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The Game of Hope - The Story of Bahrain's Athletic Prisoners

The Game of Hope - The Story of Bahrain's Athletic Prisoners مترجم للانجليزية: فيلم الوثائقي "لعبة الأمل" يحكي معاناة الرياضيين واستهدافهم في أعقاب حملة القم...
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Good Times at Hammy's F1!

Good Times at Hammy's F1! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

This guy's smokescreen outdoes Hammy's teargas smokescreens any day.....

 

Poor Hammy, everyone bests him.......

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Bahrain's Epic Fail

Bahrain's Epic Fail | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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This week's Formula One-driven media scrutiny has ripped away Bahrain's carefully constructed external facade. It has exposed the failure of Bahrain's regime to take advantage of the breathing space it bought through last year's crackdown or the lifeline thrown to it by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Iniquiry. That failure to engage in serious reform will likely further radicalize its opponents and undermine hopes for its future political stability.

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Hammy's 1M$/person in attendance fiasco at the F1!

Hammy's 1M$/person in attendance fiasco at the F1! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Hey Hammy, where's all the people?!  

 

Nobody wanted to come to Hammy's party.....sooo sad, soooo pathetic!

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‘West doesn’t care what Bahrain does to its people’ — RT

‘West doesn’t care what Bahrain does to its people’ — RT | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The pro-democracy protests in Bahrain have been going on for more than a year now but the West will keep on turning a blind eye to human rights in the country as long as it acts in accordance with US interests....
Some 7,000 marched on Saturday calling for democratic reforms while denouncing this year’s Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix. They say the event glorifies the repressive Sunni government, which has been cracking down on the massive protests by the Shia majority for the past year.
Police fired dozens of rounds of tear gas in the village of Diraz outside the capital Manama on Saturday evening to keep anti-government demonstrators away from a main road on the eve of the global sporting event.
One demonstrator was found shot dead after overnight clashes with security forces, adding fuel to the fire of the protesters’ outrage.
The government has spent US$ 40 million on hosting the Grand Prix and is refusing to cancel the event, hoping to demonstrate that the country is back to normal after the unrest of the Arab Spring.
But the Bahraini people disagree with their government. Opposition activist Sayed Ahmed says the people think the race is “racing on our blood.”

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Bahrain protesters swell ahead of F1 weekend

Bahrain protesters swell ahead of F1 weekend | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

MANAMA, BAHRAIN — Anti-government protesters flooded a main highway in a march stretching for miles and security forces fired tear gas in breakaway clashes Friday as Bahrain's leaders struggled to contain opposition anger while under the world's spotlight as the island nation hosts the Formula One Grand Prix.

The government allowed the massive demonstration in an apparent bid to avoid the hit-and-run street battles that are the hallmark of the Gulf nation's 14-month uprising — and an embarrassing spectacle for Bahrain's Western-backed rulers as F1 teams prepare for Sunday's race. 

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The hacking collective Anonymous, meanwhile, claimed responsibility for a denial-of-service attack on the official Formula One website in protest over the running of the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend. Such web attacks work by overwhelming a site with bogus traffic.

 

[Thanks for the Solidarity Anonymous!  You are great! ]

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Predictions Championship round cancelled for Bahrain - F1 Fanatic

Predictions Championship round cancelled for Bahrain - F1 Fanatic | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Feedback from readers in the past 24 hours has made it overwhelmingly clear many do not consider it appropriate to run the competition given the events in Bahrain.

On reflection, I agree this is the correct course of action to take.

It retrospect, this is a decision I probably should have taken sooner. But better to make the right decision late in the day than not at all.

No points will be awarded for the Bahrain Grand Prix. The next round which will count towards the championship is the Spanish Grand Prix. ...

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Fat Hammy is packing the stands with ALL his friends at the Bahrain F1....

Fat Hammy is packing the stands with ALL his friends at the Bahrain F1.... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

[Well, technically those guys in the uniforms are employed there.......well, don't tell anyone, but Hammy is paying those other 2 guys to ACT like they're his friends....

Sooo sad Hammy's party is a flop.....]

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Bahrain Grand Prix 2012: Two Force India workers fly home after mechanics escape Molotov cocktail attack - Telegraph

Bahrain Grand Prix 2012: Two Force India workers fly home after mechanics escape Molotov cocktail attack - Telegraph | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Reality caught up with Formula One in Bahrain on Thursday.  After weeks of intense speculation regarding the wisdom of returning to the Gulf kingdom so soon after last year’s bloody civil unrest, two Force India team members flew home following an incident in which a hire car carrying four mechanics was caught in the middle of a clash between police and protesters.

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Companies shun Bahrain Grand Prix hospitality, IBN Live News

Companies shun Bahrain Grand Prix hospitality, IBN Live News | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

 Western companies are opting not to entertain clients and partners at the Bahrain Grand Prix following calls for sponsors to boycott the event because of political turmoil....

Safety fears grew on Thursday after members of the Force India team were caught up in a petrol bomb incident and police used teargas to disperse protesters. Agencies which offer corporate hospitality were also seeing less business than they had in previous years. 'Were 80 percent down. Weve got so few people going weve not even bothered to send out a representative to host them,' Daniel Bois, director of London-based ticket agency F1 Corporate said. He added that the risk of violence was one of the reasons potential clients appeared to be deterred. ...

