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    Post  mudra Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:42 pm

    Bahrain Freedom Movement: Protests will continue until removal of the regime
    Date: 2011/02/16


    http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=226550

    The secretary-general of the "Bahrain Freedom Movement, Abdul Raouf Shayeb, said on Tuesday: Today what we saw from the crowds of protesters in the street and all the rallies and marches were not related to or motivated by any political groups or organisations, but we have the same slogans with Tunisia and Egypt. i.e. removal of the ruling system.

    (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The secretary-general of the "Bahrain Freedom Movement, Abdul Raouf Shayeb, said on Tuesday: Today what we saw from the crowds of protesters in the street and all the rallies and marches were not related to or motivated by any political groups or organisations, but we have the same slogans with Tunisia and Egypt. i.e. removal of the ruling system.
    Shayeb added: "We never not reconcile with this system, which had been contaminated hands with the blood of innocent citizens demanding their rights."

    He emphasised on people's right to self-determination and take decision in the self-governing and have their own government and electing rulers by the people.

    He continued: Today 70 percent of Bahrain population is Shia which are under severe pressure and discrimination by Sunni rulers.

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    Post  mudra Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:45 pm

    Bahrain's king vows to probe protester deaths

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn4CPtytg0I



    The king of Bahrain has gone on television to announce an investigation into the deaths of two protesters killed in clashes with security forces.
    On Tuesday, a mourner was shot dead at the funeral of a protester killed when police fired a barrage of tear gas and rubber bullets in the capital, Manama.

    Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa offered his condolences to the men's families.

    But soon after, thousands of protesters gathered in Manama's main square. The security forces have so far held back.

    The disturbances in Bahrain - where the Shia majority has been ruled by a Sunni Muslim royal family since the 18th Century - are the latest in the wave of anti-government unrest that has swept the Middle East.

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    Post  mudra Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:40 am

    15 February 2011
    Bahrain protests prompt global concerns


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12471243

    Protest at Pearl Roundabout, Manama, 15 Feb Bahrainis tried to create their own version of Egypt's Tahrir Square

    As protests continue in the tiny gulf state of Bahrain, home to the US Fifth Fleet, the Americans and Saudi Arabia are monitoring events there very closely.

    The country, with an indigenous Shia-majority population, is ruled by a Sunni royal family, the al-Khalifas.

    As events in Egypt gathered pace, human rights activists in Bahrain called for a day of rage on 14 February.

    The result on Monday was sporadic protests in Shia villages across the island and attempts to create a "Tahrir Square movement" in central Manama, the capital.

    Footage shot by protesters and posted on the internet shows riot police attacking peaceful demonstrators with tear gas and rubber bullets.

    Thus far, the government is continuing to respond with harsh tactics. Dozens of protesters have been wounded and two killed.

    A 21-year-old man died on Monday after being hit by a rubber bullet. On Tuesday, at a funeral march to protest against his killing, a second man was hit by a shotgun blast and died.
    Constitution calls

    Although protesters have been routinely beaten and tear-gassed by security forces in the past, these deaths are the first of their kind in several years, and are likely to add fuel to a growing anger among ordinary Bahrainis.

    The demonstrators, many waving the Bahraini flag, are calling for a new constitution, the release of hundreds of Shia men and boys who have been rounded up since August 2010 and an end to civil rights abuses.

    The king went on state television promising to investigate the deaths of the two protesters and offering to set up a committee to discuss change.

    "Too little, too late," was the blunt analysis of Nabeel Rajab of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights.

    "Yesterday the people were calling for reform. Today they are saying: 'Change the regime.'"

    However, Western analysts caution that an Egyptian-style revolution is unlikely to unfold in Bahrain.

    Gala Riani, a senior Middle East analyst at Jane's Defence Weekly says: "Bahrain is not unused to this kind of unrest.

    "The authorities will be able to handle it, as they have in the past, if it is sectarian in nature."

