Bahrain, as this video shows, is a country of torture.
It is a country where a young poetess is jailed and tortured for her poetry. Where again and again people are killed for demonstrating peacefully for democracy. Where workers are sacked arbitrarily for opposing dictatorship.
However, some people live in a parallel world with a completely different reality all their own. A reality, where, to quote George Orwell, “war is peace, and freedom is slavery”.
What do people like the Heritage Foundation (United States conservatives) think about the oily absolute monarchy in Bahrain? What does Rupert Murdoch think about Bahrain? Rupert Murdoch, arch warmonger? Whose empire includes the Wall Street Journal, also known as the War Street Journal? Rupert Murdoch, very “famous” for hacking phones of murdered girls and thousands of others for profit?
From TradeArabia today:
Bahrain tops Mena in economic freedom
Manama: 1 hour and 28 minutes ago
Bahrain remains the Mena region’s most economically free country, according to the annual Index of Economic Freedom published by The Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal.
The kingdom is the only Mena country to score in the top 20.
Ranked 12th out of 184 economies worldwide, Bahrain’s economic freedom score of 75.2 is well above the world average, said a statement.
The report cites Bahrain’s competitive and efficient regulatory environment, which has ensured the country remains the region’s financial hub – home to more than 400 banks and financial institutions. The financial sector accounts for 25 percent of the country’s GDP, it said.
So, “economic freedom” as defined by Rupert Murdoch and his ilk means freedom for “1%” of people, to quote the Occupy Wall Street movement. Freedom for Rupert Murdoch to hack phones for profit, and to hell with the majority of people in the world. Freedom for the royal family of Bahrain and for foreign bank and Big Oil fat cats in Bahrain to get richer and richer while many Bahrainis live in poverty. Freedom for bosses to sack workers arbitrarily. Freedom to torture and kill the “99%” if they object. So, it is not surprising that there is a “special relationship” between the Bahrain royals and the Murdoch media.
This is not just a Bahraini issue. It is a world issue. Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek recently said: “The marriage between capitalism and democracy is over.”
One might argue that that marriage, started during the eighteenth century French and American revolutions, already died during the 1848 revolutions. When the bourgeoisie proved to be more scared of the nascent working class movement than of political reaction. In a sense, there still was, sort of, that marriage in Cold War Western Europe. Then, workers’ wages rose, and there was an increase in social, economic and other democratic rights. Ruling classes were willing to allow some reforms, as they did not want revolution, and wanted to look better than the Warsaw Pact countries in eastern Europe.
However, now in the twentieth century world crisis of capitalism, the situation is quite different. Like the Wall Street Journal‘s love for the Bahrain dictatorship shows.
Bahrain Propaganda 101: The Countess of Wessex, a New PR Firm, and a Former British Ambassador (Whitaker): here.
Last July, the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights documented more than 248 violations affecting personnel in military services within the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Department of Defence, the two entities that are headed by members of the Bahraini Royal Family. Until this day those violations are ongoing: here.
Bahrain Special: The Steel Rods of the Police: here.
Bahrain: Resolve Travel Ban Conundrum. Scores of Foreign Workers Prevented from Leaving, Working to Repay Debts: here.
Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal will publish literally anything, as long as it disputes global warming: here.
Rupert Murdoch pledges to fight back as corruption scandal spreads: here.
More revelations about the murky world of phone hacking have come to light. They come just in time for Rupert Murdoch’s relaunch of the disgraced News of the World as the “all-new” Sun on Sunday: here.
Rupert Murdoch launches a new paper as his company’s scandal continues to rage: here.
Murdoch Hacking Inquiry Expands to U.K. Officials: here.