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U.S. Double Standards Crystal Clear In Bahrain

U.S. Double Standards Crystal Clear In Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Voice of Russia June 28, 2012 U.S. double standards crystal clear in Bahrain John Robles  

 

W]here are the calls from the U.S. and NATO for a “humanitarian intervention” or for regime change in Bahrain, a U.S. ally that hosts the headquarters of the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet? Nowhere. However on May 9, 2012 Hillary Clinton met with Bahraini Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa and expressed that “much work remains to fully address ongoing human rights issues.” Where were statements like this in regard to Gadaffi or to Assad?

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Even in today’s world of instant messaging, the Internet, mobile and satellite communications and worldwide mass media, there are still places that exist where events take place unbeknownst to the rest of the planet. There exist countries that do not want the world to know what is going on within their borders or there exist countries that try to control the flow of information coming out of areas where their activities are not within the boundaries of what the civilized world would find as acceptable or appropriate.

Serbia and Kosovo are places where such a media blackout exists and those are places where I believe need more attention from the international community. Another is Bahrain.

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Bahrain was caught up in what has become known as the Arab Spring on February 14th 2011 when protestors took to the streets demanding more political freedom and an improvement in the human rights situation in the country. Originally there was no threat to the monarchy nor were there calls for a regime change in the country. This all changed however on February 17th when police killed four protestors while attempting to clear the Pearl Roundabout in Manama, the central gathering place for most of the protests taking place in the country.

Since then the response and the crackdowns on peaceful and unarmed demonstrators by police and security forces has been described as brutal. Almost 3,000 people have been arrested and more than 70 have been killed, according to the acting president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Maryam Al-Khawaja, in an interview for the Voice of Russia ( http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_06_28/79576566/ ). There are also widespread reports of torture, beatings and the denial of medical assistance leading to death.

... In Bahrain the majority of the population is comprised of Shiites although the Sunnis control most of the government sectors and politics. There are reports of widespread and institutionalized discrimination in employment, housing and other areas against the Shiites.

According to Ms. Al-Khawaja, there exists a media blackout in Bahrain. The most obvious and pervasive form being a system of filtering and blocking Internet sites that is implemented and executed by the Bahraini Information Affairs Authority (IAA) and which has a noticeable impact on the overall speed of Internet traffic for the country’s more than 250,000 Internet users. According to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) there are over 1,000 sites currently blocked in Bahrain including their own.

Bahrain has also seriously cracked down on bloggers and regularly arrests people for posting on Twitter and Facebook. Opposition groups views and opinions have no place in Bahraini media so they resort to the Internet. One such person, Nabeel Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (http://www.bahrainrights.org/en ), who I interviewed last September (http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/09/20/56438166.html) has been arrested twice and may have been tortured. During one arrest, according to the center, he was beaten and blindfolded and in his own words was threatened with rape and kicked when he refused to say he loved the prime minister.

The situation in the country is getting worse, with many experts saying that the situation may soon explode. According Ms. Al-Khawaja, part of the daily routine for many Bahraini citizens involves being tear gassed and trying to save their children from suffocating.

Human rights organizations all over the world have called for a halt to dozens of widespread abuses in the Kingdom. Some of the most notable being the following: Human Rights Watch has called on Bahrain’s High Court of Appeal to reject the use of confessions possibly obtained by torture. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint program of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), wrote an open letter to the King of Bahrain to state its concerns about the arbitrary detention of Nabeel Rajad.

Amnesty International has issued many statements, in particular with regard to the persecution of medical personnel who were attempting to assist injured protestors. Human Rights First says the persecution of human rights workers is getting worse. The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies stated in a report: “The human rights situation in Bahrain in 2011 witnessed unprecedented deterioration at almost all levels, especially in light of the repressive retaliatory action aimed at crushing the popular uprising which demanded far-reaching democratic reforms.” And the list goes on.....

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The Oppressed Nation - الامة المنتهكة

هذا الفيلم التوثيقي أنتجه شاب بحريني وتم عرضه في جنيف وسوف يتم عرضه في مدريد أيضا...An excellent documentary about the struggle of Bahrainis for freedom and democracy!  Please watch and become informed!  

Please boycott Bahrain F1 race on humanitarian grounds!

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P I G M E A T ! ! !

ياباني يحرج الساقط حمد بسؤالة عن الربيع العربي و لا زال الساقط في احلام اليقظة...  |  Japanese embarrasses failing Hammy & Asks about the Arab spring.  Hammy  is obviously still delusional,  probably still thinks he's 'king'.....

