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Protest at the Bahraini Embassy - YouTube

CODEPINK protested at the Bahraini Embassy on October 17th, 2014 for imprisioning human rights protester, Zainab al-Khawaja. Zainab was arrested for simply t...
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No one likes Hammy, the idiot, AlKhalifa.......The World shreds this infant's picture because he is an arrogant fool.....Zainab is  a proud soul who only wants what is best for the Bahraini people......clearly the removal of a myopic, deranged simpleton 'king' is what is best.....

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BAHRAIN, bombs, protests, and prisoners.....and a Totalitarian regime....

BAHRAIN,  bombs, protests, and prisoners.....and a Totalitarian regime.... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

There have been protests for years while  great men advocated publicly for peaceful civil disobedience

The regime imprisons Abdulhadi AlKhawaja ,  Nabeel Rajab, Ebrahim Sharif and countless others to attempt to stop the protests against the fascist regime.

 

NOW THE IGNORANT AND IMPOTENT ALKHALIFAS ARE DEALING WITH BOMBINGS!  

I'll wager that these persons being freed would be sufficient to return Bahrain to peaceful civil disobedience !  I'll further wager that the AlKhalifas are too stupid to be able to see this reality! 

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#Bahrain : Prime Minister to Officer Acquitted on Torture Charges: "Thank you for your work"

#Bahrain : Prime Minister to Officer Acquitted on Torture Charges: "Thank you for your work" | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) is gravely concerned in regards to the authorities in Bahrain fostering the culture of impunity, and especially in regards to a video which was published recently online showing Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the world's longest-serving unelected Prime Minister of 43 years, visiting an acquitted torturer to thank him and guarantee impunity.

On the 7 July 2013, a pro-government account on YouTube uploaded a video showing the Prime Mister visiting Lt-Colonel Mubarak bin Huwail after he was acquitted on 1 July 2013 of charges related to torturing medics in detention back in 2011. (Read More on:http://bahrainrights.hopto.org/en/node/6205). ...

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Bahrain opposition welcomes UN condemnation of Al Khalifa regime

Bahrain opposition welcomes UN condemnation of Al Khalifa regime | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The secretary general of Bahrain’s main opposition group, al-Wefaq has welcomed a new statement by UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay on condemning the Al Khalifa regime’s crackdown on peaceful protests in the tiny Persian Gulf Arab nation.

“During her recent remarks, Navi Pillay has condemned the Al Khalifa regime’s crackdown on Bahraini civilians and government-sponsored terrorism against them,” Sheikh Ali Salman said on Thursday, referring to her address to the Human Rights Council about human rights violation in Bahrain.

Referring to the public calls for fall of the regime, he said that “I am sure that most of the people in Bahrain want the ouster of the current regime and the establishment of a popular government.”

The Sheikh also underlined the need for holding open referendum in Bahrain to meet the demand of people. ...

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INSIGHT: Bahrain – Losing the PR War on Human Rights

INSIGHT: Bahrain – Losing the PR War on Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrain’s government seems determined to sabotage its own image.  It complains that it’s misunderstood and unfairly criticized, but then continues to make decisions that baffle or enrage its international allies. Foreign criticism of Bahrain’s poor human rights record is increasing.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Commission of International Religious Freedom cited “increased rhetoric from official media outlets inflaming sectarian tensions and demonizing the Shi’a Muslim population,” and a failure to hold any senior official to account for torture. ....




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From Bahrain: Yasqot Hamad!

From Bahrain:  Yasqot Hamad! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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‘Bahraini regime on brink of collapse’

‘Bahraini regime on brink of collapse’ | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Al Khalifa family in Bahrain is on the brink of collapse as the Bahraini people can no longer tolerate the authoritarian rule of the regime, an Iranian lawmaker says.



Ebrahim Aqa-Mohammadi, a member of Iran’s Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said on Saturday, “Countdown has started for the overthrow of Al Khalifa regime.” 