    But that could be a big if.
    Women involved

    Journalist Reem Khalifa, a senior editor with the Bahraini newspaper Al Wasat, says this time the protests are different.

    "Young Sunni and Shia are marching together and they are shouting 'neither Sunni nor Shia but Bahraini'. We have not seen this before,'" she says.
    Bahraini women demonstrate in the village of Duraz, outside the capital of Bahrain, Manama, 14 February 2011 Demonstrators want a new constitution, the release of prisoners and an end to civil rights abuses

    She adds that women are much more involved in the protests. One reason is that they are less likely to be manhandled by the security forces.

    Even so, Ms Khalifa says she saw one woman who had approached a security line with a Bahraini flag being roughed up.

    The security police are largely non-Bahraini. They are Sunni Muslims recruited from Pakistan, Yemen, Syria and Jordan.

    Fast-tracked to citizenship and given preferential treatment, they are infuriating protesters.

    One protester told me: "Some of [the security police] don't even speak Arabic. They have no respect for the people.

    "They have no loyalty to the flag. Their only loyalty is to their paymasters."
    Saudi intervention?

    Meanwhile, American president Barack Obama may have another headache on his Middle East plate. The Fifth Fleet is seen as a bulwark against the rising threat of Iran.

    As in Egypt, US policy has been to ignore the often legitimate grievances of Bahrainis in favour of stability and support for a repressive regime.
    Demonstrators chant in the village of Duraz, outside the capital of Bahrain, Manama, 14 February 2011. Bahrain's majority Shias have complained of discrimination by the governing Sunni dynasty

    But if these protests transcend the sectarian divide and the Bahraini government responds with ever more brutal tactics, Washington will be put in a very difficult place - to support the government will be to deny the democratic aspirations of yet another Arab nation.

    And Saudi Arabia is even more nervous - a causeway links the kingdom to Bahrain.

    An expert with close ties to the powerful Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef told me the Saudi government will intervene if the situation "gets out of hand".

    Gala Riani of Jane's Weekly concurs, saying the Saudis would not be loath to lend support - and in a worst-case scenario to intervene directly - should the Bahraini authorities not be able to control the demonstrations.

    That would add a nightmarish twist to Barack Obama's growing Middle East dilemma at a time when instability is rapidly outpacing American strategy in the region.

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    Post  burgundia Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:38 pm

    http://www.saudiwave.com/International/in-bahrain-police-move-against-protesters-state-of-emergency-declared.html

    MANAMA (BAHRAIN) - Thursday, February 17, 2011 - A swelling anti-government protest that had drawn thousands to the heart of this country's financial district was broken up Thursday in a predawn raid by police who used tear gas, clubs and rubber bullets to clear the crowd. At least two people were killed, and protesters said others were critically injured. There was no official word on casualties from Bahrain's authorities.

    Hours later, tanks rumbled into Manama as Apache helicopters flew overhead. Military vehicles and police blocked roads, and some areas were cordoned off with barbed wire. In what longtime observers said was turning into an unprecedented crackdown here, the Bahraini national Security Council met and declared a state of emergency.

    The authorities declared the emergency "just to clear them, to force them to go back to their houses," a Bahraini government official said, referring to the protesters. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter.

    The raid took place hours after protesters gathered here in Bahrain's capital to demand greater political freedoms and more jobs. Some had escalated their demands to include the ouster of Bahrain's prime minister, a member of the ruling family who has served for nearly 40 years, and even an end to the al-Khalifa monarchy.

    The crackdown followed one earlier this week that left two demonstrators dead and prompted an apology from King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.
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    Post  burgundia Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:24 am

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    Post  mudra Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:33 pm

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    Bahrain's ruling family has defied mounting international criticism by ordering the army to turn on its people for the first time since pro-reform demonstrations erupted five days ago.
    As protesters attempted to converge on Pearl Roundabout, a landmark in the capital Manama that has become the principal rallying point of the uprising, soldiers stationed in a nearby skyscraper opened fire.

