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Chancellor Merkel starves Germany's Undernourished Democracy with her silence!- SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

Chancellor Merkel starves  Germany's Undernourished Democracy with her silence!- SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A democracy is fed with words, they stimulate the organism of a society. Politics comes alive and becomes recognizable and comprehensible in discourse. Positions become apparent, as do the affirmation and rejection of individual issues. If discourse is successful, it creates affirmation of democracy and politics as a whole.


In Germany at the moment, that discourse is far from successful. The country is suffering from malnutrition and undernourishment , it is wasting away. The right words are missing, especially words coming from the chancellor. Angela Merkel refuses to engage in a discourse on any of the most important issues. The head of Germany's government is serving up but a thin broth, if anything at all.

She has never been known for her grandiloquence, she is not a tribune of the people but an engineer of power. This has always been regrettable, but now it is becoming harmful.
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بكاء البحرين | الجزء الأول

بكاء البحرين، سلسلة من المشاهد واللحظات المُحزنة والمؤلمة التي مر بها الشعب البحريني في ثورة 14 فبراير. كثيرةٌ هي اللحظات الحزينة والأليمة التي تمر بالشعوب ح... |

Crying Bahrain, a series of scenes and the sad and painful moments experienced by the Bahraini people in the revolution of February 14. There are many sad and painful moments with peoples claim their rights, while legitimate, but these moments when happiness turned to the adoption of a better tomorrow and the future is bright. These scenes from the documentary series crying Bahrain,
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US fleet may quit troubled Bahrain

US fleet may quit troubled Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
THE US Navy is looking at plans to move its Fifth Fleet away from Bahrain amid fears over violence and continued instability in the Gulf kingdom.


Politicians in Washington are concerned the navy's continued presence a few kilometres from the centre of the capital Manama lends tacit support to Bahrain's suppression of the opposition, amid allegations of systematic human rights abuses.
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A brief dedication and credits:

A brief dedication and credits: | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
This site is dedicated to the the brave freedom fighters all over the World. Your struggles, your protests, and your martyrs are what is celebrated and fostered here. This site is also committed to advocacy for the detained who have no voice. I would also like to give credit to two people who have worked tirelessly to cull, screen and research links, videos and stories that empower this site to bring the struggles for freedom to light. These two are @mariaselba and @samafreedom on Twitter. Thank You, so much!
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CPJ calls on Bahrain to end harassment of critical journalists - Committee to Protect Journalists

CPJ calls on Bahrain to end harassment of critical journalists - Committee to Protect Journalists | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

New York, July 19, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Bahrain to end harassment and contrived legal proceedings against critical journalists. Since February, critical journalists have been intimidated, interrogated, smeared in government-owned and -aligned publications, and harassed and sued by government supporters.


Reem Khalifa, a journalist for the much-harassed Arabic-language daily Al-Wasat and a contributor to other local and international media, has been the target of harassment, intimidation, and a coordinated smear campaign; most recently she was also charged with verbally abusing and physically assaulting a government supporter, according to local news reports.
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Poet's prison torture claim to be investigated by Bahrain officials

Poet's prison torture claim to be investigated by Bahrain officials | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Ms Gormezi had described how for nine days she was punched and beaten with a baton and electric cable so severely that she lost consciousness. She was threatened with rape or sexual molestation, kept in a freezing cell and forced to clean a lavatory with her bare hands. She says she was told by prison guards that one of those beating her was a woman member of the royal al-Khalifa family.
[HMMMMM! An investigation by Khalifas of Khalifas.....
I wonder what they'll find?!.....Any REAL investigation is by a neutral third party with REAL authority to prosecute the scoundrels commiting such acts!.....Not in todays Bahrain.....]
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After Opposition’s Withdrawal, U.S. Urged to Declare its Position on National Dialogue in Bahrain | Human Rights First

After Opposition’s Withdrawal, U.S. Urged to Declare its Position on National Dialogue in Bahrain | Human Rights First | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Washington, D.C.—[/i]The U.S. government should immediately and publicly declare whether it still supports the Bahraini government’s National Dialogue after the country’s main opposition party, Al Wefaq, has officially withdrawn, said Human Rights First today.[/i]
“A wide range of human rights defenders in Bahrain told us last week the dialogue is cosmetic, and the U.S. government is losing credibility by being associated with it,” said Human Rights First’s Brian Dooley, who just returned from a fact finding mission in Bahrain. “Even as the dialogue sessions meet, the Bahraini government continues to shoot at civilians, detain opposition members, torture human rights defenders and intimidate all those who speak out.”
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Robert Fisk in Bahrain: 'They didn't run away. They faced the bullets head-on'

