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#Arab Spring

# arab-spring - Tuesday 20 December, 2011

Tánaiste calls for Syrian president to step down
# Syria
# Syria

Tánaiste calls for Syrian president to step down

Dec 20th 2011, 9:58 PM 2,042 Views 39 Comments

Eamon Gilmore has spoken out in support of opposition groups amid a brutal crackdown on anti-regime protests.

Dozens of Syrian army deserters shot - reports
# Syria
# Syria

Dozens of Syrian army deserters shot - reports

Dec 20th 2011, 12:24 PM 998 Views 1 Comment

Soldiers attempting to desert the Syrian army and join anti-government protests have been gunned down, according human rights groups.

# arab-spring - Saturday 17 December, 2011

Crowds mark one year since fruit seller's protest sparked Arab Spring
# Arab Spring
# Arab Spring

Crowds mark one year since fruit seller's protest sparked Arab Spring

Dec 17th 2011, 6:26 PM 1,990 Views 5 Comments

Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire in the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid 12 months ago, igniting protests that spread across the Middle East.

# arab-spring - Wednesday 14 December, 2011

Time Magazine's Person of the Year is.... The Protester
# Person Of The Year
# Person Of The Year

Time Magazine's Person of the Year is.... The Protester

Dec 14th 2011, 3:41 PM 2,533 Views 15 Comments

Time says that protesters across the Middle East, Europe and North America changed the world in 2011 – but who were the runners up?

Veteran human rights activist sworn in as Tunisia's president
# Tunisia
# Tunisia

Veteran human rights activist sworn in as Tunisia's president

Dec 14th 2011, 3:16 PM 611 Views 1 Comment

Dr Moncef Marzouki emotionally vowed to be a president for “all Tunisians”, adding that the world would be closely watching the country’s “laboratory of democracy”.

In pictures: Egypt heads to polls for second round of elections
# Egypt
# Egypt

In pictures: Egypt heads to polls for second round of elections

Dec 14th 2011, 2:54 PM 573 Views 0 Comments

Votes are being cast today to fill the next batch of seats available in Egypt’s lower house.

Arab Spring takes toll on tour operator Thomas Cook
# Arab Spring
# Arab Spring

Arab Spring takes toll on tour operator Thomas Cook

Dec 14th 2011, 2:12 PM 1,773 Views 1 Comment

The British travel company says uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt deterred tourists this year, and it will close 200 stores over the next two years.

# arab-spring - Saturday 10 December, 2011

Three women accept Nobel Peace Prize
# Peace Prize
# Peace Prize

Three women accept Nobel Peace Prize

Dec 10th 2011, 1:26 PM 1,645 Views 3 Comments

The women, who fought injustice and dictatorship in Liberia and Yemen, received the prize at a ceremony in Oslo this afternon.

# arab-spring - Friday 9 December, 2011

Children among the dead as violence escalates in Syria
# Syria
# Syria

Children among the dead as violence escalates in Syria

Dec 9th 2011, 5:35 PM 1,082 Views 4 Comments

Two boys, ages 10 and 12, were hit by stray bullets near government checkpoints in the city of Homs, according to anti-government protesters.

# arab-spring - Monday 5 December, 2011

Syria accepts Arab League's observer mission request
# Syria
# Syria

Syria accepts Arab League's observer mission request

Dec 5th 2011, 12:25 PM 287 Views 0 Comments

Over 4,000 people have died since the uprising began in mid-March.

# arab-spring - Sunday 4 December, 2011

Egypt Islamists lead in partial election results
# Egypt
# Egypt

Egypt Islamists lead in partial election results

Dec 4th 2011, 11:34 AM 1,052 Views 7 Comments

The first round of counting in Egypt’s parliamentary elections has shown that two Islamist groups are leading with over 60 per cent of total cast for party lists.

# arab-spring - Saturday 3 December, 2011

25 killed in fresh Syrian violence
# Syria
# Syria

25 killed in fresh Syrian violence

Dec 3rd 2011, 3:42 PM 1,003 Views 0 Comments

Sanctions by the EU, US and Arab League have so far failed to push the Syrian government to cease its violent crackdown on protesters.

# arab-spring - Friday 2 December, 2011

UN rights chief calls for international support for Syrian civilians
# Syria
# Syria

UN rights chief calls for international support for Syrian civilians

Dec 2nd 2011, 9:15 PM 1,000 Views 9 Comments

November was the bloodiest month so far since protests broke out in mid-March with 950 people killed.

# arab-spring - Thursday 1 December, 2011

EU blocks export of 'monitoring equipment' to Syria
# Syira
# Syira

EU blocks export of 'monitoring equipment' to Syria

Dec 1st 2011, 3:00 PM 1,071 Views 3 Comments

European Union foreign ministers today agreed a number of new economic sanctions against Syria which include limits on exports and support for Syrian government projects.