He pointed to the second anniversary of the outbreak of the popular uprising in the Persian Gulf sheikhdom, saying, “The inequality of wealth distribution in Bahrain and the ban on political freedoms have persecuted the people of Bahrain and ultimately incited them against the regime.”

“Getting the support of Saudi forces and also the green light of hegemonic countries, particularly the US, the Al Khalifa regime committed massacre in the country and even used violence against children and women; therefore, in response to such actions, the Bahraini people will not be satisfied with anything, except for the removal of the violent regime,” the Iranian lawmaker stated. 

Bahrainis have held major anti-regime demonstrations to mark the anniversary of the uprising of mid-February 2011. 

The demonstrators say they will continue holding protests until their demands for the establishment of a democratically-elected government and an end to rights violations are met. 
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The Janus-faced King of Bahrain

The Janus-faced King of Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
When it comes to blatant hypocrisy, the King of Bahrain takes the cake. Outrageously ignoring the fact that he ordered citizens to be shot in the face, tortured and killed, he now poses as a man of peace who would like to have a “national dialogue”.



By “national”, of course, he does not mean everybody but rather a tiny section of the population i.e., those creepy-crawly individuals who adhere to the belief that the al-Khalifa regime represents civilised behaviour instead of barbarism. 

By “dialogue” he means conversation with sycophants who will not only agree with everything he says but avow that their deepest desire is to have the King kick them in the face. 

And, alas, the sycophants exist. Let nobody think that they, desiring nothing but their own advancement at the expense of everybody else, will not soon be crawling out of the woodwork to prostrate themselves before the duplicitous King. Yes, there are plenty of sycophants who are only too willing to sell their souls for a mere glimpse of the monarch’s face. Indeed, for a position of influence in the regime, most of them are only too willing to sell their bodies as well. 

The scene will be like something out of the Middle Ages with courtiers, clairvoyants, flatterers and clowns all telling the King exactly what he wants to hear. When, from outside the palace, groans of misery and pain are heard coming from the people, the courtiers dismiss them as but the croaking and cawing of birds. When screams are heard coming faintly from the dungeons deep below, the courtiers shudder a little before tittering that the rats and mice are being naughty again.


Yes, in the dungeons, the real leaders of Bahrain are rotting away and are being ignored by the King’s court as if they never existed just as it ignores the bulk of the people as if they, too, never existed except, of course, as serfs and servants serving their betters. 

HOW DARE THEY! How dare the court sycophants and those who aspire to being court sycophants ignore the representatives of the people languishing in the dungeons! How dare the creepy-crawlies claim to represent anything except their own disgusting selves!

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I have been corrected: Bahrain's 'king' is not Janus faced.......HE IS ANUS FACED!
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Bahrain's King Hamad calls on opposition groups to return to talks - The National

Bahrain's King Hamad calls on opposition groups to return to talks - The National | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrain’s opposition parties have agreed to an invitation by the king to join new political talks, however the ruling family will not be directly involved. Elizabeth Dickinson reports....

“But unfortunately it’s not a direct dialogue with the rulers,” he said, expressing his concern that the ruling family was not directly involved.

“That means [the government is] just trying to press on idea that the dispute in Bahrain is just between the people, not between the people and the ruling family.”....

Despite the plan for new talks, a youth coalition of opposition activists under the umbrella name February 14, the anniversary of the demonstrations, called for a protest in Manama tomorrow, according their Facebook page yesterday.

The group has also called for a general strike on the demonstration’s two-year anniversary.




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الشعارات تدوي في إعتصام المعارضة البحرينية في لندن

إعتصمة المعارضة البحرينية في لندن يوم السبت الموافق 12/01/2013 أمام مبنى رئيس الوزراء البريطاني "ديفيد كمرن" تضامناً مع معتقلين الـ 5 طن الذينة يعانون أقسى أ...
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New Year and Old Habits in Bahrain · Global Voices

New Year and Old Habits in Bahrain · Global Voices | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

AlKhalifa terrorists continue their assaults upon the Bahraini people in 2013....