Robert Fisk in Bahrain: 'They didn't run away. They faced the bullets head-on' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
"Massacre – it's a massacre," the doctors were shouting. Three
dead. Four dead. One man was carried past me on a stretcher in the emergency
room, blood spurting on to the floor from a massive bullet wound in his
thigh.
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UNHCR launches emergency aid drive across southern, central Somalia - AlertNet

UNHCR launches emergency aid drive across southern, central Somalia - AlertNet | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In light of the deepening crisis in Somalia, UNHCR is stepping up assistance inside the country with a series of aid distributions across central and southern parts of the country. Although access remains a serious impediment, working with partners on the ground in Somalia we have so far distributed assistance packages to some 90,000 people in Mogadishu and Belet Hawa and Dobley in south-west Somalia. Further non-food aid for an estimated 126,000 people is being handed out from today in other parts of the Gedo and Lower Juba regions, with assistance also on its way to Mogadishu and the Afgooye corridor, as well as further south west in Lower Shabelle.
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برنامج حديث الثورة سميرة رجب خليل المرزوق عباس بوصفوان الجزء الاول

برنامج حديث الثورة سميرة رجب خليل المرزوق عباس بوصفوان الجزء الاول | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain Revolution...Samira Ragab Al-Mazouq (arabic)
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More Bahraini opposition groups may quit reconciliation talks - Monsters and Critics

More Bahraini opposition groups may quit reconciliation talks - Monsters and Critics | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Cairo - Bahrain's liberal opposition Monday hinted it may quit reconciliation talks just days after the Sunni-ruled country's key Shiite opposition group, al-Wefaq, decided to withdraw.
Three liberal opposition groups, encompassing pan-Arabs, communists, and Baathists, said in a joint statement that none of the opposition's concerns or recommendations to ensure more political freedoms had been addressed or adopted since the talks, known as national dialogue, began on July 2.
They added that the talks would be hard to carry out amid the continued detention of political activists, an 'aggressive sectarian media campaign,' and failure to reinstate those who had been sacked from their jobs for allegedly taking part in pro-reform protests.
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Bahrain: Systematic Attacks on Medical Providers | Human Rights Watch

Bahrain: Systematic Attacks on Medical Providers | Human Rights Watch | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
متوفر أيضاً باللغات: العربية... |
The 54-page report, "Targets of Retribution: Attacks against Medics, Injured Protesters, and Health Facilities," documents serious government abuses, starting in mid-February 2011. These include attacks on health care providers; denial of medical access to protesters injured by security forces; the siege of hospitals and health centers; and the detention, ill-treatment, torture, and prosecution of medics and patients with protest-related injuries.
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Bahrain must end harassment of critical reporters - rights group - AlertNet

Bahrain must end harassment of critical reporters - rights group - AlertNet | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
DUBAI, July 20 (Reuters) - An international rights group called on Bahrain to stop harassment and intimidation of reporters critical of the government, which crushed weeks of protests earlier this year.
The U.S .-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a statement released late on Tuesday that it had documented cases of two journalists dying in custody and many others being detained or assaulted in the Gulf island kingdom.
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The World Today - Arrested Bahraini doctor speaks out against regime 20/07/2011

The World Today - Arrested Bahraini doctor speaks out against regime 20/07/2011 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A Bahraini doctor detained and arrested for treating protestors involved in anti-government uprisings earlier in the year has spoken about their treatment The doctor is one of 48 medical professional...
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EU Parliament calls for Bahraini medics release — Irish Medical Times

EU Parliament calls for Bahraini medics release — Irish Medical Times | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The European Parliament has issued a call for innocent prisoners in Bahrain to be released and for parties to engage in productive dialogue, with a view to conflict resolution.
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مقابلة آيات القرمزي كاملة

مقابلة آيات القرمزي كاملة على قناة العالم...| Ayat's full interview!
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Bahraini Blogger Gets Sentenced to Life in Prison — BlogWorld & New Media Expo Blog

Bahraini Blogger Gets Sentenced to Life in Prison — BlogWorld & New Media Expo Blog | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
“The only crime committed by Abdulemam and Al-Singace was freely expressing opinions contrary to those of the government,” Reporters Without Borders said. “These sentences, handed down at the end of trail that flouted defence rights, are typical of the intransigence that the authorities have been showing towards those identified as government opponents, who have borne the full brunt of their repression. The international community must call the government to account on its strategy of stifling all dissent.”
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The World Today - Bahrain's government accused of targeting doctors 19/07/2011

The World Today - Bahrain's government accused of targeting doctors 19/07/2011 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Tom Porteous is the deputy program director at Human Rights Watch.

