Apr 20, 2014
The West is more concerned about selling arms to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia than the two countries’ appalling human rights records, an analyst tells Press TV.
In an exclusive interview with Press TV on Saturday, Chris Bambery stated that when Western statesmen visit Saudi Arabia, they maintain silence about the country’s human rights records.
“They (Western statesmen) go to Saudi Arabia to sell their arms, to do contracts. They are not there concerned about Saudis’ human rights record, let alone in Bahrain. So, really it’s not on the agenda,” he noted.
Bambery, a leading member of the Scotland-based International Socialist Group, further asserted that US President Barack Obama apparently did not mention a word about Bahrain during his visit to Saudi Arabia in late March.
“Obama will not be making any speeches about the human rights situation in Bahrain…. The contrast is that Obama is saying we’re committed to staying in Bahrain, and yet the regime, an autocracy, undemocratic [regime] with a disgusting human rights record is still killing its own people,” he noted.
Bambery added, “It is a story that could be shouted from the rooftops, but it’s not. And the reason for that is essentially not so much the importance of Bahrain and the Al Khalifas to the West, although not unimportant, but in particular the importance of Saudi Arabia, who of course has been crucial to suppressing the Bahrain revolution and maintaining the repression inside that [country].”
The uprising in Bahrain started in mid-February 2011. On March 13 that year, forces from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were dispatched to the country at Manama’s request to help quell the nationwide protests.
Last month, Amnesty International denounced the “relentless repression” of anti-regime protesters in the tiny Persian Gulf country, blaming Bahraini security forces for their repeated use of “excessive force to quash anti-government protests.”
Feb 13, 2014
Shia villages outside Bahrain’s capital have been left shrouded in tear gas after fierce clashes between police and anti-government demonstrators. The protest movement is marking three years of its uprising against the ruling Sunni monarchy, which has been met with a relentless crackdown and thousands of arrests. RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reports on the long-running standoff.
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September 17, 2013
Human rights watch claims there is evidence that Bahraini security forces routinely detain and abuse children suspected of participating in anti-government protests. That’s according to a report, published today. Here we have a quote ‘Information recently obtained from victims, family members, and local rights activists suggests that Bahraini authorities often hold children for long periods in detention and subject them to similar forms of mistreatment as adult detainees, including beatings and threats of torture.’ Nicholas McGeehan, one of the authors of this press release, told RT some of the alarming details.
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April 20, 2013
Tensions are high in Bahrain ahead of Sunday’s Formula One Grand Prix but not in anticipation of a dramatic race. Tens of thousands of pro-reform protesters across the country are furious at the government hosting a major sports event despite the kingdom’s poor human rights record.
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April 1, 2013
Terror’s State continues in Bahrain while Western World is asleep.
December 12, 2012
Leading Bahraini human rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, has had his prison term cut from three to two years. Rajab has been imprisoned since August, on charges of organizing illegal gatherings and inciting violence.
The activist’s lawyer was demanding his release. The uprising in Bahrain has been ongoing for almost two years now, with the Shia majority demanding democratic reform from the Sunni ruling family.
RT talks to geopolitical analyst Patrick Henningsen.
“Anything that the regime is going to give way on will be a positive thing,” he told RT. However he noted that, “to have any genuine democratic reform in a country like Bahrain, that is housing the US fifth naval fleet and at the same time Washington and London and Tel-Aviv are talking aggressively, bating Iran into a military conflict, perhaps, that makes it a huge problem to see any reform happening now in Bahrain,” Henningsen said.
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December 10, 2012
The Western media has always ignored Bahraini revolution, the Rohingya massacre and some of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time. In this year’s UN session on human rights in Geneva, the Islamic Commission on Human Rights is planning to put these issues at the top of the agenda. On this week’s INFocus, we follow the efforts of the IHRC as they go to the UN to champion the causes of Muslims suffering around the world.
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November 24, 2012
21st Century Wire’s Patrick Henningsen talks about the recent wave of bombings in Manama, Bahrain, and how they might be false flag bombings, possibly linked to western intelligence agency activity in the region.
October 29, 2012
The Bahraini Al Khalifa monarchy serves only its own interests, representing a form of feudalism which usurps the people, a prominent political analyst tells Press TV.
