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Wesley Clark exposes American involvement in MENA region!

استيقظو - مخطط احتلال 7 دول عربية...

 

What the heck?   Let's overthrow some governments and grab some oil............

[This is foreign policy with no respect for sovereignty or dignity of the indigenous peoples!

This is a failed foreign policy!]

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Remarks by US Assistant Secretary Posner on #Bahrain

....In our meetings this week, we reiterated our continuing concerns about the need for tangible action on several urgent issues. These include the need for swift action on the reinstatement of workers unfairly dismissed from their jobs. We discussed our concerns about ongoing court cases against doctors, journalists, former members of parliament, and others, that appear to be based, at least in part, on their criticism of government actions and policies. We also have registered our concerns about proposed media and civil society laws, that could restrict open debate of political issues. And finally, we continue to be concerned about reports of excessive use of force, including tear gas, in response to ongoing street protests. I want to be clear that we also condemn the use of violence by demonstrators which the government has an obligation to stop. We call on all parties to refrain from the use of the violence. We see a need for improved community policing practices, crowd control procedures, and accountability for incidents of excessive use of force. ....

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Iran to take US aggression to intl. bodies

Iran to take US aggression to intl. bodies | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Iran's FM says Tehran will take the case of its airspace violation by a US spy drone to intl. bodies.

 

[Worried over Iranian nuclear technology, the US gives Iran stealth and drone technology!  Now Israel and Europe can be threatened by this also....America shoots itself in the foot!   More failed US foreign policy!]

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The sordid, tawdry affair of the West and Arab dictators!

The sordid, tawdry affair of the West and Arab dictators! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Diplomacy and niceties up front and murders, lies, and HR abuses behind the World's back.....

 

Western leaders are supporters of Fascist dictators in the Arab World!

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American Foreign policy towards Arabspring is empty Rhetoric!

American Foreign policy towards Arabspring is empty Rhetoric! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Uncle Sam's Crocodille tears!  American hypocrisy!

 

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Video posted of former FBI agent last seen in Iran : Bob Levinson

Video posted of former FBI agent last seen in Iran :  Bob Levinson | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Dec. 9 - The family of a former FBI agent who vanished in Iran in 2007 releases a hostage video showing him alive and asking for help. Rough Cut 

 

The US Government doesn't care about its citizens, but people care about people, let's do all that is possible to help Bob Levinson!  

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Bahrain: Sustained Opposition to Arms Sale |(POMED)

Bahrain: Sustained Opposition to Arms Sale |(POMED) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A report entitled “Accessory to Murder? US Weapons in Bahrain and the Coming Arms Sale” examines visual footage of what author Bill Marczak claims are American weapons being used in the February crackdown by the Bahrain Defense Forces (BDF). Marczak offers suggestions for the U.S. government, the policy community, and the general public, including encouraging the Department of Defense to pursue an End-Use Monitoring (EUM) investigation into supplies sold by the U.S. to Bahrain. He also suggests that if the BICI report does not “adequately address” the topic of the BDF’s suppression of protests, the State Department should carry out its own investigation. Lastly, U.S. citizens should encourage their representatives to sign onto H.J. Res. 80 and S.J.Res. 28, joint resolutions in the House and Senate that limit a proposed arms sale to Bahrain.

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AMAZING SPEECH BY AN AMERICAN WAR VETERAN

THIS IS ABOUT ALOT MORE THAN IRAQ!

 

Consider sharing this video with your friends and acquaintances. Thank you.

 

Our real enemies are not those living in a distant land whose names or policies we don't understand; The real enemy is a system that wages war when it's profitable, the CEOs who lay us off our jobs when it's profitable, the Insurance Companies who deny us Health care when it's profitable, the Banks who take away our homes when it's profitable. Our enemies are not several hundred thousands away. They are right here in front of us
- Mike Prysner

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A bad deal — arms for Bahrain

A bad deal — arms for Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

So far, no one in the Bahraini government has been prosecuted for the many shooting deaths of protesters, and no one is being held accountable for countless allegations of torture. While an investigation is underway, the real question is whether there will be accountability for those who pulled the trigger — and for those who may have given the orders to do so.

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Bahrain: Nailing the Lie in Washington’s Rhetoric on "The Arab Spring"

Bahrain: Nailing the Lie in Washington’s Rhetoric on "The Arab Spring" | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Ironically, the arrest of Al Alawy followed only hours after US secretary of state Hillary Clinton claimed in a major speech in Washington that the Bahraini government “has recognized the need for dialogue, reconciliation, and concrete reforms. And they have committed to provide access to human rights groups, to allow peaceful protest”.

The detention and torture of nearly 100 media figures in Bahrain is hardly a sign of “allowing peaceful protest”.

Clinton’s speech on US policy and the Arab Spring was spellbinding in its hypocrisy and sophistry. She glorified the US-backed illegal war to overthrow Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and denounced Syria for its “brutal” crackdown on protests. Syrian President Bashar Al Asad, warned Clinton, “must step down; and until he does, America and the international community will continue to increase pressure on him and his brutal regime”.

