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Bahrain: 1 Prime Minister for over 40 years......time for a change!

Bahrain:  1 Prime Minister for over 40 years......time for a change! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Out with the old, in with the new......No more Khalifas!

 

Reinstatement of the Constitution and engage REAL Democratic reforms!

 

Free all prisoners of Conscience and drop all charges!

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US: Stop Proposed Arms Sales to Bahrain | Human Rights Watch

US: Stop Proposed Arms Sales to Bahrain | Human Rights Watch | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
(Washington, DC) – The United States should delay a proposed arms sale to Bahrain until it ends abuses against peaceful critics of the ruling family and takes meaningful steps toward accountability for serious human rights violations, Human Rights...

 

[America would sell the newest gas-chamber technology to Hitler!  - Unconscionable !]

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AFP: Bahrain nominee urges kingdom against 'repression'

AFP: Bahrain nominee urges kingdom against 'repression' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama's pick for ambassador to Bahrain urged the kingdom Wednesday to avoid "repression" and instead respond to unrest "through genuine reform and reconciliation."
"Political reform and respect for human rights are vital to Bahrain's stability and to the protection of US interests in the region," Thomas Krajeski told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a confirmation hearing.
"Bahrain's long-term stability depends on addressing domestic grievances not through repression, but through genuine reform and reconciliation."

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U.S. Hypocrisy on Bahrain

U.S. Hypocrisy on Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The tiny Gulf nation and U.S. ally has been brutalizing peaceful protesters, so why are we doing so little?
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Why There Are Protests On Wall Street: Their Actions Impoverished More Than 60 Million People

Why There Are Protests On Wall Street: Their Actions Impoverished More Than 60 Million People | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Today, over a thousand demonstrators began protests as a part of a campaign they are calling “Occupy Wall Street.” The protesters intend to engage in long-term civil disobedience to draw attention to Wall Street’s misdeeds and call for structural...
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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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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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Arab Monitor -White House deliberately misled Congress about secret deal with Bahrain

Arab Monitor -White House deliberately misled Congress about secret deal with Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

“The terms of the extension” beyond the originally envisaged deadline, writes Lippman, “have never been made public. The agreement’s existence is classified. Not even Congressional Research Service analysts, who write detailed reports for Congress and often have access to classified material, were aware. A comprehensive CRS report on the situation last month said flatly that the defence pact would be up for renewal in October. In effect, White House secrecy on this issue put the research service in the position of reporting misleading information to Congress.”

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AFP: US-Bahrain defense pact renewed

AFP: US-Bahrain defense pact renewed | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

As early as 2002, the administration of former US president George W. Bush and the Bahraini regime secretly extended the accord for another five years, to 2016, The Washington Post reported. But Pentagon officials declined to confirm those dates to AFP.
A US official who requested anonymity, however, said that "it would be accurate to say that it goes beyond that date" of October 2011.

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Bahrain: Shouting in the dark - YouTube!

Bahrain: An island kingdom in the Arabian Gulf where the Shia Muslim majority are ruled by a family from the Sunni minority. Where people fighting for democracy...

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Bahrain Urged to Walk the Road to Reformon

Bahrain Urged to Walk the Road to Reformon | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain Urged to Walk the Road to Reform...


The report calls upon the United States and other Western governments to suspend security assistance, including commercial sales of military and police equipment to Bahrain. Such assistance and sales should be suspended until the Bahrain government "ends its human rights violations and takes genuine steps toward meaningful political dialogue," says the International Crisis Group.
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Unrest in Yemen Could Have “Significant Impact” on U.S. National Security, Casey Says at Hearing and in Op-Ed | PoliticsPA

Unrest in Yemen Could Have “Significant Impact” on U.S. National Security, Casey Says at Hearing and in Op-Ed | PoliticsPA | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
At the hearing, Casey outlined three obstacles to Yemen’s long-term stability which he believes must be central to any U.S. involvement there..
“First, we need a better understanding of the political opposition and prospects for democratic reform…Second, we must be prepared to address a rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crisis…Third, the U.S. and our international partners should develop a long-term strategy on conflict resolution in Yemen.”
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Admiral Mullen: Iraq Needs to Decide on Troop Withdrawal

Admiral Mullen: Iraq Needs to Decide on Troop Withdrawal | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Joint Chiefs of Staff head Admiral Mike Mullen told reporters before arriving in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul Monday that Iraq's indecision is pushing the U.S. to a point where it will be difficult to alter its draw-down plan.


Choose: Soveriegnty or America's 51st State!
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U.S. double standards on Bahrain protests vs. other protest movements in the region (Mar 17)

While President Obama said in January that "the people of Egypt have rights that are universal, that include the rights to peaceful assembly", after the Bahrainian government opened fire on sleeping protesters on Pearl square he called the king and only "strongly urged restraint"....

 

[How many must die while America urges 'restraint?'  Empty rhetoric at best, total bullsh*t at worst....]

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Troy Davis Dead at 11:08 PM EST

Troy Davis Dead at 11:08 PM EST | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

This is not a good day in America.

John Amato: CNN and MSNBC are covering the presser after the execution which is awful and will have continued coverage. 

 

America kills murderers,  America IS now a murderer, America must euthanize itself by its own code of conduct.  

