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Bahrain arrests Kahlil Marzooq ; U.S. shrugs

Bahrain arrests Kahlil Marzooq ; U.S. shrugs | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Mr. Marzooq told the militants in the speech that “the difference between us is violence” and called on them to “persist with your nonviolence.”

Bahrain’s leaders regularly assure the Obama administration that they are open to reforms and compromise with their opposition. But massivehuman rights violations, including the torture of detainees, continue. Leading political figures and human rights advocates remain imprisoned. The arrest of Mr. Marzooq reinforces the growing evidence that the regime is intent on eliminating the very moderates with whom it should be bargaining.

Despite occasional criticisms and a temporary suspension of some military sales, the United States has tolerated this behavior. Fearful of compromising a naval base that backs up U.S. operations in the Persian Gulf, the Obama administration refuses to hold the Khalifa regime accountable. Incredibly, the State Department’s response to Mr. Marzooq’sarrest was to express disappointment with the opposition for withdrawing from the national dialogue. That myopic attitude will only encourage more repression and further political polarization in Bahrain — and endanger the very U.S. assets that the administration sees itself as protecting....

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#Bahrain questions prominent Shiite opposition figure, #KhalilMarzooq

#Bahrain questions prominent Shiite opposition figure, #KhalilMarzooq | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahraini authorities referred former Shiite opposition MP Khalil Marzooq to the public prosecutor on Tuesday, the interior ministry said, with the opposition sayin

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Spencer Haskins's comment, September 18, 2013 6:13 AM
I doubt if Kahlil fomented violence, I hope he fomented intent to depose the criminal Al-Khalifa regime. Wouldn't you want your Government overthrown if it was openly murderous, torturous, bigoted and secular? The AlKhalifas have no legitimacy to rule anything, they must be overthrown!