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What we are reading - February 6, 2012

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5 February 2012

Anger after Russia, China block UN action on Syria Egypt Independent, Reuters

The US ambassador to the United Nations said she was "disgusted" by the vote, which came a day after activists say Syrian forces bombarded the city of Homs, killing more than 200 people in the worst night of bloodshed of the 11-month uprising.

The ultras and the Egyptian Revolution Jadaliyya, Mahmoud El-Wardani

A new book describes the bravery shown by Egyptian Ultras throughout the Revolution and the passion for football that ties them together.

Egypt’s Ultras: Politically involved but not politically driven, yet Al Ahram, Sherif Tarek

A year after the revolution, Ahram Online looks at the Ultras — football fan groups in Egypt — and whether soon they might be motivated by more than mere hatred of the police

Activists, politicians see more than hooliganism in football violence Egypt Independent, Mohamed Elmeshad

At least 71 are confirmed dead in the worst-ever fan violence following a sporting event in Egypt, after a fight apparently broke out between fans of the home football team Masry and visiting team Ahly in the coastal city of Port Said.

Tunisia Expels Syrian Ambassador, Withdraws Recognition of Assad’s Government Tunisia Live, Sana Ajmi

The Tunisian Office of the President declared in a statement released today its initiation of the process to expel the Syrian ambassador to Tunisia and to withdraw recognition of the ruling regime in Damascus.


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