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Montage - Albladi Abdul Ameer of Bahrain - Bahrain
It was long due and King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain on Sunday finally addressed the nation marred by almost year long protest.
[Personally, I just think he's a liar and should shut-up!]
جرح وطن هو عمل وطني نحكي من خلاله قصة الدكتورة ندى ضيف وننقل على لسانها لسالة لكل من عانى من فقد عزيز وقاسى مرارة التغييب wounded land is a national work tel...
Per capita weighting of the numbers shows the REAL egregious nature of the Bahraini revolution and social stats........
MP Of Manchester (Tony Lloyds): in a speech in Conference in Support Of the Bahrain Revolution كلمة النائب-زعيم المعارضة في مجلس العموم البريطاني توني لودز ف...
Fortunately, a broad coalition of 29 peace, human rights and religious organizations mobilized against the arms sale and a number of prominent congressional Democrats raised concerns as well. The following month, in the face of mounting objections, the Obama administration announced an indefinite delay in the sale.This serves as a reminder that for the cause of freedom and democracy to advance in the Arab world, the struggle cannot just take place in the Middle East, but here in the United States as well.
Great cartoon from the gifted cartoonist, Ali Bazzaz !
MK: So you suggest that unity is the only way to achieve these demands?
FD: This is, in my eyes, where the opposition needs to work the hardest. The most important site for cross-sectarian cooperation is in the workplace and the labor movement. It was the labor movement that was the focus of the nationalist opposition movement in the 1950s and I believe this is what the opposition should focus on strengthening. This will of course be extremely difficult to do, given how severely the regime has cracked down on the trade union movement since February. Nonetheless, I cannot see it happening any other way. This strengthening of the labor movement will of course necessarily require building solidarity with migrant workers also, who have been largely ignored up until now.
Nabeel Rajab: 'This is the image of the United States in our country: that this superpower supports dictators and doesn't want democracy in our region, because they [are] told that democracy would not serve their interests. They were misled by governments in our region that democracy will bring extremists to power who will fight against U.S. interests. Democracy is not against anybody's interests. Democracy is about living together, sharing together, tolerance, working together, and that's what we are fighting for.'
[America IS on the wrong side of history....In Bahrain, and around much of the World! A new model for American foreign policy needs to be molded!]
Every dictator worth his epaulets knows that the best way to nip a revolution in the bud is to have his opponents “disappear.” No body to mourn, no martyrs raised, and of course the ever-useful plausible deniability.
....In Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, belief in the hidden hand of Iran behind the protests has led to both governments making a serious mistake. They have come to believe they are facing a revolutionary threat, when the Bahraini and Saudi Shia would be satisfied with a fair share of jobs, official positions and business. The Shia want to join the club, not blow it up. By refusing to see this, the Saudi and Bahraini monarchs destabilise their own states. ....
The people of Bahrain are peaceful people living at the mercy of a repressive, corrupt authority. We are the only oil country where more than half of its people live in need, not because we do not have the resources – but because the corruption here created two categories of people – extreme wealth and extreme poor.
A little history of the Bahrain revolution and then a review of some of the major current events, Lulu, Badriya, Zainab, Nabeel.....all covered!
NDAA, and OWS discussed too ?!
Bahrain, unlike other countries witnessing revolution, is an interesting case in point. It’s not only about protestors and their voice, the opposition is present in equal numbers and then there are the neutrals who raise questions on the acts of both.
Follow reports on Bahrain via social media and you’ll witness a sea of response, with warring groups at loggerheads and neutrals upping the ante against both. For outsiders it’s difficult to form a viewpoint following the social media reports. ...
Former Bahraini MP Sheikh Mohammed Khalid publicly called for the killing of protesters via Twitter on Monday, lambasting them as “traitors.”
“If you see a traitor crossing the road, you must run them over and keep going because you are in a country where the law allows you to strike and crush them,” Khalid tweeted.
Bahrain human rights groups, declaring in a report last November, said that "Bahrain committed violations of various international human rights treaties which it has signed and ratified."
The report documented 45 killings, 1500 cases of arbitrary arrest, and 1866 cases of torture, amongst other figures.
A government-established commission found authorities used systematic torture against detainees, ...
Despite the pro-democracy upheavals in the region and improvement in the region’s average democracy score in 2011, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) remains the most repressive region in the world—15 out of 20 countries in the region are categorised as authoritarian.
For Bahrain , production by youth for freedom and democracy فلم لأجل البحرين من انتاج شباب من اجل الحرية والديمقراطية لأجل البحرين، نحلم بالحرية لأجل البحرين...
Until the King is serious about putting sectarian divisions aside, the protests will continue, Bahrain's international image will suffer even more, and the bitterness and general discord among the people will harden.
The villain will win and in doing so, destroy the Gulf's one-time most progressive society in the process.
[One correction: The villian is losing and the villian will lose.....]
تقرير القناة الاسترالية حول ثورة البحرين الصحافية الامريكية المصرية منى طحاوي تتحدث عن تمادي نظام مشيخة ال خليفة - المدعوم من ال سعود - في القتل والقمع لانه ...ABC news , (Aussie), and Mona Eltahawy speak on the Revolution in Bahrain! The plight of the doctors in Bahrain who are being persecuted/prosecuted for treating protesters are also discussed!
A defence of the authors’ original claims about how the roots of conflict in Bahrain must be addressed.
George Galloway gets Exasperated as a few callers make their naive comment on his show as well as fiercely blasters western powers on their hypocrisy, turning blind eye to the killing in Bahrain, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia.
[ George tells it like it is ! Good Man! ]
In addition to the aforementioned recommendations, the delegation makes the following recommendations to the Bahraini authorities:• overturn the convictions, following unfair trials, of demonstrators and human rights defenders and activists, and immediately free them;• bring an end to the trial of doctors and medics being prosecuted for carrying out their duties toward citizens wounded during demonstrations and to allow them to resume their work immediately;• end the harassment of journalists and allow all journalists to carry out their work without fear of reprisals;• fully investigate the torture and deaths in custody of detainees, including journalists Zakariya Al Asheri, founder of Al Dair online news website, who died on 9 April and Karim Fakhrawy of "Al Wasat", who died on 12 April, and bring those responsible to justice;• bring an end to the censorship of thousands of websites, including independent media and NGOs including IFEX members the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) and the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI);• allow all students and teachers who participated in the demonstrations to return to their studies and teaching;• respect the right to freedom of expression and opinion for all people in Bahrain, as guaranteed by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Bahrain Constitution.
Labour MP Ann Clwyd gives a 25 minute speech in Parliament on Bahrain, human rights and the BICI report...