2013 in review

Posted: December 31, 2013 in Others

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What do Bahrainis really want?

 That’s a tough question I get asked all the time by journalists. I would say Bahrain is divided into three significant groups. We have the Shia opposition on one side (namely Wefaq and its followers). The other section are comprised of mainly Sunnis who are tremendously loyal to the ruling Al Khalifa family (those who’ve been known as “drummers” in the Bahrain community, and who obsessively defend the government no matter what) , and the third, and largest group, are the people in between (Sunnis and Shias who don’t support either factions, accept and respect Al Khalifa as the ruling family, and demand better living standards and reforms).

The first two are not of an interest to me anymore. They are playing an endless cat and mouse game. The people are fed up with this theater.

In my opinion, in order to truly fix what’s broken we need to do the following:

1)      Allocate a specific “square” for legal protesting. Such protests must be peaceful in nature of course.

2)      Immediate stop of excessive use of tear gas in residential areas.

3)      Bring corrupt officials to justice. And I’m not talking about the little fish only.

4)      Bring all those who incite hate and support riots/terrorism to justice and suspend all such political groups. Strike with an iron hammer to show them that such actions will not be tolerated. Take Britain as an example during the Tottenham riots.

5)      Name and shame all those who are caught in acts of sabotage, rioting and terrorism.

6)      A RESPECTABLE increase public and private sector salaries (Bahrainis only. And yes, private sector salaries can be increased through a government subsidy). It was once reported that Indian migrants were snubbing the Bahrain due to low income, despite being offered the same salary as Bahrainis. Think about that for a second.*

7)      Remove the 1% TAX being forced on Bahrainis’ salaries. This unemployment tax should be paid none Bahrainis only as they are the ones who are taken up the available jobs. No disrespect to none Bahrainis.

8)      Decent housing. The ones previously offered are an insult to the people. And having to wait decades to get an accommodation is utterly disgraceful.

9)      Return all stolen land. People have Google Earth you know.

10)   A change in government is needed. The previous one didn’t work. We need young blood with new ideas. New visions. New Hope.

After all, a country’s strongest pillars is its people.

Peace Out.

ATEEKSTER

*Random ATM salary slips collected on the day after salaries were deposited into the accounts. Notice the balances.

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Careful when opposition demand a 100% elected government. And when I say “opposition” I mean the current shia movement in Bahrain. Nobody can deny it is a Shia movement. Also, think.. If its a movement for “Rights” then how come its only the shia in Bahrain who are complaining and protesting? How the other half, the Sunnis, are not protesting?
Many Bahrain shias are not free to choose who to vote for. By their religion, they believe that they have to follow every order given by their religious clerics. They believe their clerics (like isa qasim) are divine & free from error. Keep in mind that these same clerics (in Bahrain, iraq, kuwait, saudi arabia..) all obey the orders & instructions of the iranian ayatullah. They believe the ayatulla speaks the words of God, via the Mahdi. (They believe the Mahdi will always do & say what’s right, without question). Hence, whatever they are told by their religious leaders has to be obeyed, as at the end, they believe it to be the words & instruction of the Mahdi.

So you see, if we had 100% elections for government, most shias will vote for whoever iran wants to win. That’s a fact. Shias will defend this fact by saying (clerics don’t interfere with politics) well we all know that’s not true. Look at isa qasim now and all his speeches. Also look at what khomini did (iranian revolution against the shah). So you see, by their religion, they have no freedom of choice. Also, keep in mind, that as per the shia religion, they believe they are destined to feel suppressed & injustice until the coming of the (Mahdi) who will rescue them. So in essence, no matter what they have or what they get, they will never feel justified. What I said may sound strange to you, but its true.. Ask any shia.

So, unless there is a so called “fatwa” denying any clerics from recommending anyone in elections, then Shias would always vote for the ones chosen by their clerics.. That doesn’t apply to all shias of course, but to a huge majority of shias. They don’t have freedom of choice.

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Does Iran or hizbulla have anything to do with what’s going on in Bahrain?

