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Fault Lines: The US and the New Middle East The Gulf (part_02)

July 25, 2011 http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/faultlines Fault Lines' Seb Walker travels to the Gulf to look at US policy in the region, and to explo...
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Bahrain and the True Face of US Foreign Policy

Bahrain and the True Face of US Foreign Policy | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
By late March, Pearl Square had literally become The Martyr's Square, the monument itself destroyed, a once jubilant and hopeful atmosphere in shambles. Since then, in the home of the US Navy's Fifth Fleet, dozens have been killed, over a thousand Bahrainis (and counting) arrested, close to thirty Shi'a mosques have been destroyed, and a campaign of targeted repression against all segments of society has continued with nary a peep from the Obama administration. If this were Libya, and not Bahrain, we can rest assured these abuses would be trumpeted with frothy indignation as further justification for NATO's intervention. But this is not Libya, this is Bahrain, where "people" and "hopes" mean different things.
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Kissing is Forbidden ("No Se Permiten Besos")

Kissing is Forbidden ("No Se Permiten Besos") | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Just outside the town of Ponce, on Puerto Rico’s southern coast, is a prison for girls. Although the place is named “Center for Detention and Treatment” (Centro de Detención y Tratamiento Social), little by way of “treatment” goes on there.
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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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Has Obama Pushed Pakistan Toward Iran?

Has Obama Pushed Pakistan Toward Iran? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Not only have the Iranians secured Pakistan as a client, they know Pakistan's dire need for Iranian gas means they will not be leaving Iran's side anytime soon. Some analysts have estimated that gas from Iran provide at least 20 percent of Pakistan's energy needs. Others have suggested 50 percent. ....

There is also the question of Saudi Arabia. Islamabad has very close relations with Riyadh. In Washington arms control and Middle East policy analyst circles, it has long been speculated that, should Iran become a nuclear power, Pakistan would be obliged to provide a nuclear umbrella to protect Saudi Arabia, which financed part of Pakistan's nuclear program. But this is only a theory, of course. What's not a theory is the fact that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have close economic and political relations that are far more extensive and important to Pakistan than anything Iran could offer. In the ensuing cold war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Pakistan is unlikely to leave the Saudi side.
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Revolution In The West? - http://www.petercliffordonline.com/revolution-in-the-west/

Revolution In The West? - http://www.petercliffordonline.com/revolution-in-the-west/ | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In my previous post Does The Western World Have a Conscience? I touched on the possibility that Western countries themselves may not be immune to increasing discontent and protest by their citizens.

In the UK recent events suggest to me that this is even more likely than I originally thought. Firstly, it is clear that we in the UK (and much the same applies it seems to me in the US and most of Europe) have just been subjected to the biggest government confidence trick in the last 300 years since the South Sea Bubble of 1720.

Our banks, on the verge of complete collapse because they took unacceptably stupid investment risks with their depositors money,...
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U.S. said pressuring Bahrain on reform: Threatens pullout of Navy's Fifth Fleet

A senior Bahraini cleric linked to the Sunni kingdom said Washington was threatening to pull out the U.S. Navy from Manama. The cleric, National Unity Assembly president Abdul Latif Al Mahmoud, urged Bahrain to allow the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet to leave rather than cave in to pressure from Washington for rapid reform.
"Let these troops and facilities leave," Al Mahmoud said. "We are ready to starve to death for the sake of our dignity and honor."
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Iran says fires missiles to Indian Ocean for first time

Iran says fires missiles to Indian Ocean for first time | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it test-fired two long-range missiles into the Indian Ocean earlier this year, the first time it has fired missiles into that sea, according to state television.In...
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September Surprise: Israeli Attack on Iran?

September Surprise: Israeli Attack on Iran? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Saudi are Arming for something......Israel is pathologically insecure and fears Iranian Nuclear ambitions. Iran faces Pakistan who is a Nuclear power, and hence, feels in needs them too. The US will back the Saudis and Israel,,,,,,,,,THE STAGE IS SET! Iran will face war from without, simultaneously with Revolution from within!.......
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Federal Reserve Enslavement

When will the American revolution begin? See the enslavement by the Federal Reserve as what it really is!
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Obama Admin complicit in Bahrain crackdown & torture of human rights activists

The United States (and UK) has collaborated with the deadly crackdown on the popular revolution against Bahrain's despotic monarchy, says a notable Bahraini ...
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Palestine – Ending the Pretending…Facing the Facts | J-Wire

Palestine – Ending the Pretending…Facing the Facts | J-Wire | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Until the Palestinian Arabs sort themselves out and elect a Government that is prepared to
recognize Israel as the Jewish State and
outlaw any political party that calls for the destruction of Israel
- successful negotiations to conclude a binding and enforceable peace agreement are not remotely possible.
Ms DiCarlo offered little comfort to the Palestinian Arabs when she stated:
“Let me also reiterate that, like every U.S. administration for decades, we do not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity. “
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The Malevolent Ex-Maestro

The Malevolent Ex-Maestro | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Greenspan, still doing damage....


