What the rising demand for popular suffrage is doing to the world

The new imaginative hope for authentic popular suffrage has enthralled the Middle East where true freedom has scarcely ever been known. Here are some ways that it is being expressed [besides the new announcement in Kazakhstan noted here earlier:

Bahrain:
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/02/20112452524115600.html
Bahrain doles out money to families:
Latest appeasement comes as activists call for protests to demand political, social and economic reforms.

Algeria:
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/02/201121235130627461.html
Algeria protesters break cordon: Pro-democracy demonstrators, inspired by the Egyptian revolution, ignore official ban and march in the capital Algiers.

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/02/20112315364175524.html
Algeria to lift emergency powers: President says country’s 19-year state of emergency will be lifted in near future in apparent bid to stave off unrest.

Syria
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/2011/02/201129135657367367.html
Q&A: Syrian activist Suhair Atassi: In an interview from her native Syria, Atassi shares her views on the need for political reform in her country.