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2011's Arab Spring Protests in Bahrain: A Story of Good (Mater Mater) v. Bad (King Al-Khalifa)

2011's Arab Spring Protests in Bahrain: A Story of Good (Mater Mater) v. Bad (King Al-Khalifa) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Until the King is serious about putting sectarian divisions aside, the protests will continue, Bahrain's international image will suffer even more, and the bitterness and general discord among the people will harden.

The villain will win and in doing so, destroy the Gulf's one-time most progressive society in the process.

 

[One correction:  The villian is losing  and  the villian will lose.....]

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Noam Chomsky on Egypt, Revolution, Obama, & Middle East 1/4

Noam chomsky on America's foreign policy in the Mena Region:  Helping fascist dictatorships to foster the interests of corporate America at the expense of the indigenous peoples

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The Cutting Edge News

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Egypt After Mubarak

Egypt turns to the Dark Side as Muslim Brotherhood Calls the Shots

... In Cairo, tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Tahrir Square on July 29, in response to an appeal launched by the Muslim Brotherhood. Fifteen lay political formations as well as Coptic Christians joined in the demonstration.
Among the slogans in the square, there was ''Islam, Islam, we do not want a liberal State," "The people want Islamic law,"''Islam: not West or East," to which were political demands, such as bringing ormer President Hosni Mubarak to justice.
...During Egypt's spring there was heard "Hold your head up high, you’re Egyptian.” On Friday, “Muslim” was substituted for “Egyptian.” Similarly, the chant that resounded throughout the revolution, the people want to topple the regime,” became "The people want to apply God’s law.” Moreover, the chant "There is no constitution but Islam," was also heard.
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"The young protagonists of the revolution in previous months (who forced the resignation of President Mubarak) would like a more democratic government," said Rev. Verdoscia. "These young people are from the cities and are able to handle the most modern means of communication, such as the social network."
"On the other hand," continued the missionary, "the Muslim Brotherhood has a considerable organizational capacity and appeal especially to religious identity. One must keep in mind that a good part of the Egyptian population lives in rural areas. These people have no culture and their identity is only religious."
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Following Friday prayers, contending groups of Egyptians flooded Tahrir Square and chanted conflicting slogans. Prominent among these were Salafists, an ultraconservative branch of Wahabi Islam that has close ties to Saudi Arabia. Saudi flags were evident among members of the crowd that numbered in the thousands and appeared to fill the now iconic Tahrir ('freedom') Square in Cairo. Both the Salafists and Muslim Brotherhood contingents vastly outnumbered the other groups present.
The Salafists are considered to be more religiously conservative than the Muslim Brotherhood. According to local reports, in some cities the Salafists have refused to allow contending groups to join them in marchs demonstrating against the current government. ...
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How Islamists Can Save Tunisia's Revolution - Atlantic Mobile

How Islamists Can Save Tunisia's Revolution - Atlantic Mobile | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Al-Nahda, the country's Islamist political party, appears to also be one of the best prepared for the upcoming elections. Liberals and secular activists, many of whom led the revolution, fear that Islamists will ultimately come out on top, rolling back one of the most progressive countries in the Arab region. But what would al-Nahda political participation, and even its electoral success, really mean for Tunisia? To try and understand, we must start at the country's founding.
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Libyan rebels move towards Tripoli

Libyan rebels move towards Tripoli | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
After nearly two months of stalemate, rebels in the Libyan city of Misrata are making small but significant moves towards the capital Tripoli.
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Gaddafi criticises Egyptian, Tunisian revolutions | News by Country | Reuters

Gaddafi criticises Egyptian, Tunisian revolutions | News by Country | Reuters | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
TRIPOLI, July 23 (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi criticised on Saturday the popular uprising in neighbouring Egypt that forced Hosni Mubarak from power this year as the Libyan leader battles rebels who have...
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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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Preparing for a new Libya

Preparing for a new Libya | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
FAR TOO TIMID in its response to the Arab Spring, the Obama administration lately has shown welcome signs of greater assertiveness. This week the president and secretary of state finally declared Syria’s Bashar al-Assad an illegitimate ruler after the U.S. ambassador in Damascus made a high-profile visit to the besieged city of Hama. White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan traveled to Saudi Arabia last weekend to tell Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh that U.S. aid depends on his agreement to step down.

US should recognize the Transitional National Council as the rightful Government of Libya!
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US *have* recognised NTC as the rightful gov of Libya
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Political, Social Turmoil in MENA (first half of 2011)

Political, Social Turmoil in MENA (first half of 2011) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
As turbulence and violence have beset West Asia and North Africa over the past months, stability remains elusive and even appears a distant dream for the region. Countries in the region need to make greater efforts to solve their deep-rooted problems to satisfy their peoples' wishes and restore longed-for stability and development as soon as possible.
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Closing in on Tripoli

Closing in on Tripoli | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Revolution spinning in the wind

Co-ordination between the rebels and NATO is a bit smoother than it was.
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The Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People:Islamic Awakening will be victorious | İslâmi Davet – Islamic Invitation

The Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People:Islamic Awakening will be victorious | İslâmi Davet – Islamic Invitation | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the new movement that has begun in the Middle East and North Africa “will definitely be victorious.”
“I announce that… that a new movement has begun in the region, this is the movement of Muslim nations, with the slogan of moving towards Islamic objectives, and [therefore] it will definitely be victorious,” The Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Seyyed Ali Khamenei said in his speech on the occasion of Nowruz in the holy city of Masshad.
“Events which have recently taken place in the region, in Tunis, Libya, Egypt, and Bahrain are very important events… a fundamental development is taking place in the Islamic-Arab region which indicates the awakening of Muslim nations,” the Leader said.
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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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Democracy and Human Rights l Update - http://www.petercliffordonline.com/human-rights/

Democracy and Human Rights l Update - http://www.petercliffordonline.com/human-rights/ | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Democracy and Human Rights update on Libya,Yemen, Ivory Coast, Bahrain,Tunisia, Egypt, Saudia Arabia, Syria and China. A personal view...
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Is the Arab Spring failing its people?

