For awhile, it looked like Bahrain’s Sunni minority government might negotiate with the Shiite protesters camped out in the capital city Manama. That window of possibility closed after security forces fired on a crowd of demonstrators in March.
Colonel Muammar Qaddafi addressed the Libyan public in a rambling, defiant speech today. In it he vowed not to step down and said he’d die a martyr. Colonel Qaddafi also blamed the protesters’ actions on hallucinogenic drugs and threatened them with severe punishment.
Hundreds of Algerian police broke up an anti-government rally in the capital Saturday, arresting at least one opposition member. Another opposition lawmaker was reportedly hospitalized. Turnout was much lower than expected.
Despite his son's early morning address threatening civil war, Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi appears to be losing his grip on power. Protesters claim they have control of Libya's second city, Benhghazi. And demonstrators clashed with government forces in Tripoli.
On Monday tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets of Tehran and other cities in the largest street protests since the 2009 uprising. Demonstrators came out to show their solidarity with Egypt’s revolt.