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Sachin Seth’s Terra Blog

Top 5 Mid-East governments at risk of toppling 1

The Egyptians weren’t the first peoples in the Arab world to rise up against an oppressive government in 2011. Before that Facebook group was made, the people of Tunisia rose up against their (now former) president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, kicked him out, and have had an acting president since mid-December. Egypt got so much(…)

Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak steps down 4

Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak has resigned as president after 18 days of protests by the country’s people, and 30 years as the country’s ruler. The move was a surprise, as many thought Mubarak planned to step down yesterday during his speech. Emergency law however is still in place and will be until the military sees fit(…)

West is moving too slow on Egypt 0

Is Egypt ready for democracy? The question itself is insulting, and I’m not even Egyptian. The main concern? If Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak leaves immediately, and elections are held within two months, the government will be too fragile and Islamists will overtake Parliament, much like what happened after the Shah of Iran was overthrown in 1979. But,(…)

US and Egypt: the contradiction between words and actions 0

Contradiction in rhetoric and action is a pretty standard feature of foreign policy for countries around the world. We were reminded of that this week; while President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton were giving speeches about how Egypt‘s President Hosni Mubarak should listen to the demands of his people, Mubarak’s army was flying American-made jets over protests(…)

Arizona fights back against Westboro Baptist Church 1

In a move that should be emulated by all state governors, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed an emergency legislation last night in an effort to prevent members of Kansas’ infamous Westboro Baptist Church from picketing the funeral of Christina Green, the nine-year-old girl who was shot Saturday outside a Safeway in Tucson. The law now outfits all(…)

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shot, social media erupts

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shot, social media erupts 21

Social media is praised for its role in bringing people from all walks of life, from all over the world, together in one forum to discuss and debate both public and private matters. But when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head today at a Safeway in Tucson, the ugly side of social(…)

Iran attacker to lose ‘eye and an ear’ 0

A while ago, a Saudi Arabian court enlisted the help of doctors to find out whether severing the spinal cord of a convicted criminal (as punishment for his crime) would result in his death. The punishment was proposed, after the man was found guilty of paralysing a man after attacking him with a cleaver. An(…)

Wikileaks: An American’s perilous escape from Iran 0

Wikileaks. I know, I know, you’re probably sick of hearing about cables and embassies and what diplomat said what nasty thing about what leader. But, it’s only day four of nine in the latest Wikileaks saga, and there’s more to come next year regarding U.S. banks.  There’s been a lot of chatter about whether what(…)

Afghans will go to the polls tomorrow 0

Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan will go ahead tomorrow, marred by allegations of fraud and tampering against election candidates, and, most recently, by the kidnapping of a candidate and 18 election workers by Taliban members. Earlier this week printers in Peshawar claimed they were told by Afghan election candidates to produce and laminate fake voter cards(…)