9/30/2011

Bahrain: Lulureturn

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‎#Bahrain #feb14 #lulureturn واشنطن بوست: دعوة لعدم بيع أسلحة للبحرين















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دعت صحيفة واشنطن بوست الأميركية الكونغرس الأميركي إلى عدم الموافقة على بيع أسلحة إلى مملكة البحرين لأن الأخيرة تمارس القمع ضد المحتجين المطالبين بالديمقراطية على حد قول الصحيفة، وقالت إن صفقة الأسلحة فيما لو تمت فإنها ستكون في غير محلها المناسب.
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Bahrain: "NO SHOPPING"

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‎Bahrain :Women response to the violations against other women,, NO SHOPPING for a month starting from October1,2011
رد النساء على الانتهاكات بحق النساء الأخريات ،، مقاطعة المجمعات والمشتريات لمدة شهر ابتداءاً من 1 أكتوبر

UN Rights Office Criticizes Bahrain Sentences


By: FRANK JORDANS | Associated Press
GENEVA 

GENEVA (AP) The U.N. human rights office on Friday questioned the fairness of a Bahrain court that sentenced an anti-government protester to death and gave lengthy prison sentences to medical staff who treated the injured during the country's uprising.
Bahrain's military-run National Safety Court reportedly gave defendants and their lawyers little time to prepare, failed to investigate allegations of torture and conducted some trials in just 10 minutes, a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said.
The court sentenced one protester to death for killing a policeman, and gave 20 doctors and nurses prison sentences ranging from five to 15 years. At least 33 protesters among them union leaders and professional athletes also received sentences of three years or more.
"For such harsh sentences to be handed down to civilians in a military court with serious due process irregularities raises severe concerns," Rupert Colville, told reporters in Geneva.
"We understand according to our sources that we trust that defendants have had limited access to lawyers, and in most cases lawyers definitely did not have enough time to prepare their clients' defense properly."
The U.N. human rights office called on the government to ensure that those detained were charged with "a recognizable criminal offense."
Colville said some of the defendants appeared to have been found guilty of nothing more than exercising their right to free speech.
Hundreds of activists have been imprisoned since March when Bahrain's rulers imposed martial law to deal with protests by the country's Shiite majority demanding greater rights and freedoms.
The trial of the medical staff has been closely watched by rights groups, which have criticized Bahrain's use of the special court whose military and civilian judges are appointed by the commander of Bahrain's defense force.
The World Health Organization also questioned the prosecution of the medical staff, but refrained from outright criticism of the Bahrain government.
"Health care workers have a moral and ethical obligation to treat the injured regardless of their political affiliation and they should never be punished for doing what is required by this obligation," said WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib.
The U.N. statements echoed concerns expressed Thursday by the U.S. State Department.
Spokesman Mark Toner said the United States, which has stationed the Navy's 5th Fleet in the Gulf nation, was "deeply disturbed" by the sentencing of the medics.

World arms deals and tilting at windmills

REUTERS

Bernd Debusmann is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

For the United States, the world’s leading arms merchant, a controversial deal with the tiny island state of Bahrain is negligible, less than half a percent of America’s total sales.  But it helps explain efforts to regulate the global arms trade more tightly.
The proposed sale in question is worth $53 million, involves 44 armoured Humvees, a variety of missiles, and night vision equipment. The Pentagon announced it in mid-September, just three months after the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Council, Eileen Chamberlain Donahue, in a speech in Geneva, included Bahrain on a list of governments that “repress dissent with impunity.” Along with Syria, Yemen and Libya, the royal rulers of Bahrain responded to the Arab Spring democracy movement by killing and jailing opponents.
In mid-September, the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency told Congress that the deal would “contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a major non-NATO ally that has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.”  The advocacy group Human Rights Watch said the U.S. appeared to “reward repression with new weapons.”
That would make it hard for people to take seriously American statements about human rights and support for democracy, said Maria McFarland of Human Rights Watch. The deal should be delayed until Bahrain ends abuses against critics, she said on September 22.
Since then, the Bahraini rulers took more action that provided fodder to its critics. On September 29, a court sentenced a protester to death for allegedly killing a policeman and sentenced doctors who had treated wounded protesters to prison terms from five to 15v years.
Bahrain, connected by a causeway to Saudi Arabia, is home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, there to guard shipping lanes that carry around 40 percent of the world’s tanker-borne oil. The Pentagon’s explanation of the deal echoed decades of U.S. policy that placed a higher value on stability than on democracy.
That kind of thinking was part of the reason why a group of Nobel Peace Prize winners, in 2003, launched an initiative to establish an international Arms Trade Treaty that would close gaps in existing arms control regulations and set legally binding standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional weapons.
After various preparatory meetings, the United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to convene a conference next July to work out a robust Arms Trade Treaty. The enterprise brings to mind an image of well-meaning Don Quijotes tilting at windmills. Why? Since the end of the Cold War, the international arms trade has become more complex, more competitive and more driven by economics rather than ideology.


SHRINKING MARKET, FIERCER COMPETITION

Then, “providing conventional weapons to friendly states was an instrument of foreign policy utilized by the United States and its allies. This was equally true for the Soviet Union and its allies,” writes Richard Grimmett, the author of the latest report on the global arms trade the Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides annually to the U.S. Congress. Now, “the principal motivation for arms sales by key foreign suppliers…may be based as much, if not more, on economic considerations as of those of foreign or national security considerations.”
That holds true, too, for the U.S.(where defense and aerospace companies provide an estimated 800,000 jobs) and it holds especially true at a time of declining world-wide orders for arms because of the global recession. In 2010, according to the CRS report, world-wide arms transfer agreements totaled $40.4 billion, a decline of almost 40 percent compared with 2009.
The U.S., long the world’s top arms supplier, ranked first again in 2010, with arms deliveries (as opposed to agreements) worth $12.2 billion, more than twice as much as second-ranked Russia. Germany came third, evidence of what the CRS report described as weapons-exporting countries looking for new clients in areas where they have not played major established roles.
The German government faced fierce domestic criticism in July after reports on a planned deal to sell 200 top-of-the-line Leopard tanks to Saudi Arabia, which had sent troops and tanks across the causeway to Bahrain to help crush anti-government demonstrations. Unlike the U.S., Germany has no direct security interests at stake in the region. But like the U.S., Germany has a defense industry that needs exports to flourish. Its main arms manufacturers employ around 80,000 people.
All of which casts a dark shadow over prospects of an effective Arms Trade Treaty. As does China, which is opposed to the inclusion of small arms and light weapons in any international treaty. As it happens, China has become a key supplier of such weapons to Africa, where they have caused the vast majority of casualties in conflicts that have killed millions.

You can contact the author at Debusmann@Reuters.

Bahrain Court Hands Down Harsh Sentences to Doctors and Protesters





Women rallied Thursday outside Manama, Bahrain.  Protests still occur despite a crackdown.







