Theunis Bates - AOL News
Just two months ago, Syrian President Bashar Assad boasted to The Wall Street Journal that his country was "stable" and that -- unlike the soon-to-be-toppled tyrants in Tunisia and Egypt -- his regime was immune to the threat of a pro-democracy uprising.
It's unlikely he'd make such a bold statement today.
For the past six days, anti-government protests have been raging in the southern city of Daraa. Thousands of locals have taken to the streets, demanding greater political freedom and an end to corruption and state-organized repression. Assad's ruling Baath party has responded to these...
not in system - AOL News
BEIRUT -- Syrian security forces launched a harsh crackdown Friday on protesters calling for political freedoms, killing at least five people and marking the gravest unrest in years in one of the most repressive states in the Mideast, according to accounts from activists and social media.
Mazen Darwish, a prominent Syrian activist in Damascus, said at least five people were shot and killed when security forces tried to disperse hundreds of protesters in the southern town of Daraa, near the Jordanian border. He cited eyewitnesses and hospital officials at the scene.
Donna Trussell - Politics Daily
Sorry, Wisconsin protesters. I want to root for unions. But I can't. That's because they're only for the working man and woman. They don't seem to care about the unemployed and the legions of Americans forced into part-time work.
As depicted in the British comedy "I'm All Right Jack" -- I'm all right, and to hell with everyone else -- unions are narrowly focused on union workers. That's the hidden reason sympathy has declined. A lot has happened to the working man and woman in the last 40 years, and none of it good. Unions have not been paying attention.
Unions brag it was they who put an...
Sarah A. Topol - AOL News
MANAMA, Bahrain -- A group of men cheered when a taxi drove over a poster of the royal family in the center of Pearl Square today, as protesters poured in by the tens of thousands. Gaining momentum after a week of clashes, the crowds are gearing up for Tuesday's mass demonstrations and the return of Hassan Mushaimaa, a self-exiled opposition figure.
Tents have sprung up sporadically on the grass since protesters retook the square on Saturday. Fierce clashes with security forces last week left six dead. A protester who was wounded in the fighting died today. His funeral is expected Tuesday...
Dana Chivvis - AOL News
Public schools in Madison, Wis., were closed for the third straight day today after teachers continued to call in sick in order to protest at the Capitol. The planned "sickout" spread across the state as several other school districts -- including Milwaukee, the state's largest -- canceled classes due to teacher absences.
Demonstrations have swept through Wisconsin this week, as public workers rally against Gov. Scott Walker's proposed plan to limit collective bargaining agreements and to increase state employee contributions to pensions and health care premiums. Thursday, the state's...
Lauren Frayer - AOL News
Violence mixed with funeral processions and anti-government demonstrations today, with more deaths reported in Bahrain, Libya and Yemen.
Tens of thousands of defiant demonstrators swarmed main streets and squares in North Africa and the Middle East, as calls for change sweep the region on the heels of popular revolts in Tunisia and Egypt.
In Bahrain, at least four people were killed when protesters clashed with security forces near the capital's Pearl Square, CNN reported, citing witnesses. The Associated Press reported that at least 50 people were injured after soldiers opened fire on...
Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
Vowing not to bow to outside forces, Hosni Mubarak said Thursday he would remain in office until after planned elections this fall -- a surprising turn that enraged protesters who were expecting him to step down as president.
"I express a commitment to carry on and protect the constitution and the people and transfer power to whomever is elected next September in free and transparent elections," Mubarak said in a televised address to the nation rocked by unceasing demonstrations against the ruling government.
Transcript of Egyptian President Hosni...