Well, let’s take a look at some facts and you can later decide for yourself:

Before February 14th 2011 we Bahrainis used to see many Shias (who represent 99.9% of the Bahrain opposition) proudly displaying the flags and pictures of Iran and hizbulla on their cars, locker rooms, outside their homes and even in their places of work. When the so called February 14th “revolution” began, all of a sudden, and quite astonishingly, all those pictures and displays disappeared. This was probably for media advantage. I mean, the world would never support anyone waving a hizbulla flag for example… right?

Even when Bahrain football team played against the Iranian team in Bahrain you used to see the ‘Away’ side packed with Bahraini Shias cheering the Iranian team. Imagine the USA playing against Iran and you see thousands of Americans on the ‘away’ side cheering on Iran.. Quite a sight huh?

One might say this is true because the Shia faith demands its followers to respect and obey the Iranian Ayatulla.. Think about that for a second. This bring up another subject, but I don’t want to stray off course, If interested, here is a link to that http://www.twitlonger.com/show/f6krsv

Answer this for me. How come Iranian & hizbulla media (Press TV, Manar, Al Alam.. just to name a few) dedicated their time to covering the Bahrain events? In addition, most of the Bahrain opposition figures dedicated their time to be on those channels to give their interviews and speeches. One does not have to question if iran and hizbulla are “friends” of Bahrain so why would they continuously contact such channels?

Here is something strange (to some of you) how come most supporters of the Bahrain Shia protesters and rioters do not condemn the violent atrocities of the Syrian regime? Rarely, you would find them only saying “We condemn the violence on both sides”. But they would never condemn Bashar Al Assad. Is it because Iran and Hizbulla support the Syrian regime?This is also worth noting.. Wefaq National Islamic Society (which appears to represent this Shia movement in Bahrain) never uses the world “Arabian Gulf”. Ok, historically, most records show the actual name to be “Persian Gulf” however, to the Arabian Gulf Countries, its known as the “Arabian Gulf” and they take pride in naming it so. The only country in the Gulf who calls it “Persian” is Iran. So why would Wefaq, who claim to be loyal to Bahrain, not use the term “Arabian Gulf”? Their response to this question when asked is “We don’t want to upset anyone, so we simply call it The Gulf”.. Excuse me, you don’t want to upset anyone? Aren’t you upsetting the Arabian Countries by this? Maybe that’s irrelevant, but it’s still something worth mentioning.

Also, just recently, some members of the “Bahrain Opposition” met in Iran for their Provinces meeting. Keep in mind that Iran considers (Maybe unofficially) Bahrain as part of its province. So why would a Bahrain opposition figure meet in Iran for such a thing? Wouldn’t anyone question their motives? Or loyalty?

This movement failed to gain the support of most Shias in Bahrain, and failed miserably in gaining the support of Bahrain’s Sunnis, Christians and Jews. But Iranians and members/supporters of hizbulla continuously protested in their respective countries in support of the Bahrain Shia protests. They have also slightly succeeded in gaining support from outside of Bahrain by playing on the emotions of some human rights campaigners and sympathizers who have never even been to Bahrain and/or rely only on one side (the Shia opposition) for news sources.

Finally, if this was a real revolution for actual legitimate demands, then how come all the protesters and rioters are Shia? Even the political group leading this movement is a Shia Islamic society. How come Sunnis are not protesting for such “demands”? You could falsely argue that Shia are oppressed in Bahrain (which is not accurate at all) but if you do argue with that, then you are confirming this is a sectarian Shia movement aren’t you?

Of course, with all the above, there still is no “Hard Concrete Evidence” that links Iran with what’s happening in Bahrain.. So I’ve heard.

P.S: The below picture shows Qassim al Hashimi, a key figure in Bahrain’s Shia opposition movement, kissing the forehead of Iranian president, Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

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Freedom of Expression or Insult?