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Bahrain opposition welcomes talks call

Bahrain opposition welcomes talks call | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain's Shiite opposition on Saturday welcomed a call for dialogue made by Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, saying it was ready to talk in an effort to so...

 

[Beware of liars bearing only empty rhetoric....]

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Al Khalifa dynasty’s days are short - analyst - Interviews - Panorama | Armenian news

Al Khalifa dynasty’s days are short - analyst - Interviews - Panorama | Armenian news | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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I think the world outside of the United Sates knows more about the oppression in Bahrain than people in the United States and the United States government is trying to keep it quiet because every crime that is going on in Bahrain, the suppression of freedom of speech, the denial of human rights, the torture that is going on in the jails and the indiscriminate jailing of anybody who voices their opinion against the autocratic monarchy they get jailed and tortured and killed and that contradicts everything the United States supposedly stands for.

It contradicts democracy, it contradicts human rights, it contradicts women’s rights, it contradicts the rights of free conscience and that is why the United States does not want to air its dirty linen because Bahrain is the United States’ dirty linen.

We are responsible for the murder that is going on there and the United States government knows it and that is why most of the people in the State Department are appalled about what we are doing in Bahrain and they do not like it...."

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We are all #BAHRAIN | The pursuit of freedom from #Khalifa oppression continues...

Bahrain, Our Nation (done by alireza1989)
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Moved to tears....very well done!  
Sumooood!

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#Bahrain 'king' orders tough new laws against terrorism and himself....

#Bahrain 'king' orders tough new laws against terrorism and himself.... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrainis convicted of acts of terrorism could have their nationality revoked as part of tough new laws which His Majesty King Hamad has asked to be enforced as soon as possible.....

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Fantastic!  Everyone knows Hamad is himself the worst of all possible terrorists in Bahrain, he must now revoke his own citizenship and kick himself out of the country!   BYE, BYE, Hammy!  You will be missed, but it will be a pleasant absence.....

 

Hamad AlKhalifa is a terrorist, a murderer, a torturer, and a horrible example of a Muslim......

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"The ruling elite in Bahrain has always found a way to engineer means of escaping accountability"

"The ruling elite in Bahrain has always found a way to engineer means of escaping accountability" | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In Bahrain, members of the ruling Al Khalifa family, or those responsible for protecting their interests (i.e. the security forces) have historically been afforded a large degree of impunity. This is despite evidence that points to their participation in gross acts of oppression. In the recent uprising, no member of the state security forces has been found guilty of torture or murder, and no high-level government officials have been questioned for their complicity in the crackdown.

Following the ‘democratic’ reforms of 2001, Royal Decree 56absolved any of the state security forces from being prosecuted for crimes committed during the brutal crackdown of the 1990s Intifada. Indeed the ruling elite in Bahrain has always found a way to engineer means of escaping accountability. This tradition of impunity is rooted in Bahrain’s history, yet even in excellent academic scholarship there remains the perpetuation of erroneous facts that understate the degree of impunity that the Ruling Family has enjoyed....

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Washington, London Tyrants Unmasked in Bahrain | Dissident Voice

Washington, London Tyrants Unmasked in Bahrain | Dissident Voice | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Those who wear the plastic bearded face hardly look sinister. If anything, it makes people appear corny and smug, not dangerous revolutionaries. But this Guy Fawkes disguise has the Al Khalifa regime in Bahrain quaking in their boots, and hence it has moved to banish the offending article from the island.

The irony is that it is the regime and its Western government backers who are wearing a mask, and the ongoing brutal repression in Bahrain serves to expose their collective ugly face.

This zero tolerance by the Al Khalifa so-called king towards a comical mask is itself comical. Fittingly, given the history of Guy Fawkes, it betrays a Medieval mindset of a retarded and reactionary regime. The “royal decree” shows just how rattled and nervous the monarchial rulers of Bahrain are towards the slightest display of popular dissent. It is the response of a megalomaniac who cannot bear to have his vain tyranny disobeyed or mocked.

