Mitsis, copyright Demotix (17/02/2011).

Social networks have been an important tool for people from across the world to keep tabs of the situation the ground, as many protesters and on-lookers are recording the fast-paced developments and uploading them for people from around the world to witness the atrocities committed against the right of assembly and freedom of expression in real time.

Here are reactions from Twitter users following the revolution trail across the region:

@taiwomise: 2011, year of the Arab REVOLUTION!

@Liberty4arabs: its great whats happing in arab countries, revolution is spreading like an epidemic disease

@ozo: I love hearing people passionately discussing the Arab Revolution in coffeeshops. Feels like the world has woken up.

@matvic: Interactive Twitter Map of #bahrain #egypt #algeria #libya protests http://ow.ly/3ZH3t

@Mfungwa: Egypt,Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Uganda we r all together all one! African.

@andrewshears: My thoughts are with the people of #Wisconsin, #Bahrain, #Libya, #Algeria… (how many more will we add to the list?) #wiunion

@HuriyaAkhdar: #Egypt, #Tunisia #Algeria #Morocco help #Libya and free North Africa from dictators from the Med to the Red Sea.

@khaake: .@StateDept, your military aid has an ugly, bloody footprint. Stop arming states against their people! #Egypt #Yemen #Bahrain #Algeria

@bgffrd: Denial isn't only a river in #Egypt, but also #Bahrain, #Libya, #Algeria, #Yemen, #Iran. You'd think they would have learned by now.

@marayat41: Go Yemen go Go Libya go Go Bahrain go Go Algeria go Allah bless you all

@Saphsaf: This is no Intifada, this is BLANKET RAGE – #Tunsia #Egypt #Yemen #Libya #Algeria #Bahrain and surely more to come

@AhmadHKh: Another day, & more protests in #Algeria #Yemen #Libya #Bahrain The message is clear, the people are fed up with injustice & opression

@nadaAmourad: Support #Bahrain #Yemen #Libya #Algeria

@dipayand: Trends of Arab revolution. Block internet, kill protestor, kill doctors, block reporters, gather around square and say Go go.

@SuperAmar: NYT: built-in mobile cams are the revolution weapon. I guess arab leaders are gonna ban those too.

@Aubar: God Damn it! Why can't us poor Pakistanis attract 3G or 4G investors !!!The Arab world is facing a broadband revolution http://bit.ly/gzCYkO

@MAdamohsen: If I were a bird , I wouldn't want to spend my whole life in a CAGE!!! #Tunis #Egypt #Libya #Yemen #Algeria #Bahrain #Kuwait……………

لاتبرير لأي نظام يقوم بإطلاق النار على المتظاهرين!! #bahrain #egypt #algeria
@Dee_Nuwaylati: “There is no excuse for a regime that shoots protesters”

@ZimActivist: Tweeple in #Egypt shoutout for people in #Libya #Algeria #Yemen # Bahrain. Raise your voice #Mubarak #Tahrirsquare

@_Capitalism_: I am capitalism and the Arab Revolutions are dangerous because they show kids that revolution is far more interesting than video games.

@Zoulfakar: Are there still people who believe that #Aljazeera is Arab revolution channel? Look how they cover #Bahrain protests!

@bibas_: OOPPAA! China calling for Jasmine Revolution. #cn220 Arab Uprising going global

@sorin: The revolution has jumped from the Arab World to China? Reports of revolt starting in 13 cities at 14:00 today. #tcot #p2

@DulceVendetta: Revolution: Is 1848 Repeating Itself in the Arab World? http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23096

@luqmantalk: Despite borders, and corrupt regimes Arab people are all one. A revolution in Tunis ignites the whole Arabic Land. #arab

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  • moulana saleem ebrahim

    Hello ,I often ask my friends ,what is the difference between a Dictator or a King? In the Middle East one can argue that they are one in the same. After the second world war the US removed the idea of a monarch from the Japanese minds and put in a Democratic government and this remains an irony against the backdrop of Kings cum Dictators of the Middle East of course whom are puppets of the West.Many are debating the cause of the uprising and many loose theories are being invented as events unfold , I believe that this a defiance not only against their Regimes but also on the West and its” look the other way policy” on human rights ,economic development of these countries and so on.The West have always used the the ideal of Democracy as the solution of the Middle Easts issues such as the issue of womens rights and so on.What remains an irony is that in a Democracy there free and fair elections are held every 4 or 5 years , so why has this not happened in the most of North African and Middle Eastern countries.After 9 11 Bush embarked on his Crusade in Afghanistan and Iraq not just to remove Saddam be kill thousands and thousands of innocent people and to date , no weapons of mass destruction has been found. To date 10 years have passed and ordinary people are tired of government lies ,deceit and conspiracy and this is what has led to these uprisings.The West can forcefully remove people like Saddam and those who object to their master plan but they cannot remove millions of people from the squares and streets.People have a right to self determination and freedom .As a Historian ,I study and studied the passed but today I am in History . Kings , queens , princes and princesses are for those nations that believe in Fairy tales and myths and not for religion . Islam does not accept the idea of royalty and if they prove it so that it does then that is from pre – Islamic times . Muhammad did not declare Himself as a King so why should they . Thank you

  • azmat

    Maulana

    You’re totally in denial of facts of whats going on in this world today. Let me tell ya something: first of all the Muslim nations on their own decided to be the puppets of their own cultures and leaders. Actually, its been a self inflicted wound of submission. For a long long time Muslim people were made to believe it was holy to be submissive & sinful to have voice in the Government thus denying the merits of democracy in process. Its unbelievable when you say these protest are a defiance against the West, or you seem to be saying, Islam is in danger. It is simply not true. Putting the blame on someone else is the same old game and you know it. Did you ever stop to think why there are more ruthless dictators in the Islamic world than any other culture? And why all these so called leaders become like kings & rob people of their dignity & welfare? The answer to all of these questions comes down to one simple fact: Islamic culture had been stuck in stagnant waters of Bedouin culture for centuries and now its time to come out of it & face the modern world head on otherwise you will see continued oppression of the Muslim people. Again its Muslim leaders against Muslim people mostly. Moreover, if you’re worried, I must say this you don’t have to compromise your religious belief to enhance democracy. Democracy in truth is the power of the people and that’s what people are fighting for in the Arab world and paying the price with their lives. They are not doing this to be the puppets of the West they are fighting for their own rights and freedom. Another thing, Mohammad lived in a different world than you and I. We must accept to live in the present not in the past.

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