This video says about itself:
Bahrain Police Attack on Woman Stirs Anger
Apr 12, 2013
Outrage over the brutal arrest of a female activist in Bahrain.
From the Philippine Daily Inquirer:
Probe sought into OFW’s death in PH embassy shelter
By Tina G. Santos
6:11 pm | Saturday, April 13th, 2013
MANILA, Philippines – A migrant workers’ group called on the government Saturday to look into the mysterious death of an overseas Filipino worker temporarily housed in a shelter managed by the Philippine Embassy in Bahrain.
John Leonard Monterona, Migrante Middle East regional coordinator, reported that 31-year-old Kathleen Ann Viray Ilagan from Davao was found dead Wednesday inside the Philippine Embassy shelter.
In a statement, Monterona said he received an electronic mail from a former staff member of the Center for Overseas Workers, a Davao-based nongovernmental organization providing assistance to OFWs and their families, seeking assistance on behalf of the family of Ilagan to look into her death.
Ilagan reportedly left the country sometime in July 2012 to work as pastry chef for a company in Bahrain.
According to her family, her deployment documents show that she was deployed by HRD Employment Consultant and Multi Services Inc., a Manila-based agency, Monterona added.
Quoting Ilagan’s kin, Monterona said the OFW left her job earlier this month and proceeded to the Philippine Embassy to seek repatriation. She was allowed to stay at the Philippine Embassy’s shelter while waiting for her departure.
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The sad thing is that even if the anti-government protests were successful, it’s hard to envisage much improving for women.
Many women, like Maryam and Zainab al-Khawaja, have prominent roles in Bahraini trade unions and other pro-democracy movements.
And, if the Bahraini dictatorship would fall, then that would be dangerous for the Saudi dictatorship, the #1 purveyor of misogyny in the region.
Well, it’s hardly just the Saudis – all radical forms of Islam utter the same contempt for gender equality. The trouble is that there was also a powerful trade union presence in Iraq calling for an invasion under Saddam – but it’s powerless against the sectarian militias.
Are you claiming that the Bahraini trade unions, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, etc., are as “radically Islamic” as the Saudi autocracy?
Iraqi trade unionists calling for Bush to invade?? Not even (trade union hating) Bush ever claimed that.
In fact, under Bush’s occupation, many of Saddam’s laws were scrapped, but Saddam’s anti-trade union laws were maintained.
Iraqi trade unions have always been anti-occupation:
Goodness, no, I’m not claiming that – only that, as we have seen in Syria, Egypt and Tunisia, when a government falls in powerfully Islamic cultures there will inevitably Islamist groups seeking to establish their own power through the subversion of the new democratic machinery. And the secularists haven’t been very successful in fighting them off.
And indeed, most trade unions were against occupation: but after Saddam’s fall, a massive trade union force was mobilised in the space of just a few weeks in order to counter the Al-Qaeda-Baathist thugs. But the thugs have not been beaten, and they continue to murder civilians. The IFTU as a body opposed the war but was at least recognised by the authorities. But they weren’t given enough support by us in the west, and now Iraq is worryingly neoliberal.
OK, I am happy that we both agree now that Iraqi trade unions supporting invasion and occupation is a myth and nothing but a myth.
The Iraqi trade unionists’ primary opponent was not “the Al-Qaeda-Baathist thugs”, but the bosses. These boses were basically Bush’s occupation bureaucrats and the multinational oil corporations.
The Wikipedia article about IFTU says:
“all three union federations [including IFTU] have agreed on a common statement, which states that the “occupation must end in all its forms, including military bases and economic domination” and that the “war was fought for oil and regional domination, in violation of international law, justified by lies and deception, without consultation with the Iraqi people.” The statement also condemned the occupation’s economic program, stating its “opposition to the imposition of privatization of the Iraqi economy by the occupation, the IMF, the World Bank, [and] foreign powers”.”
That IFTU did not get support from NATO country rulers is not surprising because of its links to the Iraqi Communist Party.
“Not getting support” is an understatement. US soldiers violently invaded the IFTU office, closed it, and ripped posters, including posters “against terrorism” off the walls.
From an IFTU document at http://www.labournet.net/world/0408/iftu2.html :
August 04, 2004
At the recent conference of the IFTU-affiliated Transport & Communication Workers’ Union delegates unanimously passed a motion instructing the newly elected union leadership to reclaim the union’s Baghdad office building closed since December 6 2003 by an act of illegal aggression by troops of the occupation authority.
Iraq is not only ” worryingly neoliberal” now; but the Bush administration right from 2003 aimed at making it a showcase of neoliberalism. With the support of Tony Blair, who made billions from his Korean Big Oil job:
I have praised you in the beginning of this reply for burying one myth. However, now you have another myth: “Al-Qaeda-Baathist thugs”. Saddam Hussein hated Al-Qaeda and vice versa. The Bush administration peddled the myth of Iraqi involvement in 9/11 to justify starting the war. But after the invasion Bush admitted they had lied:
As for resistance, including armed resistance, to the occupation having been started by “Al-Qaeda-Baathist thugs”: it really started in Fallujah (a city with a history of anti-Saddam revolt), because US soldiers had killed unarmed demonstrating schoolchildren. The children wanted to go back to their school, occupied by US soldiers. However, they got gunfire.
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