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BBC News - Hardtalk - Saudi intervention in Bahrain 'a faux pas'

BBC News - Hardtalk - Saudi intervention in Bahrain 'a faux pas' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A critic of the lack of human rights for women in Saudi Arabia, Princess Basma Bint Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud says Saudi Arabia's intervention in the Bahrain protests was a wrong decision.
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Mounting fears for Bahraini teachers held after protests | Amnesty International

Mounting fears for Bahraini teachers held after protests | Amnesty International | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Amnesty International calls on Bahrain to release two people held for leading a teachers' strike amid wide-scale protests earlier this year.


Jalila al-Salman and Mahdi ‘Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb
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Teachers arrested for striking — Amnesty Urgent Actions

Teachers arrested for striking — Amnesty Urgent Actions | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The former president and vice-president of the Bahrain Teachers’ Association (BTA) have been detained since the end of March. They are now facing trial and Amnesty International believes they are likely to be prisoners of conscience.
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Bahrain: the crisis of the Al-Khalifa monarchy | openDemocracy

Bahrain: the crisis of the Al-Khalifa monarchy | openDemocracy | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In reality, the Al-Khalifa now have no legitimacy in the eyes of the majority of the Bahraini population. Most of Bahrain's people are still Shi’a, despite the government’s determined attempts over the past decade to manipulate the sectarian imbalance by trying to naturalise large numbers of invited Sunni immigrants. The understandable Shi’a resentment at such policies and the discrimination they represent have since February 2011 been expressed in protests, most of which have been put down with bloody force.
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Iraq athletes demand Bahrain release 16-year-old detainee

Iraq athletes demand Bahrain release 16-year-old detainee | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Dozens of athletes rallied in Baghdad on Wednesday, demanding the release of a 16-year-old Iraqi football player detained in Bahrain earlier this year when the country was swept by anti-government protests.


a coach in Baghdad's al-Hadoud club, says the arrest of Zulfiqar Naji was not justified and was politically motivated. Naji plays for Bahrain's al-Muharraq club, and his supporters say he did not participate in protests against the Bahraini government.
"We demand the release of Naji, whose arrest was unjustifiable," Aboud said. "He is being kept in prison because Bahraini authorities want to show that the protests are a foreign conspiracy."
Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/soccer/story/2011-07-27/iraq-athletes-demand-bahrain-release-16-year-old-detainee#ixzz1TLovG9gI
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Death in Bethlehem, made in America

Death in Bethlehem, made in America | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Israeli troops also regularly fire American-made CS gas rounds at Palestinians in Bethlehem itself. Palestinians claim the gas has caused serious breathing difficulties among children after the rounds were fired at stone-throwing youths near Rachel's tomb. The cartridges and gas canisters are labelled "Federal Laboratories, Saltsburg, Pennsylvania 15681" and are stated on the metal to be "long range projectiles 150 yards". The rounds, show the US manufacturers' instructions on the side, contain "tear gas which is highly irritating to eyes, nose, skin and respiratory system". And continue: "If exposed, do not rub eyes, seek medical assistance immediately."
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Considerations: Rula Jassim Alsaffar, #Bahrain

Considerations: Rula Jassim Alsaffar, #Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Rula Jassim Alsaffar; Every day I remember you , I remember what you did to all the staff and to the injured. I remember you screaming, "We need a doctor and two nurses to go to Sitra." We all looked into each others eyes.
Every one was shaking crying staff, securities, except her. She was like 'stop it now we need you to be strong.'
She was running from one ambulance to the other, asking the driver what they need and who.
Suddenly, Ambulance man came saying the thugs beaten him and the staff were locked in Sitra hospital.
Whenever cars arrived at the emergency or any regular cars we would cry pray (duaa elfaraj) accept her. Rula Passim Alsaffa would be pulling beds or she would be running to help carrying the injured.
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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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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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CS Gas grenade ~ in Bani Jamra ( Near home of Woman with multiple children!)

CS Gas grenade ~ in Bani Jamra ( Near home of Woman with multiple children!) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Here is an example of the Gas grenades used by the SF's & GCC in Bahrain!

Manufacturer:
Company:FEDERAL LABORATORIES INC aka Pennsylvania Laboratories CS Inc.
SALTSBURG, PA
15681-0305
USA
Phone:412-639-3511

I wonder if this manufacturer knows how their munition is used?!
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A little ditty 'bout Iraq and Iran | Camp Ashraf

A little ditty 'bout Iraq and Iran | Camp Ashraf | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Though a large number of exiles now in power in Baghad have strong ties to Iran, it’s equally true that the Iraqi people as a whole are more likely to remember the Iran-Iraq War — especially those taught about it in school — of the eighties. As Iraqis are killed and displaced while Iran violates Iraq’s sovereignty in its pursuit of PJAK, don’t be surprised if Nouri’s image collapses even more. All he really had going for him was the (false) claim that he could provide security. As the last months have demonstrated, he can’t provide it internally and he’s now allowing Iraq to be invaded by another country.
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Bahrain Security Forces Unload Hatred On The People... July 27

After a peaceful march roamed the village of Mahazza, Sitra on Wednesday July 27, the security forces launched a barbaric attack on the village on order to i...


