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Federal Reserve Policy Mixed With Extreme Weather Has Put The World On A Fast Track To Revolution And War | ZeroHedge

Quantitative Easing, Dollar devaluation, global climatic change, and rising staples prices.......mixture for World Revolution!

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State Department issues travel alert for Bahrain

State Department issues travel alert for Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The State Department has issued an updated travel alert for Americans traveling to Bahrain, a tiny island nation in the Middle East that hosts a sizable U.S. Navy presence and has seen a series of protests and crackdowns since early this year.
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USA: JMS Presents First Super-Cavitating Craft GHOST to Public >> Naval Today

USA: JMS Presents First Super-Cavitating Craft GHOST to Public >> Naval Today | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Any Navy possessing GHOST technology could operate in international waters undetected and would have an overwhelming advantage against conventional ships. GHOST is specifically designed for Fleet Force Protection at its present size. ... The US Navy could reduce its Naval footprint and financial exposure by deploying a squadron of GHOSTs from Bahrain, which would free up larger assets, such as destroyers and cruisers, saving costs in manpower and maintenance. GHOST is ideal for piracy patrols and could be sea-based to provide protection from pirate attacks that cost our government an estimated $1.5 billion each year. The world-wide shipping industry could be provided with substantial fuel savings using JMS hull friction reduction super-cavitation.

... Today, Iran has the capabilities to stop the US Navy from operating in the Straits of Hormuz, a critical passage for most of the oil our country uses.

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Joint Statement about NIAC and Trita Parsi

Joint Statement about NIAC and Trita Parsi | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Over 2,500 individuals and organizations including Iranian and American scholars, human rights activists, academicians, researchers, writers, lawyers, reporters, artists and former political prisoners denounce NIAC's lobby in favor of the Iranian...
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Police beat and taser 'gentle' mentally-ill homeless man Kelly Thomas, 37 to death

Police beat and taser 'gentle' mentally-ill homeless man Kelly Thomas, 37 to death | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
WARNING GRAPHIC PHOTO: Kelly Thomas, 37, from California, was beaten beyond recognition by police and died a few days later. A YouTube video showing the beating has been released.


THE STATUS OF 'HUMAN RIGHTS' IN AMERICA.....
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US Zerocracy in IRAQ: Iraq's Secret War Files : What really happened in Iraq

US Zerocracy in IRAQ: Iraq's Secret War Files : What really happened in Iraq | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
US Zerocracy in Iraq
Free Iraqis Who Refuse American Occupation. Our Aim Is to Expose The Wonders of American Zerocracy in Iraq .
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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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Lockerbie bomber at Gaddafi rally

Lockerbie bomber at Gaddafi rally | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi has appeared at a pro-Gaddafi gathering on Libyan state television.

Another reason America & NATO went into Libya: Gaddafi harbors & supports terrorism!
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Iran nuclear scientist shot dead in Tehran

Iran nuclear scientist shot dead in Tehran | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
According to Iranian media reports, assailants on a motorcycle killed a 35-year-old Iranian nuclear physicist outside his home and wounded his wife.
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Merkel’s arming Saudi Arabia:Last nail in political coffin | Scoop News

Merkel’s arming Saudi Arabia:Last nail in political coffin | Scoop News | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The old Soviet Union armed the East German brutal dictatorship under the pretext of countering and standing up to the West German capitalist and their imperialist masters in the USA. Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, who is originally from East Germany and supposedly a victim of the Soviet’s oppression, is using an identical pretext to arm the most ruthless dictatorship in the Middle East. According to Merkel’s government, which is hell bent on selling 200 Leopards tanks to the Saudi regime, these tanks would bolster Saudi Arabia’s ability to stabilise the region by confronting and holding at bay the growing Iranian influence. This argument is absolutely baseless, given the extremely poor track record of the Saudi army, despite being equipped with the most advanced USA weaponry and the intensive USA training.
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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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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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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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Arab Spring gives US a new chance in the Middle East - The National

Arab Spring gives US a new chance in the Middle East - The National | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Barack Obama has not faced the continuing revolutions in the Arab world with any passion. Rather, the US president has often behaved as if these were annoying intrusions into his domestic agenda. Yet change has come, and whether Mr Obama likes it or not this will alter Middle Eastern attitudes toward the United States.

Mr Obama has been lucky - not a bad thing for a politician. The president has avoided taking the lead amid regional convulsions, failing to exploit openings to Washington's advantage. He has not even outlined a strategy defining American interests and aims, beyond the generalities in his speech at the State Department last May. And yet the US administration has almost everywhere managed to fall on its two feet, with limited negative consequences. Those who predicted that the Arab Spring would be a disaster for the US have so far been proven wrong.