Bahraini protesters have once again held demonstrations against the Al Khalifa regime in several towns on Friday after the Eid al-Adha prayers, with protesters calling for the downfall of the Manama regime.
The demonstrators also demanded an end to the regime’s violent crackdown on peaceful protests.
Bahrain’s revolution began in mid-February 2011. The government promptly launched a brutal crackdown on the protests and called in Saudi-led Arab forces from neighboring Persian Gulf states to help crush the demonstrations.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Rodney Shakespeare, chairman of the Committee against Torture in Bahrain, from London, to further discuss the issue.
October 23, 2012
Erdogan is making loud noises, he would like a war, but his army are not even good enough to make a buffer zone, yet his political standing in Turkey is unrivaled. He continues to support Muslims fighting other Muslims: Libya, Syria and Bahrain for starters. He thinks he can be an Ottoman Pasha.
And the PKK (Kurdish fighters in Turkey) is getting stronger.
July 20, 2012
Thousands of anti-government protesters have clashed with riot police in Bahrain. Police in the capital have fired tear gas to disperse crowds in the capital. At least 50 people have been killed since unrest began in February. For more on this RT talks to Sayed Hadi Al-Mosawi, a member of the opposition who was at the protests.
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June 26, 2012
All they ever do is lie lie and lie. How can ANYONE buy their propaganda any longer?
This plot was in Israeli policy papers for years with a map for attacking Iraq and the Syria and then Iran.
May 18, 2012
In Iran, protests backed by the state have been organised against plans to form a European Union-style bloc amongst the Gulf states. Two key American allies, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain would be the first Arab Gulf nations to sign an agreement. Iran has called the idea a U.S.-backed plot to see Bahrain become part of Saudi Arabia. Bahrain has seen anti-government protests for more than a year, with fears now the potential union could strengthen the position of the Sunni rulers over a largely Shia population. Professor Seyed Mohammad Marandi, from the University of Tehran, says it’s the Saudi royal family, together with Washington that will benefit.
May 4, 2012
Sheikh Imran Hosein explains that a hundred years ago the Ottoman empire was being dismantled by the same people that are hijacking parts of the Arab Spring now.
He states very clearly that the Syrian opposition are terrorists and they have nothing to do with Islamic conduct. The oppression in Bahrain is not Sectarian by nature, but rather to protect the Saudis from an uprising.
The Sheikh also explains the takeover of Libya and the targeting of Iran.
He states a Western attack is imminent in the months ahead (Not yet certain if that was in this part)
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May 3, 2012
The F1 motor race was held in Bahrain in order that the roar of the cars should drown the screams of those being tortured. But, as result of the continuing enterprise and bravery of the Bahraini democrats, more of the world is coming to know of the crimes of the killer-Khalifas in Bahrain. All the human rights organisations and the (London) Committee Against Torture in Bahrain are collecting the evidence and, one day, members of the Khalifia regime will end up in a criminal court and receive life sentences. This is not fantasy — at some point the Americans and the British, who are at present controlled by Zionism, will wake up to the fact that they are hated throughout the Middle East and a decision will be taken to betray the Khalifas. And if Iran is attacked, the chances of sudden change in the Middle East — including the overthrow of cruel authoritarian regimes in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain — are much higher.
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May 2, 2012
Over 14 months and anti-regime protests are still alive in Bahrain. On Tuesday, May Day demonstrators said the regime has deprived them of their jobs to punish them for taking part in rallies. Concerns are growing over the state of detained activists and a continued crackdown directly supported by Saudi Arabia, but what has enabled the al-Khalifa regime to calmly claim all is well in this tiny Persian Gulf kingdom?
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by Stephen Lendman
April 24, 2012
Perhaps Bahrain April 22 was a first. Imagine a sporting event featuring state-sponsored terror and blood in the streets.
Imagine one with race drivers and event organizers mindless of raging crimes against humanity nearby.
Hollywood script writers wouldn’t touch it. Producers wouldn’t let them. The atmosphere was surreal. Attendance was sparse. A normally full grandstand was half empty. It’s a wonder anyone came.
Observers said more security forces than spectators showed up. Most teams, drivers, mechanics, engineers, and other personnel preferred to stay home. Nonetheless, they came.