THE NEW YORK TIMES
By J. DAVID GOODMAN
September 29, 2011
A court in Bahrain sentenced a protester to death on Thursday for killing a police officer in March, and it issued harsh prison terms to medical workers who treated protesters wounded during the months of unrest there this spring, according to the official Bahrain News Agency. The punishments drew strong criticism from rights groups.
The agency reported that eight people it identified as doctors who worked at a central hospital in the capital, Manama, received 15-year sentences. Other medical personnel at the hospital, the Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain’s largest public hospital, were given terms of between 5 and 15 years.
The sentences were the latest sign that the country’s Sunni monarchy would continue to deal severely with those involved in widespread protests this year, mostly held by members of its repressed Shiite majority. Much of that effort has been focused on the doctors and nurses who treated demonstrators.
At the height of the protests, security forces commandeered the Salmaniya hospital and arrested dozens of doctors and nurses. Rights activists have since accused the government of having made systematic efforts to deny medical services to wounded protesters. The international relief organization Doctors Without Borders stopped working in Bahrain last month after its offices were raided.
Reacting to the verdicts and punishments announced Thursday, Physicians for Human Rights, an advocacy group in Cambridge, Mass., called on the government of Bahrain to set them aside. “These are medical professionals who were treating patients during a period of civil unrest, as their ethical duty requires them to do,” the group’s chief policy officer, Hans Hogrefe, said in a statement on the group’s Web site. “To imprison them as part of a political struggle is unconscionable.”
The Bahrain News Agency, in describing the sentences handed down by a security court on Thursday, said the medical workers had taken over the hospital and used it as a base for antigovernment activity. They were convicted of possessing fuel bombs and light weapons, confiscating medical equipment, and “fabricating stories and lies.”
The medical professionals have said it was their duty to treat anyone who arrived at the hospital and have rejected accusations that treating protesters was akin to supporting their cause.
In the case of the officer’s death, the court said the convicted man, identified as Ali Yusuf Abdulwahab al-Taweel, had run down the officer with his car during antigovernment protests in Sitra, an oil hub just south of the capital, and was guilty of an act of terror. Another man, driving a second car, was sentenced to life in prison for his involvement.
Sitra, known for its activist Shiite population, was a stronghold of antigovernment activists at the height of the demonstrations.
The government of Bahrain, with help from Saudi Arabia, violently quashed the country’s peaceful protest movement in March. Despite the crackdown, demonstrations still occur regularly, especially in places like Sitra, where youths battle security forces after sundown. Graffiti clutters almost every wall there. “We will only kneel before God,” one slogan reads.
“The government has turned to using the law for repression,” said Mohammed al-Maskati, the head of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights.
On Wednesday, the security court upheld life sentences for eight prominent political leaders, The Associated Press reported. Earlier in the week, the court sentenced 32 people, including at least two members of the Bahrain national handball team, to 15 years in prison for protesting illegally.
“They are sending a very negative message to the international community that Bahrain is not moving in the right direction in terms of respecting human rights,” Mr. Maskati said.
Human rights groups say that since the unrest began in the Persian Gulf kingdom of only about 525,000 citizens, 34 people have been killed, more than 1,400 have been arrested and as many as 3,600 people have been fired from their jobs. Four people also died in custody after torture, the rights groups say.

Anthony Shadid contributed reporting from Beirut, Lebanon

9/29/2011

Bahrain شاب اعزل يواجه قوات المرتزقه ببسالة / قرية الديه

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Bahrain شاب اعزل يواجه قوات المرتزقه ببسالة / قرية الديه
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الملتوفات في سترة تدخل ضمن سياسة الدفاع المُقدس 28/9/2011


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الملتوفات في سترة تدخل ضمن سياسة الدفاع المُقدس 28/9/2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCsgY3zh6WE
بعد إعتداء قوات الشغب على مسيرة سلمية في سترة اليوم الأربعاء تم تدشين المرحلة المُتقدمة في الدفاع المُقدس حيثُ تمّ إستخدام الملتوفات كقوة رادعة لقوات الشغب

Bahraini Foreign Minister appeal Iran to help solve crisis


(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid ibn Ahmad Al Khalifah has asked for Iran to help the country resolve the current crisis.
He made the remarks during a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on the sidelines of the 66th annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday.
Salehi raised concerns about recent developments in Bahrain, saying that the crisis can only be solved through dialogue between the Bahraini authorities and the people.
Sheikh Khalid said a fact-finding committee, led by renowned human rights expert Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni, is investigating the events and will publish its report by the end of October.
The Bahraini foreign minister also stated that Manama will abide by the committee's findings.
Bahrainis have been holding anti-government demonstrations since mid-February, demanding an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty's 40-year rule.
Scores of people have been killed and hundreds of others have been arrested in a brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters in Bahrain, which is the base of the US Navy's Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf.
Salehi also held separate meetings with the Sudanese, Syrian, and Bulgarian foreign ministers on Monday.
Salehi and his counterparts discussed the latest international and regional developments and called for the expansion of bilateral relations.

Ali al-Ahmed: Saudi monarchy repressing women


(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - In Saudi Arabia, dozens of female activists have launched a campaign called “my right, my dignity”, aimed at ending the discrimination against the Saudi women including the driving ban.
Meanwhile, a Saudi activist who has defied the kingdom's prohibition on women driving will be put on trial.
There is an interview with Ali al-Ahmed, Director of IGA from New York, to share his opinion on this issue.

Q: Speaking about the discriminations against Saudi women, what more can you tell us about that discrimination inside Saudi Arabia?

Al-Ahmed: Well women in Saudi Arabia are still treated as the property of their male family members and they cannot decide. Many of the rights that women around the world and in region enjoy such as the right to have surgery, women in Saudi Arabia if she needs surgery or enters hospital she needs permission from their husband, father or son. The woman in that country cannot obviously drive, cannot decide where to go because the father or the guardian is in charge of that and decides even if she can get married or not.
So you are talking about the status of women, the personal agency women is not there for Saudi women and the Saudi law forces them to be subject to their male family members. And in addition to that, this announcement about allowing women to vote in 2015 is really meant to try to stop the protest that is going to happen by women, to participate in elections as full members, and it is also trying to cover up the abuses of women in that country. Women in that country cannot even play sports. You see, in your country in Iran they are allowed to play sports and to have federations. In Saudi Arabia, women will go to jail if they drive or if they try to play any kind of sports or try to marry the person that they love. So this is the situation that continues to be very bad for them.

Q: The things you are referring to about the kinds of discriminations that women inside Saudi Arabia are facing right now when you say they are not allowed to marry the person that they like, that they are viewed as a property for the male members of society, now is that something you think that is too much inherent in Saudi society to change?

Or is it because you think that Saudi Arabia, up until now, has not been under enough scrutiny from the international community, maybe, or from international human rights organization to try and talk over or rather discuss a solution for the situation there for women?
Al-Ahmed: Obviously, the international community has not brought any pressure on the Saudi monarchy to allow to give rights to women. Let's just look at Bill Clinton, the former president of the United States praising king Abdullah for his reforms. The same thing was authored by the State Department and the White House. For what reforms, I do not understand? They believe that the people of the region are ignorant or something. You have a situation for women that is the worst situation for women in the world.
Around the world, in Muslim countries, women are able to convey themselves as personal, they have their personal agency. They are allowed to become drivers, to become ministers, to vote, to participate. In Saudi Arabia, that is not the case.
So to praise this monarchy for something that is minute, really, this enhances and allows the monarchy to continue to discriminate against women and it prolongs the suffering of women in Saudi Arabia. So anyone, any Western leader or government who praises the Saudi monarchy for any steps on women rights or women rights in general, what they are doing, they are becoming partners to the abuse of the people in Saudi Arabia.