# arab-spring - Wednesday 30 November, 2011

Turkey hits Syria with sanctions, freezes assets of Assad's regime
# Syria
# Syria

Turkey hits Syria with sanctions, freezes assets of Assad's regime

Nov 30th 2011, 3:59 PM 932 Views 10 Comments

Turkey – Syria largest trading partner – has announced that it will apply a range of economic and financial sanctions on Syria over of its failure to cease its brutal eight-month crackdown on protesters.

# arab-spring - Tuesday 29 November, 2011

Fresh 'evidence' brought against Bahraini medics, retrial adjourned
# Bahrain
# Bahrain

Fresh 'evidence' brought against Bahraini medics, retrial adjourned

Nov 29th 2011, 12:36 PM 893 Views 0 Comments

Prosecutors accusing 20 medics of inciting anti-government demonstrations in Bahrain have presented a range weapons – claiming that doctors, nurses and paramedics stockpiled them in a hospital to support violent protest.

# arab-spring - Monday 28 November, 2011

Children tortured, killed during Syrian regime's crackdown: UN
# Syria
# Syria

Children tortured, killed during Syrian regime's crackdown: UN

Nov 28th 2011, 10:01 PM 2,263 Views 16 Comments

UN Human Rights Council says its investigation into human rights abuse claims has found that at least 256 children were killed and that some were tortured to death.

Kuwait to dissolve parliament - reports
# Kuwait
# Kuwait

Kuwait to dissolve parliament - reports

Nov 28th 2011, 12:16 PM 734 Views 1 Comment

Kuwait’s government is holding an emergency meeting today over increasing pressure from the public and the opposition – who are calling for the Prime Minister’s resignation.

Egypt goes to the polls - amid turmoil on the streets
# Egypt
# Egypt

Egypt goes to the polls - amid turmoil on the streets

Nov 28th 2011, 9:42 AM 462 Views 0 Comments

The parliamentary elections are significant as it is the first time Egyptians have voted since the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak in February.

# arab-spring - Friday 25 November, 2011

Syria defies Arab League deadline
# Syria
# Syria

Syria defies Arab League deadline

Nov 25th 2011, 6:09 PM 820 Views 4 Comments

The Arab League warned Syria yesterday that it had 24 hours to sign up to a protocol allowing human rights observers into the country or face economic sanctions.

Protests grow in Egypt as military appoints former Mubarak official
# Egypt
# Egypt

Protests grow in Egypt as military appoints former Mubarak official

Nov 25th 2011, 7:26 AM 698 Views 0 Comments

Demonstrators are furious that the country’s ruling army council has asked Kamal al-Ganzouri to lead an interim government.

# arab-spring - Wednesday 23 November, 2011

Bahrain's king criticises investigation distancing Iran from Arab Spring
# Bahrain
# Bahrain

Bahrain's king criticises investigation distancing Iran from Arab Spring

Nov 23rd 2011, 10:01 PM 1,890 Views 2 Comments

The king of Bahrain says the investigator charged with probing the government’s crackdown on civilian protests uncovered “real shortcomings” from state institutions.

Yemeni president Saleh signs proposal to transfer power
# Yemen
# Yemen

Yemeni president Saleh signs proposal to transfer power

Nov 23rd 2011, 6:31 PM 723 Views 1 Comment

The deal gives Saleh immunity from prosecution — contradicting one key demand of Yemen’s opposition protesters.

Government condemns violence against Egyptian protesters in Tahrir Square
# Egypt
# Egypt

Government condemns violence against Egyptian protesters in Tahrir Square

Nov 23rd 2011, 5:46 PM 787 Views 4 Comments

Speaking in the Dáil, Minister Seán Sherlock said the government had “deep concern” over the violence – but ruled out international intervention saying that “it is for Egyptians themselves to determine their own future”.

UN human rights committee condemns Syrian rights violations
# Syria
# Syria

UN human rights committee condemns Syrian rights violations

Nov 23rd 2011, 8:22 AM 611 Views 8 Comments

Meanwhile, the severely mutilated body of a journalist has been discovered just one day after he was arrested while filming anti-government protests near Homs.

# arab-spring - Wednesday 16 November, 2011

Arab League gives Syria deadline to end 'repression'
# Syria
# Syria

Arab League gives Syria deadline to end 'repression'

Nov 16th 2011, 10:01 PM 1,373 Views 17 Comments

Syria has been given three days to end violence against protesters or face sanctions.

