Though Yemen's internal politics have changed dramatically since January 2011, U.S. strategy there has remained single-mindedly focused on eradicating Al Qa'eda in the Arabian Peninsula. Democracy promotion, and the hopes of millions of Yemenis who supported the revolution, do not appear to be among the Obama Administration's concerns in the country.
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"The commission is also concerned by reports of new arrests, especially in Hama and Aleppo."
With news that the wholesale shelling of Homs continued, activists reported that Assad's air force was conducting attacks against Idlib and Saraqeb, and that at least 50 people have been killed today, I wonder how long the the UN monitors can keep a straight face when saying that things have gotten better since the ceasefire.
1948 GMT: Activist Zainab AlKhawaja reports that she may be receiving preferential treatment by Bahraini police because she is so high-profile, but there may be a case filed against her for taking pictures of tonight's protests:
The last thing I heard was "you must go to the police station, there's a case against u" apparently for taking pics #bahrain— angry arabiya (@angryarabiya) April 16, 2012
Walking back to my car there was nobody on the streets but riot police started shooting lots of teargas #bahrain— angry arabiya (@angryarabiya) April 16, 2012
Covert US strikes against alleged militants in Yemen have risen steeply during the Arab spring, and are currently at the same level as the CIA’s controversial drone campaign in Pakistan, a new study by the Bureau reveals.
At least 27 US military and CIA strikes involving cruise missiles, aircraft, drones or naval bombardments have taken place in the volatile Gulf nation to date, killing hundreds of alleged militants linked to the regional al Qaeda franchise. But at least 55 civilians have died too, the study found.
It's going to be another long night in Syria's capital.
1922 GMT: An interesting video, reportedly from Douma, posted by the CFDPC. It appears that the FSA soldiers are trying to scope out regime positions while remaining hidden. In other words, the FSA soldiers want to be able to shoot at the Syrian soldiers if needed, but they are trying to hide so that the regime does not have an excuse to fire.
Residents of Baba Amr in Homs, under siege for the 24th straight day, stage their version of Sunday's referendum on a new Constitution
See also Turkey Special: The Government Supports a Hyper-Nationalist --- and Threatening --- Protest br>
Sunday's Syria (and Beyond) Live Coverage: "I'm So Hungry. I Think I Will Die" --- Then the Line Went Dead
2153 GMT: At the end of the day, the two Western journalists who remain injured in the Baba Amr district of Homs have not been rescued. However, the Red Cross did manage to remove three injured Syrians from the besieged district:
A negotiator in the evacuation efforts said they fell through "at the last minute after ambulances had entered Baba Amr" but declined to specify if regime forces or rebels had blocked the operation.
2146 GMT: The on-line magazine Mother Jones has received a document that they say was leaked from someone inside the Syrian government and contains more than 700 pages of names of activists who have been placed on a government "kill list." A series of experts whom Mother Jones shared the document with believe it is genuine:
Joshua Landis, a scholar on Syria who has consulted for the State Department and other US government agencies, said he thinks the document merges the records of several Syrian intelligence agencies in order to better coordinate the crackdown. "This is what a secret service does," he said. Actions allegedly taken by individuals in the document—such as setting up a roadblock near Homs or issuing instructions about how to attack a Syrian military outpost—are "the kind of thing that people get whacked for all the time, or at least tortured for."
A funeral in the Khalidiaya section of the Syrian city Homs --- the six victims are wrapped in shrouds because there are no coffins left amidst the deaths and regime siege
1800 GMT: One of the protests at today's funerals in Aleppo, Syria's second city (see 1148 GMT):
An anti-regime protest in Taibat Imam, Hama Province today:
Shelling of the Baba Amr section of Homs in Syria this morning
See also Syria Feature: Asking Again, "Will Aleppo Rise?" br>
Bahrain Feature: The Long Tentacles of the Regime's PR Octopus br>
Sudan 1st-Hand: Protests and Raids at the University of Khartoum br>
Thursday's Syria (and Beyond) Live Coverage: The Deaths of The Journalists
Two massacres were committed while the Friends' of Syria Conference being held The Syrian regime committed two new massacres today in Homs and Hama; where the number of martyrs in Hama reached 30 in two separate massacres and the number of martyrs in the Khaldieh massacre in Homs reached 33. The number of martyrs in Syria today is 97 so far in different cities. The Local Coordination Committees regrets the world's inability to stop the regime's brutal violence, which is increases steadily and kills more innocent Syrian victims every day
Marie Colvin, the journalist for The Sunday Times killed in Syria today, speaks to CNN on Tuesday about the death of a baby in Homs
See also Bahrain 1st-Hand: US Activist Radhika Sainath "Joining the Protests, Being Detained" br>
Syria Feature: Homs --- Dying Without Food, Medicine, or Supplies
Syria Special: Points to Consider When Arming an Opposition br>
Tuesday's Syria (and Beyond) Live Coverage: "A City of Torture"
2015 GMT: In Idlib in Syria, a gunman fires in the direction of the cameraman who screams, "Damn it, that was right beneath me!":
Protesters at Aleppo University raise the Syrian "Flag of Independence" today:
Vehicles and a house set on fire by regime shelling of the Baba Amr section of Homs in Syria on Monday
See also Palestine Breaking: Israel Frees Hunger Striker Khader Adnan br>
Bahrain Analysis: The Anti-National Dialogue br>
Bahrain Opinion: No Reform, So Why is the Grand Prix Going Ahead? br>
Monday's Syria, Bahrain (and Beyond) Live Coverage: Watching the Protests
The doctor says that Ramy Sayed died after he hemorrhaged for 3 hours. He was hit by shrapnel from a rocket in the chest, abdomen, thigh and feet. He was injured while accompanying a family (4 member of the family also died). He also says that Rami was one of the most important cameraman and activist in Baba Amr and that he was killed because he was filming the reality in Baba Amr.
The man who speaks at the end of the video is Rami's brother. He says that Rami asked him to give him his phone to film demonstrations the first times, and after that he said to his brother "Bring me a camera, I want to film."
The video may be disturbing to some viewers.
Protesters throw Molotov cocktails at security forces in Aldair in Bahrain on Saturday
See also Palestine Letter: Khader Adnan "Why I Am on Hunger Strike" br>
Bahrain Feature: Updated List of 68 Killed Since February 2011 br>
Sunday's Syria Live Coverage: Defiance in Damascus br>
Saturday's Syria, Bahrain (and Beyond) Live Coverage: The Story Gets Out
Deadly attacks have also been reported in and around the city of Baquba, to the north of Baghdad. Four police informants were killed by suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen.
Gunmen also attacked a checkpoint in Abu Khamis, north of Baquba, killing one policeman and two members of the Sahwa (Awakening) militia.