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Intricacies of Bahrain's Shia-Sunni divide - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

Intricacies of Bahrain's Shia-Sunni divide - Opinion - Al Jazeera English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In Bahrain, the problem is colonialism, not sectarianism.

 

The so-called sectarian divide of Bahrain is a manipulative simplification of a far greater divide: that of the colonially-installed government that has no connection with or compassion for the people of Bahrain. The Saudis are there to preserve Anglo-American power as they do in Saudi Arabia. They are Sunni. The people they rule over are primarily Shia.

These are the kinds of tensions the British specialized in and the Americans are taking advantage of in so many parts of the world. It's an insidious approach to world affairs. Coupled with nonstop mainstream media portrayals of sectarian divides amongst the population, it has been a successful model for damaging the locals, their reputation, and their chances of getting the help they actually need.

It leaves entire families homeless, using nothing but their power of protest and their determination, to get their voices heard.

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Justice Minister sends threatening letter to prominent Shi’ite leader | Facebook

Justice Minister sends threatening letter to prominent Shi’ite leader | Facebook | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Sheikh Issa Qassim, a leading Bahraini Shi’ite has received a letter from Bahrain’s Justice Ministry, telling him to ‘tone down’ his speeches.

The letter accuses Sheikh Issa of both inciting violence and dividing the country.

Nothing could be further from the truth....

Sheikh Issa has been a long time proponent of peaceful protest and dialogue, for which he has been very well known. Far from dividing people, he has urged Sunni participation in protests and has made many speeches promoting unity of people.

The letter also expresses anger at Sheikh Issa’s denunciation of the coming by-elections that are due to take place at the end of September. This seems to be the real reason for the threatening letter, as the Bahraini Government are keen to capitalize on the absence of much of the opposition in the elections.

However, these elections cannot be seen as legitimate. The election comes after eighteen opposition MP’s resigned in February 2011 in protest at the treatment of demonstrators.

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Bahrain protests: 'The repression is getting worse'

Bahrain protests: 'The repression is getting worse' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Sheikh Ali Salman, al-Wifaq's leader, prefers to talk of universal rights. "What Bahrainis want is the same as people elsewhere in the Arab world," he said. "The government succeeded to some extent in portraying what happened here as a Shia-Sunni clash, though it was less successful in convincing anyone that there was Iranian involvement. It also tried to show that the opposition were terrorists. But there is one basic conflict – between those who support democracy and those who want to maintain the current dictatorship."

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US and British-Backed Bahrain Regime: the Use of “Toxic Terror” in Collective Punishment

US and British-Backed Bahrain Regime: the Use of “Toxic Terror” in Collective Punishment | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Five civilians, including women, physically disabled and a five-year-old boy, have died so far from suffocation resulting from regime forces firing tear gas canisters into homes. In such attacks, the dwellings quickly become thick with the acrid smoke released by these weapons. The elderly and weak cannot escape from the lethal exposure.

In the last two weeks, state military forces have stepped up attacks on family homes in mainly Shia villages, which are seen as supportive of the pro-democracy movement.

“This is a deliberate, systematic tactic of terrorising people,” says Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. “This is not just a case of a few officers behaving randomly. We are seeing entire villages coming under sustained attack with thousands of gas canisters thrown into homes by uniformed riot police who ride into villages in Ministry of Interior jeeps. These deadly attacks could only be carried out on the orders of the regime’s rulers.”...

Both Washington and London backed a Saudi-led invasion force into Bahrain in mid-March to crush the peaceful protests. Since then, military from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have supported Bahraini forces in a brutal crackdown against pro-democracy protesters. The crackdown has resulted in some 40 civilians deaths, over 1,000 illegal detentions, torture of detainees and hundreds of show trial prosecutions held in military courts.

Among those prosecuted are doctors, nurses, teachers, lawyers and journalists, who have been charged with ludicrous crimes such as “inciting hatred against the rulers” and “subversion on behalf of a foreign enemy” (implying Iran). ...“This shows that the repression by the regime and its allies has failed,” says Rajab. “They have not intimidated the people from demanding their democratic rights.”

Rajab, who last month was awarded the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award by the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for his human rights work, says that the inability to suppress calls for democratic change is why the Bahraini regime has now resorted to a new tactic of “collective punishment” of civilians.

“Despite extrajudicial killings, mass incarcerations and routine torture, the regime realises that these methods have failed to defeat the popular opposition. Now they have moved to collective punishment by going into villages and terrorising people with deadly use of tear gas,” says Rajab.

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Bahrain Protests: Tens Of Thousands Demonstrate Against 'National Dialogue'

Bahrain Protests: Tens Of Thousands Demonstrate Against 'National Dialogue' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MANAMA, July 29 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands marched outside Bahrain's capital Manama on Friday to protest against the results of a "National Dialogue" they said had failed to bring real democratic reform in the Gulf island kingdom.
Shouting "We want freedom" and waving Bahraini flags and banners that read "No to dialogue", protesters marched along Budaiya highway as helicopters from the security forces buzzed overhead. ...
The government thought the results were great. We thought they were nothing. There's no fully elected government, no reforms to the voting system -- it's a one-sided deal," said Wefaq leader Sayed al-Mousawi.
Shi'ite Bahrainis have long complained of discrimination in jobs and services and accuse the government of gerrymandering electoral districts, charges the government denies.
Some began to shout "Down, down (King) Hamad" in the Friday march, which organisers entitled "The people are the source of authority."
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Bahraini Ministry of Education persecutes Shia students!

