10 thoughts on “Bahrain anti-dictatorship movement continues

  1. September 21st, 2012

    12:00 AM ET

    Massive minesweeping exercise begins off Bahrain

    By Chis Lawrence

    More than three dozen nations have converged on the seas around Bahrain for a massive military minesweeping exercise.

    The at-sea maneuvers will involve a series of techniques and involve surface ships, aircraft, and underwater “explosive ordnance disposal” diving teams during the nearly two weeks of International Mine Countermeasure Exercise.

    Remote piloted submersibles, known as unmanned underwater vehicles, or UUVs, will get their most sustained test yet in combination with regular forces.

    The U.S. military says these exercises are strictly “defensive,” but the show of force in light of Iran’s threats to mine the Strait of Hormuz is hard to ignore.

    In a typical week, officials say more than 500 ships will sail through the Strait, carrying everything from oil to natural gas.

    The United States has been promoting the fact that more than 30 nations are participating in the exercises.

    But CNN has learned that so far, two thirds of those nations do not want to have their participation made public. And only half a dozen or so will send actual ships to the exercise.

    The situation suggests that in any real minesweeping scenario, or conflict with Iran, the U.S. military would bear the brunt of the fight.

    The United States has a lot of naval power in the region. But the American military is careful not to unnecessarily provoke Iran, especially with tensions so high after toughened economic sanctions and much talk in the U.S. and Israel about whether Iran’s progress in developing nuclear capabilities will warrant military action to stop it.

    “Any action can instantly trigger a disproportionate reaction, and we have to be aware of that,” Vice Adm. Ted Carter told CNN. The U.S. military is trying to strike a balance between protecting the free transit of the waterway, while avoiding an inadvertent conflict with Iran.

    In an indication of how sensitive the waterway has become, some U.S. Navy ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz are equipping their guns with cameras.

    The gargantuan aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, on its last cruise, has made eight trips through the Strait on its current deployment. Crew members showed us where they strap small cameras to each gun when nearing certain ports or passing by certain areas in the Strait.

    Vice Adm. Ted Carter told CNN, “If anything were to happen, we want to have video evidence of it as much as we can. So that when we say ‘This is what happened,’ the video shows we mean what we say, and that we’re telling the truth about what went on.”


  2. Protesters, police clash in Bahrain’s capital


    Associated Press / September 21, 2012

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Witnesses in Bahrain say riot police have clashed with anti-government protesters seeking to shift their demonstrations to the heart of the Gulf kingdom’s capital.

    Security forces fired tear gas and stun grenades in street battles near the historic markets and narrow streets in the center of Manama.

    The clashes Friday mark the second such violence in Manama in the past month as Shiite-led protesters try to rattle the Sunni monarchy by bringing rallies back into the capital. Most clashes in recent months have occurred in outlying areas.

    More than 50 people have been killed in unrest since February 2011 between Bahrain’s Western-backed rulers and majority Shiites seeking a greater political voice.

    © Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  3. Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:07am IST

    * Pakistan, Ethiopia, Bahrain slide backwards

    (Reuters) – Government restrictions on the Internet have risen over the past year around the world as regimes use violence against bloggers and turn to censorship and arrest to squelch calls for reform, a new report from a U.S. advocacy group has found.

    Pakistan, Bahrain and Ethiopia saw the biggest rollbacks in Internet freedom since January 2011 and were among the 20 countries out of 47 assessed by Freedom House that declined in their rankings.

  4. Bahrain: Opposition members ‘inspired by Gandhi’

    Protests stopped with violence, they say at Senate meeting

    25 September, 19:02

    (ANSAmed) – ROME, SEPTEMBER 25 – Bahrain’s opposition members who are in Rome today for a meeting with the Italian Senate’s human rights commission said they are inspired by Gandhi, the late leader of the Indian independence movement. ‘In Bahrain we have learnt very well the lesson of Mahatma Gandhi’, said Jasim Hussein, a former MP in Bahrain who is visiting with Hadi Almossawi, also a member of the al-Wefaq party. Al-Wefaq, whose religious orientation is Shiite, is the main opposition force in the country where a growing front has been asking the royal al-Khalifa family for democratic reforms since February 2011.

    ‘Our protest is peaceful’, said Hussein and Almossawi, who were invited to talk by Radical Senator Marco Perduca. ‘Our movement can be compared to the non-violent one of Gandhi. But the state has chosen since the beginning to respond with unprecedented violence’.

    In a year and a half of protests, said the two activists, ‘dozens of demonstrators have been killed by our army and by Saudi troops who have come to help the monarchy. Several thousands of people have been arrested. Hundreds have been tortured during their detention, including athletes and journalists who expressed their support for the protest and have been tortured as a consequence. Dozens of doctors who helped demonstrators were fired, the same fate of 20 university professors. Many students were expelled from the university of Manama (the capital). Not even taxi drivers were spared and had their licences withdrawn’.

    Moreover, in an unprecedented case in a Muslim country, ‘ 35 mosques were destroyed’ said the activists. The mosques were places of worship for Shiite Muslims, the majority in Bahrain, which is dominated by a Sunni elite.

    After an independent investigative commission confirmed violence and abuse, the UN Human Rights Council issued 176 recommendations for Manama, which has mostly accepted them, at least formally. In the next two months, authorities will need to brief the UN on the measures undertaken as a consequence.


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