4/08/2011

Save the People of Bahrain

The right to protest is legal and guaranteed according to the Bahraini constitution
Save the Bahraini people. We are all Bahrain.
O rulers of the world get the Jazera Shield out of Bahrain
Bahrain is under the Saudi and Emirati occupation
The protesters demands are political not sectarian
A constitutional monarchy is a just demand and a legitimate right
No for discrimination among the people of Bahrain
No for the obnoxious Sectarianism
Where are the human rights organizations on what is happening in Bahrain?
Why the western double standards in dealing with the Bahraini issue?
The people are facing armies while holding roses and their flag
Our message to the whole world is (our demands will remain peaceful despite of the regimes harshness)
A distress call from the peaceful Bahrainis who love all people
Our sons and daughters are in prison for the sake of Bahrain... children of the world save themm
Justice...freedom... Democracy...These are the dema demands of the Bahraini people
Peace is our motto in our movement demands in Bahrain.
We want a civil state in Bahrain
We are all brothers for the sake of Bahrain
The Bahraini Prime Minister has been in his position for 40 years ...Where's democracy?
In Bahrain teachers, doctors and workers were suspended because they are demanding their civil rights.
For freedom... Bahraini people offereed blood and the government rejects dialogue.
Rulers of the world ... Save the Bahraini people and sent human rights organizations to verify the crimes.
We are all Bahrain...we aree all peaceful...we demand freedom
Stop the killing

'Internal' tensions in the Gulf region

There are fresh tensions in the Gulf region, but the country being painted as the aggressor this time is just 300km across the famous stretch of water - Iran. The unrest is being billed as one between the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) nations and their Persian neighbour.

The foreign ministers of the six nations - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates recently met in Riyadh.

They released a statement criticising what they called Iran's blatant interference in internal affairs, particularly in Bahrain and Kuwait.

This comes after Iran's objection to Saudi Arabia sending in troops to Bahrain during the uprising there. In return, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, said on Monday the GCC statement was issued under the pressure of the US government and its allies.

This episode of Inside Story discusses what 'Iranian meddling' may or may not amount to, and just what the GCC and Iran are achieving by ratcheting up the rhetoric at this time.

Inside Story, with presenter Kamahl Santamaria, discusses with guests: Hussein Shobokshi, a columnist for Asharq Alawsat newspaper; Ghanbar Naderi, a political commentator and jounalist; and Fahad Shulemi, a security analyst and a former colonel in the Kuwaiti army. 

Source: Al Jazeera News 

4/04/2011

BAHRAIN HOSPITALS 'PARALYSED' BY UNREST

The Bahraini government's crackdown on protests has "paralysed" hospitals in the country and turned them into "places to be feared", according to a new report from Medecins Sans Frontieres.
Health facilities in Bahrain have been largely overwhelmed since large-scale protests began in Manama in mid-February. Thousands of protesters, many of them with severe injuries, passed through the hospitals in a matter of weeks, taxing a health care system that was simply unprepared to deal with the influx of casualties.
But making matters worse, the group reported, is the military's "targeting of health facilities and workers", which turned the country's largest health centre into what MSF called an "occupied hospital".
Many patients, even some with severe injuries, have simply refused to go to the hospital out of fear for their safety, MSF reported.
"Wounds are used to identify demonstrators, restricted access to health care is being used to deter people from protesting, and those who dare to seek treatment in health facilities are being arrested," the group wrote.

'They would beat us in the night'
MSF singled out Salmaniya hospital, the country's largest, as an example of the politicisation of health care in Bahrain.
Doctors and nurses in Salmaniya hospital told Al Jazeera last month that they were beatenOpposition protesters routinely sought medical treatment in Salmaniya, not just because of its facilities, but also because it was viewed as a "safe place".
But that changed in mid-March, after Bahraini security forces cleared the protesters massed in Pearl Roundabout with clouds of tear gas and a hail of bullets.
"The military took over the hospital and established checkpoints with tanks and masked military personnel all around its perimeter," the group wrote in its report.
"MSF has met different patients in their homes who confirm that they were systematically beaten and intimidated within the ward."
The Bahraini government has denied attacking patients inside the hospital, insisting that troops were deployed to Salmaniya only to maintain order.
But MSF's reporting tracks with accounts from eyewitnesses, who told Al Jazeera last month that security forces were roaming the hospital, looking for protesters. Doctors and nurses said that they were beaten up, and that patients were often not allowed to enter or leave.
"I tried to escape from Salmaniya for five days," one 40-year-old man told MSF. "They would beat us in the night. They called us terrorists. They even ripped off my IV line and pushed me to the floor."

Ongoing crackdown
It seemed a month ago that the thousands of protesters staging daily rallies in Manama were close to winning substantial concessions from Bahrain's government. Many of the protesters were Shia, and they were frustrated with economic and political discrimination at the hands of the country's ruling Sunni elite.
But the harsh crackdown on March 16 brought an end to protests in Manama, and the government continues to keep pressure on what remains of the opposition.
The opposition Wefaq group says hundreds of airport workers, most of them Shia,were sacked this week for going on strike to support pro-democracy protesters. Earlier in the week, the government shut down Al-Wasat, the country's main opposition newspaper, on charges of "unethical" coverage.
Hundreds of people arrested during the crackdown remain missing; several who have been released say they were tortured, often with electric shocks.
The island kingdom remains under a state of emergency, and a heavy security presence has restored calm in the capital. Protests have largely shifted to Shia villages outside of Manama.

Source: Al Jazeera News