Bahraini Ministry of Education persecutes Shia students! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
@RedSky446 'In another step In the way of sectarian apartheid in Bahrain; ministry of education did something at least described as a scandal when it deprived many top students that graduated from secondary school of their deserved scholarships just based on their sect, or in other words just because they are Shiite.....'
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Considerations: Housing & Rights in #Bahrain

Considerations: Housing & Rights in #Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
See the oppulence of the few in Bahrain, juxtaposed with the relative squalor of the vast majority. Read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as it pertains to adequate housing and freedom from attack in one's own home. See the Khalifas as the Human Rights violators that they are. See the statutes of International Law that are being violated at the expense of the Bahraini citizens, both Shia and Sunni!
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The Other Side of Radicalization in Bahrain

The Other Side of Radicalization in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In a July 6 interview with Egyptian journalists carried in the Al-Ahram daily, a leading Bahraini revealed that his country's February uprising was "by all measures a conspiracy involving Iran with the support of the United States," the latter aiming "to draw a new map" of the region. "More important than talking about the differences between the U.S. and Iran," he insisted, are "their shared interests in various matters that take aim at the Arab welfare."

Who is this Bahraini conspiracy theorist? A radical Arab nationalist, perhaps? Or a leader of the popular Sunni counter-revolution that mobilized successfully against the Shia-led revolt? Not exactly. In fact, he is none other than Marshall Khalifa bin Ahmad Al Khalifa: Minister of Defense, Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defense Force
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BAHRAIN OPPOSITION LEADER CALLS FOR SUNNI-SHIITE HARMONY | İslâmi Davet – Islamic Invitation

BAHRAIN OPPOSITION LEADER CALLS FOR SUNNI-SHIITE HARMONY | İslâmi Davet – Islamic Invitation | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A Bahraini Shiite opposition leader called for Sunni-Shiite harmony on Friday as thousands of protesters marched in Manama, a day after residents of a town south of the capital reported sectarian clashes.
“I will consider any attack against anyone in this country as an attack against me,” Sheikh Ali Salman, the head of the Islamic National Accord Association (INAA), the main Shiite political formation, told thousands of demonstrators marching on the King Faisal Corniche in Manama.
Shiites should guarantee the safety of every Sunni family, and Sunnis should do the same for the Shiites, Salman said.
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مجلة فورين أفيرز الأمريكية: ما هو السبب الحقيقي وراء الاضطرابات في المملكة البحرين؟

مجلة فورين أفيرز الأمريكية: ما هو السبب الحقيقي وراء الاضطرابات في المملكة البحرين؟ | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...for the first time in the history of Bahrain,  to conduct a study political survey; as agree the majority Shiite population, and with them the year to reject any system of government based or confined to religion only.

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Shiitenews.com - A Largest Portal of Shia News

Shiitenews.com - A Largest Portal of Shia News | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Polls:
Whats the main objective of Saudi invasion in Bahrain?
1. To protect Saudi-Wahabi Monarchy
2. To protect Fifth Naval Fleet of America in Bahrain
3. To crush the anti-Government protest?

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Bahrain cleric to rulers: Reform or risk ouster

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain's most senior Shiite cleric warned the Gulf kingdom's rulers Friday to either ease their grip on power or risk joining Libya's Moammar Gadhafi and other Arab leaders swept aside by uprisings.
The sermon by Sheik Isa Qassim was attended by thousands of worshippers, and was a show of defiance after Bahrain's justice minister accused the cleric of promoting unrest in the strategic island nation ...
 Some worshippers unfurled banners saying "We will never submit to anyone but God" and warning that government pressure on Qassim is "political suicide."
Qassim vowed he would never be silenced, and said it was his religious duty to support demands by Bahrain's majority Shiites for greater rights and a stronger voice in how the country is run.
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"Can't they learn from the fall of dictatorships and see what happens to those who denied their people basic rights?" Qassim told worshippers. "We now see what happens to the Libyan dictator, just as what happened to Tunisian and Egyptian despots."

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[The regime is threatened by anything that draws people together and organizes them:  Unions, protests, Lulu, and Religious leaders/Shia Islam.  

Stay organized,  act as a unified whole, all Islam is one entity against the evildoing Khalifa!  A crime against ONE, is a crime against ALL!]

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Obama Honors Muslim-Americans

Obama Honors Muslim-Americans | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
As the 10-year anniversary of the attacks approaches in one month, Obama said that to honor all those who have served and died for the U.S., the country must strive to respect and find enrichment in the different backgrounds and beliefs of its...

 

Ramadan at the White House....

