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Bahrainis know that they stand a very little chance, but this is their only chance – Lamees Dhaif

Bahrainis know that they stand a very little chance, but this is their only chance – Lamees Dhaif | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

....Despite the government of Khalifah ibn Sulman al-Khalifah, the uncle of the reigning King Hamad ibn Isa al-Khalifah having everything at their disposal from media to military, they haven’t been able to break the will of the Bahraini people who are now reusing to be their slaves.

If you keep an eye on Bahrain and have been there, you will understand that it’s the Prime Minister and not the King who bears the responsibility for all that is happening. The king is living in a bubble and willingly or unwillingly can’t get rid of his uncle who is supposedly backed by the Saudi’s. ....

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Bahrain & Britain; Too close for comfort?-The Big Story-02-15-2012

http://www.presstv.com/Program/226977.html

 

When the Countess of Wessex and her husband, Prince Andrew embarked on a pre-Christmas trip to the Middle East, many were surprised Bahrain was on the itinerary.

After all, despite claims at reforms, the al-Khalifa dynasty in charge of the country was still overseeing a crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.

With many imprisoned, injured or killed, the country had faced calls to enter into meaningful dialogue with protestors. It was, perhaps more surprising that the Countess of Wessex would accept jewellery from the Bahraini royal family estimated to be worth millions of dollars.

Now this has been exposed, instead of embarrassment and a quick return of the tainted goods - the Countess has held on to her new 'treasures'. Politicians and pro-democracy campaigners are urging the British Royal family to reconsider.

This is just another example of the continued cosy relationships between the Monarchy in Britain and dynasties across the Middle East, some with appalling human rights abuse records.

 

 

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لميس ضيف تفضح مسرحية قطع لسان المؤذن | The Truth in Bahrain

لمزيد من الافلام والدعم تفضلو بزيارة شبكة توبلي للأنتاج والتصميم الثورية https://www.facebook.com/pages/%D8%B4%D8%A8%D9%83%D8%A9-%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%A8%D9%84%D9%...

 

[ The Truth and the Al-Khalifas are strangers to each other....]

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Bahrain: One year on

A year has passed since the killing of a peaceful demonstrator by the security forces as a result of the use of excessive force against peaceful protesters in Bahrain. Despite several announcements on positive steps being taken by the government to ensure accountability, we have not seen any outcome of reported government investigations into allegations of torture and it is unclear how many people involved in human rights abuses have been brought to justice.

Hundreds of people are still facing criminal charges in Bahrain for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly. Meanwhile, many others, dismissed from their work place or university for exercising these very rights have yet to be reinstated.

This campaign video includes interview with Bahrain poet Ayat al-Qarmezi and Doctors Zahra al Sammak & Ghassan Dhaif

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US Arms Deal with Bahrain as Crackdown Continues

NAIMAN: Well, it was reported on Friday that the Obama administration has informed some people in Congress that he intends to sell new weapons to Bahrain. This comes in a context where a previous package that the administration put forward was paused after congressional opposition because of human rights concerns in Bahrain.Since this report came out last week, some members of Congress have objected. Senator Wyden and Representative McGovern are circulating a letter to their colleagues asking them to contact Secretary of State Clinton saying, you know, despite promises of reform, the government of Bahrain hasn’t delivered. They’re still attacking peaceful demonstrators. They’re still blocking human rights observers like Human Rights First and Physicians for Human Rights from entering the country, contrary to their promises, and that this sends the wrong signal to government in Bahrain and people in Bahrain of tacit U.S. support for the Bahraini government’s crackdown on peaceful protesters.

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US asks Bahrain to do more to heal rifts after unrest - AlertNet

US asks Bahrain to do more to heal rifts after unrest - AlertNet | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

"We continue to receive credible reports of excessive force by police, including widespread and sometimes indiscriminate use of tear gas," said Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner.

"We urge Bahraini authorities to ensure compliance with international doctrines of necessity and proportionality."

Posner also said in a statement that charges against those accused of offences related to political expression should be dropped and peaceful protests allowed to go ahead.

Fourteen opposition figures convicted of leading the protests are in jail, some serving life sentences.

Opposition parties, which this week launched a week-long sit-in to put pressure on the government, have said their protests will not stop until the ruling Al Khalifa family ends its monopoly on power and the 14 are released.

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U.S. must bring pressure to bear on Bahrain

U.S. must bring pressure to bear on Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

As President Obama said in a searing statement Saturday, by rejecting the regime and its criminal brutality “we stand for principles that include universal rights for all people and just political and economic reform.”

