King of Spain visits king of Bahrain

This video says about itself:

Juan Carlos Elephant Walk (Mancini) (Spanish King shot elephant, WWF honorary chairman resignation)

April 2012. King Juan Carlos of Spain was on an elephant hunt in Botswana. So now he is no longer the Honorary President of WWF Spain.

“WWF-Spain requests a meeting with Spain’s royal authorities to share concerns about elephant hunt

We appreciate the deep concerns of many of our supporters and friends who have criticised the recent participation of His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain in an elephant hunt in Botswana. The secretary general of WWF-Spain, Juan Carlos del Olmo, has written and requested an urgent meeting with the royal authorities to share widespread public concerns and public calls for His Majesty to step down as Honorary President of WWF-Spain.

His Majesty has held the honorary presidency, a symbolic position, since his involvement in the founding of the organization (then known as ADENA in Spain) in 1968. He has no direct involvement in the day-to-day operations of WWF in Spain or elsewhere.

WWF is absolutely committed to the conservation of wild elephants, a commitment we have held since WWF’s founding 50 years ago. We are tackling the biggest threats that elephants face in the wild, including poaching and habitat loss, by working with the governments, local communities and non-governmental partners in the countries where elephants roam to secure a future for this powerful symbol of nature. Decades of hard work by WWF and other conservation groups has resulted in large and expanding populations of elephants in southern Africa, including Botswana, where some 300,000 elephants now roam across the sub-region.”

“King Juan Carlos has apologised to the Spanish people for going on a hunting trip in Africa while his country was in the midst of an economic crisis.(…) an online petition calling for his resignation had accumulated almost 85,000 signatures(…) “

Juan Carlos, king of Spain, is best known for killing elephants in Africa, and for corruption scandals in his royal family.

Today, His Majesty Juan Carlos went to Bahrain. Why Bahrain? There are no elephants to shoot there. Maybe, he went to Bahrain out of nostalgia. Juan Carlos’ ancestors used to be absolute rulers, like the king of Bahrain still is today. Maybe Juan Carlos visited his Bahraini colleague to smell some atmosphere from ‘good’ old days. Royals of the Arab Peninsula like to kill rare animals as well, so they have some common ground. Maybe the king of Spain wanted to learn some tricks from His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa about repressing resistance against the Spanish government’s austerity policies even more violently than already happens now. And, apparently, His Majesty also went to Bahrain for business deals about oil and weapons.

The Bahrain News Agency, mouthpiece of the royal dictatorship, writes:

Spanish King arrives in Bahrain

01 : 46 PM – 01/05/2014

Manama-May 1 His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa today welcomed at Bahrain International Airport Spanish monarch King Juan Carlos, who arrived in the Kingdom at the invitation of HM the King.

The two leaders will hold official talks on bolstering strong bilateral relations and expanding joint cooperation in all fields between the two friendly countries.

His Majesty King Hamad and the Spanish monarch then proceeded to Gudaibiya Palace where an official protocol reception was held for King Juan Carlos. A protocol mission of honour chaired by Industry and Commerce Minister Dr. Hassan bin Abdulla Fakhro was formed.

The Bahrain News Agency also writes:

Industry and Commerce Minister Dr. Hassan Fakhro met here today the Spanish Industry, Energy and Tourism Minister José Manuel Soria Lopez, as part of the Spanish Monarch King Juan Carlos’ official visit to Bahrain.

King Juan Carlos is visiting Kuwait and Bahrain this week, after Abu Dhabi and Qatar two weeks ago in a series of visits to the gulf region that will also take him to Oman and Saudi Arabia over the next two months. He is traveling with a high-level delegation that includes the ministers of foreign affairs, transport, defense and energy, as well as the heads of some of Spain’s biggest companies. They hope to boost trade relations with the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council as Spain struggles with near-record 26 percent unemployment. There are golden opportunities in GCC countries for big corporations seeking contracts and expansion opportunities, particularly in construction, ranging from preparation for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to ExpoDubai2020. But as Spanish companies go after this business they should be aware that abuse of construction workers is rife in GCC countries and make firm commitments to uphold workers’ rights: here.

This video, recorded in Sweden, says about itself:

Human Rights Defender, Maryam Alkhawaja Talks about Scandinavian Prisoners in Bahrain

12 November 2013

I filmed Maryam Alkhawaja being interviewed by Gothenburg Post newspaper last week, as part of Maryam’s participation in a talk done later by Amnesty International – Gothenburg office.

Bahrainis protest to show solidarity with female prisoners: here.

As Hopes for Reform Fade in Bahrain, Protesters Turn Anger on United States: here.

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