The Libyan government is trying to show a united front of support for its leader Moammar Gadhafi by taking foreign journalists to pro-government demonstrations. The people at those gatherings are vehement and apparently genuine in their support for Gadhafi. There are, however, other Libyans whose voices aren't being heard, voices of dissent in places where dissent is dangerous.
Under a new law signed by Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, online retailers like Amazon are supposed to start collecting sales taxes, even when they're based outside the state. Amazon says the new law is unconstitutional, and it won't collect the tax. One way the company is trying to avoid it, is by severing ties with about 10,000 small businesses and individual blogs based in the state which link to Amazon.com through their websites.
Moroccan voters go to the polls on Friday in a nationwide referendum on political changes proposed by the king. Morocco, like other countries in North Africa and the Middle East, was swept by pro-democracy demonstrations at the beginning of the year. Demonstrators protested a lack of freedoms, weak economy and political corruption.