Q: We are hearing now of the “my right”, “my dignity” campaign launched by the women inside Saudi Arabia. Now do you think that the fundamental changes that you were speaking about to be enforced in Saudi Arabia can be possible and can happen under the current ruling monarchy in Saudi Arabia even if it is to save face for the international community or do you think that bringing about these fundamental changes requires very much more fundamental changes in the ruling system of Saudi Arabia?

Al-Ahmed: Obviously, the situation of women in Saudi Arabia is a direct result of the shape and the characteristic of this regime. So that must change, political change must happen in order to allow women to participate fully and to become a normal member of society, unlike the situation that they are in, it is one of the most horrific situations for the women around the world.

9/28/2011

The National Safety Court of Appeals issues verdicts

Manama, Sept. 28 (BNA) -- The Military Prosecutor Colonel Dr. Yussef Rashid Flaifel today stated that the National Safety Court of Appeals held its session today and issued verdicts in a number of appeals by defendants involved in the case of plotting to topple the leadership of the Kingdom of Bahrain,in which the Court decided to approve the appeal as following:

1 – Abdulwahab Hussain Ali Ahmed have been sentenced to life imprisonment.
2 – Hassan Ali Hassan Mohammed Moshamea have been sentenced to life imprisonment.
3 - Mohammed Habeeb Al Safaf (Al Meqdad) have been sentenced to life imprisonment.
4 – Abduljaleel Radhi Mansour Maki have been sentenced to life imprisonment.
5 – Abduljaleel Abdulla Al Sankees have been sentenced to life imprisonment.
6 - Saeed Mirza Ahmed (Al Nori) have been sentenced to life imprisonment.
7 – Abdulhadi Abdulla Mahdi Hassan have been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
8 – Abdulla Isa Al Mahroos have been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
9 – Abdulhadi Abdulla Hubail Al Khawaja have been sentenced to life imprisonment .
10 – Salah Abdulla Hubail Al Khawaja have been sentenced to five years in prison.
11 – Ibrahim Shareef Abdulrahim Moussa have been sentenced to five years in prison.
12 – Mohammed Hassan Mohammed Jawad have been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
13 – Mohammed Ali Radhi Ismael have been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
14 – Yousif Mohammed Al Sumaikh have been sentenced to two years in prison.

The Military Prosecutor Colonel stated that those mentioned above were accused of :
1 – Establishing and managing a terrorist group to overthrow and change the state constitution with joining that group.
2 – Collaboration with a terrorist organization abroad, working for a foreign country in order to commit hostile acts against the Kingdom of Bahrain.
3 – They attempt to change the state constitution and rules of royal power by force.
4 - Promoting for the change of the political system in the Kingdom by force.
5 – Collecting and giving money to the terrorist group knowing exercise terrorist activity.
6 – The possession of publications that promote the change of the political system in the Kingdom by force by using illegal means.
7 – Promoting false news and spreading malicious propaganda that harm public security and interest.
8 - incitement of hatred against people.
9 - Incitement to non-compliance with the law.
10 - Organizing and participating in unlicensed protests without notifying the authority.

The Military Prosecutor Colonel added that all defendants can appeal at the Court of Cassation according to decree by law No. 28 for the year 2011, asserting that there are further seven fugitives from justice in the same case has already been convicted by the Court of First Instance of the National Safety, they are as following:
1 – Saeed AbdulNabi Mohammed Shehab have been sentenced to life imprisonment .
2 - Akeel Ahmed Ali Al Sari have been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
3 – Abulraouf Abdulla Ahmed Al Shayeb have been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
4 – Abbas AbdulAziz Nasser Al Omran have been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
5 – Ali Hassan Ali Moshamea have been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
6 – AbdulGhani Isa Ali Khanjar have been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
7 – Ali Hassan AbdulAmam have been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The hearing was attended by representatives of human rights associations, as well as representatives from the media, and a number family members of defendants and victims.
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Bahrain: Arrests of women for the protest at CityCenter on the first day of voting.



Arrests of women for the protest at CityCenter on the first day of voting.

#Bahrain #14Feb #البحرين http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwxpzHi7MIY&feature=related


فيديو قمع مسيرة إلا الأعراض في سترة 27/9/2011 - ريتويت للنشر http://youtu.be/2ESMZN0X-rY #Bahrain #Tooq #feb14



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9/27/2011

Power struggle deepens divisions among Bahraini royal family




Police suspended for torture reinstated as hardliners seek to marginalise their 'liberal' prince
By Patrick Cockburn

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Senior Bahraini police officers suspended for torturing detainees are being swiftly reinstated in a sign of a growing struggle for power within the al-Khalifa royal family over the extent of the repression to be used against pro-democracy protesters.
In addition, 90 Jordanian officers, serving in the Bahraini police force and alleged to have mistreated prisoners, are having their contracts terminated and are being sent back to Jordan, opposition sources have told The Independent. They say it is not clear if this is to purge the security forces of the worst offenders or to get rid of witnesses to the wholesale use of torture when the government crushed the Arab Awakening movement in Bahrain in March.
Increasing divisions within the Sunni royal family are becoming more blatant as statements by King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa aimed at conciliating the majority Shia community are not followed up by action. Though he told state and private companies to reinstate the 2,500 employees sacked for taking part in pro-democracy protests, many have been unable to get their old jobs back.
The government's actions are also contradictory. Earlier this month it suspended several senior police officers, some of them members of the al-Khalifa ruling family, after they were accused of being implicated in torturing prisoners. One officer held an important position at Riffa police station, notorious for the use of torture, and another was a section chief of the CID. Demonstrations by Sunni in Riffa in favour of the suspended officers were followed by the immediate reinstatement of at least one of the men.
The hardliners in the royal family are led by the army commander, Khalifa bin Ahmed, and his brother, the Royal Court Minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed. They were once at odds with the Prime Minister, Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman, who has held his job for 40 years since the British left in 1971, but they closed ranks when the Arab Awakening started in February in Bahrain, sparked by pro-democracy uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.
The largely peaceful demonstrations centred on Pearl Square in the middle of the Bahraini capital Manama, but the government reacted as if it was facing an armed insurrection. A Saudi-led military force crossed the causeway from Saudi Arabia to Bahrain in the middle of March and a brutal crackdown followed with mass arrests and use of torture. Forensic experts brought in by an investigating commission verified that 63 detainees had been so severely mistreated that marks of torture were still visible three or four months later.
The hardliners in the royal family, supported by Saudi Arabia, have sought to marginalise Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad, seen as the most liberal royal. Before the March crackdown he sought to work out an agreement with al-Wifaq, the main opposition party. Since then he, along with King Hamad, has lost much of his authority.
The government crackdown was accompanied by the state media launching an anti-Shia campaign, claiming, without any evidence, that Iran had fomented armed rebellion against the al-Khalifa dynasty. Sectarian hatreds increased, leading to Sunni-run private companies and state organisations refusing to re-employ sacked Shia employees despite the King's order.
Mohammed Sadiq of Justice for Bahrain says that among those sacked who have not been re-employed are 24 Shia journalists, working on Al-Ayam newspaper, who were fired on 16 March. Some 402 workers at Aluminium Bahrain (almost all Shia) were sacked and only 50 have been re-employed though they have had to sign new employment contracts whereby they lose all annual leave and sickness benefits.
The continuing repression has not returned stability to Bahrain and is not likely to do so. There are nightly protests in Shia districts with the police using rubber bullets and stun grenades. Occasional deaths of protesters enrage the Shia community. Particular fury was caused by the death of Ali Jawad al-Sheikh, 14, apparently killed by a tear gas grenade fired at point-blank range.

