World Headlines Review: Tahrir Square, June 28 Post-Script

Yesterday’s clashes in Tahrir square were covered here at WHR as breaking news.  A more complete picture of the context and extent of the situation has emerged. As mentioned in the previous report, the protest began in Cairo as a peaceful demonstration and public mourning by the families of those who have died in the ...

Bouquets of Gray: Estimating crowd sizes

There has been rather different estimates of how many people are in this picture: The CBC report that the police estimated this crowd at 5000 (here); Lifesite claimed 15,000 (here), and the National Post, 20,000 (here). Crowd estimation isn’t too difficult a business. The basic procedure is to multiply the crowd density by the area ...

World Headlines Review: Egypt, Tunisia, Thailand… Top 10 destinations for Social Upheaval

A Tide of civil unrest has swept through at least 11 nations in just the past week.  Media focus has been on the successes of the “Jasmine Revolution” and developments in Egypt, which is populous, geopolitically significant, and in total upheaval; but nations far and wide are experiencing mass-protests and anti-government demonstrations.  Cairo, January 25 ...

World Headlines Review: Revolution in Tunisia?

Zine el Abidine Ben Ali The President of Tunisia, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, has been driven from office. Following up on a previous article here at World Headlines Review about civil unrest in Tunisia, demonstrations only intensified in the face of the lethal force applied by police and military in attempts to quell the ...

World Headlines Review: Russia, Violence and Protest: What it is and what it is not

Reports and video footage of violent demonstration and criminality by ultra-nationalist and racist organisations in Russia this week are forming an interesting juxtaposition to recent political protests in the West.  If one is interested in what ‘violent thuggery’ actually looks like, witness this week’s outburst of unrest in Moscow:  Rampaging gangs seeking racist revenge against ...