Posted: September 22, 2012 in Others
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When you attack black people, They call it ” Racism”. , when you attack #Jewish people , they call it : Anti – semetism ” when you attack #Woman. they call it ” Gender discrimination” , when you attack #Homosexuality,They call it “Intolerance” when you attack a country,They call it “Terrorism ” when you attack Religious sect, they call it “Hate Speech” But when they attack the dignity of our Beloved Prophet #MUHAMMAD (P.B.U.H) they call it “Freedom of Expression”.

A video made by @BahrainRiffai on twitter. Showing what most of the international Media didn’t see. It may offend some of you but it also has some crucial elements that deserves to be shared. It’s worth saying that this video also seems to anger some of the people in the Bahrain “government” as they Appearantly want to hide the past and never remember what happened.. Foolish thinking..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUJOmnl1Sh0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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I was satisfied with the overall Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) report and its findings. I thought it was fair and relatively accurate. However, I was very disappointed at how some groups & media “cherry pick”. They like to emphasize only on the negatives of the Bahrain Government while totally disregarding the mistakes of protesters. Well, since they “Cherry Pick” I decided to do the same. See how things look when one merely selects only certain parts of the entire report and disregards the rest.

 

 

Some important Information mentioned in the BICI report about Bahrain:

 

Total number of persons residing in Bahrain is 1,234,571. Of

these, 568,399 are Bahraini citizens (46%) and 666,172 are expatriates

(54%). Of the total population of Bahrain, 70% are Muslim, while the

remaining 30% are Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish or followers of other

faiths.

A census undertaken in 1941 prior

to Bahrain‘s independence placed the percentage of Sunnis at 48% and Shia at

52% of the Muslim population.

43. BICI Report. Chapter II — Historical Background: A. Basic Information about Bahrain: Page 11

 

 

Unemployment rates were below 4% at the beginning of

2011, and subsequently rose to around 4% in the following months.

59. BICI Report. Chapter II — Historical Background:D. Economic and Social Issue: Page 16

 

According to the United Nations Development Programme Human

Development Index, Bahrain ranks above the Arab regional average.

Education is not compulsory, but all levels of education,

including higher education, are free to Bahrainis.

61. BICI Report. Chapter II — Historical Background:D. Economic and Social Issue: Page 17-18

 

Many (Bahrain Shias) follow the guidance of Iran‘s Grand Ayatollah

Ali Khamenei..

Politically, the Grand Ayatollah espouses

the doctrine of Wilayat al-Faqih, which grants the religious establishment

supreme authority over matters of both faith and state.

67. BICI Report. Chapter II — Historical Background: E. Religious and Sectarian Composition of the

Population: Page 20

 

Many Sunnis have continuously expressed concern at calls by some

politically active Shia religious figures, community leaders and groups to

replace the existing political order with an Islamic State based on the Wilayat

al Faqih system analogous to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

69. BICI Report. Chapter II — Historical Background: E. Religious and Sectarian Composition of the

Population: Page 22

 

Number of licensed Sunni mosques as of 2008 is 360, while the

number of licensed Shia places of worship stands at 863 mosques and 589

ma‟atams (Total= 1,452)

70. BICI Report. Chapter II — Historical Background: E. Religious and Sectarian Composition of the

Population: Page 23

 

 

Some important BICI Findings regarding the recent Bahrain Unrest in SMC (Salmaniya Hospital):

 

During the period from 14 February to 16 March 2011, protesters

gathered at the entry and exit of SMC (Salmaniya Medical Complex, the largest Hospital

 in the country).

The Commission received video footage showing a Shia cleric calling on strong young

men to control the entrance and exit of SMC (Basically taking over the hospital)..

..Some (Doctors) had political ties with the opposition and pursued a political agenda.

 

Among them were some who were seen leading demonstrations and chants

against the regime both outside and inside SMC. These persons moved in and

out of their roles as political activists and medical personnel, the latter being

expected to carry out their professional, ethical and legal duties and

responsibilities.

 

Concerning the (Government of  Bahrain) claims that the accused medical staff

intentionally spread false rumours and information about the events at SMC,

there is evidence supporting these claims with respect to some.

 

At least one individual impersonated an SMC medical staff member. Video footage

was received showing an individual who was not a staff member at SMC giving false

information to an unknown news agency.