The ruling family – from liberal voice to hardline colonel

Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa
Seen as the most liberal member of the Khalifa family, the Crown Prince had sought an agreement with opposition parties before protests began. Now, increasingly marginalised by hardliners in the royal family, he has lost much of his authority.

King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa
Conciliatory moves from the king aimed at the majority Shia community have not been followed up by action. Despite ordering state companies to reinstate employees sacked for taking part in protests, many have not yet been able to get their jobs back.

Colonel Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Khalifa
As the leading hardliner within the royal family, the army commander has benefited from the support of Saudi Arabia, which sent a military force to help crush protests in March. He has seen his influence grow as the crackdown continues. Richard Hall

Women's in Bahrain

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النساء في البحرين | Women's in Bahrain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIiUMBjt1sY
الاعتداء على النساء في البحرين من قبل المرتزقة يا غيرة الله اغضبي

Bahraini regime detains 50 women


(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - In an interview with Al-Alam News Network on Sunday, this political activist referred to brutal suppression of Bahraini people in two previous days, while underscoring that almost 50 women have been detained in Bahrain in two days.
He noted that the Bahraini regime does not even refrain from resorting to violence against women.
He also pointed out that the Bahraini regime’s forces use dangerous toxic gases throughout residential regions to suppress popular protests, which are fatal and lead to spread of unknown diseases among youths, and miscarriage of pregnant women.

9/25/2011

Saudi women given voting rights

Al Jazeera  25 Settember 2011

King Abdullah says women will be allowed to run as candidates in municipal polls and will even have a right to vote.
Saudi women will have the right to join the advisory Shura Council (consultative assembly) as full members and participate in future municipal elections, King Abdullah has said.
The announcement came days before municipal elections where women will be excluded.
"Because we refuse to marginalise women in society in all roles that comply with sharia, we have decided, after deliberation with our senior ulama [clerics] and others ... to involve women in the Shura Council as members, starting from the next term," Abdullah said on Sunday in a speech delivered to the Shura Council.
"Women will be able to run as candidates in the municipal election and will even have a right to vote," Abdullah said.
RestrictionsThe decision means women will take part in the elections to be held in four years. Nominations for municipal polls on Thursday are already in.
Women in the ultra-conservative Gulf kingdom are not allowed to drive.
Activists in the country have long called for greater rights for women, who are barred from travelling, working or having medical operations without the permission of a male relative.
More than 5,000 men will compete in Thursday's municipal elections, only the second in Saudi Arabia's history, to fill half the seats in the kingdom's 285 municipal councils. The other half are appointed by the government.
The first elections were held in 2005, but the government extended the existing councils' term for two more years.
More than 60 Saudi intellectuals and activists have called for a boycott of the ballot for excluding women.

CAMERUN: PRESIDENTIAL, DISCUSS CODE IS ELECTION CAMPAIGN OPENS TOMORROW


2011.09.23


It does not get unanimity among the political code of conduct of the National Electoral Commission of Cameroon (ELECAM) in view of the presidential election on 9 October. The ten pages of a document, signed Wednesday by the majority of the contending parties, request the nominees to "moderate the talk", "not to tear the posters" and "do not use positions of power and for electoral propaganda" to ensure "proper performance of the entire electoral process." ELECAM however, indicates that the code "is not binding." Two formations of opposition, the 'Progressive Movement' and the 'City Dynamics', have not ratified the code: the first is contrary to the prohibition on publication of information relating to the counting of votes as the minutes of the second bloc rejects the recommendations of a "body-transparent" as ELECAM. Strangely, the 'Cameroon People's Party' of President Paul Biya, who is suspected of driving the entire electoral process, has not signed the code which should be included in the prohibition to intervene with force to stop any protests. On the eve of the election scheduled for tomorrow, local press and observers agree in considering the deadline of no interest to Cameroonians as the reconfirmation of Biya, in power for 29 years, it is obvious despite the long list of challengers in around 22. The title contender is the historic opponent of the 'Social Democratic Front' (SDF), John Fru Ndi, already defeated by Biya in 1992 and 2004. From Brussels (Belgium) the 'United Front of the Cameroonian diaspora' is campaigning for the "active boycott of the electoral farce of October" as the presidential election on October 9 are nothing more than "a process totally illegitimate mafia and with the objective to maintain in power the dictator Paul Biya for the great ill of people".

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IVORY COAST: FORMER RULING PARTY LEAVES ELECTORAL COMMISSION



The Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) party of former President Laurent Gbagbo, now in the opposition, denouncing the lack of dialogue with the majority, has suspended its participation in the activities of the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) in charge of organizing the legislative by 15 December.
The FPI claims to have asked the government for dialogue on security issues, the composition of the CEI and constituencies, without success. The party argues that the current membership of the CEI does not guarantee the transparency and fairness of the forthcoming elections. A statement signed by Laurent Akoun, interim general secretary of the FPI, denounces a “blatant imbalance” in favor of the ‘Rassemblement pour la Démocratie et des Houphouétistes la Paix’ (RHDP), a coalition close to the president Alassane Dramane Ouattara, which was only too evident after a recent reshuffle within the Commission.
Nearly a year after presidential elections marred by a bitter confrontation between supporters of Gbagbo and Ouattara, which left at least 3000 dead, Côte d’Ivoire is preparing to return to the polls to renew the Parliament. Former President Gbagbo, founder of the FPI, is still under house arrest awaiting trial at home for economic crimes; he will likely hve to respond to charges of war crimes or crimes against humanity before an international court.
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TERRORISM, AMERICAN BASES IN THE HORN OF AFRICA DRON


The United States is preparing ground for many drones that will be used in counterterrorism operations in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula: to reveal the news, covered by strict secrecy is the quote 'Washington Post' that the Pentagon's strategy for the region "is no different from that used in the 'Af-Pak' (Afghanistan and Pakistan) where the so-called drone raid (military aircraft without radio-driver, Ed) are almost daily."
Leveraging the experience gained in Asian countries, the Americans have decided not to repeat the mistake made in Asian countries, speaking before the network of links between terrorist groups is deeply rooted in the territory.
In the Horn of Africa - suggests the WP, the Americans could quickly use two of the four air bases available to them: one, that of Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, is equipped with sophisticated tools for listening and identification of index cases. Namely, the Indian Ocean island of Mahe, Seychelles archipelago, the hangar of a small air base contains four copies of M-4 Reaper drones.
In principle, and according to agreements signed in 2009 with the Government of Victoria, it is unarmed aircraft and intended to fight piracy, but some cables spread of Wikileaks show that the drones in question were used for operations against -terrorism in Somalia.
With the tacit benevolence of the Saud family in Saudi Arabia, an airstrip for drones is already under construction on the territory of the kingdom, while a fourth base should see the light in Ethiopia, historical ally in the region and combating the insurgency Army of 'Shebab' in neighboring Somalia.
"The area around the Gulf of Aden - U.S. intelligence sources point out to the WP - is a crossroads of terrorism in rapid development. Its close surveillance is a sensitive topic that must be treated with the utmost discretion. "