And the people of Bahrain have every right to show the Al Khalifa regime their utmost contempt and derision. This family of murderers and brigands has lorded over the indigenous population ever since it was imposed on the island by the British Empire some 230 years ago. The imposter Khalifas were originally a Bedouin tribe of bandits that came out of central Arabia, whose cut-throat barbarity was recognized by the British government as an expeditious way of controlling Bahrain and the strategic Persian Gulf trading route. The self-styled acquisition of royal titles and finery over the ensuing decades does not alter the fact that this regime still is a band of low-life bandits, thieves and killers.

Like a parasite and a host, the Khalifa thugs have sucked the lifeblood of the Bahraini people ever since....

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"... It is the response of a megalomaniac who cannot bear to have his vain tyranny disobeyed or mocked. And the people of Bahrain have every right to show the Al Khalifa regime their utmost contempt and derision. .... The self-styled acquisition of royal titles and finery over the ensuing decades does not alter the fact that this regime still is a band of low-life bandits, thieves and killers.
Like a parasite and a host, the Khalifa thugs have sucked the lifeblood of the Bahraini people ever since...."
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'No change in Bahrain as Al Khalifa rules'

'No change in Bahrain as Al Khalifa rules' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A Bahraini opposition leader says that the developments in the past two years in the Persian Gulf island of Bahrain have proved that the ruling Al Khalifa regime cannot be trusted to bring about real changes.



The comments come as Bahraini protesters have held fresh protest rallies marking the second anniversary of their pro-democracy uprising against the ruling regime. Anti-regime demonstrators on Thursday held a massive march in the capital, Manama, while similar rallies were held in several other parts of the country. According to Physicians for Human Rights, many doctors and nurses have been detained, tortured, or have disappeared because they have "evidence of atrocities committed by the authorities, security forces, and riot police" in the crackdown on anti-government protesters. ....

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Dr. Colin Cavell - time for al -Khalifa's to leave

Dr. Cavell discusses with RT the current situation in Bahrain - July 2012
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Resistance in Bahrain: worker’s struggles — www.socialist.ca

Workers, and other protestors who have been participating in the demonstrations since February 14 (even before that)  are diverse. They come from different religious and political backgrounds. Some of them had never participated in any protest before February 14, but were outraged by  continuous oppression and discrimination. The decision to go on protests and later on strike was driven by the mass movement of people across Bahrain, but was faced with the regime’s brutality. Bahrain, a small island located in the Persian Gulf, is the home to the US Fifth Fleet and is the West’s ally in the region.....

The population in Bahrain is 1,323,535 including more than 600,000 expats. Bahrain's GDP is high- per capita (PPP): $27,300. However, this does not mean that people are living in good conditions. According to a report released in 2004 by the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), around half of Bahraini citizens living in the oil-rich region are suffering from poverty and poor living conditions. The gap between the very rich and the poor is significant.

The miserable conditions that the majority of the Bahraini population suffer from arise from different issues--social, economic and political--but they all stem from Al-Khalifa ruling class that has been in power for more than two centuries. According to BCHR, poverty in Bahrain is mainly caused by unequal distribution of wealth, waste of public money, financial and administration corruption, poor planning and exploitation of foreign workers (who constitute 60 per cent of the labour force). The main issue behind the deteriorating conditions of workers in Bahrain is the accumulation of wealth and resources in the hands of a small group of people— mainly the ruling family and loyalists.
 

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Bahraini protesters demand departure of the prime minister

Bahraini protesters demand departure of the prime minister | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Thousands of Shiite protesters in Bahrain Saturday demanded a transition government and the removal of Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, who has been premier since 1974, witnesses said.

They said the demonstrators marched in the village of Diya near the capital Manama, chanting "Resign, Khalifa!" and waving Bahraini flags.

The Shiite opposition in the tiny Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom is led by Al-Wefaq, which wants a government of technocrats to rule in a transition leading to a constitutional monarchy. ....


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