 

[Poor Hammy, if he remembered where he last had a brain, we'd go back and help him look for it.....]

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"Bahrain:Not my Problem?" - Mehdi Hasan's Speech

Mehdi Hasan, senior political editor for the New Statesman was the keynote speaker for the event "Bahrain: Not my Problem?" hosted by London Ahlul Bayt Societies and KCLAP at King's College London on Wednesday 14th December 2011....

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Clashes flare in Bahrain on Arab Spring anniversary

Clashes flare in Bahrain on Arab Spring anniversary | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
DUBAI (Reuters) - Shi'ite Muslims clashed with riot police in villages across Bahrain on Thursday, the anniversary of a government crackdown last year on a pro-democracy uprising in the Gulf Arab state.
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Marisa's report on the Bahraini Uprising.

"If the Government cannot respect the people, then how can they expect the people to respect them?"

~Marisa

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Russia in the new Middle East

Russia in the new Middle East | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The shocks that have lately rocked the Middle East have surprised Russia, along with many other international actors.
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MIDEAST: Censorship Changes Colours - IPS ipsnews.net

Attempts by regimes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to suppress the
flow of information during the region's pro-democracy uprisings has led a
higher number of journalists killed, attacked or arrested.
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Democracy Index 2011: Bahrain still an Authoritarian Regime, with worse rank than last year | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

Democracy Index 2011: Bahrain still an Authoritarian Regime, with worse rank than last year | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Despite the pro-democracy upheavals in the region and improvement in the region’s average democracy score in 2011, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) remains the most repressive region in the world—15 out of 20 countries in the region are categorised as authoritarian. 

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Which tyrant will fall next? Nationalism and Sectarianism as forces muting the Arabspring efficacy.

Which tyrant will fall next?  Nationalism and Sectarianism as forces muting the Arabspring efficacy. | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Sunni-Shia rivalry goes some way to explaining why the Arab Spring won successes in North Africa that it has not achieved east of Egypt. Each side has been led by religiously inspired states, Saudi Arabia and Iran, which have struggled for supremacy in the region for 30 years. Embattled regimes and their insurgent enemies automatically gain allies. The Assad government might be isolated, but not quite to degree that Muammar Gaddafi was before his fall. Iran will do almost anything to keep its most crucial ally in the Arab world in power. By the same token Iran's many enemies, unable to overthrow the government in Tehran, are determined to weaken it by changing the regime in Damascus.

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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!

http://latuffcartoons.wordpress.com/

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Occupy Bahrain: Learn to 'Occupy' from the inventors in MENA!

Occupy Bahrain: Learn to 'Occupy' from the inventors in MENA! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

It all started for me on Valentine's Day, 2011. Monday, February 14.  ...

The “occupation” of Pearl Roundabout continued into the following day, Wednesday, and the number of people swelled considerably. Every square inch of the roundabout was occupied by people and a small city of tents had sprung up. A stage was erected and the day was once again taken up with speeches, singing and chanting. Food and drink was handed out to all the people and once again the number of women involved was quite interesting. The evening brought the most visitors as many families arrived at the roundabout to join in the peaceful protests. Eventually the whole area was quiet as the people, much more than the previous day, bedded down for another evening.

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The Arab Spring in Bahrain

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During the chaos of the early Arab Spring, the protesters in Bahrain became barely audible. This was exactly what the country's hardliners had wished for.
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Julian Assange’s latest ‘World Tomorrow’ episode covers the overthrow of dictators

Julian Assange’s latest ‘World Tomorrow’ episode covers the overthrow of dictators | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

[Nabeel Rajab] "When I said in my Twitter account that I’m going to meet Julian Assange and I’m going to speak to him in a TV programme, and last night my house was surrounded by almost 100 policemen – armed, machine guns, and they realised then that I was not at home, then they just ask my family to tell me to come to the public prosecutor today at 4 o’clock. Well, I am here…
…I’m going to go back. I mean, I have to face it, you know. I mean, it’s not the first time but this is the struggle, this is the freedom, this is democracy that we are fighting for. It has a cost and that we have to pay the cost, and the cost might be very expensive as we have paid high cost in Bahrain, and we are willing to pay that for the changes that we are fighting for."

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The Butcher of Bahrain has no place at Buckingham Palace

The Butcher of Bahrain has no place at Buckingham Palace | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

THE Queen must bridle at how, during her Diamond Jubilee, she is deployed as diplomatic cover for a murderous regime. ....