For that stance to be effective, however, it must be consistent across the region....That’s why U.S. policy in the Persian Gulf emirate of Bahrain continues to be disturbing.....The United States has exceptional influence in Bahrain, in part because the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet is based there. But the Obama administration has mostly refrained from using that influence. ....U.S. criticism of Russia for continuing to arm the Assad regime will sound more credible when American military aid to Arab allies engaged in repression comes to a complete and unambiguous halt.

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عشرات من الجنود التابعة للجيش ينزلون في الساحة المقابلة لميدان الشهداء 9 2 2012م

Dozens of soldiers of the army staying in the square opposite the Martyrs' Square 2/9/2012

 

[I pray there isn't a reapeat of the live-fire crackdown of a year ago......]

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Al-Khalifas sell-out Bahrain in a final act of betrayal?!

Al-Khalifas sell-out Bahrain in a final act of betrayal?! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Intersected an information from different sources confirmed Chairman of the AL-AYAM newspaper Najib Al-hamar, who is the brother of Nabil Al-hamar the media adviser for the king, That the royal family of Bahrain (Al Khalifa) has decided to sell Bahrain and its people to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the declaration of "Union of two in a royal decree" is likely to be released soon. The move, if true, confirms the desire of the family of the ruling Al Khalifa to ensure control of the wealth looted, and fear of real change reduces their powers.

Observers had been spotted intense letters between the Royal family in bahrain and Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, and was a message to carry the Deputy Prime Minister Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa to the king of Saudi Arabia, In these letters agreed to form of Union, which would be practically an admission of Bahrain governance with Saudi Arabia.

Highlight of this, "Bahrain mirror" knows that the national events fell apart for the meetings away from the spotlight to discuss this serious step, which will serve as a final and full occupation to Bahrain.

And that raised questions in these hours for the international society attitude and the position of the United Nations to cause the State of Bahrain, which provides for the National Action Charter and the Constitution applicable to "Bahrain is an independent Arab state may not waive its sovereignty, an inch of its territory. Is a fully sovereign state recognized officially at the United Nations "

Continue of this form of Union to be announced vague, but observers assert that "any form of announcement of the Union is not legal because it did not take the permission of the Bahraini people, and being in the practical recognition of the full of Bahrain to the rule of Saudi-oriented holistic hostile to the people of Bahrain and the aspirations to freedom and democracy. "

Saudi Arabia enter to Bahrain with thousands of tanks and armored vehicles under Peninsula Shield in an attempt didn't succeed to quell the revolution of February 14 by the pro-democracy

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Bahrain Boils as Uprising Nears 1-Year Mark

Bahrain Boils as Uprising Nears 1-Year Mark | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The thud of riot police stun grenades trails off, the stinging tear gas mist is carried away and the protest chants against the Gulf kingdom's rulers go quiet until the next day. Then the cycle of unrest resumes in one of the longest-running — and perhaps most diplomatically complex — chapters of the Middle East uprisings.  ~ Brian Murphy & Reem Khalifa

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....we advise all travellers whether tourists, investors or for employment to STAY AWAY from Bahrain!

#BAHRAIN #USA #ARABSPRING as received :
we are a group of americans living in the mahooz area... it seems that every single night we are gassed by the merceneries.. (today we counted 21 one after the other) ..we have stepped out on several occasions to check on what is happening and we see no one except the police in blue uniforms shooting in the area and harrasing the neighbourhood. I wonder why????? We can only come to the conclusion that the more tear gas canisters they use the bigger bonus they get. This is totally ridiculous...
Some of us can't wait to finish our contracts and disappear from the Pakistani infested merceneries of this land, as we cannot handle the sore throats, burning eyes, rash and itchy skin, sleepless nights, panic attacks, trauma etc.. We advise all travellers whether tourists, investors or for employment to STAY AWAY from bahrain... do not believe what you see or hear on the news, just believe the opposite !!!!!.

Fed up Americans

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Bahrain becoming 'island of fear' 1/27/12

Bahrain becoming 'island of fear'  1/27/12 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The BBC has obtained images of alleged police brutality against peaceful protesters in the Bahraini capital Manama, where fears of a systematic crackdown on pro-democracy activists are growing.
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Justice Denied in Bahrain: Freedom of Expression and Assembly Curtailed

Justice Denied in Bahrain: Freedom of  Expression and Assembly Curtailed | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

International Mission to Bahrain Report, byNabeel Rajab & Khalid Ibrahim!

 

http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/files/bahrainmissionreportjanuary2012final.pdf

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Bahrain: Our forgotten revolution will be victorious ~ Hussein Youssef

It is more a revolution than an uprising. It is a revolution on the domestic level and a revolution in terms of consciousness and action, and the type and scale of activism. We are talking about demonstrations and events where 40-50 per cent of the people of Bahrain are participating. Some estimates put 400,000 out of 750,000 citizens at protests on 14 February 2011."

