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Experiments with truth: 3/4/11

  • More than 100,000 protesters gathered in the Bahraini capital today for the largest demonstration since protests erupted in the Sunni-ruled kingdom almost three weeks ago, escalating pressure on the ruling Al-Khalifa family to accept sweeping political reforms.
  • Tens of thousands of protesters gathered today at main squares of major Yemeni provinces to reaffirm their demand of ending the 33-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
  • In Iraq, thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets to demand economic progress and an end to corruption. Protests are reported in Baghdad, Basra, Nineveh, Anbar and Salaheddin.
  • Last Friday close to  one  thousand Chicagoans turned out at the Illinois State Office Building to protest planned federal budget cuts proposed for HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development). Their anger overflowed into civil disobedience as they blocked traffic at one of downtown’s busiest intersections during rush hour.
  • On Monday, hundreds of students across Idaho organized a walk-out in protest of Superintendent Tom Luna’s plan to overhaul education.