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February 23 2011

Saudi Arabia: The Return of King Abdullah

Written by Haifa Alrasheed

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz returned home after a three month period abroad for medical treatment. His treatment started in New York-Presbyterian Hospital, followed by a recovery period in Morocco.

King abdullah as he appeared on saudi tv upon his arrival (by @waa3ad)

King Abdullah as he appeared on Saudi TV upon his arrival (by @waa3ad)

Saudis were expecting serious reforms on both the political and economical aspects. Today, and coinciding with the King stepping out of the plane, new reforms were announced. However, the changes were disappointing for most Saudis, as most of them were minor and did not include a large number of the population.

It's Just Not Enough!

Below are some reactions the disappointed citizens:

@alghamdi_R
يا ترى هل يحتفل الآن بعودته من كان لديه أب أو أخ أو قريب مسجون من غير تهمة ولا محاكمة ؟! ، #saudimataleb الفرح جيد ، ولكن العدل مطلوب أيضا
Celebration is good, but fairness is required too. I wonder if the ones who have a father or a brother or a relative imprisoned without charge or trial are celebrating his return?!
@essamz
نتمنى أن تكون الأوامر الملكية المعلنة اليوم مجرد أوامر قديمة متراكمة تنتظر عودة الملك. وأن هناك إصلاحات حقيقية ستعلن قريبا #saudimataleb
We hope that the new reforms are old cluttered ones, and that the new real ones will be announced soon.
@mothaqf
أتمنى ممن أراد أن يهنئ الملك بسلامته بإعلان في جريدة -لن يراه الملك- أن يتصدق عنه بكفالة أسر فقيرة بذات القيمة فهي أنفع #saudi #saudimataleb
I hope those who wanted to congratulate the King on his recovery in the newspaper - which will not be read by the king - donate the money they paid for advertisements to charity for poor families as that is more beneficial
@abualkhair
#saudimataleb وبمناسبة عودة الملك والمكرمات الملكية ثم البيانات المطلبية أطاب د.عائض القرني بصرف كتاب لا تحزن مجانا لكل مواطن سعودي
On this occasion and after the announcement of the new reforms, I ask Dr. Aydh Alqarni to give away a copy of his book “Don't Be Sad” to every Saudi citizen

Regardless… We're Happy He's Back!

On the other hand, many Saudis were happy that the king is back. To mark the occasion, the streets of Riyadh, the capital, were decorated with banners and flags wishing the king good health and welcoming him back. Moreover, many Saudis went to the airport to cheer and welcome him back in person. Celebrations were all over Riyadh, and in the sky there were army jets performing for the crowd. Television presenters wore special scarves in the colours of the Saudi flag in a special coverage programme entitled “The Joy of a Nation” to mark the king's return. Below some reactions of the Saudis on Twitter:

@BeeTaz
#kingabdullah #saudiarabia aaalffff 7amdellah 3al salama ♡ http://plixi.com/p/79417396
Welcome back!

@waa3ad
ADORE Him :”( #KINGABDULLAH http://yfrog.com/hsofncyj

@SaudiiAmerican
7mdelilah 3slaama ya #KingAbdullah, and thank you for everything. N7bk :)

Welcome back King Abdullah, and Thank you for everything, we love you!

In this video, oeziiL shares pictures of the king's arrival and celebrations around Riyadh:

@LaylaAJ_
​والله يبو متعب لو غيابك أطول خذنا السعوديه بيدها وجيناك #OnlyinSaudiArabia #KSA #kingabdullah
If you stayed longer, we would've taken the kingdom by its hand to you.

@Sarah_AlAyed
#KingAbdullah return energized ppl across KSA Bless him looking 4ward 2much awaited developments alf hamdlilah 3ala salamt (thank God for the safety of the) Father of Nation

@NouraAgeel
الشعوب تحرق انفسها لرحيل رئيسها نحن احترقت قلوبنا شوقاً لعودة مليكنا الله يحفظك لنا #kingabdullah

Nations burn themselves for the demise of their presidents, however we had our hearts burned because you were away for too long. May Allah keep you well.

