Renee Montagne talks to a resident of Tripoli, who has witness the violent crackdown on protesters by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The businessman requests NPR not use his name out of fear for his safety.
Wall Street firms paid out more than $20 billion in bonuses last year, but that was down some from the previous year. Big firms have been paying higher base salaries and holding down bonuses in response to regulatory changes.
The unrest in the Middle East and northern Africa has major implications for U.S. foreign policy. Former diplomat Ryan Crocker, who served as U.S. ambassador to Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon, says the international community has denounced the violence in Libya. He tells Renee Montagne that steps beyond that are going to be difficult to implement. Crocker is now the dean at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.
Bahrain has met a demand of protesters by releasing more than 300 prisoners, including two dozen who had been accused of plotting to overthrow the government. Some activists said the government's good faith efforts have raised hopes for further victories. But others insisted that the fall of the absolute monarchy is the only satisfactory outcome.