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Ukraine Update: Wins and Losses So Far

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

After suffering casualties, detainment, possible abduction and a few fatalities, the Ukrainian political opposition to President Viktor Yanukovych won some political ground at the home front. After a score of condemnation and mounting pressure at the international level, as well as the toll domestically, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his government have just stated their resignation before a no-confidence vote.

A World of Protest

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The world has entered a decade of demonstrations against existing power structures since 2010. Major causes of this civil protest explosion are the result of increasing: authoritarianism, Islamic fundamentalism, secessionism, legitimacy of concept, political influence and eliciting international sympathy and support.

A secondary cause is the copy-cat approach to political empowerment; and what seemed at the time, successes of a potential democratic wave in North Africa and Central Asia.

Egypt’s Presidency in Ruins

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

One year later, the democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi is threatened into collapse as a result of his massive power grab and broad neglect for a large share of Egyptian citizens. Mass protests in Egypt against President Morsi have now gained the support of the military.

On national television, the chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) Colonel General Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi demanded that Morsi respond to protest demands and offer some sort of power-sharing arrangement.

Egypt Bracing for Protests

By William Tucker

June 30th may shape up to be a really bad day for Egypt. Those political movements that stand in opposition to President Morsi have called for mass protests to take place on the one year anniversary of Morsi’s inauguration. In response, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has called for counterdemonstrations to support Morsi and his agenda.

Turkey Threatens to Use Military to End Protests

By William Tucker

Protests in Turkey have endured for three weeks now despite numerous attempts by the Erdogan government to break them up. The Prime Minister told a rather large group of his supporters that the protesters were being controlled by “terrorists,” though he didn’t specify who these terrorists were or what they represented. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc added to the rhetoric by stating that all elements of state power, including the military, may be used to bring these protests to an end.

Protests and Politics

By William Tucker Early last week protests erupted in Egypt over a film defaming Islam and soon spread throughout the Muslim world. Although protests have also been seen in Europe, they have not reached the size or violence seen primarily in the Middle East and North Africa. While the protests may have been organic in nature at first, they will not remain so.

Protesters Scale U.S. Embassy Walls in Cairo

By William Tucker In a preplanned protest, members of the more radical factions of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy in Cairo. The protesters removed the U.S. flag and returned to the outside of the compound. Because the protest was advertised in advance, most embassy employees were sent home beforehand. Embassy guards did fire warning volleys into the air to disperse the protesters.

Tibetan Immolation Protests Continue

By William Tucker A Tibetan media outlet operating in exile is reporting that two teenage Tibetan monks set themselves on fire Monday morning to protest the Chinese government. The immolations occurred outside of the Kirti Monastery in Aba where many of the immolations have taken place over the past three years. This most recent immolation protest is claimed to be the 51st, but independent verification is hard to come.