Here's another clip of King Abdullah's return from YouTube user iJihadTv:

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Nachdem ich dargelegt habe, wie sich die Union und ...

Nachdem ich dargelegt habe, wie sich die Union und der Guttenberg aus ihrer Sicht heraus am besten verhalten, möchte ich doch nochmal explizit ansagen, dass der natürlich aus Sicht der Bevölkerung und der Wähler zurücktreten muss. Und wir sollten tun, was wir können, um das herbeizuführen. Dieses Gefasel von christlichen Werten, Ehre, Anstand und Moral bei Politikern ist auch jetzt schon eine Farce, aber bisher ist es so, dass es Konsequenzen hat, wenn man beim Bescheißen erwischt wird als Politiker. Wenn wir die Konsequenzen abschaffen, indem wir den Guttenberg weiter im Amt verweilen lassen, dann ist das ein Dammbruch. Dann werden die in Zukunft nicht mal versuchen müssen, Ehre, Anstand und Moral zu simulieren. Diesen Präzedenzfall müssen wir verhindern!

Das ehemalige Nachrichtenmagazin sieht das ähnlich, und auch die FAZ.

Übrigens, wer sich fragt, was eine gekaufte Promotion kostet, findet hier einen Hinweis:

Vor seiner umstrittenen Promotion an der Universität Bayreuth war Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg dort gleichzeitig Student und Sponsor. Die Rhön-Klinikum AG, bei der die familieneigene Beteiligungsgesellschaft derer zu Guttenberg ein dickes Aktienpaket hielt, gehört zu den Stiftern des Lehrstuhls für Medizinmanagement und Gesundheitswissenschaften, der im Jahr 2000 eingerichtet wurde und bei der Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät angesiedelt ist. Nach Tagesspiegel-Informationen fließt dafür pro Jahr von der Rhön-Klinikum AG ein sechsstelliger Beitrag.

Ich finde ja besonders dreist, dass die Merkel sich als Ausrede für den Nicht-Rücktritt ausgerechnet auf Umfragen beruft. Auf Umfragen!! Der ist beliebt, also brauchen wir den noch. Gut, das habe ich ja schon angesagt, dass das so ist. Aber das kann die Frau doch nicht bestätigen! Zumindest den Versuch einer Simulation anderer Gründe könnte sie doch unternehmen!

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February 22 2011

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"Iran, the Green Movement and the USA": Hamid Dabashi On the Future of the Iranian Pro-Democracy Movement


Dabashi

Iranian protesters returned to the streets on Sunday to mark the deaths of two men killed during demonstrations last week. Police used batons and tear gas to break up the protests. Among those detained were Faezeh Hashemi, daughter of former President Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani. “On one hand, the Iranian authorities are expressing solidarity with the democratic movement in Tunisia and Egypt and throughout the region," says Columbia University Professor Hamid Dabashi. "Then deny that very principle to their own people." [includes rush transcript]



Hamid Dabashi, Professor of Iranian Studies and
Comparative Literature at Columbia University. His most recent book is Iran, The Green Movement and the USA: The Fox and the Paradox.
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Eszter Hargittai & Aaron Shaw on The Internet, Young Adults and Political Participation-| Berkman Center at Harvard University

Blacks Who Built the GOP

Source: Canada Free Press (2-21-11)

Many former slaves left a political legacy that’s been ignored or completely forgotten by their descendants—even during Black History Month.

As they struggled against the violence and racism of the mid-1800s, it’s likely they thought the inheritance they left would continue to improve the lives of their descendants.

Their legacy is the Republican Party.

For decades, Black people have given over 90 percent of their votes to the Democrat Party. The Democrats can always count on strong support from the Black Community.

But that certainly wasn’t the case during the mid-1800s. During that time, the Republican Party led the fight against strong Democrat opposition to pass the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution. The amendments abolished slavery, granted blacks citizenship and the right to vote. It was clear to all Black people who their friends were in the political arena....

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