Egypt Rises

Today was a day of protest in Egypt (and other places most notably Lebanon) - something sparked off by the success of the protests in Tunisia.

From the pictures and videos I have seen they seem pretty crappy, but they are still the largest disturbance against the regime in like a generation. Some things start small I guess - let's see where this goes.

Back in the day people used to use words like "may you live in interesting times" as a curse but its good to see despotic dictators and leaders in the arab world quake in their boots.

HMC: Use us or else....

Mehboob Ayub, who has a butcher's shop in Huddersfield, alleged that HMC inspectors threatened him, tried to damage his property and told people in the local mosque not buy his meat.

"They tried to push me in my shop and argue with me, they tried to take my posters down and have been telling people in the local mosque not to buy meat from my shop," Mr Ayub said.

"I buy my meat from a HMC-registered slaughterhouse, my wholesaler has a HMC licence, so why should I pay them £30 a week to sell the meat? They just want money."

Read more @ BBC News

New arab form of protest

Apparently the latest craze in the arab world is for people to protest by burning themses to death in public places.

Where is the fun in that?

(a guy burning himself to death is supposed to have started off the protests in Tunisia, but its not as "effective" in other places - according to this article, 12 people have done the same thing in Egypt in the past week!)

British man arrested for 'fake kidnap' in Pakistan

A Briton of Pakistani origin has been arrested for faking his own kidnapping with that of his British wife to get a ransom from his family, say police.

The couple were living in Pakistan and were reported missing on 10 January from Gulberg, Lahore.

Police later found Awais Hadier Shah, 28, and his wife Jamie William, 24, hiding in a hotel room.

Mr Shah is expected to be charged with offences, including fraud. Police say his wife is not involved in the plot.

Read more @ BBC News

Tunisia: President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali forced out

Tunisia's president has stepped down after 23 years in power amid unprecedented protests on the streets of the capital Tunis.

Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi said he would be taking over from President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

A state of emergency has been declared amid protests over corruption, unemployment and rising prices.

Mr Ben Ali has flown to the Mediterranean island of Malta, reports the BBC's Christian Fraser in Paris.

Read more @ BBC News

Sudan Referendum (and possible civil war)

Tomorrow, Jamuary 9 2011 is the date for a referendum in Sudan where the Christian South may secede to create a separate country from the Muslim/Arab north.

If it does secede, there could be war as in the middle there are resource rich over which the newly divided country will fight.

If the south does not secede, then there could be war as the southerners will feel their rights are being trampled over by the north and will also feel threatened by some bedouin like people who are moving south to escape the expansion of the sahara desert to the north.

Something to keep on top of.


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