Is the Arab Spring failing its people? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Abu Dhabi (CNN) -- This time last year a match was lit by a fruit vendor in Tunis, which triggered uprisings throughout the region. Countries big, Egypt, and small, Tunisia, have witnessed wholesale change and the toppling of governments.
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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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Islamism with Hill and Ajami: Chapter 4 of 5 - Uncommon Knowledge - National Review Online

Overview of the Arab-spring!
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Congressional Research Service Reports on the Middle East and the Arab World

Congressional Research Service Reports on the Middle East and the Arab World | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
An unofficial collection of CRS reports on national security...


see 'Bahrain: Reform, Security, and U.S. Policy'

Great collection of MidEast Info!
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Egypt's ex-interior minister to be tried with Mubarak

Egypt's ex-interior minister to be tried with Mubarak | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
CAIRO (Reuters) - A court postponed Monday the trial of Egypt's former interior minister over the killing of protesters until next week so that he will be tried alongside ousted President Hosni Mubarak.The...
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What Americans Have to Learn from the Arab Spring

What Americans Have to Learn from the Arab Spring | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Following the law of “non-contradiction,” logical consistency is a concept that offers up the simple idea that if someone says X and not-X at the same time, they’re either confused or trying to deceive you.
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In his December 10, 2009 Nobel Peace prize acceptance speech, Obama said: “America has never fought a war against a democracy, and our closest friends are governments that protect the rights of their citizens.” Such a statement stands in stark contrast to Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King’s assertion, in his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, that the U.S. was “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today” and that it had become, along with other Western nations, “arch anti-revolutionaries,” subverting people’s movements around the globe. Clearly these two men’s ideas about the U.S. are not compatible.
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The Egyptian government, led by the U.S. backed dictator, Mubarak, frequently violated many of its people’s basic human rights. According to a January 12, 2009 diplomatic cable, made available by WikiLeaks, the U.S. was well aware of Egypt’s State of Emergency law and its consequences for the people. The cable reported of the law that it had been “in effect almost continuously since 1967,” and granted the government “broad powers to arrest individuals without charge and to detain them indefinitely.” The cable also explained that the regime had used the Emergency Law to target political opponents including bloggers and labor demonstrators. In fact, a January 15, 2009 diplomatic cable by U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Margaret Scobey—again, made available by WikiLeaks—indicates that police brutality was, at the time, “routine and pervasive,” and that “police using force to extract confessions from criminals [is] a daily event.” Ambassador Scobey also wrote that there were indications that the government was engaged in torture and the “sexual molestation” of at least one female democracy activist.
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Soon the people of the tiny Persian Gulf nation Bahrain, too, awoke with the zeal to enact and experience freedom, whatever the consequences. Like Egypt had been, Bahrain is ruled by a dictatorial, U.S. backed regime, the Khalifa family. According to the New York Times, the Shiite majority in Bahrain have long complained of their being marginalized and discriminated against by the Sunni royal family. King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa is said to hire foreigners to take up law enforcement so as to prevent Shiite citizens from carrying weapons or wearing police uniforms. Moreover, despite overwhelming support for a 2001 national charter meant to produce key democratic reform, in 2002, “the king imposed a Constitution by decree that Shiite leaders say has diluted the rights in the charter and blocked them from achieving a majority in the Parliament.”[10] The U.S. has long supported Bahrain’s monarchy despite its aversion to democracy and human rights.
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KBucket: Middle East

KBucket: Middle East | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Latest curated news on Iran, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Afghanistan from both western and middle eastern sources. The news spans over several years and is filtered for easy navigation.
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Egypt's foreign ministers resigns

Egypt's foreign ministers resigns | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Egypt's Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Orabi resigns amid protests about the slow progress of reform since January's uprising.
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Libyan spokesman: 'We will die for oil'

Libyan spokesman: 'We will die for oil' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Libya's embattled government accused rebels and the NATO military alliance of carrying out a coordinated air, sea, and land attack on the strategic oil town of Brega on Thursday,...
The government spokesman, Musa Ibrahim, also issued a warning that he said he hoped would make headlines around the world. "We will die for oil. We will kill for oil," Ibrahim said. "We will kill everyone who comes near our oil. Rebels, NATO, we don't care. We will defend our oil to the last drop of blood that we have."
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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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Zakat ul Fitr /Sadaqa tul Fitr/ Fitrana/ Amount of Zakat ul Fitar ? صدقہ فطر/فطرانہ /کب اور کس کو دینا ؟ فطرانہ کی مقدار؟ Click here To Read Full Article. http://goo.gl/6zhUrD
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Oslo Freedom Forum - Dawn of a New Arab World

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DAWN OF A NEW ARAB WORLD featured speakers from Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, and Tunisia and will look at the changing landscape of the Arab world. In the post-Colonial era, the Arab world has been dominated by military dictatorships, which have not been accountable to their people; however, we are witnessing history—people are in the midst of changing their governments in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya and protests are forcing change in Syria, Bahrain, and other countries. Even in places like Saudi Arabia, they are starting to respond to the demands of their people by promising reforms. Is this a true paradigm shift to an open and democratic Arab World, or simply a mirage?
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Arab World In Revolt - http://www.petercliffordonline.com/revolution/

Arab World In Revolt - http://www.petercliffordonline.com/revolution/ | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Pro-Democracy protests have continued throughout the Arab world following the revolution in Egypt. Bahrain & Libya in turmoil. Where Next?
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