Formula 1′s reputation was tarnished. Instead of pulling out, it went ahead anyway. Although favorite Sebastian Vettel took the checkered flag, no one won the contest. It was more travesty than sporting event.
The Al Khalifa monarchy’s media strategy backfired. Instead of burnishing Bahrain’s image, journalists focused more on rage against injustice, blood in the streets, police state violence, security forces and armored vehicles surrounding the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), and clouds of black smoke rising nearby.
Even though the heavily guarded venue let the race come off without incident, Bahraini protesters won on Sunday. Millions watched worldwide. Social media spread the word.
So did journalists courageous enough to explain. Even The New York Times got some of it right. It quoted activists saying they were protesting for democratic change.
It mentioned human rights leader Abdulhadi Alkhawaja’s “hunger strike for over two months.” It’s now two and a half months and counting, but how much longer can he hold on?
It also reported protest leader Salah Abbas Habib’s death by “gunshot wounds” without mentioning his name. It cited opposition groups blaming police. It explained that “antigovernment protesters have been demonstrating for democratic reforms” since other “revolts erupted across” the region last year.
The Washington Post, however, relied solely on an April 22 AP largely puff piece. It focused mostly on the event. It said “Bahrain got exactly the type of incident-free Formula One race it wanted….”
Perhaps inside, but not on bloodstained streets where the real action took place the way it’s done for months.
A London Independent article headlined, “Bahrain GP limps across finish line as lockdown wins the day,” saying:
Normalcy was nowhere in sight. Activist Alaa Shehabi said:
“There are armored vehicles at the entrance to every village. If anyone emerges now they will just be shot at. The government has sent a very strong message.”
After speaking to the Independent, Shehabi was arrested and detained. Inside the BIC, organizers and participants expressed relief at day’s end without incident. For sure, they want to leave and head home. Some may wish they hadn’t come. Who wants to race in a war zone?
London Guardian writer Ian Black headlined, “Bahrain Grand Prix fails to drown out angry protests,” saying:
Though unable to disrupt the race, protesters “claimed a moral victory against their government in their campaign to focus attention on tensions and repression in the Gulf state….”
Black explained heavy security, armored vehicles, police attacking protesters, tear gas, rubber bullets, thick black smoke clouds, curfews, and overall conditions unfit to live in let alone race.
“A Bahraini photographer reported that police had threatened to smash his camera for taking pictures of them chasing protesters.”
Black quoted Brookings Doha Centre analyst Shadi Hamid saying:
“For Bahrain’s regime, the F1 race was a massive, almost embarrassing, failure. For the opposition, it was a godsend.”
He cited real grievances gone unaddressed. He quoted independent al-Wasat Bahraini journalist, Mansoor al-Jamri, saying he’s “amazed by the (regime’s) state of denial.”
He reported an activist’s tweet, saying the “race is over but the Bahrain revolution continues.”
On April 23, the Guardian’s Josh Halliday said UK Channel 4 News journalists, including foreign affairs correspondent Johathan Miller, were “deported from Bahrain” after being arrested for filming a demonstration.
Denied visas, they came without accreditation. So did other foreign journalists. Authorities tried keeping all unwanted ones out. Some dared come anyway. Those caught were roughed up, detained, and deported.
Miller said police “aggressive and violently attacked the group’s driver.” Channel 4 aired him saying:
He and his crew “were caught filming a planned demonstration in one of the Shia villages….” Police confronted them. “(T)hey have not been particularly pleasant. They’ve been very aggressive towards me, my crew and driver and Dr Ala’a Shehabi, a prominent human rights activist.”
Authorities seized their cameras and computers, wouldn’t return them, and “initially refused permission to board a flight” home. Finally they got out.
State Terror Took the Checkered Flag on Sunday
Security forces escalated violence. Protesters, activists, and journalists were targeted. Tear gas, rubber bullets, shotguns, stun grenades, and baton beatings were used. Arrests, torture and other abuse followed. Another death was reported from tear gas inhalation. Some believe it’s toxic.
A Sanad village resident known as Sabeer was found dead in his room. The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) said he’s the 79th confirmed death since protests erupted in mid-February 2011.
On Sunday, at least eight Bahraini women with tickets showed up at the BIC. Unarmed, they began protesting peacefully. Police beat and arrested them.