 

The medical staff… did not attempt to prevent the media from filming inside the

emergency Section and on the ground floor of SMC in general, thus contravening

the Code of Ethics in terms of patientconfidentiality.

 

Unauthorised marches and protests did take place inside and outside SMC.

 

A number of injured expatriates who were brought to SMC were first attacked by

protesters in different locations in the city and that they were also assaulted by the

protesters in front of the Emergency Section.

 

Video tapes and witness statements show cases of mistreatment against patients because they

were Sunni expatriate workers and thought to be part of the security forces.

 

Such conduct, which is on tape and supported by the statements is in contravention

of the Bahrain Code of Medical Ethics.

 

Further, statements by witnesses suggest that the manner in which some of the doctors treated

some injured expatriate persons rises to a level of human insensitivity and professional

disregard for medical ethics.

 

Commission received one video recording showing a Sunni carrying an infant and being denied

access to SMC by three medical staff. In the video, he alleges that this was because of

his sect. Several witness statements presented to the Commission also support

allegations of discrimination and denial of medical care.

 

It is well established that the open areas outside the SMC buildings were occupied by protesters,

who controlled the entrances and exits.

 

The Commission finds that the occupation and control of the area by protesters hampered general access

to the hospital and created a perception of an unsecure environment for those requiring medical

care.

 

Some Sunni patients seeking to gain access to SMC for medical

treatment were turned away. Most of SMC‘s ground floor level, including the

Emergency Section, the ICU and the administrative section, were taken over

and controlled by medical personnel, resulting in difficulties for the

Emergency Section.

833-847 BICI Report: Chapter V — Events at Salmaniya Medical Complex: Page 209-213

 

The Commission received video footage recording protesters at SMC

chanting discriminatory slogans such as, ―”Naturalised citizens get out”. Other

video footage records protesters chanting, ―”Death to Al Khalifa” outside the

emergency room.

738. BICI Report: Chapter V — Events at Salmaniya Medical Complex: Page 185

 

The Commission received video footage showing an interview given

by one of the accused doctors to the media in which he stated that not all

patients were protesters, but that some were expatriates who worked for the

security forces. He shows a table housing the identification of patients,

making no attempt to hide the identities of the patients. Other video footage

depicts an SMC nurse treating a patient of Asian origin. While treating the

patient she was asking him why he was hurting the Bahraini people.

745. BICI Report: Chapter V — Events at Salmaniya Medical Complex: Page 187

 

One account of a patient unable to reach SMC was provided by a

woman who was three months pregnant at the time.She reported that due

to road closures and protesters on the street, it took her approximately three or

four hours to drive to her routine appointment at BDF Hospital. Once there,

her physician noticed that she had uterine bleeding. He told her that she

should go home and rest, but that if the bleeding continued she should call an

ambulance or go to a hospital immediately. On 15 and 16 March 2011, she

continued to bleed but was unable to go to a hospital because of road closures

and chaos on the streets. She did not go to SMC because she had heard

television reports that armed opposition protesters had occupied the hospital.

She stated that she felt she could not go to SMC because, being Sunni, she did

not think she would be safe or receive proper medical treatment there. On 17

March, she miscarried. She called BDF Hospital for an ambulance but they

were unable to send an ambulance because of the security situation. Her

husband drove her to a private clinic but after being admitted she found that

she would not be able to afford treatment there and so she left. She was

eventually admitted to Muharraq Hospital, where the attending physician told

her that she had lost her baby and that this was because she had been unable to

receive medical treatment during the two days of bleeding.

746. BICI Report: Chapter V — Events at Salmaniya Medical Complex: Page 187

 

Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society presented a file to the

Commission that included cases of three individuals who claimed that they

were refused treatment or were verbally abused by medical staff at SMC

because they were Pakistani.

747. BICI Report: Chapter V — Events at Salmaniya Medical Complex: Page 187

 

One doctor stated that one accused doctor gave her attention to

injured Shia patients rather than Sunnis.