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ZAMBIA: ELECTIONS: OPPOSITION LEADER, SATA, IS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC

2011.09.23

Michael Sata, leader of the opposition Patriotic Front (FP), has been declared winner of presidential elections in the country held two days ago. The President of the Supreme Court gave the announcement, after a night of tension and isolated cases of violence, for which the ‘King Cobra’, as the national press dubbed him, has collected 43% of the vote compared to 36% of Outgoing President Rupiah Banda.
Immediately after the announcement, dozens of supporters of the populist leader – whom analysts praise for having been able to exploit the creeping discontent among the population over lack of development in the country, despite strong growth supported mainly by the mining sector – took to the streets of Lusaka and other cities to celebrate.
Yesterday, the delay in announcing the results ended up angering backers of both parties, who then became involved in brawls and riots resulting in two people being killed in the towns of Kitwe and Ndola in the north, the heart of the ‘copper belt’ which fuels the national economy.
In order to reduce the risk of tensions and clashes, the Lusaka High Court has decided to ban newspapers from publishing unofficial data and polls while the police have stepped up their control over areas considered most ‘at risk’ such as the slums of Lusaka and those of Solwezi, the capital of the rich mining Copperbelt province (northwest).
The oath and inauguration of new president is expected around noon today.
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Security forces arrest vandals for targeting polling areas


Manama, Sept. 24 (BNA)—General Coordinator of Parliamentary By-elections at the Ministry of Interior and General Director of Guards Brigadier Abdullah bin Saif Al Nuaimi announced on Saturday that a number of polling centres in the Capital, Central and Northern Governorates were targeted by vandals to hinder the polling process.
He said that a group of vandals had gathered to block some roads near polling stations in the three governorates, while other groups poured grease on the ground near the polling centre in Sanabis to disrupt traffic movement to prevent the public from voting. They also stoned and damaged several cars belonging to citizens in the parking area of the polling centre in A’ali.
He said that these acts by lawbreakers necessitated the intervention of the security forces to ensure the voting process progressed smoothly and to facilitate citizens to perform their national duty while their safety was ensured. He said that 22 people belonging to these groups were arrested and legal action taken against them as part of the Ministry of Interior’s resolve to check attempts to break the law.
He said that the groups’ actions were meant to disrupt the by-elections where citizens were keen to vote in order to exercise their right to practise their political participation to ensure the success of the reforms project of His Majesty the King.

9/24/2011

Persian Gulf Elections Offer Glimmer of Democracy

Phillip Walter Wellman | Dubai
VOA



Election season is in full swing in a part of the world with muted democracies - the autocratic Arab states of the Persian Gulf. The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are holding elections on Saturday, selected Saudis will go to the polls next Thursday and citizens in Oman will cast their ballots next month.

Arab Spring and elections
The elections are the first in the region since the beginning of the so-called Arab Spring. In general, civil unrest, or the threat of it, has prompted mild electoral reform in only a few Persian Gulf nations. And in no way do the changes loosen the monarchs’ grip on power.
That is why analysts like Toby Jones, assistant professor of Middle East History at Rutgers University, say the election process is disguised as progress and is aimed more at reinforcing the status quo.
“They are demonstrations on the part of regimes that they understand that there is domestic pressure for political change, but they’re not even half measures, they’re quarter measures and I don’t think anyone takes them very seriously,” said Jones.

Awakening
In no place has the struggle for regional awakening been more visible than in Bahrain. For the past seven months, pro-democracy demonstrators have been calling for the introduction of a constitutional monarchy in the tiny kingdom.
Saturday’s elections will fill 18 seats abandoned by members of the main opposition al-Wefaq party, who quit parliament in February over the government’s bloody crackdown on protesters. Four seats are uncontested. Al-Wefaq and other opposition groups are boycotting the vote.
Mattar Mattar, one of the legislators who resigned, says the decision to replace the parliamentarians is inciting many Bahrainis to take to the streets and protest.
“Of course there is no legitimacy for this parliament because we were representing all seats for the opposition," said Mattar. "So currently the opposition is not represented at all.”

Bahrain
In March, Bahrain’s Gulf neighbors sent military backup to the country to help quell the democratic uprising there and prevent the unrest from spilling over to their shores.
Bahrain’s leaders said the extra troops were needed to reinstate stability. Mattar says the move was unnecessary.
“We don’t think that democracy represents an obstacle and a threat for other GCC countries," said Mattar. "We are trying to send those messages.”
In the region, there are signs by rulers offering some electoral concessions that those messages are having some impact.


United Arab Emirates
In Oman, legislative powers were given to parliament for the first time this year following widespread protests. The largest electoral changes, however, have been offered in the family-ruled United Arab Emirates.
The number of Emiratis allowed to vote in the second-ever Federal National Council elections has increased nearly 20-fold from the first poll in 2006. However, the roughly 129,000 voters were hand picked by the government and only represent about 12 percent of the local population.
And only half of the 40-member FNC is elected. The leaders of the seven emirates that make up the country chose the other half. Ultimately, the body has no lasting law-making power. Like all legislatures in the Gulf, ultimate control rests with the ruling monarchs.


Saudi Arabia
In Saudi Arabia, leaders decided to hold municipal council elections this month after a two-year delay. Many experts say it is likely that the postponement would have dragged on even longer if it were not for the opposition uprisings in neighboring countries.
Saudi candidates will be vying for approximately 1,630 seats on 258 municipal councils. According to the law, only men are allowed to vote and run for office and, as in the UAE, only half of the council seats are elected by the people.
Some analysts see hope that the elections, while restrictive, are at least a needed first boost.
Staci Haag, Gulf regional director for the National Democratic Institute, says the Saudi vote, like other regional polls, is an important stepping-stone to greater democracy.
“The elections are going to be for positions that don’t necessarily hold a lot of power, but once they have the base of public support, a lot of councilors have tended to use that to try and advocate for more power and more say, which moves the ball forward a little bit every time,” said Haag.

Democracy
Haag says that the transition to democracy is likely to move at a much slower pace in the Gulf than in other areas of the Middle East, but adds that historically, once a nation is given a taste of political participation there is usually no going back.
“I don’t know how long it’s going to take and I don’t know what form it’s going to take, but I do think that there is an awakening, especially on the part of young people and on the part of women,” said Haag.
For their part, Gulf leaders say they are committed to democratic reform but insist it must be introduced gradually so as not to destroy the fabric of society after generations of absolute rule.

Voting Underway in Bahrain, UAE




Hamad Town, Bahrain, September 24, 2011.