Senseless brutality of the SF's & GCC forces!
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Living in a Minefield: The Landmine Problem in Afghanistan | Doctors Without Borders

Living in a Minefield: The Landmine Problem in Afghanistan | Doctors Without Borders | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
This report is designed to give an accessible update on the mines situation in Afghanistan in 1997 to diplomats and politicians meeting in Brussels, followed by Oslo and Ottawa to prepare a treaty banning anti-personnel mines. To the many negotiators who have never visited a mined country, the report tries to give a flavor of the continuing effect of millions of mines on people's lives, and to examine the response made by Afghans in 1997.
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Defending the right to practise — Irish Medical Times

Defending the right to practise — Irish Medical Times | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
“The IMO upholds the right of medical personnel to ‘non-combatant’ status in any conflict zone and insists that prompt due process be available to any personnel detained in the course of their work in all such zones,” a spokesperson said.
While the RCSI last week said it was not commenting on the issue, the College has previously said punishing doctors or nurses for treating patients, irrespective of their background, was completely unacceptable. The RCPI, which went on a fact-finding mission in Bahrain to gather “first-hand, albeit limited” information, said it was supporting calls for justice for doctors arrested in Bahrain.
A human rights activist had forwarded Prof McCormack’s email to numerous other individuals in Ireland, and through that contact the surgeon made contact with Front Line Defenders in Blackrock, whom he described as a “fantastic NGO”.
“They [Front Line] agreed to declare the doctors human rights defenders defending the right to health, which they are, and so they got on board.”
Front Line has taken up the cases of all the arrested doctors, including the Irish-trained doctors, Dr Ali Al Ekr, Dr Basim Dhaif and Dr Ghassan Dhaif, whom the NGO says are currently being subjected to an unfair trial before a military court on unsubstantiated charges. For more than two months after their arrest, the doctors were denied access to their families or lawyers, and there is credible evidence of torture, according to the NGO.
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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'

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Amnesty International website ‘blocked in Saudi Arabia’ | Amnesty International

Amnesty International website ‘blocked in Saudi Arabia’ | Amnesty International | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Amnesty International's website has been blocked inside Saudi Arabia after the organization published criticism of a draft "anti-terror" law.

I think scoop.it and 'Bahrain, MENA & Arab spring' are still viewable in Saudi Arabia.....

Saudi's apply censorship, and propaganda techniques in a feeble attempt to keep their citizenry
ignorant of the Regimes Human Rights Abuses.....a failure upon implementation!
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Free Ebrahim Sharif

Free Ebrahim Sharif | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Ebrahim Sharif is a 53-year old Bahraini politician, businessman, husband, and father — and now, a political prisoner.
He serves as the secretary general of the National Democratic Action Society (also known as Waad), a secular, moderate, and peaceful political opposition group in Bahrain.
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Sham Trials in Bahrain Prove Need for Greater U.S. Pressure | Human Rights First

Sham Trials in Bahrain Prove Need for Greater U.S. Pressure | Human Rights First | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The U.S. Government has continued its relatively muted line on Bahrain. While many say the United States has privately increased pressure, it’s time for that pressure to become public. Naming Bahrain as a violator of human rights is one good step, but another could be a discussion of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet. It has been previously suggested that the fleet be moved or even disbanded.
The U.S. Government must make clear that its relationship with Bahrain is not unconditional – that it does not want to be seen as friends with torturers. And that to be a partner of the United States, Bahrain must act in a responsible way. The partnership needs renegotiating, and the future of the Fifth Fleet ought to be part of that discussion.
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Free Rula AlSaffar-رفيده البحرين -كلنا رولا الصفار

Free Rula AlSaffar-رفيده البحرين -كلنا رولا الصفار | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Free Rula AlSaffar-رفيده البحرين -كلنا رولا الصفار | Facebook...
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Detained leader of Haq Movement "Sheikh Hassan Mushaima" Hospitalized

Detained leader of Haq Movement "Sheikh Hassan Mushaima" Hospitalized | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain authorities had moved the opposition and the leader of Haq (Right) Movement, Sheikh Hassan Mushaima, to the military hospital after his health deteriorated.
The sources added in a telephone conversation that on Sunday night, Sheikh Hassan Mushaima transferred to the hospital because of the deterioration of his health and hunger strike. The source explained that Mushaima hospitalized on the second floor of the Military Hospital. He pointed out that intelligence forces severely accompanying Mushaima.
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Bahraini Shia defy crackdown as eight given life sentences

Bahraini Shia defy crackdown as eight given life sentences | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahraini Shia defy crackdown as eight given life sentences - Hassan Mushaima, head of the opposition Haq movement, was one of eight to get life...
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Fault Lines - The US and the New Middle East: BAHRAIN - Pt 1.

Oil, the 5th Fleet, Arms deals, & combating Iran: The REAL motivations behind US policy towards Bahrain. View the Saudi sacrileges, hear the US foreign policy personel rationalize our policies, witness the American hypocrisy!
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November 5, 2011 - Anonymous takes down Facebook

November 5, 2011 - Anonymous takes down Facebook | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Attention citizens of the world, We wish to get your attention, hoping you heed the warnings as follows: Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed. If you are a willing hacktivist or a guy who just wants to protect the freedom of information then join the cause and kill facebook for the sake of your own privacy. Facebook has been selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so that they can spy on people from all around the world. Some of these so-called whitehat infosec firms are working for authoritarian governments, such as those of Egypt and Syria.
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Anonymous - Operation Onslaught - July 30th, 2011

Join us. Expect Us. Operation Onslaught - July 30th, 2011
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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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