 

[Awww!  Hammy's big party is a fizzle,  ....too bad, sooo sad.... ]

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Bahrain on edge as Formula 1 crackdowns mount

Bahrain on edge as Formula 1 crackdowns mount | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Nervous shop owners closed their doors and security forces fanned out across Bahrain's capital Thursday in attempts to quell widening unrest that threatened to overshadow the return of the Formula One Grand Prix to the Gulf...
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#BloodyF1 | Bahrain: Race is held to whitewash regime Human Rights violations

#BloodyF1 |  Bahrain: Race is held to whitewash regime Human Rights violations | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Hammy's F1 awards.....everybody looses!

Hammy's F1 awards.....everybody looses! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Bahrain GP limps across finish line as lockdown wins the day

Bahrain GP limps across finish line as lockdown wins the day | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Formula One drivers took to the race track yesterday following days of violent clashes between police and protesters in Bahrain, with organisers defying calls for the controversial Grand Prix to be cancelled.

Heightened security in anti-government strongholds prevented protesters from demonstrating in large numbers. The event was the ruling Sunni monarchy's opportunity to show that life had returned to normal after security concerns over anti-government protests led to the cancellation of last year's race.

Officials put the attendance at yesterday's race at 28,000, in a circuit that can hold 45,000 spectators.

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"There are armoured vehicles at the entrance to every village. If anyone emerges now they will just be shot at. The government has sent a very strong message," activist Dr Alaa Shehabi said.

 

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Bahrain protester, Salah Abbas Habib, found dead on eve of grand prix

Bahrain protester, Salah Abbas Habib,  found dead on eve of grand prix | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

An investigation has been launched in Bahrain after an anti-government protester was found dead following clashes with riot police on the eve of the controversial Formula One grand prix.

Bahraini authorities confirmed on Saturday that the dead man was Salah Abbas Habib. It said in a statement that the 36-year-old had suffered a wound to his left side and the case was being treated as a homicide.

The public security chief, Major General Tariq al-Hassan, said: ""We are pressing ahead with our investigations with every resource available. I would ask that people await the results of the autopsy and further updates rather than relying on speculation, including rumours spread through social media. The government condemns all acts of violence and will ensure the perpetrators of this crime, whoever they may be, will be brought to justice."

The opposition group al-Wefaq said Habib's body was found on the roof of a building after he and other protesters were beaten by riot police who suppressed a demonstration in the village of Shakhura late on Friday night. They released a photograph of Habib's blood-covered body on a corrugated iron roof. He was apparently found wearing a teargas mask. Reports suggested he had been shot.....

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Bahrain F1 runs on Bahrain Martyr's blood....

Bahrain F1 runs on Bahrain Martyr's blood.... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Huge Anti-governmental March during F1 in Bahrain

FANTASTIC!  A vast scene of a huge march demanding the step-down of the government. Today 20th of April on Budaiya main road.  2012

 

[The World sees!  The World knows!  Hammy's lies have come to light! ]

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Prince insists Bahrain F1 will go ahead

Prince insists Bahrain F1 will go ahead | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Thousands of people protested in a Shi'ite suburb of Bahrain's capital on Formula One practice day as the Gulf kingdom's crown prince insisted Sunday's race would go ahead to avoid 'empowering extremists.'

Demonstrators gathered late Friday afternoon in the Budaya area four kilometres west of Manama chanting 'Down with the dictatorship!' and 'Revolt until victory!' witnesses said.

Some wore T-shirts bearing the slogan 'Ready to die for Bahrain'.

Al-Wefaq, the main opposition group in the Shi'ite-majority but Sunni-ruled kingdom, said anti-riot police intervened 'violently' and several demonstrators were injured.

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Demonstrations rev up ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix - CNN.com

Demonstrations rev up ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix - CNN.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Opposition groups have promised to demonstrate ahead of Sunday's Formula 1 race and beyond.
The popular rallies will continue until the removal of the Sunni royal family, said Alwefaq Shaikh Ali Salman, the general secretary of Al-Wefaq, Bahrain's main Shiite opposition party.
Over the weekend, the Bahrain Youth Coalition called for "popular days of overwhelming rage."

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Bahrain - No Formula 1 March (bloody F1 ) البحرين - مسيرة لا للفورملا 1

Wednesday 18-4-2012
South East of Manama (Bilad Alqadeem)
There was a march ( bloody F1)
See how the government and its mercenaries are suppressing the peaceful march VIOLENTLY

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Bahrain police 'fire buckshot' to disperse F1 protest | Bangkok Post: news

Bahrain police 'fire buckshot' to disperse F1 protest | Bangkok Post: news | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahraini police fired buckshot and tear gas to disperse overnight demonstrations in Shiite villages outside the capital Manama ahead of this weekend's Formula One Grand Prix, witnesses said on Thursday.
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Britain MPs put pressure on sponsors to stop Bahrain GP - DNA

Britain MPs put pressure on sponsors to stop Bahrain GP - DNA | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

... Should the Bahrain Grand Prix go ahead," the letter read, "the sport and its associates run the risk of looking greedy and out of touch with the reality of the situation.

"We are most alarmed that you see no grounds to sever your brand and save its reputation from a totalitarian regime."

The letter, which was signed by Andy Slaughter MP, who chairs the all-party group which includes four Lords and 17 MPs, was sent to big names from Rupert Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive of News Corporation, to Dietrich Mateschitz, the CEO of Red Bull.

Already the build-up of pressure has claimed its first victim, with Porsche Supercup squad MRS yesterday withdrawing its entry for this weekend's race, which is part of the Formula One undercard, citing security concerns.  ...

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Bahrain crown prince surrounded by angry demonstrators as opposition holds fresh protests

Bahrain crown prince surrounded by angry demonstrators as opposition holds fresh protests | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In Bahrain, growing opposition to this weekend's Grand Prix event.
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