There were no such bristling sanctions for Washington’s ally in Bahrain, where the US Fifth Fleet is based. ...

Yet on many counts, Bahrain’s human rights violations put it way out in front for urgent international sanctions against its rulers. In Syria, the death toll from violence is estimated at 3,500. ...

By contrast in Bahrain, protesters are unarmed and have invariably conducted peaceful demonstrations of civic disobedience. Proportionate to their populations, Bahrain’s death toll of civilians is easily comparable to that of Syria’s. Furthermore, the persecution of dissenting public voices is equivalent to 3,660 journalists being detained; the figure for the detention of all protesters since February rising to 55,000.

Among those hauled into Bahraini prisons, tortured and sentenced are doctors and nurses who did nothing more than treat civilians injured by American-equipped and Saudi-backed state forces. The proportionate figure for these medics subjected to crimes against humanity amounts to over 3,300.

 

On so many measures therefore, Bahrain is a clear case of outrageous human rights violations and atrocities that deserves urgent international intervention. But Washington is not only tolerating these crimes, it is actively supporting them while doing its rhetorical best to conceal.

The British and Canadian governments are also complicit in this US hypocrisy and twisted manipulation of international law.

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Clinton: U.S. interests sometimes clash with Mideast reform

Clinton: U.S. interests sometimes clash with Mideast reform | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - "What parties call themselves is less important than what they do," Clinton said, saying parties which respect the rule of law, renounce violence, protect freedoms of speech and assembly and the rights of women should all be regarded as legitimate political players.

Clinton said the United States would continue to have "frank conversations" with long-time allies such as Bahrain, where the Sunni ruling family brought in troops from Sunni allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to help crush a protest movement earlier this year.

"Mass arrests and brute force are at odds with the universal rights of Bahrain's citizens and will not make legitimate calls for reform go away," Clinton said, saying the tiny Gulf country's monarchy had made public promises to begin political dialogue and investigate abuses.

"We intend to hold the Bahraini government to these commitments and to encourage the opposition to respond constructively to secure lasting reform," she said.

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US State Dept BullSh*t - Daily Press Briefing November 4, 2011 #Bahrain

If you believe America is doing all it can to help the Democracy reformers in Bahrain, then stand on your head!  Maybe that will make your upside-down world come into focus!

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If Sen. Ron Wyden wants to end arms sales to Bahrain for ‘violently suppressing peaceful civil dissent’, why not Israel?

“Selling weapons to a regime that is violently suppressing peaceful civil dissent and violating human rights is antithetical to our foreign policy goals and the principle of basic rights for all that the U.S. has worked hard to promote,” Wyden argued.

While this principle should apply to all U.S. weapons sales, it should be even more strictly adhered to when U.S. taxpayers are funding weapons sales through military aid. Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. military aid, scheduled to receive $30 billion in taxpayer-financed weapons between 2009 and 2018, and also violently suppresses nonviolent Palestinian protest and commits grave human rights violations against Palestinians living under its illegal 44-year military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip . . .

 

[Good Point!  No weapons for Israel OR Bahrain!  

Clean-Up your Human Rights Acts ! ]

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Cartoon captures the idiocy of American foreign policy towards Bahrain!

Cartoon captures the idiocy of American foreign policy towards Bahrain! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Great cartoon from the gifted cartoonist, Ali Bazzaz !

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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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US Military/industrial complex props-up MENA fascists!

US Military/industrial complex props-up MENA fascists! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Human Rights and values before economics and politics.  America is going to learn this lessen the hard way..........at the expense of their leadership, their reputation, and the lives of countless people worldwide!

 

http://latuffcartoons.wordpress.com/

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American Foreign Policy is complicit in MENA HR abuses!

American Foreign Policy is complicit in MENA HR abuses! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Don't be fooled by Western Governments shell-game!  They misdirect to take eyes off of their real actions in MENA.  Western Governments support the Human Rights abuses of Dictators in the region for Oil.  Morals before economics or you stand for nothing!

http://latuffcartoons.wordpress.com/

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U.S. commends Bahrain on reconciliation, sending rights envoy

But there has been no progress in talks between the government and opposition groups on political reforms and the Gulf Arab island state remains tense, with daily clashes between riot police and Shi'ite protesters.

The United States in October said it was delaying the planned arms sale to Bahrain -- designated as a "major non-NATO ally" and a frontline state amid rising regional tensions over nearby Iran -- pending the outcome of the commission report and the government's response to it.

 

[BICI arrived, BICI departed.....only the HR abuses by the illegal Khalifa regime remain.  Washington's foreign policy is as idiotic as the Khalifas if they think anyone is fooled!]

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US is complicit in all the crimes of the Bahraini regime!

US is complicit in all the crimes of the Bahraini regime! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Contact Obama and request a change in US foreign policy!

