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Bahrain bans all protests


Partizan

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The US and Saudi backed regime has banned protests in the country. The coverage from the Western media has been largely low key. Quelle surprise.

US-Backed Regime in Bahrain Bans All Protests -- News from Antiwar.com

The US-backed dictatorship in Bahrain has banned all rallies and protests in the country, the latest repressive measure imposed on the population in response to persistent pro-democracy protests that have not let up for almost two years now.

Lt. Gen. Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Bahrain’s interior minister, issued a statement on Monday essentially announcing that freedom of expression in Bahrain is a threat to the state and inserting lies about the pro-reform movement’s ties with “extremism.”
Odd that Rodham Clinton is railing against a dictatorship in Damascus while keeping quite on another one in Manama.

Has it something to do with the US Fifth Fleet?
 

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Odd that Rodham Clinton is railing against a dictatorship in Damascus while keeping quite on another one in Manama.

Has it something to do with the US Fifth Fleet?
Odder still that you can express an opinion about the democratic deficit in Bahrain, only in the context of US interests. Iranian and Russian support of Assad by comparison is not something you seem to feel the need to condemn. Is the situation on the ground in Bahrain not to be discussed on its own merits?
 

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Good spot Partizan.
 

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The US and Saudi backed regime has banned protests in the country. The coverage from the Western media has been largely low key. Quelle surprise.

US-Backed Regime in Bahrain Bans All Protests -- News from Antiwar.com



Odd that Rodham Clinton is railing against a dictatorship in Damascus while keeping quite on another one in Manama.

Has it something to do with the US Fifth Fleet?
I am guessing you want US military intervention to overthrow the regime and bring elections?
 

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Odder still that you can express an opinion about the democratic deficit in Bahrain, only in the context of US interests. Iranian and Russian support of Assad by comparison is not something you seem to feel the need to condemn. Is the situation on the ground in Bahrain not to be discussed on its own merits?
Partizan and myself for that matter have supported all peaceful resolutions in Syria since the beginning of the conflict and opposition to the arming of the rebellion + influx of Islamic extremists - I don't see why you need to dismiss the dictatorship in Bahrain by deflecting it onto Syrian views, or those of Iran.

Why not address the problem, perhaps because the great sponsor of democracy is a realist state interested only in international hegemony? Maybe a step too far but it certainly looks that way - If there is a crackdown on Bahraini citizens by the police and the US nor the UK, or EU for that matter say nothing, will the obvious double standards be revealed? I think they will be, while as I state again, I have stood by a non-interventionist policy in Syria, and a non-interventionist in any country undergoing change, not selectively pick those that suit me and those that don't. I supported non-interventionism in Libya as well mind you, Libya has turned out great, government doesn't have full influence over the country and there are armed warlords / militia's in control of the country, look back five years and Libya has the highest living standard in Northern Africa + a stable government and country, oh the woes.
 

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I am guessing you want US military intervention to overthrow the regime and bring elections?
That is very funny, not. Bahrain is mostly Shia and since the Yanks lost their mat, the Shah of Iran, Shias have not been all that popular over there.
The Shias are the guardians of the Levantine Christians or what is left of them. Funny old world.
 

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Odd that Rodham Clinton is railing against a dictatorship in Damascus while keeping quite on another one in Manama.

Has it something to do with the US Fifth Fleet?
Odd that RT is giving so much coverage to Bahrain on this issue and silent on Assads crackdown and killing of those who dare demonstrate.

Has it something to do with the port of Tartus? :lol:
 

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Peaceful protest Bahrain style!! :roll:

[video=youtube;Of7yDW7-zas]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of7yDW7-zas[/video]
 

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That is very funny, not. Bahrain is mostly Shia and since the Yanks lost their mat, the Shah of Iran, Shias have not been all that popular over there.
The Shias are the guardians of the Levantine Christians or what is left of them. Funny old world.
That wasn't really what I was gtting at.

The same poster seems to also have serious objections to the US intervening in other countries ruled by a regime that violently surpress human rights.

Since there seems to be an objection either way I was wondering what the point of the OP is?
 

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Peaceful protesters? :lol:

[video=youtube;sOSvfIOHUXg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOSvfIOHUXg[/video]
 

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OK Andy. We all get that you support Monarchists, Western puppets, and Sunni extremists.
F#ck you and your sectarianism. Go live in Saudi Arabia.
 

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The US and Saudi backed regime has banned protests in the country. The coverage from the Western media has been largely low key. Quelle surprise.

US-Backed Regime in Bahrain Bans All Protests -- News from Antiwar.com



Odd that Rodham Clinton is railing against a dictatorship in Damascus while keeping quite on another one in Manama.

Has it something to do with the US Fifth Fleet?
Bahrain is a safety valve for Saudis...booze, Russian prostitutes, whatever. That's why they built and paid for the Causeway. The 40' containers of booze which comes across the Causeway into Saudi with the security tags of the local Princes on the doors to make sure that they don't get opened are much more important than " democracy " on the island. Sod all to do with America and Israel.
 

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The Alawites, the best allies of the Christians in Syria, have a unique tradition. Both Sunni and Shia have tried to encroach on it: Even with Syria's Iranian Ally, Shiism drives Alawites to Religious Extinction | Gedalyah Reback | Ops & Blogs | The Times of Israel
Actually the best Allies of the Christians in the Middle East are the Syrian Army (majority moderate Sunni) who are manning barricades and defending Christians from the FSA/Al Qaeda coalition.
And also Hezbollah in Lebanon (Shia) who have welcomed and looked after thousands of Christians of fleeing Christians into their territories.
NATO on the other hand, are supplying arms and explosives to those threatening the Christian population. I can't get my head around the mentality of the decision makers in the NATO countries.
 

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Actually the best Allies of the Christians in the Middle East are the Syrian Army (majority moderate Sunni) who are manning barricades and defending Christians from the FSA/Al Qaeda coalition.
And also Hezbollah in Lebanon (Shia) who have welcomed and looked after thousands of Christians of fleeing Christians into their territories.
NATO on the other hand, are supplying arms and explosives to those threatening the Christian population. I can't get my head around the mentality of the decision makers in the NATO countries.
There are some people in the West whose hearts are in the right place, but their brains are out there somewhere cold, dark and covered with spiders. We see this often with revolutions. Assad's Syria is anything but nice on the face of it. Its a dictatorship. A small minority holds most of the power, similar to apartheid South Africa.

However, an Islamist controlled Syria is probably worse than the former status quo. Similarly, South Africa was better off without the rule of the ANC. The bleeding hearts were and are in the wrong.

I agree somewhat with the analysis of the Russian dissident Pavel Stroilov. Baathist Syria and other struggling or recently toppled “Red Arab” regimes are like minefields of past wars that nobody bothered to clear. These Soviet client states were socialist, and sooner or later socialism exhausts economies and the patience of the populations who dwell in them. Stroilov argues that the mines have finally exploded in the recent unrest across the Middle East, dubbed either the Arab Spring or the Islamist Winter depending on your point of view. It is interesting that it is the more socialist, secular and formerly Pan-Arabist states like Libya that have seen successful coups and the most internal strife. The more traditional monarchies have fared much better.
 
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Peaceful protest Bahrain style!! :roll:

[video=youtube;Of7yDW7-zas]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of7yDW7-zas[/video]

:lol:


You slated someone last week for linking to RT.
 
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