'What is your conceptual, continuity?'

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Hillary Clinton Promotes Women's Rights Treaty That U.S. Has Not Yet Signed

Hillary Clinton Promotes Women's Rights Treaty That U.S. Has Not Yet Signed | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

We call upon all States to ratify and fulfill their obligations under the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and to implement fully Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women and Peace and Security and other relevant UN resolutions.
There was only one problem: the United States is the only industrialized nation -- and one of only seven in the world -- that has not yet signed onto the CEDAW treaty.

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What a hypocritical world we live in!

What a hypocritical world we live in! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

How can countries that market arms to tyrannical regimes pretend that they do not support human rights violations? What is even more two-faced is that they then get on their high horse and interfere militarily, or subtly, in other countries because of atrocities caused by weapons supplied by themselves?

I am so nauseated by politicians supporting and selling arms to dictators then turning all shocked and appalled when those weapons are used to ensure the tyrants retain their power.

 

ATTN:  UNITED STATES, GREAT BRITIAN, GERMANY.......STOP ARMS SALES TO REPRESSIVE REGIMES NOW!

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Global aid report concludes that 59 percent of Iraq’s widows lost husbands in war after Saddam

Global aid report concludes that 59 percent of Iraq’s widows lost husbands in war after Saddam | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
BAGHDAD — A study released Sunday by a global humanitarian aid organization concluded that three out of every five widows in Iraq lost their husbands in the years of violence that followed the 2003 invasion.

 

[Further evidence that GW Bush and Dick Cheney aren't just war criminals, they are the World's most prolific terrorists.  All of these deaths, and the deaths of the Americans on Iraqi soil, are on their hands]

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Why the U.S. needs to switch its allegiance in Bahrain

Why the U.S. needs to switch its allegiance in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

It is not in America’s strategic interest to alienate democracy activists in Bahrain or to be seen as a nation that arms the riot police who shoot at civilians. Such a short-term approach backfired in Egypt when the dictatorship was overthrown. If the United States is looking to protect its long-term strategic interests in Bahrain, its best course is to plant itself firmly on the side of democracy.

Brian Dooley, Silver Spring

The writer directs the Human Rights Defenders Program at Human Rights First

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Stop the Machine! Create a New World!

Stop the Machine! Create a New World! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

October 2011 is the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan and the beginning of the 2012 federal austerity budget. It is time to light the spark that sets off a true democratic, nonviolent transition to a world in which people are freed to create just and sustainable solutions.

We call on people of conscience and courage—all who seek peace, economic justice, human rights and a healthy environment—to join together in Washington, D.C., beginning on Oct. 6, 2011, in nonviolent resistance similar to the Arab Spring and the Midwest awakening.

A concert, rally and protest will kick off a powerful and sustained nonviolent resistance to the corporate criminals that dominate our government.

Forty-seven years ago, Mario Savio, an activist student at Berkeley, said, "There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can't take part. You can't even passively take part. And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all."

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Abu Ghraib abuse ringleader freed

Abu Ghraib abuse ringleader freed | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Charles Graner, ringleader of the US military guards who photographed their abuse of inmates at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib jail, is released from prison.
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Washington’s uneasy alliance with Bahrain

Washington’s uneasy alliance with Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Throughout 2011, the United States has been criticized in the region this year for what is perceived as a tepid and contradictory policy toward the various Arab uprisings. This would have been an inconvenient, and perhaps embarrassing, moment to renew military relations with a regime that drew worldwide criticism in March for the repressive tactics it used to quell a domestic uprising — a test of the Obama administration’s struggle to balance security concerns with human rights and the promotion of democracy.

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Shouting in the dark - Bahrain - Al Jazeera English

Shouting in the dark - Bahrain - Al Jazeera English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The story of the Bahraini revolution that was abandoned by the Arabs, forsaken by the West and forgotten by the world.

 

A country is not its rulers, a country is its PEOPLE!

 

A must watch!  Excellent!

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Palestine’s Bid for Recognition

Palestine’s Bid for Recognition | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
As Mr. Serry indicated, Israel’s settlement of Palestinian land continues. In fact throughout this entire 20 year process, colonization has gone on unabated. And, of course, all of it is illegal under the Geneva Conventions.
One of the reasons that restarting any negotiations is so “extremely difficult” is that the Palestinian side has insisted that, as a prerequisite for any new talks, Israel must begin to abide by international law. Israel has refused.
So it might come as something of a surprise to the uninitiated observer that Israel and the United States are pointing fingers at the Palestinians in this affair.
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Putin says U.S. is parasite on global economy

Putin says U.S. is parasite on global economy | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
LAKE SELIGER, Russia (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States Monday of living beyond its means like a parasite on the global economy.."
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The deal initially soothed anxieties and led Russian stocks to jump to three-month highs, but jitters remained over the possibility of a credit downgrade.
"Thank god," Putin said, "that they had enough common sense and responsibility to make a balanced decision."
But Putin, who has often criticized the United States' foreign exchange policy, noted that Russia holds a large amount of U.S. bonds and treasuries.
"If over there (in America) there is a systemic malfunction,
this will affect everyone," Putin told the young Russians.
"Countries like Russia and China hold a significant part of their reserves in American securities ... There should be other reserve currencies."
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