748. BICI Report: Chapter V — Events at Salmaniya Medical Complex: Page 187

 

The Commission received several complaints alleging discrimination

against Sunni patients by medical staff at SMC. These included accusations

of medical negligence and denial of medical care.

749. BICI Report: Chapter V — Events at Salmaniya Medical Complex: Page 187

 

 

 

Some important BICI Reports regarding Attack on Civilians by Bahrain Anti-Government Protesters:

 

Shop owners in the Sheikh Abdulla Street in the Manama market (Near GCC Roundabout) stated that unidentified

masked individuals entered their property and demanded that they close their

shops.

216. BICI Report: Chapter IV — Narrative of Events of February and March 2011: Page 68

 

Many of the attacks reported during the day were against expatriates

residing in Bahrain, especially those of Asian descent. At 21:50, for example,

reports were filed by a person of Asian descent that a large group of people

was assaulting foreign workers in the areas surrounding the Bahrain Hotel.

Similarly, groups of unidentified individuals bearing sticks, wooden planks

and metal rods set up a road block in the vicinity of the Manama Police

Department and attacked a person of Asian descent.

458. BICI Report: Chapter IV — Narrative of Events of February and March 2011: Page 121

 

As in previous days, a number of expatriate workers, most of whom

were of South Asian origin, were attacked and harassed by groups of

unidentified individuals. At approximately midday, a Bangladeshi national

named Mr Mohammad Ikhlas Tozzomul Ali was killed when he was run over

by a car in Sitra. Three other Bangladeshi workers were also injured in that

incident.

521. BICI Report: Chapter IV — Narrative of Events of February and March 2011: Page 138

 

The Commission finds sufficient evidence to support the finding that

Sunnis were targeted by some demonstrators… The Sunni community was seen as a target due to the perception that all

Sunnis are agents or supporters of the GoB and the ruling family. The

Commission also finds support for the claim of denial of medical care and

intentional negligence of Sunni patients during the events of February/March.

 

The Commission also finds sufficient evidence to establish that some

expatriates, particularly South Asian workers, were the targets of attacks

during the events of February/March 2011…

Various neighbourhoods where

expatriates lived in Bahrain were the subject of sporadic violent attacks

creating an environment of fear, resulting in many expatriates leaving their

homes and living in shelters. Because of this atmosphere of fear some foreign

nationals were afraid of returning to work or places of business. The

Commission notes that four expatriates were killed and many were injured by

mobs as a result of these attacks.

1710-1711. BICI Report: Chapter XII — General Observations and Recommendations: Page 410

 

 

 

Some important BICI Reports regarding Actions of Police and Security Forces:

 

 

The Commission acknowledges that there were periods during which

the police exercised restraint and no deaths or injuries occurred. At other

times, there were a limited number of deaths or injuries, which, if viewed in

the context of a chaotic and potentially violent crowd control situation, could

arise from a reasonable use of force producing unintended consequences.

866. BICI Report: Chapter VI — Allegations of Human Rights Violations Against the Person: Page 219

 

The Commission concludes that in general the BDF (Bahrain Defense Force “Army”) did not use

excessive force.

871. BICI Report: Chapter VI — Allegations of Human Rights Violations Against the Person: Page 219

 

Four police officers and one BDF officer died during the

relevant period. The deaths of three police officers are attributable to

demonstrators.

Police officer Ahmed Rashid Al Muraysi was run over by a vehicle

at the GCC Roundabout on 15 March 2011.Two individuals have been

convicted of this murder. A trial took place before the National Safety Court.

One individual received a life sentence while the other received the death

sentence.

Police officers Kashif Ahmed Mandour and Mohamed Farooq

Abdul Samad were run over by a vehicle near the GCC Roundabout on 16

March 2011. Seven individuals have been charged with these murders. Three

of the accused have allegedly confessed to the crime

884-886. BICI Report: Chapter VI — Allegations of Human Rights Violations Against the Person: Page 222

 

 

 

BICI Findings regarding Demolishing Mosques:

 

The Commission inspected 30 places of worship and found that only

five of them had both the requisite royal deed and building permit. (The other

places of worship were illegal)

1329. BICI Report: Chapter VII — Other Human Rights Issues: Page 320

 

 

 

Attacks by Anti-Government Rioters on Civilians:

 

The Commission found sufficient evidence to establish that some

expatriates, in particular South Asian workers, were the targets of attacks

during the events of February/March 2011. The Commission finds that four

expatriates were killed by mob attacks during the events and many were

injured.