VOA


Voters in the Gulf nations of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are casting election ballots on Saturday.
Bahrain is holding parliamentary elections to fill 18 seats that were abandoned by the main opposition party in February.  The Shi'ite lawmakers in the Wefaq party quit to protest the government's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.
In the UAE, voters hand picked by the Emirates' rulers are casting ballots to elect half of the members of a federal advisory council. The emirates' rulers appoint the remaining council members.
Bahrain's opposition said earlier that it would boycott the election. Also, candidates for four of the 18 seats have already won their races because they ran unopposed.
Witnesses in Bahrain say Saturday's voter turnout has been very light. However, a state media report quotes the country's Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa as saying a "massive" turnout has revealed the willingness of citizens to be partners in building democracy and national unity.
Earlier this year, clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters left about 40 people dead. Bahrain's Shi'ite majority has been demanding more rights from the ruling Sunni minority.
Saturday's balloting in the UAE is only the second of its kind in the country's history.  The advisory council has no legislative powers and can only make recommendations to the ruling body.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

Return to Pearl square, detention of 14years old child, and other updates

23 Sep 2011


There is a call for protesters to return to the Pearl Square tomorrow, and security in the area has been beefed up. APV has also been situated in front of the Salmaniya Medical Complex: i.imgur.com/58a0j.jpg. The February 14 Coalition (the youth group which have led most calls for protests) have put out an appeal to keep an eye on Bahrain tomorrow. The appeal is at the bottom of this post.
Bahrain security forces beat and stomp on protester then leave him lying in the street youtube.com/watch?v=P6RI1cyh14k
Boy who was allegedly thrown off the roof of a building by the security forces and is now in the hospital www.2bb.me/0922-1316725104.jpg. Five arrests were made tonight in Salmabad: Hussain Mohammed Mahmood, AbdulJabbar Milad, Hussain AbdulJabbar Milad, Hassan Hussain and Ahmed Fayez.
Mahdi AbduDeeb, on his 12th day of hunger strike, is at high risk of dying. Urgent Appeal which we put out a few days ago: Teacher Unionist's Life at Risk in Bahraini Prison: bahrainrights.hopto.org/en/node/4649
I want to bring to your attention the case of 14 year old Aziz Jaffar, who was first arrested on the 1st of September when he was taken to a horse riding area, beaten and sexually abused through touching of private areas. He was released a few hours later due his mother protesting at the police station demanding his release. A few days later Aziz was summoned, the 16th, and when he went to the police station he was arrested and detained to this day despite stating that they would release him. The public prosecution decided to keep him for a week for interrogation, and the court extended the detention for another week on Wednesday despite the family presenting evidence that Aziz suffers from epilepsy. He is now being charged with: 1. incitement to hatred against regime, 2. attacking a policeman 3. sabotaging a police car and 4. illegal gathering.
Picture of Aziz Jaffar:
Photo1,
Photo2
Bahrain threatens jails for Twitter, Facebook protest calls:
arabianbusiness.com/bahrain-thre..
Legal actions against election boycotters:
alayam.com/newsdetails.as.. (in Arabic)
31 students have yet to be reinstated to Polytechnic University despite promises. bahrainrights.hopto.org/en/node/4618
The gathering of the 5 political opposition parties today in Tubli: lockerz.com/s/140955726
Human Rights Watch: US: Stop Proposed Arms Sales to Bahrain: hrw.org/news/2011/09/22..
Amnesty International: Testimonies from Bahrain: An activist's detention ordeal: livewire.amnesty.org/2011/09/22/t..

Freedom Now files petition to United Nations on behalf of Abdulhadi Alkhawaja to obtain opinion that his ongoing Detention violates international law: bahrainrights.hopto.org/en/node/4658

As received: An appeal to keep an eye on Bahrain tomorrow
Dear Sir/Madam,
In behalf of rebelling people of Bahrain against repression and dictatorship, coalition of February 14th Youth would like to direct an urgent appeal to all human rights organizations in the world as well as to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to focus attention on what is going to take place in Bahrain this weekend, (specifically on both: 23rd and 24th of this month).
As the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and international organizations follows, Bahraini people are being suppressed daily with shotgun, toxic suffocating gases and more deadly weapons that caused death to more than 40 martyrs and injuries to more than 10 thousand people.
International covenants and conventions are being overcome and violated everyday in Bahrain. In this appeal, we would like to announce the return to the site of Pearl Square (formerly) which>
currently is a major crossroads and several neighboring yards, thus we have decided to have a peaceful Sit-in at this location.
Human right and all stated covenants like all nations admit our right of completely peaceful and civilized protests and as well as of the Self-determination.
We call the international community with all its organizations and human rights to lead their vital role of following up, monitoring and documenting what is going in Bahrain, and thus to take a position that grants Bahraini revolution its right as one of nation's revolutions around the world.

AP: Bahrain activists may be charged for Web postings

September 23, 2011

(AP) MANAMA, Bahrain — Bahrain is stepping up pressure on anti-government activists ahead of elections this week, warning they could face jail for posting Web messages urging protests or other acts of dissent.
The Interior Ministry statement is part of wider security measures taking shape Thursday before the highly charged parliamentary elections. It says that charges could be filed against anyone using social media and websites to urge for demonstrations or anti-state actions.
Some Shiite-led groups are calling for escalated protests to press demands for greater rights from the Sunni monarchy.
The voting on Saturday is for 18 parliament seats abandoned by Shiite lawmakers six months ago to protest the crackdowns. Main Shiite blocs have urged a boycott.
cbsnews.com/stories/2011/09/22..
twitter.com/#!/ONLINEBAHRAIN/status/117143483915042817

14 February Coalition Press Release: Winning the Psychologi​cal War against a Defeated Regime


News Updates 24 September 2011

·         14 February Youth Coalition Press Release (English)- Winning the Psychological War against a Defeated Regime
·         14 February Youth Coalition Press Release (Arabic)
·         Other videos from 23rd September 2011
14 February Youth Coalition Press Release (English)
Winning the Psychological War against a Defeated Regime
The call of the 14 February Youth Coalition to the masses to participate in the ‘Friday Crawl’ to Martyrs Square (formerly Pearl Roundabout) was adhered to by thousands and proved a devastating psychological blow towards the blood thirsty Al Khalifa regime, who added to their long list of crimes against humanity by deliberately performing an act of arson by setting ablaze a house in Sanabis[1] leading to sever injuries to its inhabitants[2].
The brutality of the so called ‘Crown Prince’ Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa  did not stop there having given the green light to his mercenaries to attack peaceful unarmed citizens participating in protests in Nuaim, Sanabis, Jidhafs and City Centre Mall by throwing them to the ground, beating them and then detaining them.  Violations did not stop there with mercenaries also violently attacking women[3].
We call on the masses of the revolution to stand up firm against oppression on the ‘Saturday of Liberation’ by taking to the streets today in unprecedented numbers and being prepared to once again march to liberate Martyrs Square for the sake of our oppressed women and martyrs who shed their blood for the sake of our freedom.  The psychological blow inflicted on the regime yesterday was the biggest obstacle in our mission to achieve liberation.
And finally, we would like to send a tribute to those from Duraz and Nuaim, and the courageous young lady from Bilad who reached Martyrs Square yesterday in the face of tanks and armoured vehicles.
The 14 February Youth Coalition
24 September 2011

[1] House ablaze in Sanabis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmSpdLIsU8E&feature=related
[2] Injured inhabitants of burnt house in Sanabis: http://www.bahrainonline.org/showthread.php?t=283326
[3] Police attacking men/women: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BxTa-AjzBU&oref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fresults%3Fsearch_query%3Dpolice%2Battack%2Byoung%2Bwomen%26aq%3Df&has_verified=1


