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EA WorldView - Home - Bahrain Exclusive: An Interview with Maryam Alkhawaja 

EA WorldView - Home - Bahrain Exclusive: An Interview with Maryam Alkhawaja  | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Maryam Al-Khawaja is the Acting President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and the head of the international office of the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR). She is the daughter of prominent human rights activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, a former head of BCHR, who was given a life sentence soon after last year's outbreak of mass protests. She's also the sister of Zainab Al-Khawaja, another prominent Bahraini human rights activist.

 

JS: Do you think Ramadan will be used as an excuse for the government to widen their crackdown on protesters and human rights defenders? And that's why Nabeel has been removed from the scene?

 

[Maryam Al-Khawaja]: They don't use it as an "excuse", although it may be the unspoken reason. It really has everything to do with the international response. It's not a coincidence that in January the regime was a lot more careful with Nabeel. When he was hit, the [US] State Department immediately released a statement. Representatives from the embassy visited him at home.

Now he gets arrested, imprisoned for periods [weeks] at a time, and yet nothing from the State Department; nothing from the US administration. The situation right now as it is is that Nabeel is in prison, possibly for a little more than two months; Zainab Alkhawaja, who is also one of the most active activists, is unable to walk without crutches for at least six weeks afer she was directly targeted and shot in the leg at close range, which not only shattered her thigh bone, but removed all skin and tore the muscle. Removing two of the most well-known activists from the streets at this time seems to be too convenient right before Ramadan to be a coincidence

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Emirati student goes missing in Dubai | Have you seen Yousuf Al Otoubi, 22 ?

Emirati student goes missing in Dubai |  Have you seen  Yousuf Al Otoubi, 22 ? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Twitter community and family members are spreading the word to try to locate him...
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The Logic and Limits of Nonviolent Conflict - IPS ipsnews.net

The Logic and Limits of Nonviolent Conflict - IPS ipsnews.net | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A consultancy group for nonviolent resistance movements around the world, CANVAS prides itself on having trained pro-democracy activists from almost 40 countries in nonviolent techniques and strategies.

Members of Egypt's April 6 Youth Movement, a decisive force in bringing down former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, were disciples of the organisation, which has been dubbed the 'Revolution Academy'.

 

[Training, education, technique, and strategy......YOU can do this! ]

Yasqot Hamad!

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Reform in Arab Gulf regimes is unattainable – for now

Reform in Arab Gulf regimes is unattainable – for now | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi: It's not just governments – tribal society, religious influence and business networks all contribute to the lack of political change...
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Canada must lead on human rights in 2012

Canada must lead on human rights in 2012 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

What a year on the global human rights scene; particularly the wave of change that swept across North Africa and the Middle East...

There are stark lessons for other governments, including Canada. It was wrong-headed to have tolerated and even benefited from the abysmal human rights records of this motley crew of dictators for so long. So often human rights come second to other imperatives, be it political alliances, security considerations or trade deals. That must end. Nothing can excuse making bedfellows of governments that show such utter disregard for the rights of their citizens.

 

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A year of uprisings and revolutions: uncertainty reigns in the Arab world

A year of uprisings and revolutions: uncertainty reigns in the Arab world | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Ian Black reveals why the fate of the Arab world hangs in the balance...
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Should Arab Youth Protesters be named TIME's Person of the Year? Vote now

Should Arab Youth Protesters be named TIME's Person of the Year? Vote now | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

I voted 'YES' , what do you think?!

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Beware of Small States: On America's Failure in Bahrain (Peter Fettner) - Academia.edu

If U.S. MENA policy is to successfully adjust to the new conditions of the Arab Spring, the citizens of the United States must get directly involved in MENA policy, helping the administration counterbalance the anti-democratic forces represented by the Saudis, big oil, AIPAC, and so forth. The alternative to genuinely supporting democracy in the Middle East and North Africa is failure in the region. But the necessary paradigm shift requires the democratization of American MENA policy through involvement from civil society; it cannot, and will not, come from above.

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Mosaic News - Link TV on YouTube

MENA News throughout the region!  [Bahrain, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Palestine, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Iraq]

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AIUK : UK: Foreign Affairs Committee echoes Amnesty International's calls on the UK government to put human rights at the heart of its Middle East and North Africa policy

AIUK : UK: Foreign Affairs Committee echoes Amnesty International's calls on the UK government to put human rights at the heart of its Middle East and North Africa policy | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Today (20 July), the Foreign Affairs Committee released its report on the 2010 Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Human Rights and Democracy Report.
Amnesty International welcomes the Committee’s recommendations for the government to place human rights at the heart of its future work in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The Committee’s recommendations echo Amnesty International’s calls on the government to take a more robust and significantly more consistent position on human rights violations throughout MENA. The Committee echoed Amnesty International’s concern about inconsistencies in the withdrawals of arms export licences and shared the organisation’s concern regarding the continuation of arms transfers to Saudi Arabia despite evidence that it was sending UK-supplied armoured vehicles into Bahrain.Amnesty International urges the government not to overlook human rights abuses and repression in favour of arms sales, trade more generally, or national security cooperation. Women's human rights must not be ignored.
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من شهداء البحرين | Bahrain Martyrs!

من شهداء البحرين (من الخمسينات وحتى التسعينات) البحث عن وطن يؤمن بالحرية والعدالة والكرامة الإنسانية 2011...



THEIR SACRIFICE DEMANDS REVOLUTION!

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Russia in the new Middle East

Russia in the new Middle East | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The shocks that have lately rocked the Middle East have surprised Russia, along with many other international actors.
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MIDEAST: Censorship Changes Colours - IPS ipsnews.net

Attempts by regimes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to suppress the
flow of information during the region's pro-democracy uprisings has led a
higher number of journalists killed, attacked or arrested.
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Democracy Index 2011: Bahrain still an Authoritarian Regime, with worse rank than last year | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

Democracy Index 2011: Bahrain still an Authoritarian Regime, with worse rank than last year | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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. 

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Noam Chomsky exposes Western 'strategy' in the MENA region!

The region may be more 'secure' with Iran as a Nuclear power!  

 

Also, the strategy of backing dictatorships in the region for as long as possible, then replacing them with new puppets

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Political Islam poised to dominate the new world bequeathed by Arab spring

Political Islam poised to dominate the new world bequeathed by Arab spring | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Muslim Brotherhood's success in Egypt's elections has added to western fears of an Islamist future for the Middle East...
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Gaddafi speech: "America hanged Saddam, and you could be next!" (with English)

Gaddafi speech attacking Arab leaders during Arab summit in Syria, stressing that Saddam Hussein's fate awaits all Arab leaders

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Here's an Interviewee You'll Never See on ‘60 Minutes' « LewRockwell.com Blog

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark reveals a very interesting conversation he had with a fellow officer at the Pentagon ten days after 9/11.

 

[Real 'reasons' behind US policy towards Iraq and the MENA region.....despicable!]

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Latest developments in Arab political unrest stretching from North Africa to the Persian Gulf

Latest developments in Arab political unrest stretching from North Africa to the Persian Gulf | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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IMEMC News - International Middle East Media Center

IMEMC News - International Middle East Media Center | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
International Middle East Media Center The IMEMC is a media collective. We are independent journalists producing and distributing the authentic voices of the people.
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