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Wave of unrest shakes Syria, crowds torch party HQ

DAMASCUS – Crowds set fire to the headquarters of the ruling Baath Party in the Syrian city of Deraa Sunday, residents said, as the wave of unrest in the Arab world shook even one of its most authoritarian states. The demonstrators also set ablaze the main courts complex and two…

Muslims, supporters in New York protest Congressional hearing

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Muslims, activists and supporters demonstrated in Times Square on Sunday to protest a Congressional hearing on radicalization of U.S. Muslims. Holding placards that read “Today I am a Muslim, too,” a few hundred gathered at the interfaith protest, decrying what they said was the bigotry and ignorance behind anti-Muslim…

Afghans protest civilian deaths at American hands

KABUL (Reuters) – Hundreds of people chanting “Death to America” protested in Kabul on Sunday against a spate of civilian casualties caused by international forces, a sign of the simmering anti-Western emotion among many ordinary Afghans. The demonstrators marched through the center of the capital, some carrying banners bearing pictures…

Huge protest in Yemen as Saleh blames US, Israel

SANAA – Huge crowds poured onto the streets of the Yemeni capital on Tuesday in what the opposition hailed as the biggest protest yet against President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s three-decade rule. Saleh, whose supporters staged a large counter-demonstration, dismissed the rally as a copycat action mimicking protests in other Arab…

Westboro Baptists claim to discover Internet’s purpose, much to the amusement of ‘Anonymous’

Members of Pastor Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church claim to have discovered the underlying purpose of the Internet: using it “to tell this nation & this world that your destruction draws nigh.” While it was unclear what they thought of other priceless online frivolities, such as lolcats or Something Awful, but there’s…

Cyber-activist’s release galvanises Egypt revolt

CAIRO – Thousands of protesters flooded Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Tuesday, galvanised by the release of a pro-democracy cyber activist as a revolt against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak raged into a third week. The embattled leader took a step earlier Tuesday towards democratic reform, authorising a committee to pursue constitutional…

Seventh Algerian sets herself on fire

ALGIERS — Two people in Algeria set themselves on fire on Wednesday, bringing the country’s total number of attempted public suicides to seven in a week, in replica of a protest that sparked a popular revolution in neighboring Tunisia. A woman in her fifties soaked herself with a flammable product…

Welcome to the cyber sit-in: Many ‘Payback’ protesters easily identified, study finds

Update: ‘Anonymous’ announces ‘Operation Loveback‘: a campaign to send Christmas cards to Bill O’Reilly During the civil rights era, the sit-in became a popular and effective form of protest against businesses that denied service to black people. Though legally ambiguous at first, the harsh reactions of authorities against the peaceful protesters…

‘Bank Run 2010′ aims to end ‘criminal, corrupt’ financial system

In what may be the most subversive reaction yet to global outrage over the financial crisis, a European soccer star has inspired an international “bank run” protest aiming to collapse the global financial system. The organizers of “Bank Run 2010″ have chosen December 7 as the day when protesters are…

London’s mounted police ran at student protesters ‘like a cavalry charge’

Though largely neglected by US mainstream media, British students have been putting up quite a display of defiance in the face of rising tuition costs and government restrictions on university financial aid. In recent weeks students have protested against the austerity measures by staging mostly peaceful gatherings, apart from the…

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