14 February Youth Coalition Press Release (Arabic)
جماهير الثورة تهزم النظام نفسياً وتضيّق الخناق عليهبعد أن نجحت جماهير الثورة في إلحاق الهزيمة النفسية والمعنوية بالنظام الخليفي الدموي في جمعة الزحف لميدان الشهداء، أوعز النظام لمرتزقته بارتكاب أفظع الجرائم حينما أقدموا على الحرق المتعمد لمبنى مأهول بالسكان في بلدة السنابس، الأمر الـذي أدى لوقوع إصابات حروق متفرقة وبعضها خطيرة، ولم يكتفِ سلمان بن حمد بهذا الحد من الإجرام والبشاعة وإنما تمادى كثيراً حينما أعطى الضوء الأخضر لمرتزقته بالاعتداء الوحشي على حرائر الثورة في بلدات النعيم والسنابس وجدحفص، وتكبيل بعضهن في مجمع سيتي سنتر ورميهن على الأرض ثم الزجّ بهنّ في السجون، وذلك في انتهاك صارخ لحرمة النساء العفيفات.
وهنا ندعو جماهير الثورة لأكبر صمود وتحدّي في سبت التحرير، وأن يكونوا على مقدارٍ عال من الجهوزية للزحف الجديد إلى ميدان الشهداء، فما جرى بالأمس من جرائم بشعة بحق النساء يتطلبُ منا النزول إلى الشوارع بشكل أكبر وأوسع، فلا توجد أدنى قيمة للحياة حينما يُعتدى على حـرائرنـا ونـلـزم الصـمـت ونـتـوارى فـي منازلنا، فنعم للتقدم في مرحلة الدفاع المقدّس، ولا تخشوا في الله لومة لائم.
يا شعب العزّة والكرامة، دونك حريتك وكرامتك، خذها بيدك اليوم وانتصر لحرمة عرضك فكل امرأةٍ بحرينية هي عرض الجميع، وتيقن يا شعبنا الثائر بأنّ ما تمّ إنجازهُ بالأمس كان هو المقدار الأكبر للوصول إلى الميدان، ومسؤوليتنا اليوم تكمنُ في قطع المسافة المتبقية للوصول، فإلى مزيدٍ من الصمود والشجاعة والله خيرُ ناصرٍ ومعين.
وختاماً: تحيّة إجلال وإكبار لأبطال الدراز والنعيم الذين اقتحموا الميدان يوم أمس، وتحيّة اعتزاز وفخر للبطلة البلادية التي وصلت أطراف الميدان متحديةً مدرعات ومصفحات النظام، رافعةً لواء النصر عالياً، وننوه بأنّ خريطة الزحف في سبت التحرير ستُنشر بعد قليل، فكونوا على استعداد للتمركز الاستباقي قبل اغلاق الشوارع.
ائتلاف شباب ثورة 14 فبرايرالسبت 24 سبتمبر / أيلول 2011م


Other Videos from 23 September 2011
-          Freelance Journalist reports from Bahrain on AlJazeera:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Izp2OMXHlxY
-          Video of City Centre protest
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcJpIFGETYM&feature=related
-          Riot police beating women in Sanabis
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWPgujwi0WE


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Bahrain: Manama today, Sitra, Sanabis, Budaya and Pearl...


Manama today to 2.00 - 9.30 p.m. had the same charm of days left in March, when Saudi troops entered the city.
The center shut down by police cars ... the Salmanya closed, Gufool towards Pearl Square, closed Budaya, Dana Mall and City Center closed, roads passable only external Suk closed.
Clashes in Sitra, Budaya, Sanabis, Tublà, Juffair ...
Streets full of cars, long lines of cars everywhere. Long waiting times.
Tomorrow will be like this all day.

9/23/2011

Bahrain: Manama Today...


Media of Truth | Bahrain



التجمع في السيتي سنتر
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dOdo9KkNiQ
بعد أن اجبرت المرتزقة الشباب على عدم الخروج من السيتي سنتر للزحف نحو الميدان



Media of Truth | Bahrain


‎#Bahrain :The mercenaries with gov-thugs near Dana mall "So close to the pearl sqr" http://www.2bb.me/0923-1316786271.jpg #lulureturn #feb14
http://www.2bb.me/0923-1316786271.jpg


#Bahrain :ALL the villages in the "Budayia road" is under siege & the mercenaries attack the protests with tear gas grenades & rubber bullets


Bahrain :the riot police blocked ALL the highways & roads to the villages & areas aound the pearl sqr ...... #lulureturn


Media of Truth | Bahrain
‎#Bahrain | Down Down Hamad in City Center - #LuluReturn
الهتافات تدوي بـ " يسقط حمد " في الستي سنتر


الستي سنتر بين الثوار والموالين
http://www.youtube.com/
الموالين اخلاقهم زفت


Bahrain | Protesters #NOW nearest to Marina Mall


الآن المتظاهرون بالقرب من مجمع مارينا مول

أقتراب احد المجموعات الشبابيه لميدان الشهداء


#Bahrain | City Center protest rally , video
فيديو لمسيرة السيتي سنتر


Mohammed Yousif - #Bahrain #CitiCentre صور من ستي سنتر
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.twitvid.com%2F&h=lAQAzT0ckAQDHUHyX75M0nRJPEsMR2b9nJj8qoQhbeTWE1A




Media of Truth | Bahrain


Bahrain [vid] beating & arresting a protester in Sitra Sep23,2011
ضرب واعتقال شاب من سترة سفاله 23 9 2011.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mZUR01LuLY
قوات المرتزقة البحرينية والسعودية تعتدي على شاب اعزل كان حيث قامت قوات المرتزقة بضرب الشاب ضربا مبرحا ثم اعتقاله الى جها غير معلومة



Media of Truth | Bahrain

Bahrain :A fire in house today in Sanabis after firing randomly there #lulureturn #feb14
المرتزقه تحرق منزل في السنابس23-9-2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmSpdLIsU8E
حريق في احد منازل السنابس

Media of Truth | Bahrain
Al Jazeera English [video] What is the way forward in #Bahrain? via @ajenglish
What is the way forward in Bahrain?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2SBmC0tZao
Bahrain heads to the polls on Saturday, but will planned protests lead to another government crackdown?

Media of Truth | Bahrain

السنابيس 23 سبتمبر - مهاجمة حرائر الثورة
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drvmL5oJzSg

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The 14 February Coalition, 22nd September 2011

The 14 February Coalition, 22nd September 2011

Protests to Recommence in Martyrs Square: 23rd/24th September
With the supporters of the pro-democracy movement announcing their desire to recommence their protest in Martyrs Square (formerly Pearl Roundabout), and with the Dictator Hamad Al-Khalifa travelling, we will hold Salman Bin-Hamad Al-Khalifa responsible should he choose to suppress unarmed and peaceful protestors wishing to express their displeasure towards the regime by protesting in Martyr’s Square tomorrow.  Having announced his unequivocal support towards the Bahraini regime, we also hold President Barack Obama and the United States responsible for any violations that may take place.
We renew our call to international human rights organizations and other NGO’s who must fulfil their moral duty in defending citizens universal human rights, to monitor this important event as the peaceful unarmed protestors will take to the streets on Friday 23rd and Saturday the 24th of September with the aim to recommence their protest in Martyr’s Square.  A firm stance must be taken should violations be committed by the Bahraini regime backed by the occupying forces of Saudi Arabia.
Just like all other freedom loving people living in real democracies across the globe, we, the people of Bahrain have the right to choose the way in which we are governed.
The 14th February Coalition
Thursday 22nd September

( تحذير وتحميل مسؤولية )

من إئتلاف شباب ثورة 14 فبراير في 22 سبتمبر، 2011‏، الساعة 07:25 مساءً‏‏
بعد أن أعلنت جماهير الثورة عزمها الأكيد للاعتصام مجدداً في ميدان الشهداء، نُعلنُ بوضوح وبناءً على تواجد الديكتاتور حمد خارج البلاد، بأننا نُحمل سلمان بن حمد المسؤولية القانونية إزاء أي انتهاك أو قمع للمواطنين المتوجهين سلمياً للاعتصام في ميدان الشهداء، كما نحملُ الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية جزءاً كبيرا من المسؤولية عن أي أذى يلحق بالمتظاهرين، لأنها ما فتأت وهي تعلن عن دعمها الصريح للنظام الخليفي الفاقد للشرعية، ولذا فهي متورطة معه في
   جرائمه وممارساته القمعية.

