Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tens of thousands protest in Yemen

"The unrest in the Middle East spread to impoverished Yemen on Thursday as tens of thousands of protesters angry over unemployment and political oppression marched through the capital against President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Instability in Yemen is a major concern for Washington, which has been working with Saleh's government to defeat an entrenched Al Qaeda network that claimed responsibility for last year's attempted bombings of planes over U.S. airspace. Officials fear anarchy in the country would give militants a strategic base in the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa."

It's amazing to see so much protest across the Arab nation at the same time, and thus far we haven't seen thousands of deaths, not even hundreds. Which Arab country is next? Could Saudis get away with this without being killed in the thousands? I wonder how Iraqis would have reacted if Saddam was still in charge and how Saddam would have reacted.

Al Jazeera is naturally covering the protests from all angles, and I should give them credit for finding a spot on their homepage for the funeral bombing in Baghdad.

5 comments :

C.H. said...

What do you mean by "give them credit"? AJ goes nuts over Iraq blasts..

Iraqi Mojo said...

I give them credit for at least covering it, and for mentioning that the bombing took place in a Shia neighborhood: "At least 48 killed after car bomb hits funeral ceremony in Baghdad's predominantly Shia Muslim neighbourhood of Shuala."

In 2005 AJ would not have mentioned the sect, cuz that's supposed to be impolite in Arab culture. AJ has changed a lot in the last 3 years.

C.H. said...

Really? I've always gotten the impression that AJE enjoys portraying Iraqis as subhumans who blow each other up...at least it seems this way when I read it.

C.H. said...

I wonder if the Arab regimes will resort to this kind of behavior...

"Iran's Killing Spree"

http://pajamasmedia.com/michaeltotten/2011/01/25/iran%e2%80%99s-killing-spree/

Iraqi Mojo said...

Egyptian protester shot by sniper.