Posted tagged ‘Middle East’

Syria May Study Lifting Emergency

March 31, 2011

Syria plans to study the idea of lifting the country’s state of emergency and investigate the deaths of civilians and troops in two regions.

From CNN:

The moves come amid countrywide protests that have left dozens dead in Daraa and Latakia provinces, according to activists and human rights organizations.

President Bashar al-Assad ordered the Supreme Judicial Council to form a committee that would conduct “an immediate investigation in all cases that killed a number of civilians and military personnel.”

“The committee will work in accordance with the law provisions and may use the help of anyone it deems appropriate to accomplish the task entrusted to it. It also has the right to request any information or documents from any party whatsoever,” the report said.

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Egypt to Announce New Constitution

March 30, 2011

The current military leadership in Egypt is prepared to announce a constitutional declaration that will operate as a working constitution during the current political transitional period. This announcement is expected today.

From CNN:

General Mamdouh Shahin, a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, will give a news conference Wednesday morning to officially announce the constitutional declaration, that includes eight amended articles of which were endorsed in a historic referendum held on March 19.

The constitutional declaration, which will override the current 1971 constitution, will define the powers of the executive and judicial branches as well as institute laws to govern the presidential and parliamentarian election processes.

‘Spiderman’ Climbs World’s Tallest Building

March 29, 2011

It took him approximately six hours, but Frenchman Alain Robert finally climbed the world’s tallest building.

From BBC News:

Alain Robert, the French urban climber dubbed spiderman for his feats, has scaled the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

It took him six hours to ascend the 828-m (2,717-ft) tower in the United Arab Emirates city, including the tapered spire above the top floors.

A large crowd watched from the ground as he moved up the facade, picked out by spotlights after darkness fell.

ABC News Reporter Miguel Marquez Beaten Covering Unrest in Bahrain

February 17, 2011

Miguel Marquez, an ABC News correspondent covering the protests in Bahrain, came under attack yesterday and was beaten by protesters. He was not seriously injured. Full audio of the incident can be found at the link below.

This attack comes just one day after CBS announced that reporter Lara Logan was beaten and sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square last Friday night in Cairo.

From Mediobistro.com:

Marquez was not badly injured, but he was hit with billy clubs and his camera was pulled from his hands while he yelled, “Journalist, journalist, journalist!” over and over again, trying to show he was not a protester.

“Hey! I’m a journalist here! … I’m going! I’m going! I’m going! I’m going! … I’m hit,” he said.

 

Iran: Execute Protest Leaders

February 15, 2011

Iranian lawmakers denounced recent protests in the city of Tehran and have called for the execution of two opposition leaders for inciting these demonstrations.

From CNN:

Members of the Iranian parliament issued fiery chants against opposition leaders and former presidential candidates Mehdi Karrubi and Mir Hossein Moussavi.

Press TV aired video Tuesday of lawmakers chanting “Moussavi, Karrubi … execute them.”

Lawmakers also named former President Mohammad Khatami in some of the death chants.

The calls for the leaders’ executions come after a particularly deadly month in Iran. At least 66 people were executed in January, according to Iranian media reports. Most of the executions were reportedly carried out for drug offenses, although at least three involved political prisoners, a U.N. statement said.

Russia and Qatar Selected to Host World Cup

December 2, 2010

Congratulations to Russia and Qatar who have been selected to host the FIFA World Cup  in 2018 and 2022. This will be the first time hosting the event for each country.

From CNN:

Russia headed off 1966 host England and joint presentations from Spain-Portugal and Holland-Belgium in Thursday’s vote at FIFA headquarters in Switzerland.

Qatar won the right to host the 2022 tournament ahead of bids from the United States, South Korea, Japan and Australia.

Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin decided against attending the ceremony in Zurich, but his deputy Igor Shuvalov was present to accept the first successful bid from Eastern Europe.

“You have entrusted us with the FIFA World Cup for 2018 and I can promise that you will never regret it. Let us make history together,” he told the assembled delegates.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani, the son of Qatar’s emir and head of the emirate’s bid team, said he was looking forward to the first time a Middle Eastern nation hosts the event.

“Thank you for believing in change, for expanding the game and for giving Qatar a chance. You will be proud of us – and you will be proud of the Middle East. I promise you this,” he said.

1 in 4 People are Muslim

October 8, 2009

According to a new study that is mapping the global Muslim population, nearly one in four people worldwide is Muslim. The interesting finding in this is that they are not necessarily where you might think they would reside.

From CNN:

India, a majority-Hindu country, has more Muslims than any country except for Indonesia and Pakistan, and more than twice as many as Egypt.

China has more Muslims than Syria.

Germany has more Muslims than Lebanon.

And Russia has more Muslims than Jordan and Libya put together.

Nearly two out of three of the world’s Muslims are in Asia, stretching from Turkey to Indonesia.

The Middle East and north Africa, which together are home to about one in five of the world’s Muslims, trail a very distant second.

There are about 1.57 billion Muslims in the world, according to the report, “Mapping the Global Muslim Population,” by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. That represents about 23 percent of the total global population of 6.8 billion.

There are about 2.25 billion Christians, based on projections from the 2005 World Religions Database.