 

[Great History on Bahrain here....]

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People & Power : Anniversary of Bahrain Revolution

Revolution unto Freedom!   The more you are oppressed, the greater your resolve to continue!  The martyrs, and all future generations are counting on this resolve!

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Suppressing the narrative in Bahrain | What are the Al-Khalifas planning to hide?

Suppressing the narrative in Bahrain |  What are the Al-Khalifas planning to hide? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
As the anniversary of the uprising nears, the country's rulers are denying foreigners entry and hiring PR firms.
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The Battle for Bahrain

The mainly Shia protesters are demanding democratic reform from the ruling al-Khalifa monarchy, a bloodline that has ruled the tiny Gulf island since the 18t...

 

[The only REAL 'bloodline' here is that of the MARTYRS!]

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Congressman James McGovern : Latest News : U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern: Statement on Bahrain

Congressman James McGovern : Latest News : U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern: Statement on Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
 

Washington---Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA) today urged the Bahraini government to allow Bahrainis to assemble and express their p ...
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Top 5 Facts About Bahrain

Bahrain is one of the more lenient gulf countries that even allows drinking alcohol is public. Catch our round up of the Top 5 awesome and not so awesome facts...

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“Witness Bahrain” Launched as Ongoing Revolution Marks First Year | Witness Bahrain

Great Blog!   Subscribe and get all the details!

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U.S. envoy urges renewed Bahrain crisis talks

Envoy pressing for talks between the Sunni monarchy and Shiite-led opposition, aimed at ending year-long unrest in the Gulf nation.

Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner also raised deep concerns Thursday about possible escalating violence before the uprising's one-year anniversary next Tuesday.

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BAHRAIN: THE GATHERING STORM - report by Human Rights First

BAHRAIN:  THE GATHERING STORM - report by Human Rights First | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/wp-content/uploads/HRF_Bahrain-The-Gathering-Storm_February-2012.pdf

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فليم وثائقي يحكي ثورة البحرين \ Documentary about Bahrain Revolution

A documentary about -Peaceful- Pearl Revolution in Bahrain which which started in Feb14 calling for rights and freedom.
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U.S. Arms Sales to Bahrain: 4 Questions for the Obama Administration

U.S. Arms Sales to Bahrain: 4 Questions for the Obama Administration | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Regarding this new arms sale, here are the top four questions that the Obama administration must answer immediately:

1. Why was the arms sale kept secret from the public?

Josh Rogin at Foreign Policy leaked the news of the arms sale on Friday. He also reported that U.S. arms sales under $1 million don’t have to be publicly disclosed. So the Obama administration didn’t publicly mention it. But why? At a time when the Bahraini government continues to crack down on protesters, why did the Obama administration keep the contents of this arms sale — or multiple arms sales – secret?

2. What is in the arms sale?

U.S. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said that the arms sale “includes spare parts,” arms for Bahrain’s “external defense”, and that “none of these items can be used against protesters.” But the last time the U.S. State Department said that arms were being sold to Bahrain for “external defense” – the arms package contained humvees. This came after the Bahraini government had already used tanks to surround a hospital where wounded protestors had been treated. The public needs to know what the Obama administration is selling to Bahrain. Ammunition? Replacement parts for ships? Vehicles to transport soldiers? Landing gear for cargo planes? Tanks?

3. How many secret arms sales are there?

In his above mentioned piece, Rogin implied that the Obama administration could hypothetically turn the suspended $53 million arms sale into 53 or more separate arms sales under $1 million each — and that none of them would have to be reported. Is that what is happening? How many unreported U.S. arms sales to Bahrain are happening now — or are slated to happen in the future?

4. How does this secret arms sale square with the President’s State of the Union address?

In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama referred to the “wave of change” in the Middle East. He also described what U.S. foreign policy would be: “We will stand against violence and intimidation. We will stand for the rights and dignity of all human beings –- men and women; Christians, Muslims and Jews.”

It remains to be seen what is in this latest arms sale (or sales) to Bahrain. But at a time when Bahrainis are experiencing human rights violations at home, it doesn’t look good to be handing their government additional military equipment.

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Brace for the worst in Bahrain

Brace for the worst in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The stage seems to be set for February and March to be the scene of a significant intensification of tensions in Bahrain. The period will mark the one-year anniversaries of the protest movement, the government crackdown, and the “Peninsula Shield” intervention by Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council forces. More importantly, recent developments have pushed almost entirely away from substantive moves toward national accommodation or reconciliation.

 

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