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Commentary: The New Bahrain-Pakistan Alliance | The National Interest

Commentary: The New Bahrain-Pakistan Alliance | The National Interest | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Now the Khalifa are advertising and hiring by the hundreds in Baluchistan for retired soldiers and police to come urgently to the island and join the National Guard and the Bahrain Defense Force, the regular army. Several thousand have already enlisted.

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Now the Saudis, especially Interior Minister Prince Nayif, who despises Shia, are calling the shots.

The Sauds and the Khalifa are only exacerbating the sectarian hatred on the island, probably sowing seeds that will sprout terror and violence up and down the Gulf. Iran and Iraq have both protested the treatment of the Shia on the island and criticized the royal family for its extreme sectarian policies. The Bahrainis and Saudis have accused Iran of stoking Shia unrest but so far have provided little proof. Bahraini politicians have been accusing Iran of meddling for decades; sooner or later it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

For years the United States has pressed the Khalifa to engage in a genuine dialogue to bring about real change and democracy. Now Washington is quietly pushing for more from King Hamad bin Eisa al-Khalifa, but with little to show. The Obama administration thought it was close to a deal when the Saudis intervened.

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Bahrain: From a new awakening to a divided nation

Bahrain: From a new awakening to a divided nation | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The simple explanation for the human disaster that is consuming Bahraini society is that the government over-reacted. The Khalifas felt their rule was under threat as long-established despots across the Arab world were overthrown. They treated moderate reformers as if they were professional revolutionaries. Without any evidence, the authorities demonised Iran as the hidden hand behind the demand by the Shia for an end to discrimination. "The Sunni community here was told that it faced an existential threat and equal citizenship for Shia meant an end to the Sunni," one Shia political activist says. They believed it.
Bahrain has always been divided between the Sunni ruling élite, centred on the Khalifa royal family, and the Shia, but since March this has turned into something closer to an anti-Shia pogrom. Evidence of official sectarianism is widespread. After watching the beginning of a riot in Nuwaidrat we drove to a quieter part of the village where 10 Shia mosques had been destroyed three months earlier. A local man, who is writing a history of Shia mosques and holy sites in the neighbourhood and does not want his name published, points to a heap of rubble saying "this used to be the Momin mosque where 200 to 300 people worshipped. There has been a mosque here for 400 years".
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Fault Lines - The US and the New Middle East: BAHRAIN - Pt 1.

Oil, the 5th Fleet, Arms deals, & combating Iran: The REAL motivations behind US policy towards Bahrain. View the Saudi sacrileges, hear the US foreign policy personel rationalize our policies, witness the American hypocrisy!
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Bitter Divides Persist Below Bahrain’s Relatively Calm Surface by Barbara Slavin -- Antiwar.com

Bitter Divides Persist Below Bahrain’s Relatively Calm Surface by Barbara Slavin -- Antiwar.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
At least 24 Bahrainis died in this year’s disturbances and more than 1,200 people, most of them Shi’ites, were fired from their jobs, according to a report on Bahrain last month by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).
Human rights groups have described gross abuses including security personnel dragging out seriously wounded demonstrators from a Bahraini hospital. At least 50 doctors and nurses are among about 600 people detained during the protests, which began on Feb. 14 and largely ended on March 14. On that day, Saudi Arabia and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council sent troops at Bahrain’s invitation to guard infrastructure and free local forces to restore order.
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Acts of sacrilege, rape, torture and murder in Bahrain | SHOAH

Acts of sacrilege, rape, torture and murder in Bahrain | SHOAH | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Saudi troops rushed to Bahrain on March 13 have indulged in wanton acts of vandalism and sacrilege. Masjids have been attacked and destroyed and copies of the Qur’an trampled upon. Muslims rightly take great offense at disrespect to the noble Qur’an as has been witnessed in the case of the extremist American Christian pastor, Terry Jones in Florida whose act of sacrilege has been condemned worldwide. Yet there is near total silence about the Saudis’ acts of sacrilege and desecrations in Bahrain.
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Saudi Sacrilege: Demolishing Mosques, Arresting & Torturing People of Bahrain

[9 April 2011] News Analysis - Saudi Sacrilege: Demolishing Mosques, Arresting & Torturing People of Bahrain | Guests: Nabeel Rajab (President of Human Right...
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LABOUR TIME: BWI: Sackings Continue

LABOUR TIME: BWI: Sackings Continue | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
According to BWI’s affiliate the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions, currently there are more than 2,200 workers who have been dismissed out of a local Bahraini work force of 140,000. Unfortunately under the current Unemployment scheme these workers do not qualify for unemployment insurance as these dismissals are considered to be disciplinary action.

The union has stated, “An average Bahraini family consists of six persons and on this basis, this means that at least 12,000 Bahraini are without an income.”
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Shia crackdowns in Middle East - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Shia crackdowns in Middle East - Middle East - Al Jazeera English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Two Shia figures in Kuwait and Bahrain are stripped of their citizenships as Shia crackdowns spike in the region.
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Shias and True Sunnis Against Khalifa in Bahrain

Shias and true Sunnis against corrupt regime in Bahrain, the American-Zionist's puppet.
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