Nazeeha Saeed, a previous torture victim, tweeted that “torturer officer Sara Al Moosa is on duty in BIC protecting the race.”
Others expressed concern about the arrested women taken to the same Naziha police station where detainees are tortured. Parents were denied permission to see their daughters.
Throughout the weekend, Manama’s Pearl Roundabout (scene of numerous protests) was surrounded and heavily protected. Protesters were heading there. It’s a symbol of freedom and democratic change.
No one was allowed near it. Security forces used tear gas, rubber bullets, stun grenades and shotguns.
On April 21, Alkhawaja’s daughter, Zainab, was arrested for the second time. She was peacefully protesting her father’s detention and condition. She’s currently detained in jail. Her sister, Maryam, BCHR’s foreign affairs head, said:
“I can guess (she’s held) because nobody really believes in the legal system.” Police states have none. “Zainab’s mentality is you can only bring about the fall of the regime when you stop treating it like a government.” It mocks a legitimate one. So do many other regional police states.
On April 21, activist Mohammed Hassan was arrested with London Telegraph journalist Colin Freeman. He was struck with a gun barrel and beaten. He required hospitalization. Detained for about 24 hours, he’s now released.
On April 22, activists Alaa Shehabi and Ali Aali were accompanying journalists when accosted by police and arrested. Aali said they were insulted and humiliated. Shehabi is an economist, lecturer, writer, activist, and research head of BRAVO human rights organizations, as well as co-founder of Bahrain Watch.
On Saturday, Danish journalist Rasmus Tantholdt was denied entry at Manama airport for the second time in 24 hours. Two weeks ago, he managed to get in to report on Alkhawaja. On Sunday, two Japanese journalists were arrested and detained.
Police accosted German photojournalist Mazen Mahdi while covering Belad Al Qadeem village protests. He was threatened and told his camera would be broken if he didn’t leave. He explained saying, the “threat (was) made by what appear(ed) to be an officer masking his face and rank.”
On April 23, a media blackout remains in place. Journalists caught violating it are targeted. In the run-up to Sunday’s race and the day after, it didn’t work. The word got out and spread worldwide.
Millions paying attention know more about state terror than Grand Prix racing. They also understand why Bahrainis risk so much to end it. Given their courage to live free, it’s better than even money they will one day.
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March 22, 2012
Amid ongoing unrest in Bahrain, the regime’s cracking down on non-violent protesters, as well as people who’ve been helping them. A group of doctors are on trial, after treating wounded anti-government demonstrators last year. RT’s Paula Slier has the latest.
Correspondent with Global Research Finian Cunningham was in Bahrain and witnessed some of the doctors treating the wounded during the crackdown. He thinks the Bahraini regime is persecuting the medics to keep them from telling the truth.
March 23, 2012
The EU continues to pursue its strategy of pressure on the Syrian regime to force it out of power. Foreign ministers have agreed to impose a travel ban and asset freeze on the British-born wife of the country’s leader. Asma al-Assad is among 12 officials or family members to be added to a number of figures, including the president, who are already subject to sanctions.
Washington has also threatened to tighten the screws on the Syrian government and isolate it even more if President Assad doesn’t comply with the UN statement appealing for a ceasefire. With violence still raging in the country, the opposition has dismissed international calls on both sides to implement Kofi Annan’s peace plan – as not meeting the needs of the people.
Government consultant Christoph Hoerstel, who’s recently returned from Syria, says he’s deeply concerned that the sanctions may have been a response to recently leaked emails between the Assad family.
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December 12, 2011
More people are dying, from the very young to the very old. The latest victim of the Bahraini revolution is an infant.
Many Bahrainis are asking: Is anyone spared in this Saudi led crackdown on the people of Bahrain?
What will it take for concrete actions to be taken by the international community to stop the violence in Bahrain and for its people to get their rights?
November 28, 2011
The BICI report has accused Bahraini security forces of wrongdoing, but is the issue of the report enough justify the regime? Will the international community buy it? And will the opposition take it seriously even if some of the report’s recommendations are implemented? Is Iran to blame for the unrest of the Bahraini people? Or is it another Arab Spring against corruption and injustice? CrossTalking with Mitchell Belfer, Kate Hudson and Peter Eyre.