BAHRAIN - The US is siding with the regime in its campaign against its citizens through its silent complicity over its ally's cr

The US is siding with the regime in its campaign against its citizens through its silent complicity over its ally's crimes and through continuation of arms sales.

By Murtaza Hussain
21 April 2012

Bahrain riot police confront democracy protesters.

BAHRAIN AND THE WEST - unpublished letter to Irish Times, 220412.


there are three key aspects of the Bahraini uprising that must be known:
Firstly, the uprising is hugely significant in proportion to the uprisings in neighbouring countries. Eighty people have been killed out of a small population of just over 1.2 million (0.6 million of these naturalised expatriates). This is equivalent to over 5000 dead in the Egyptian revolution. Nonetheless, the proportion of the population who are demonstrating has not elicited any serious expressions of concern from western powers nor serious coverage by the western media.
Secondly, the Bahraini authorities are playing the sectarian card against the protesters – invoking yet again, as occurred previously in Iraq, a conflict between Shia and Sunni Muslim, and the demonisation of the perceived regional evil - Iran.
The protesters on Pearl Roundabout in March 2011 were mainly Shia, due to the awful discrimination in all aspects of work and cultural life against this larger demographic group by the ruling Sunni elite. Yet many Sunnis were prominent amongst the protesters last year, including those arrested.
Thirdly and most importantly, the brutal suppression of the uprising in March 2011 by the Bahraini security forces was assisted by the western-backed Saudi military.
Western leaders have an appalling record of supporting and arming the despotic regimes in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Bahrain Activist May Die from Hunger Strike

Bahrain Activist Abdulhadi Al Khawaja May Die from Hunger Strike 
Bahraini democracy activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja may soon die in prison from a self-imposed hunger strike in the quest for the freedom of his country. Isn't it time you stood up for his freedom?
Demand the release of Abdulhadi Al Khawaja, who is now on his 55th day of a hunger strike and may soon die from organ failure.
See here: Jailed Bahraini activist on hunger strike may die | AFP
Amnesty urges Bahrain to free activist on hunger strike | BBC
Bahrain hunger striker's life in danger, daughter says | CNN

Occupy Bahrain: The largest demonstration in Bahrain. We are the 99%


Bahrain - Link to great Al Jazeera video

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