 

Pakistanis, in particular, were the target of attacks owing to their

membership of some of them in the BDF and police force. Various

neighourhoods where expatriates live in Bahrain were the subject of sporadic

attacks. The attacks on expatriates created an environment of fear, resulting in

many of them leaving their homes and living in shelters. Other foreign

nationals relayed to the Commission that they feared leaving their homes,

attending services at their places of worship, or going to work. This caused

many foreign nationals economic loss because they were fearful of returning

to work and opening their businesses. The attacks on South Asian expatriates

also resulted in hundreds of Bangladeshis, Pakistanis and Indians fleeing the

country.

 

There is a high degree of mistrust of immigrants by the Shia

Community…. Racial and sectarian strife and sometimes xenophobic sentiments towards foreigners.

1525-1527. BICI Report: Chapter VIII — Allegations of Violence by Non-Governmental Actors: Page 364

 

The Commission found sufficient evidence to support the finding that

Sunnis were targeted by some groups of demonstrators, either because they

professed loyalty to the regime or on the basis of their sect. Sunnis were

subjected to physical attacks and attacks on their property as well as

harassment. Many of these incidents occurred at schools and makeshift

checkpoints operated by civilians. These attacks were sufficient to create an

environment of fear and mistrust that exacerbated tensions in a country

already polarised.

 

The Commission found that members of the Sunni community were

subjected to verbal harassment during the protests. Such verbal abuse took

place in the streets, in the workplace and in schools and universities, and

mainly focused on the perceived loyalty of Sunnis to the regime and the

Khalifa family. The Sunni community was seen as a target due to the

perception that all Sunnis are agents or supporters of the GoB and the ruling

Al Khalifa family.

 

It appears that the Sunni community was threatened and targeted

throughout the protests. In some cases there were direct threats to the lives

and welfare of Sunnis. In addition, the Commission recorded evidence

supporting the claims that Sunni residences were marked during the protests.

 

The complaints by Sunnis alleging denial of medical care and

intentional negligence were supported by a number of witness statements from

doctors, patients and members of the patients‘ families.

1557-1560. BICI Report: Chapter VIII — Allegations of Violence by Non-Governmental Actors: Page 364

 

 

Allegations Against Bahrain Television (BTV):

 

Commission did not find any evidence of media

coverage that constituted hate speech or incitement to violence.

1629. BICI Report: Chapter X — Allegations of Media Harassment: Page 389

I made this video last year. What we all went through.. The start and end of the “Fake Revolution”.. Watch with an open heart:

http://vimeo.com/24968982

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This is a shocking video of Zahra. She was walking back home from her day at work when she found herself in the middle of a riot (Peaceful Anti-Government protest some might call). Suddenly, she was attacked by rioters who use fire extinguishers to launch metal rods at police (one of many weapons used by them). Some say she was attacked because some of the rioters thought she was related to a police officer..

Sadly.. She died later..

It also disgusts me how Anti-Government groups claimed that she was a peaceful protester who was attacked by police.. Of course, they quickly back tracked when people actually found out what happened.. 

She was just a hard working honest civilian.. Horribly murdered by those who claim they are “Peaceful” and who are supported by ignorant international media channels.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2fcCKBx4m8&feature=share&list=PL17BCCA50BFD5EE94

After the second clearing of the roundabout, a security camera caught this.. Anti Government “Protesters” planted a bomb on the side of road. Some claim many more were planted across the area, that’s why police sealed off this part until they dismantled all of the bombs. Now tell me, would you consider this a peaceful act of protesting or plain cold terrorism? Watch till the end. Bomb goes off at around 1:15  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chWiNhAvemI