وفي الوقت الذي نحمل سلمان بن حمد والولايات المتحدة الأمريكية المسؤولية الكاملة على سلامة المتظاهرين، نُحذر من ردود الأفعال الشعبية التي ستكون مفاجئة وموجعة للنظام الخليفي والاحتلال السعودي معاً إذا ما استُخدم العنف ضد المتظاهرين السلميين، ونجددُ دعوتنا للمنظمات الحقوقية بضرورة مراقبة الحدث الهام الذي سيجري يومي الجمعة والسبت الموافق الثالث والعشرين والرابع والعشرين من سبتمبر/أيلول الجاري، وأن تتحمل مسؤوليتها الأخلاقية في الدفاع عن حقوق الإنسان واتخاذ المواقف الحازمة اتجاه الانتهاكات الفظيعة التي يرتكبها النظام والاحتلال السعودي في البحرين.
ائتلاف شباب ثورة 14 فبراير
الخميس 22 سبتمبر / أيلول 2011م

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Bahrain, UN Safety & Security:

UN Safety & Security:
This week we have unconfirmed reports from social media or other sources that there will be demonstrations/mass gatherings in the following areas:
• A large gathering is planned by Al Wefaq at Tubli Village this afternoon, Thursday 22nd September, at around 16:00 hours. This gathering may also create a traffic jam in neighboring areas.
• There are calls for large demonstrations in areas close to Pearl Roundabout for tomorrow, Friday 23rd September, after the noon prayer. The aim of these demonstrations is to march towards the Pearl roundabout.
• There are calls for large demonstrations in areas close to Pearl Roundabout for Saturday 24th September, at various timings.
• Smaller local protests could occur in villages along Budiaya Highway, Sitra and Central Manama.
• There are calls for continuing daily Traffic Jam blockades of Central Manama and Business District similar to the one carried out yesterday.

The AlWefaq gathering today in Tubli #bahrain #feb14



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The AlWefaq gathering today in Tubli #bahrain #feb14
 

9/22/2011

Foreign Minister welcomes the U.S. President’s speech at the U.N. General Assembly


Manama-Sept22 (BNA) The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, welcomed the United States’ PresidentBarack Obama speech before the United Nations General Assembly on 21/9/2011, noting the U.S. support for the reform process pursued by the Kingdom of Bahrain under the leadership of his Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, stressing its continuation in this path in order to achieve the ambitions and aspirations of the people of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The Foreign Minister noted the relations of friendship linking thetwo friendly countries and its growth and development in various fields. The Minister also hailed the U.S. supportive positions in strengthening and consolidating those ties, and the common desire to boost cooperation between the two friendly countries in various areas.

Bahrain | ELECTIONS IN THE GULF 1/2: BAHRAIN

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HM King Hamad meets UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

HM King Hamad meets UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

New York, Sept. 21 (BNA)—His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa underscored today Bahrain’s keenness to protect human rights and ensure security and stability for all citizens. He was speaking as he received at the UN headquarters today High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.
He stressed the kingdom’s commitment to all international human rights laws and conventions pointing out that protecting human rights is a top priority as they constitute a main part of the Bahraini culture and Islamic faith.
He also praised the efforts made by the High Commissioner for Human Rights in defining human rights and promoting them worldwide.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights lauded steps taken by Bahrain to foster human rights and protect people’s interests.

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Bahrain nominee urges kingdom against 'repression'


(AFP) –  WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama's pick for ambassador to Bahrain urged the kingdom Wednesday to avoid "repression" and instead respond to unrest "through genuine reform and reconciliation."
"Political reform and respect for human rights are vital to Bahrain's stability and to the protection of US interests in the region," Thomas Krajeski told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a confirmation hearing.
"Bahrain's long-term stability depends on addressing domestic grievances not through repression, but through genuine reform and reconciliation."
His comments came days before parliamentary elections set for September 24 in Bahrain, where a Sunni monarchy has ruled over a majority Shiite population for decades and crushed a month of Shiite-led democracy protests in mid-March.
The opposition has already boycotted the polls and wants democratic reforms in the Gulf kingdom, home to the US Fifth Fleet.
Krajeski said his "top priority" was to sustain the US-Bahrain partnership "based on mutual interests in regional security "while encouraging and supporting reforms that meet the needs and aspirations of Bahrain's citizens."
Washington "remains deeply concerned" about the crackdown on protests, he reiterated, citing "many credible reports of serious human rights abuses by security forces."
Krajeski had been quizzed on the crackdown by Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who chaired the hearing and also asked the diplomat about US concerns that Iran may be fomenting unrest in Bahrain.
"The events in February and March, in our view, were clearly begun by Bahrainis," he said. "We saw no evidence of Iranian instigation, however we're concerned about Iranian exploitation."
The Iranians "will exploit every situation where they can. We've seen it in other countries, and we're concerned about Bahrain as well," he added, echoing past comments by senior US officials.
Asked by AFP to detail predominantly Shiite Iran's possible role, the diplomat declined, stressing he had not yet been confirmed to the post in Bahrain.
In April, then-US Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters with him on a swing through the Middle East that he had "evidence that the Iranians are trying to exploit the situation in Bahrain."

9/21/2011

Bahrain | Bahrain official TV is layer !! This is the truth

#Bahrain | Bahrain official TV is layer !! This is the truth
تلفزيون البحرين كاذب و إليكم حقيقة طوق الكرامة
 
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BAHRAIN TV is a lierطالما كذب تلفزيون البحرين على العالم اجمع منذ بداية الثورة و الى اليوم .. اليكم اعزائي جزء من النصر العظيم الذي حققه طوق الكرامه
 

Bahrain | Traffic in Manama Streets today 21.9.2011




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طوق الكرامه - البحرين - ٢٠١١/٩/٢١
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#Bahrain | Traffic in Manama Streets today 21.9.2011
طوق الكرامة يطوق شوارع المنامة بالشكل الكامل





طوق الكرامة يطوق هايويه المنامة بالشكل الكامل
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Bahrain :Confrontations between the mercenaries & the mourners after a march to honor the martyr Sayed Jawad

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واحة سار | مواجهات عنيفة في كسار فاتحة الشهيد السيد جواد ومرتزفة حمد بعد المواجهات تكسر نوافد سيارات المواطنين عمدا 19\9\2011#bahrain http://www.facebook.com/...