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    Post  mudra Sat Feb 19, 2011 8:51 pm

    EMERGENCY Bahraini doctor pleads for help too many casualties to count hospitals can't cope

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhnjpSJhInY


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    Post  mudra Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:53 am

    23/2/2011

    In Bahrain, 23 Shia Muslims accused of trying to topple the Sunni monarchy have been released, Reuters says, quoting a lawyer in the Gulf kingdom. That follows the release of 200 other, mostly Shia, prisoners detained in recent months. The release of political prisoners had been a key demand of protesters who want the government to resign.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12307698

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    Post  burgundia Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:27 am

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/03/14/134529045/foreign-troops-enter-bahrain-to-quell-protests?ft=1&f=103943429

    NPR's Frank Langfitt tells NPR Newscasts events have taken an 'ominous' turn with the arrival of foreign troops in Bahrain. On Sunday, Bahraini protesters fought police in Manama, the capital. Opposition leaders tell Reuters any intervention by Gulf Arab forces is a 'declaration of war and occupation'.

    Several media reports say the troops are from the Gulf Cooperation Council, made up of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

    Bahrain News Agency reports lawmakers in Bahrain urged the king to impose martial law after serious fighting on Sunday. USA Today says about 800 people have already been hurt by fighting in recent days.

    The division is also religious: the Bahraini royal family is Sunni Muslim, and they've now called on neighbor Sunni nations for help. Most of Bahrain, including the leading opposition groups, are is Shi'ite.

    Bloomberg says Shi'ites are demanding free elections and an end to discrimination in jobs and hiring.
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    Post  mudra Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:57 pm

    Saudi Intervention in Bahrain
    March 14, 2011
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    Forces from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries will enter Bahrain to help the Bahraini regime quell unrest, according to a number of media reports, including by Bahrain’s Alyam newspaper, known for its close links with the ruling al-Khalifa family. The reports come one day after clashes occurred between Shiite protesters and police in the capital, Manama. Meanwhile, Bahraini state media reported that the Independent Bloc, a parliamentary bloc of the Bahraini parliament, asked Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa to enforce martial law to contain the unrest.

    These reports suggest that foreign intervention in Bahrain, or at least the possibility that the Bahraini military is taking over the security reins, is imminent. Such a move would mean the regime is getting increasingly concerned with Shiite unrest, which does not appear to be subsiding despite calls for dialogue from Bahraini Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa.

    Troops from the United Arab Emirates are reportedly expected to arrive March 14. Al Arabiya reported that Saudi forces have already entered Bahrain, but these claims have yet to be officially confirmed by the Bahraini regime. The only announcement thus far has come from Nabil al-Hamar, the former information minister and adviser to the royal family, who wrote on Twitter that the Arab forces arrived in Bahrain. An unnamed Saudi official also said March 14 that more than 1,000 Saudi troops from the GCC’s Peninsula Shield Force entered Bahrain late March 13, AFP reported.

    Read more: Saudi Intervention in Bahrain
    http://www.stratfor.com/analysis/20110314-saudi-intervention-bahrain?utm_source=redalert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=110314&utm_content=readmore&elq=776b5684c6e24b959ade561530316ab5

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    Post  devakas Thu Mar 17, 2011 4:00 am



    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rebuked the foreign military presence in Bahrain, calling the presence of Saudi and UAE forces an attempt to counter the will of the people, and said he is holding the US fully accountable for their actions.
    “This military invasion was a foul and doomed experience. Regional nations hold the US government accountable for such a heinous behavior,” Ahmadinejad told reporters. “The US seeks to save the Zionist regime and suppress popular uprisings. So, it supports certain governments.”
    He argued the uprisings are a protest to US presence in the region as much as they are calls for change in national governments, saying the US controls the governments the people want to destroy.
    “How can a person rule his people while he interacts with them via arms? A government should belong to its people,” exclaimed the Iranian President.
    Ahmadinejad said violence against protestors would solve nothing and only enrage the people further to push harder on their demand. He called on the Bahraini government to negotiate and meet the demands of the people.
    The people of Bahrain want an end to their corrupt US-backed government, several have died and hundreds injured as thousands march against the ruling al-Khalifa family which has turned to using the police and foreign militaries on its own people to maintain control.

