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Bahrain Joins the Middle East Protest Movement

Posted on Feb 16, 2011
Al-Jazeera / Sara Hassan (CC-BY-ND)

It’s not as big as Egypt, Iran or Tunisia, but thousands of Bahrain’s citizens have taken to the streets to demand their freedom, nonetheless. Protests in the tiny island nation have already led to at least three deaths as demonstrators call for reform from their king.

Update: The government’s violent crackdown has led to more deaths and the injury of hundreds of prtotesters.


The numbers of those who had camped out overnight in Manama’s Pearl Square were swelled by many who joined the protests throughout the day.

Security forces have pulled back to ease tensions after previous days’ clashes left two dead and dozens injured in the Gulf kingdom.

The protesters are calling for wide-ranging political reforms.

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By Peter Knopfler, March 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm Link to this comment

Bobby bad boy GATES, gates to Hell, Gave the Saudi´s
green light to send troops to Bahrain, to kill the
youthful protesters. Yes USA 6000 troops in Bahrain
just to view this slaughter. DEATH TO AMERICA will be
chanted once more as the ugly American raises his blood
thirsty head to say, @ we can[t kill those kids but you
can, we will say we oppose but that is only for public
consumption, in the theater kids are just as good
targets. SHAME AMERICA, give me the creeps, USA steps
in its own poop in BAHRAIN.

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By Shadrach, February 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm Link to this comment
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Does anyone know what “Ramblinrose” is even talking about? Some kind of prophecy??? I tried to read the comment but am lost in all the semi-colons! I appreciate reading the comments from those of you who actually commented about the article. I ask you, Ramblinrose, to please stay on topic and keep this other random non-sense to your blog, not here.

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By Go Right Young Man, February 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm Link to this comment

The Middle East Protest Movement only two years after Bush left office and every U.S. news agency is reporting on these historic events as astounding and tremendously positive.

It remains to be seen whether these events will shake out to be positive, however, this type of watershed event is almost precisely what the Bush administration spoke of incessantly in explaining part of the rationale for attacking and removing Saddam Hussein.

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By jomo, February 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm Link to this comment
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As of today “they” say four have been killed in Bahrain and one man was described as having his head blown off.  Protestors were shot as they slept and the mourning has turned into rage.  Many are wounded and the hospital has become the gathering place rather than Manamas Square.

The Dynasty has absolute power and absolute power evidently corrupts absolutely.  So far not a “peep” from the White House (nor even from the tech-savvy Hillary). The Wealth of a “Royal Family” awes the West.  These demonstrations look hopeless.  Did GW hold hands with these “royals” as he was seen holding hands with the Saudis ?

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By ramblinrose, February 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm Link to this comment

In Book of Truth: God made promise to man named Abraham; He say “I am going to give you a son”; he told his wife all excited for she had been barrren for a long time; time passed and she despaired of Gods promise; so she gave to her husband her handmaiden; name of Hagar; and the son that was born of this was named Ishmael; but this was NOT the promise of God; it was of the flesh;
  Sarah was 90 years old people: and she conceived and gave birth to the son whom God had promised; she said “everyone who be hearing of this will always and ever be laughing at me because I conceive a baby when I be 90 years of age!”
  In realm of the spirit people of all nations: hear me. In huge enormous letters gigantically tall: be words in capital letters; see? and right under the words are more words in capital letters as well! and they say “NATION OF JOY” they say CITY OF JOY they say COUNTY OF JOY they say STATE OF JOY see?
  and far below these enormously giantic letters: are the tiniest tiniest small letters saying names of cities; counties, states, nations; they look like tinest ants; almost need microscope to be seeing them;
  I am human; my heart hurts and tears come when people are being injured; being killed; I understand why you are protesting; we also be desiring to be free of this system of corruption that came from this nation that I am in;
  So I am asking you to please be patient: and be waiting on the promise of the Father; I am telling you that when judgement was pronounced of Babylon: it destroyed headquarters of where Monsanto is;
  I be knowing this because I google to find out where this thing called Monsanto is located; because I choose to be going there in spring; so I can be destroying it so that the whole world can be jumping for joy!
  I see it has places all over the world; I also have understanding that when judgement of Babylon destroyed washington DC; it destroyed headquarters of this thing named Monsanto;
  so I be knowing it destroyed it all over the earth as well; in realm of spirit people!
  “Babylon/washington DC was left barren; it was desolete nothing grew there; it was unfit for humans or animals;
  Monsanto apparently involved in something unfit for humans or animals is what I am thinking;
  the “main” headquarters for them was destroyed in judgement from Holy God;
  this means they are gone all over the world people;
  And be patient and be waiting for the promise of the Father;
  How I am hoping that those in military will be knowing and understanding how this “system of corruption” was lined up; and how they work it; it never ever was a gov folks; at any time! that was part of the deception! via the media!
  Costco was the name of the store I had gone to; on media trying to help us the people: they stated they only bill tiny amount above their cost; see?
  Locally they in the system of corruption go there and be demanding that they be doing diferently so they can continue to be over billing the peoples in their communities;
  they try bribery and if this not be working; they then use threats; health dept code violations etc; see? is how they conduct their “system of corruption”; is how they “set it up”
  then their “group” of selected businesses they always and ever be using the same ones; are the very ones who pay very little; and then price increase to all others;
  cuz their “system” of lawlessness worked by “exploitation” which was always and ever for their own personal profit and personal gain”; SEE?
  they then be charging all others higher prices; those who have “decency” and “honesty” within them;
  like “buiding codes” only there for folks who are honest: not for creatures like themselves; ha ha ha! they think these “laws” and “regulations” should be applying; not to US! we r just to clever! going to trick all others!
  Petroleum cost inflated for more profit to themselves. then inflate other costs; blame on fuel cost;

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By gerard, February 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm Link to this comment

Nicholas Kristof has an unusually empathetic piece in the New York Times today on the situation in Bahrain—rarely seen in the corporate media.

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By ramblinrose, February 17, 2011 at 4:40 am Link to this comment

I heard “justice is served”; on my way to a store; there I saw a book “supreme justice”; then I watched as several local businesses talking with a person who loaded up huge boxes with cigarette cartons; then billed the person’s card after talking over what amount would be billed; they then filled the rest of the box; put extra on top; then “scanned” the huge cart full of items; (becuz I was there) however, they had already billed the person’s card for a certain amount prior to “scanning the cart”; another person local business was waiting there as well; I left the area.
  Going looking for a rose; I went to 3 locations; the third place I located what I was looking for; it was a beautiful rose called “Heaven on Earth”; they had exactly 3 rose bushes (bare root); the very best one with the best canes and shapes was of course on the TOP shelf.

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