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An open letter to President Obama: People of Bahrain need your help | LUBP

An open letter to President Obama: People of Bahrain need your help | LUBP | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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'Arab Spring' Inspires Protests in Europe & America

'Arab Spring' Inspires Protests in Europe & America | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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"People assumed that somehow the Middle East was different and that was based on assumptions that somehow Islam is different, 'It's not like us.' And that was an assumption that underpinned the war on terror, too. And I think what's so wonderful about the Arab Spring is that it's disproving that assumption. It's showing that Arabs are just a democratic as everyone else," noted Kaldor.

Just as the Arab Spring was building momentum, protests also erupted in parts of Europe.

In Athens, thousands of people demonstrated against the Greek government's package of spending cuts and privatizations - taking over Syntagma Square outside parliament.

"It's all about, I think, a failure of representation, a feeling that the political class is one class, 'We can't influence them, it's outrageous that they're suddenly saying that we have to pay for what the banks did.' And I think that there's a similar feeling of outrage in the Arab world," added Kaldor. "So I think there are very many similarities between what's happening in Europe and what's happening in the Arab world."

In London, British protesters railed against their government's austerity measures.

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U.S. Base In Bahrain In Danger

U.S. Base In Bahrain In Danger | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The United States is quietly looking for another country, on the west coast of the Persian Gulf, to host an American naval base. This is because months of political unrest in Bahrain has put the American base there in danger. So the U.S. Navy is looking at the possibility, and cost, of moving the Bahrain base to Dubai or Qatar. The navy is not happy about making the move, as it would be expensive and disruptive. But if the unrest in Bahrain continues, and escalates, there may be no choice.

 

Continuous , amplified protesting until America leaves the Base.  Then you have a new ally against the regime.  America will be free of its Khalifa dependency and can influence/demand human rights and reforms!

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“Ending States that Sponsor Terrorism”: Dismantling the Iraqi State, Destroying an Entire Country

“Ending States that Sponsor Terrorism”: Dismantling the Iraqi State, Destroying an Entire Country | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The United Nation's Human Rights Council in Geneva reviews the human rights record of the United States on the 5th of November 2010, on the occasion of the Ninth Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), 1 to 12 November 2010. The following is a presentation given by Dirk Adriaensens in Geneva on 3 November.
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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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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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WASHINGTON, July 26, 2011: Bahraini American Delegation Meet Congress to Discuss Crackdown | PR News Wire | CentreDaily.com

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2011: Bahraini American Delegation Meet Congress to Discuss Crackdown | PR News Wire | CentreDaily.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, July 26, 2011 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain, ADHRB, is leading a delegation of Bahraini Americans to Washington DC to meet members of Congress and staffers on the hill to discuss the deteriorating political developments and gross Human Rights violations that are taking place in Bahrain.

In a statement released by Husain Abdulla, the director of ADHRB, he stated that: "The Bahraini American community was extremely disappointed with the Obama Administration for its lack of support for the pro-democracy movement in Bahrain. While we supported the positive changes in Tunisia and Egypt, we clearly did not value the Bahraini uprising and somehow considered the demands of the Bahraini people lesser value of the other countries. We are taking this delegation to Washington DC to make a clear case to our policymakers; that a free and democratic Bahrain where people of Bahrain can determine and decide their own political future in which they can elect their leaders in a free and fair election is far much better to our interest in the region; than a Bahrain that violates Human Rights on daily basis which is the case now."
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U.S. struggles to free money for Libyan rebels

U.S. struggles to free money for Libyan rebels | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Despite new diplomatic recognition, the opposition could face a long wait for financial relief.

One obstacle to releasing the money is that much of it was seized under legally binding sanctions imposed against the Gaddafi government by the U.N. Security Council. Unfreezing such accounts would require a consensus vote of the U.N. sanctions committee, according to one senior European diplomat, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
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Bahrain: Washington and London Endorse Dialogue With Tyrants, War Criminals and Torturers

Bahrain: Washington and London Endorse Dialogue With Tyrants, War Criminals and Torturers | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Efforts by the US and British-backed Bahraini regime to repair its international image over human rights violations are in tatters with the revelation that senior members of the oil kingdom’s royal family have been personally involved in torturing hundreds of civilian detainees, including doctors and nurses.
One of the torturers-in-chief is Captain Nasser Al Khalifa, son of the king. He graduated this year “with honours” from the US Marine Corps University at Qantico, Washington.
This criminal rule by inner-circle members of the House of Al Khalifa also exposes Washington and London’s efforts to positively talk up reforms and dialogue by their Persian Gulf ally as a cynical sham. In Libya and Syria, war and sanctions are declared against alleged human rights abusers. But in Bahrain, Washington and London say pro-democracy protesters must embrace the rulers’ so-called initiative for national dialogue.
Revelations of royal family brutality in Bahrain also make a mockery of King Hamad’s announcement last month of an “independent” human rights probe into violations that took place during the Western-backed Saudi-led military invasion of the oil-rich kingdom earlier this year.
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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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Yemenis protest Saudi, US meddling

Yemenis protest Saudi, US meddling | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Yemenis continue to protest Saudi and US interference in their country's affairs.
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