# arab-spring - Tuesday 15 November, 2011

Turkey piles more pressure on Syria
# Syria
# Syria

Turkey piles more pressure on Syria

Nov 15th 2011, 9:59 PM 1,144 Views 5 Comments

Relations between the former allies are deteriorating rapidly, with Turkey’s Prime Minister saying the Syrian regime was balanced “on a knife-edge”.

November set to be Syria's bloodiest month as dozens more die in clashes
# Syria
# Syria

November set to be Syria's bloodiest month as dozens more die in clashes

Nov 15th 2011, 3:54 PM 599 Views 3 Comments

Human rights organisations say that up to 90 people died in the past 24 hours in clashes between civilians and security forces, and soldiers and army defectors.

# arab-spring - Monday 14 November, 2011

King of Jordan calls on Assad to step down in Syria's 'interest'
# Syria
# Syria

King of Jordan calls on Assad to step down in Syria's 'interest'

Nov 14th 2011, 3:11 PM 164 Views 2 Comments

Arab states are increasing pressure on the Syrian president over his government’s violent crackdown on political protesters.

# arab-spring - Saturday 12 November, 2011

Arab League suspends Syria's membership over crackdown
# Syria
# Syria

Arab League suspends Syria's membership over crackdown

Nov 12th 2011, 1:33 PM 146 Views 6 Comments

League putting pressure on Syrian government to stop using violence against its civilians – as it had agreed to do under a recent peace deal.

# arab-spring - Tuesday 8 November, 2011

UN says 3,500 dead so far in Syria uprising
# Syria
# Syria

UN says 3,500 dead so far in Syria uprising

Nov 8th 2011, 6:15 PM 212 Views 8 Comments

Dozens have been killed since the brokering of a peace plan by the Arab League last week – and during a major Muslim holiday – the UN says.

# arab-spring - Sunday 6 November, 2011

Syrian troops kill 11 despite Arab League accord
# Syria
# Syria

Syrian troops kill 11 despite Arab League accord

Nov 6th 2011, 4:46 PM 199 Views 11 Comments

Under the Arab League plan, Syria’s government agreed to pull tanks and armored vehicles out of cities, release political prisoners and allow journalists and rights groups into the country.

# arab-spring - Sunday 30 October, 2011

Syria's Assad says intervention would create 'another Afghanistan'
# Syria
# Syria

Syria's Assad says intervention would create 'another Afghanistan'

Oct 30th 2011, 1:55 PM 210 Views 5 Comments

The Syrian President said that Western intervention in his country’s uprising would trigger massive unrest that would “burn the whole region.”

# arab-spring - Friday 28 October, 2011

Clashes erupt as moderate Islamists win Tunisia elections
# Tunisia
# Tunisia

Clashes erupt as moderate Islamists win Tunisia elections

Oct 28th 2011, 12:17 PM 210 Views 8 Comments

There were protests after another party withdrew its candidates – though international observers said the election was fair.

# arab-spring - Monday 24 October, 2011

Libyan leader orders investigation of Gaddafi death
# Gaddafi
# Gaddafi

Libyan leader orders investigation of Gaddafi death

Oct 24th 2011, 7:31 PM 360 Views 17 Comments

The US, Britain and international rights groups have been calling for an investigation into whether Libya’s former rebels killed a wounded Gaddafi after pulling him out of a drainage pipe in his hometown of Sirte.

# arab-spring - Sunday 23 October, 2011

The 9 at 9: Sunday
# 9 At 9
# 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Oct 23rd 2011, 8:57 AM 2,119 Views 16 Comments

Nine things you should know this morning…

Tunisia set to vote in first free elections
# Democracy
# Democracy

Tunisia set to vote in first free elections

Oct 23rd 2011, 7:54 AM 107 Views 2 Comments

Tunisian men and women go to the polls today in the first free elections since the country gained independence from France in 1956.

# arab-spring - Saturday 22 October, 2011

$200bn Gaddafi may have been the world's richest man
# Libya
# Libya

$200bn Gaddafi may have been the world's richest man

Oct 22nd 2011, 3:43 PM 4,239 Views 33 Comments

Muammar Gaddafi controlled bank accounts, corporate investments and property which easily outstripped those of anyone else.

Enthusiasm builds for Tunisia's first free elections
# Democracy
# Democracy

Enthusiasm builds for Tunisia's first free elections

Oct 22nd 2011, 2:33 PM 155 Views 6 Comments

Tunisians go to the polls tomorrow in the country’s first free elections since it gained independence from France in 1956.

# arab-spring - Friday 21 October, 2011

Gaddafi's body being kept in shopping centre freezer
# Libya
# Libya

Gaddafi's body being kept in shopping centre freezer

Oct 21st 2011, 5:28 PM 3,090 Views 40 Comments

The dictator’s remains have reportedly been hidden there to keep them safe from angry crowds. (Warning: extremely graphic image).