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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 in 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 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. The housing loan provided by the government is laughable & not sufficient to even buy a small decent flat.

9)      Return all stolen land. People have Google Earth you know. They can see the available lands.

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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This may anger some of you, but it has to be said.. Let me make this as simple as possible for all those “VIPs” that are following me and using fake names to hide their identity.. A whole year passed since the February 2011 protests and the people have yet to see anything to smile about. Don’t believe and see only those who are around you, lying to you and telling you that the majority of the people are happy and don’t want anything more. To make it simple for those who have failed us, the people deserve to at least have their salaries increased sufficiently and they were also expecting to have some burdens taken off of them, like debts & housing payments. Many can’t even pay for their electricity bills while others who are very well known & very capable, have thousands and thousands of unpaid bills, yet it is the normal Bahrainis

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who take the punishment of delayed payments. True, we have other demands but that is just the minimum we deserve. Yet, we remain waiting. All promises and talk. All sugar coating and no real action. Even the salary increase was to only a portion of the people, which I may add, fell very very short of peoples’ expectations. The people of this country are the true asset of the economy and the only way to push the economy forward is by putting money into peoples’ pockets and increase spending power. That is the least we, as Bahrainis, deserve. Disregarding this fact will only anger the people further and I for one will not condemn any protest that would demand better living standards and a better Bahrain for Bahrainis. I hope this message gets across to those who actually care about the people and not to those who only think about themselves and their pockets and try to silence anyone who actually says the truth. After all, you are in your position to serve the people, and not the other way around. As for now, the people do what they have always done.. They wait.. They hope.. And they take each day as it comes.. After all, we are Bahrainis