    Husain Abdullah, the director of Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain said the relationship between Bahrain and the US is strong, as evidenced by the presence of the US military in the nation. Given this relationship the US is unique poised the stop the valance, he argued.
    “We know very well the tanks, the weapons, the bullets that are ebbing used by the Saudi troops and the Bahraini troops are sold to them by us [the US],” Abdullah said. “In addition to that, Bahrain received aid; security aid, military aid, we pay them rent for the base we have in Bahrain. They do the job for us there, they do our dirty job. They are a very strong ally and we can control what they are doing. We have 6000 troops in the country. If we don’t stop this, yes we are participating in their atrocity.”
    He further highlighted the hypocrisy of American views, noting that the White House vehemently speaks out against the government of Libya for oppressing protestors, but is silent on Bahrain.
    “It’s just s hypocritical stand that goes against everything we believe-in in this country,” he said. “This should stop. This should be changed.”


    [url=rt.com]http://rt.com/usa/news/ahmadinejad-usa-accountable-bahrain/[/url]
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    Post  devakas Sat Mar 19, 2011 5:42 pm

    UN human rights chief alarmed by military takeover of hospitals in Bahrain

    http://www.voltairenet.org/article168938.html

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Thursday she was deeply alarmed by the escalation of violence by security forces in Bahrain, in particular the reported takeover of hospitals and medical centres in the country, which she called shocking and a blatant violation of international law.

    “My office has been receiving desperate calls and emails from numerous individuals in Bahrain, terrified about the armed forces’ intentions,” she said. “There are reports of arbitrary arrests, killings, beatings of protesters and of medical personnel, and of the takeover of hospitals and medical centres by various security forces. These reportedly include Bahraini police, defence forces and troops from the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Peninsula Shield Force. This is shocking and illegal conduct. Police and armed forces must immediately leave health-care facilities and cease their harassment and intimidation of health professionals.”

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    She warned all members of security and armed forces currently in Bahrain that their actions are governed by international law, which provides for individual criminal responsibility for violations committed even under superior orders.

    “I urge the Government not to use force against unarmed protesters, to facilitate medical treatment for the injured, to disarm the vigilante groups, including security officials wearing plain clothes, and I also urge the protesters and the Government to engage in immediate dialogue for meaningful reforms and an end to violence,” Pillay said.
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    Post  devakas Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:02 am



    http://www.voltairenet.org/article169126.html

    Middle East: Obama’s counter-revolution
    by Thierry Meyssan*

    After some hesitation over how to respond to the Arab revolutions, the Obama administration has opted for the strong-arm solution as a means to rescue those vassals which can still be salvaged. As in the past, the task of leading the counter-revolution devolved upon Saudi Arabia. Riyad imposed its Libyan pawns on the international community to the detriment of the insurgents and later trampled over Bahrain, drowning the popular uprising in blood.

    At the request of King Hamad ibn Isa Al-Khalifa and with the OK of the United States, Saudi troops roll into Bahrain to quell the revolt (14 March 2011).

    On 10 March 2011, following a meeting at the Elysée palace with three rebellion leaders, President Nicolas Sarkozy announced that France had suspended its recognition of Colonel Gaddafi’s regime as the legitimate representative of Libya in favour of the Libyan Transitional National Council (LTNC).


    US Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Manama on 13 March 2011 to pledge his country’s support to the King of Bahrain. On the following day, the Saudi army swept through the Kingdom to crush the rebellion.
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    Post  Floyd Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:09 am

    Nice to see the Formula One Race has been withdrawn from Bahrain. It should never have been considered frankly until the government stop repressing the shiite majority.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/formula_one/13694628.stm

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