 

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

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Saudi Arabia and Western Hypocrisy

Madawi Al-Rasheed: Washington is calling the worst repression in the Arab world "evolving reform"...
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U.S. Has Few Options to Curb Crackdown in Bahrain

U.S. Has Few Options to Curb Crackdown in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Though the Persian Gulf island nation is a close U.S. ally and the host of its Fifth Fleet, there's not much that American pressure or diplomacy could do that it isn't already.

 

[Really! 1. Economic sanctions against the regime until it reinstates the Constitution.

2. No arms , and no arms to its big brother, Saudi Arabia until democratic reforms are enacted.

3. Pull the 5th fleet out of Bahrain and site HR abuses as the cause.

4. Support the democracy protesters, openly and behind the scenes.

5. Support reformists in Iran so as to destabilize Iran's government and cause it to involve itself with domestic issues and not colonizing the gulf.  Thus, affording Saudi Arabia enough security to allow Democracy in Bahrain.

6.Take the Human Rights issues and torture evidence to the UN and ICC and seek international action.

7. Try implementing a US foreign policy grounded in something other than empty rhetoric , ie real tangible action!

8. Forced disappearances, illegal detainments, civilian trials in military courts, and all prisoners of conscience being discussed with the regime at any/all venues public, private, and international.

....etc, etc, etc..... ]

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Bahrain: Appeal to U.S. Congress, U.N.

Please require Bahrain to honor its original constitution before sending military aid. The regime has practically suspended it to illegally disenfranchise its population for 30 years.

 

Constitutions:
1973:
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Constitution_of_the_State_of_Bahrain_(1973)

2002:
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Constitution_of_the_Kingdom_of_Bahrain_(2002)

 

Sources:
Bahrain Young Scholars, *The 2002 Constitution*
http://bahrainscholars.org/en/?page_id=42

  

Seerwan Says, *Bahrain's Gerrymandering and the Votes for Wefaq*

http://seerwan.blogspot.com/2011/07/bahrains-gerrymandering-and-votes-for.html

  

International IDEA, *The Role of Constitution-Building Processes in Democratization - Case Study: Bahrain*

http://www.idea.int/cbp/upload/CBP_Bahrain.pdf

 

International Crisis Group, *Bahrain's Sectarian Challenge - Middle East Report N40*
http://www.crisisgroup.org/~/media/Files/Middle%20East%20North%20Africa/Iran%.....

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freedomhouse.org: Recommendations for U.S. Policy:

freedomhouse.org: Recommendations for U.S. Policy: | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Recommendations for U.S. Policy:
· Speak out, speak loud. President Obama must continue to apply public pressure on Bahraini officials, such as when he condemned the Bahraini government for “mass arrests and brute force” in a speech at the State Department. The US must speak out firmly in support of the Bahraini people or risk being on the wrong side of history when democracy does come to the country.
· Make the $53 million arms package to the Bahrain Defense Force conditional. The US should prevent any military assistance or arms sales—despite “external defense” designations and “end use” discussions—to Bahrain unless the results of the Commission of Inquiry are indeed truthful and independent, and assistance should be tied to progress on addressing the Commission’s recommendations and bringing perpetrators of human rights abuses to justice.
· Be consistent in support for human rights and democratic reform. The idea that stability and US interests are best secured by providing unwavering support for repressive monarchies has proven false and short sighted given the recent uprisings in the Middle East. The US should advance its interests and values by being a strategic ally of the Bahraini people and supporting moderates and reformers, rather than unconditionally backing a brutal regime.
· The Obama administration should make internet freedom a priority. The president’s condemnations of the Tunisian and Egyptian restrictions on internet and mobile phone networks in the initial days of those revolutions heartened pro-democracy advocates on the ground. The administration should similarly support the right of Bahrainis to express their opinions freely, rather than remain silent when, for example, the Bahrain Interior Ministry said it would punish anyone using new media to post messages of dissent ahead of the September 24 parliamentary elections.
· Support Legal and Security Sector Reform. The US should pressure Bahrain to use civilian instead of military courts in cases stemming from political unrest and provide technical support for systems and practices that bolster accountability. Such practices should include unannounced civilian inspections of prison facilities and criminal—not administrative—trials of those charged with torture and murder.

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Congress backs Bahrain protesters when the White House won’t

Congress backs Bahrain protesters when the White House won’t | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Congress steps up when White House won’t.

 

Fortunately, Bahrain’s abuses — documented and denounced by every major Western human rights group — prompted a reaction in Congress. Legislation was introduced to block the arms sales, and a group of five Democratic senators, led by Robert P. Casey Jr. (Pa.), wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Oct. 12 to ask that the sale be put on hold. A separate letter was dispatched by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

 

[Is the Obama-doctrine of foreign policy more than empty rhetoric?!]

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America's Unsavory Allies

America's Unsavory Allies | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

No self-respecting Nation can tolerate its Public image being tarnished with an association with the Al-Khalifas!  America must end this sick relationship sooner than later!

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