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    # 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 2,054 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 1,011 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 1,997 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 2,556 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 617 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 580 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 1,791 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 1,664 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 1,091 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 295 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 1,065 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 1,017 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 1,007 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 1,087 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 940 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 903 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 2,283 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 744 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 476 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 832 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 706 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 1,906 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 733 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 796 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 629 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 1,384 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 1,158 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 614 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 182 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 164 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 224 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 212 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 222 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 220 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 415 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

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

    Tunisia set to vote in first free elections

    Oct 23rd 2011, 7:54 AM 121 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 4,493 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
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    # Democracy

    Enthusiasm builds for Tunisia's first free elections

    Oct 22nd 2011, 2:33 PM 167 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 3,371 Views 39 Comments

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

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