Rise in crime intensifies unease in once-safe Egypt: Egyptians say they don’t recognize the country now, a place with carjackings, soccer melees and brazen bank robberies.
Photo: A woman passes a mural in Cairo depicting unidentified soccer fans slain at this month’s riot in Port Said. The bloodshed underscored a new kind of cruelty in Egypt. Credit: Nasser Nasser / Associated Press
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A protester threw stones at Israeli troops firing tear gas outside Ofer Prison in the West Bank Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. Demonstrators rallied in support of Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, who has been detained without being charged; he agreed Tuesday to end a 66-day hunger strike in exchange for being freed in April.
Gun culture spreads in India: Indians own about 40 million guns, second only to the U.S. Rising incomes, along with crime and fear of terrorist attacks, have fueled firearms purchases.
Photo: A couple headed to their field in Noney village in January rely on a gun for safety in light of tensions before elections in India’s Manipur state. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency
They’re also on the rise in terms of using gas guzzling automobiles. The United States isn’t a model other rising nations should follow!
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I think the reports of my survival may be exaggerated. I’m in Babo Amr. Sickening, trying to understand how the world can stand by and I should be hardened by now. Watched a baby die today. Shrapnel, doctors could do nothing. His little tummy just heaved and heaved until it stopped. Feeling helpless. As well as cold! Will keep trying to get out the information.
Babaamr is facing a genocide right now. I will never forgive you for your silence. You all have just give us your words but we need actions. However our hearts will always be with those who risk their life for our freedom. I know what we need! We need campaigns everywhere inside Syria and outside Syria, and now we need all people in front of all embassies all over the world. In a few hours there will be NO place called BabaAmr and I expect this will be my last message and no one will forgive you who talked but didn’t act.
—One of Syrian citizen journalist Rami Al-Sayed’s last messages. The 27-year-old Al-Sayed, who bravely documented what was going on in the wartorn city of Homs, was actively targeted by the regime’s shelling according to activists. He ran a live feed of the bombardment of his city, out of the neighborhood of Bab Amro, and according to activists: “Five days ago, the regime’s army became aware of his live broadcast and his location, and targeted him with artillery shells.” They finally succeeded in silencing him today. He leaves behind a one-and-a-half year old daughter named Maryam. (via thepoliticalnotebook)