What were you doing before the collapse? .....remember these times!
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White House welcomes Dalai Lama, China irked | The Raw Story

White House welcomes Dalai Lama, China irked | The Raw Story | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - China accused the United States on Saturday of "grossly" interfering in its internal affairs and damaging relations after President Barack Obama met exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House.
Obama met the Nobel Prize laureate for some 45 minutes, praising him for embracing non-violence while reiterating that the United States did not support independence for Tibet.
"(Obama) is naturally showing some concern for basic human values, human rights, religious freedom," the Dalai Lama said after the meeting, according to Saunders. "Naturally, he shows genuine concern about the suffering in Tibet and also other places," she quoted the Dalai Lama as saying.

The Dalai Lama is in Washington for the 11-day Kalachakra ritual, the first time the ritual has been held in the U.S. capital. The days of meditation and teachings aim to inspire inner peace as a means of reducing conflict around the world.
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US bigger peace threat than Iran: Poll

US bigger peace threat than Iran: Poll | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A new survey reveals that Germans consider the US a bigger threat to international peace than Iran.
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Does The Western World Have a Conscience? l Egyptian Women

Does The Western World Have a Conscience?  l Egyptian Women | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
While the Western World is very quick to support protesters in the Middle East, it also likes to sell their rulers weapons. + Womens Rights in Egypt. - http://www.petercliffordonline.com/conscience/
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US Backs Russian Mediation in Libya

US Backs Russian Mediation in Libya | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The United States says it is prepared to support Russia's mediation efforts in Libya, as France signals its frustration with the lack of progress in reaching a political solution to the crisis.
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m.guardian.co.uk : Cameron meets w/ Bahraini Crown Prince

m.guardian.co.uk : Cameron meets w/ Bahraini Crown Prince | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Pity the poor people of Bahrain. They have been shot, beaten, tear-gassed – and patronised. On 7 March, at the height of the pro-democracy protests in the tiny Gulf island kingdom, a crowd gathered outside the US embassy in Manama, the capital, carrying signs that read "Stop supporting dictators" and "Give me liberty or give me death". A US embassy official emerged from the building with a box of doughnuts for the protesters, prompting a cleric in the crowd to remark: "These sweets are a good gesture, but we hope it is translated into practical actions."

AMERICA & EU FOREIGN POLICY MUST CHANGE AND STOP SUPPORTING FASCIST, BRUTAL DICTATORSHIPS!.......EVIL KHALIFA REGIME!
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EA WorldView - Home - Open Letter to the Arab Spring: 10 Ways to Avoid US Mistakes (Cole)

Your peoples have demonstrated enormous courage and idealism in challenging a whole series of seedy police states throughout the Middle East. In two instances, Tunisia and Egypt, you have managed to overthrow dictators who had ruled through fear, intimidation and massive theft of public resources for decades. In Yemen, you are keeping pressure on the regime of wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh, rejecting the attempt of his son to succeed him or of his relatives and cronies to retain control of the state and the economy. In Libya, you have fought off vicious bombardments of civilian populations in Ajdabiya, Misrata and the Western Mountain towns, and have a good chance of moving to parliamentary rule once the Qaddafi mafia flees. In Syria, you have stood up to tanks, snipers and secret police mass arrests, keeping the pressure on week after week despite vicious repression that has left an estimated 1400 dead. In Bahrain, despite the crushing of your street protests, you have continued to mount demonstrations, to speak out, and to seek negotiations with the hard line monarchy. In Morocco you have impelled the king to give up some prerogatives in favor of the majority party in parliament, such that a small step toward popular sovereignty has been taken.
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Saudis replace Israel as top importer of U.S. arms

Saudis replace Israel as top importer of U.S. arms | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Saudis buy 200 Leopard tanks from Germany and additional billions of $'s of military equipment from the US over several years.......??!! What is their intent?
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U.S. says Israel’s inclusion on terrorist watch list was a mistake | JTA - Jewish & Israel News

Sounds like a Freudian slip to me.........Are you SURE?! Let's review facts about the nature of the beast.......
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Physicians Urge Obama Admin to Pressure Mideast Ally Bahrain to End Repression of Doctors, Patients

DemocracyNow.org - The Gulf nation of Bahrain has announced that 47 medical workers who treated pro-democracy protesters during the nation's popular uprising...
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