The blind eye turned by the Foreign Office to gruesome abuses of the Saudi-backed Bahrainis is nauseating. ....

The silence of the Foreign Secretary is deafening. Bahrain shoots unarmed protesters on streets. Nurses and doctors are beaten then imprisoned for treating the wounded.

Yet Bahrain receives no more than an occasional gentle scolding. ....

Bahrain is home of the US Fifth Fleet and a base for western power in the Middle East. The oil of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain’s bigger, nastier brother, keeps the world economy running. ....

The double-standards practised by the Foreign Office undermines what little moral authority Britain retains. ....

Either Britain backs the Arab Spring or it doesn’t.

We support democracy campaigners or we don’t.

Because dividing murderous autocrats into friends or foes, goodies or baddies, is moral bankruptcy.

Either Britain stands up for decency or our Government is complicit in the killing of decent people.

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'Syria on Arab agenda, Bahrain is not' ? ? ! !

'Syria on Arab agenda, Bahrain is not'   ? ?  !  ! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Zebari continued: "It doesn't mean that people are not concerned about the situation, not only in Bahrain, (but also in) other countries - Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen. So, that's why the overall situation definitely will be discussed."

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مترجم: البحرين.. الربيع المنسي - BBC: Bahrain's Forgotten Spring

مترجم بالعربي: وثائقي قناة "بي بي سي" بعنوان "البحرين.. الربيع المنسي" ما يقارب العام منذ دخول القوات السعودية "البحرين" للمساعدة في سحق الإنتفاضة المطالبة ب...

 

Conan: Documentary Channel "BBC" entitled "Spring Bahrain .. forgotten" almost a year since the entry of Saudi forces, "Bahrain" to help crush the pro-democracy uprising .. ----------- BBC: Bahrain's Forgotten Spring It's been nearly a year since Saudi troops rolled into Bahrain to help crush a pro-democracy uprising. By: @ IManamaa مارس 17 2012

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Bahrain’s Bloody Spring

Bahrain’s Bloody Spring | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Only history will reveal the true extent of change wrought by the 2011 Arab Spring, but it is obvious that the situation in the Middle East is fundamentally different from what it was a year ago. Many changes have occurred, though many appear to be cosmetic when measured against the deep historical changes which did not materialize.

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Freedom in the World 2012: The Arab Uprisings and Their Global Repercussions | Freedom House

Freedom in the World 2012: The Arab Uprisings and Their Global Repercussions | Freedom House | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The political uprisings that have swept the Arab world over the past year represent the most significant challenge to authoritarian rule since the collapse of Soviet communism, according to Freedom in the World 2012, the latest edition of Freedom House’s annual global survey of political rights and civil liberties. Yet even as the Arab Spring triggered unprecedented progress in some countries, it also provoked a harsh and sometimes murderous reaction, with many leaders scrambling to suppress real or potential threats to their rule. The repercussions of this backlash have been felt across the Middle East, as well as in China, Eurasia, and Africa.

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The Logic and Limits of Nonviolent Conflict - IPS ipsnews.net

The Logic and Limits of Nonviolent Conflict - IPS ipsnews.net | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A consultancy group for nonviolent resistance movements around the world, CANVAS prides itself on having trained pro-democracy activists from almost 40 countries in nonviolent techniques and strategies.

Members of Egypt's April 6 Youth Movement, a decisive force in bringing down former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, were disciples of the organisation, which has been dubbed the 'Revolution Academy'.

 

[Training, education, technique, and strategy......YOU can do this! ]

Yasqot Hamad!

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Reform in Arab Gulf regimes is unattainable – for now

Reform in Arab Gulf regimes is unattainable – for now | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi: It's not just governments – tribal society, religious influence and business networks all contribute to the lack of political change...
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The Bahrain Uprising in Numbers by Rannie Amiri -- Antiwar.com

Per capita weighting of the numbers shows the REAL egregious nature of the Bahraini revolution and social stats........

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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!

 

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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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The Bahrain ‘Spring’: the revolution that wasn’t televised

The Bahrain ‘Spring’: the revolution that wasn’t televised | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...As stated in the draft shadow report released by several Bahraini human rights organisations on the same day as the BICI report, not only does the opposition want to see those responsible for the torture and killing put on trial, but they also want to see accountability for ‘those who ordered and authorized such acts.’ The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, one of the drafters of this report, says it has evidence of four members of the royal family ‘accused of personally torturing detainees,’ in addition to ‘the names of over 50 officers’ similarly partaking in torture. ....

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