He says the group witnessed the abuse first hand and that the international community should be condemning the actions of the government in Bahrain far more strongly.

He spoke to me from New York.

Tom Porteous, Human Rights Watch says the Bahraini government engaged in abuse of medical staff. What exactly does your report document?

TOM PORTEOUS: Well this is basically a report that looks at a concerted attack against the medical community. First of all the report documents the way in which the security forces surrounded and literally besieged medical facilities, including the main hospital in Bahrain.

But also it looks at the way in which patients who were suspected of having been injured in protests were rounded up in some cases into incommunicado detention and beaten in spite of their injuries and then also it looks at attacks on medical staff themselves with continue now with a trial by military courts of about 48 medical personnel.
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Bahraini Engineer Sentenced to Life in Prison, Forced to Appeal on September 11 : Dean's Corner

Bahraini Engineer Sentenced to Life in Prison, Forced to Appeal on September 11 : Dean's Corner | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
What ever happened to Prof. Al-Singace, a Bahraini enginner who "was taken forcibly from his home on March 17th and imprisoned without charge"?
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Constitutional Options for Bahrain - VJIL Online - Virginia Journal of International Law

Constitutional Options for Bahrain - VJIL Online - Virginia Journal of International Law | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
by Chibli Mallat & Jason Gelbort ~ Apr 12, 2011

This Essay proposes a number of available compromises that refrain from doing away with a monarchy altogether and focuses on the minimal constitutional arrangements needed for a monarchy to be effectively“constitutional,” with “constitutional” understood as democratic in the pattern of countries like the United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, and recently Bhutan. In addition to the 2002 Constitution, the 1973 Constitution and the National Action Charter provide a natural source for specific language for a transition to a democratic constitutional monarchy. This Essay has paid particular attention to the deep constitutional tradition of Bahrain asembodied in these three texts.
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Beyond Bahrain's Dialogue

Beyond Bahrain's Dialogue | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In addition, the forum has been constructed in such a way as to make the opposition a small minority. Representatives of seven legally recognized opposition political societies, including Wefaq, were allocated only 35 out of the 300 seats at the forum. The rest went to NGOs, professional associations and trade unions (which have been purged of protestors and people who went on strike), as well as representatives of the media (which routinely self-censors and avoids criticizing the government), and "prominent personalities." There are no representatives of the youth protestors, many of whom are now in prison. Overall, the forum is even less politically representative than the country's parliament, and has even fewer powers to implement any of its decisions.
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Xinjiang attack 'was terrorism'

Xinjiang attack 'was terrorism' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Chinese officials blame ethnic Uighur Muslim separatists for Monday's fatal attack on a police station in Xinjiang province.


The majority of Xinjiang's population is ethnically Uighur - who are Muslims with strong cultural ties to Central Asia.
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Bahrain says talks to go on despite opposition exit - AlertNet

Bahrain says talks to go on despite opposition exit - AlertNet | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Wefaq and six other political opposition groups, which were invited to take part in talks, have complained that their proposed political reforms would never be put into effect because the opposition received only 35 out of 300 seats at the talks
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Wefaq said on Sunday it would withdraw because its views were not being taken seriously in talks it accused of being dominated by pro-government representatives. That decision still has to be ratified by the movement's higher council.
Wefaq and six other political opposition groups, which were invited to take part in talks, have complained that their proposed political reforms would never be put into effect because the opposition received only 35 out of 300 seats at the talks
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The United Nations said on Monday that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon believes authorities in Bahrain need to create the right conditions so that as many people as possible, including Wefaq, can participate fully in the dialogue.
That would enable the dialogue to lead to "the kind of reforms that the Bahraini people are looking for," U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York.
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Irish delegation to Manama attacked by Bahrain Medical Society chairman

Irish delegation to Manama attacked by Bahrain Medical Society chairman | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A chairman for the Bahrain Medical Society (BMS) has criticized an Irish delegation that traveled to Manama to demand the release of Bahraini doctors, saying that the group is supporting "traitors."|


'Dr.' Nabeel Al Ansari attacks the Doctors as supporting 'traitors' when he knows personally, that Doctors are compelled by the Hypocratic Oath to treat the injured. Ansari isn't a Loyalist, he's a propagandist for the Regime! Al Ansari, the hand-puppet of the Khalifas.....


'Traitors' should refer to those who turn their backs on their fellow Muslims, those who turn their backs on their fellow Bahrainis........sounds like Al-Khalifa to me....
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