Queen Marie Antoinette of France is said to have said on the eve of the French revolution, when she heard that poor people complained that they could not afford to eat bread: “Then, let them eat cake!”
Like many famous sayings, supposedly by famous people, it seems that Her Majesty never actually spoke those words.
Still, they fitted in with the bigger picture of the French royal family, the royal court and their supporters living in luxury while millions of French people lived in poverty; about which the government did not want to know.
Like with Marie Antoinette before them, these are not literally what the Bahrain dictatorship says.
Yet, as this blog has noted, hardline Rightist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan is on a trip to Bahrain and other Middle East police states. Abe is on this trip to revive Japanese militarism in cooperation with Gulf dictatorships. Abe is on this trip to promote Japanese corporate capitalist interests. Including those of Japanese nuclear corporate capitalist interests; like those of TEPCO, the corporation which caused the Fukushima disaster.
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He seems to have succeeded in that in Bahrain already. The Bahraini rulers do not care that much about the health and lives of their subjects. Else, they would not use lethal teargas against pro-democracy protests. They would not torture doctors for caring for injured anti-dictatorship demonstrators. Etc.
Bernama news agency in Malaysia writes:
Bahrain Lifts Food Import Ban On Japan
TOKYO, Aug 26 — Japanese government officials confirmed Monday Bahrain will lift restrictions on food imports from Japan put in place following the March 2011 nuclear disaster, Xinhua news agency reported.
Officials said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was told of Bahrain’s decision to lift its import ban by Prince Khalifa Salman Al Khalifa, the country’s prime minister during a meeting in Bahrain’s capital Manama.
Abe is currently on a trip to four Middle Eastern and African countries.
Bahrain’s decision is the first by a member country of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that has lifted import restrictions on Japanese food products and comes on the back of Japan making an official request to Khalifa when he visited Japan in March.
Officials said they were hopeful that other GCC member states would follow suit and lift their restrictions on Japanese food imports.
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Fukushima plant faces one crisis after another — Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty: here.
Fukushima operator pleads for international help as radiation crisis deepens: here.
Outside help offered to deal with Tepco debacle: U.S., French experts also ready; water woes escalate — The Japan Times: here.
Bahrain and Japan have agreed to resume discussions to conclude a free trade agreement (FTA) in line with the latter’s hopes to turn the kingdom into a hub for trade in the region, a report said: here.
HONG KONG: Democracy movement in Bahrain, a dialogue with Dr. Jasim Hussain, former MP of Bahrain: here.
Bahraini rights activists warned today that authorities were escalating use of excessive force to quell peaceful protests in the country: here.
- British Airways helps Bahraini repression of human rights (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Japan sells Fukushima technology to Arab dictatorships (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Bahraini monarchy keeps violating human rights (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Bahraini oppression of women (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Bahrain lifts restrictions on food imports from Japan (japandailypress.com)
- Bahraini pro-democracy demonstration tomorrow (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Bahraini human rights activist speaks (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Thousands Take To Streets In Bahrain To Protest For Democracy (eurasiareview.com)
- Thousands March for Democracy in Bahrain (worldnewscurator.com)