Small beer compared with Egypt maybe, but the protests in Bahrain have to be taken seriously. For the most part, the protesters don't want to topple the monarchy, but they do want an elected majority government under a constitutional monarchy and an end to the suppression of human rights. This is also sectarian as the rulers are sunni while the majority of Bahrainis are shia.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middl … 25202.html
This one is close to 'home' for me as Doha (Qatar) is a mere 88 miles from Manama (Bahrain).
How much of a role do you think the internet and social media is playing in these events?
Pretty major, and so is the mainstream media like Al Jazeera. Until a few years ago, there was only state TV in the Gulf, which of course sends out a very controlled and controlling message.
I don't think the protest will spread to Qatar though, because most Qataris are on a stipend from birth and well provided for. And there's a huge US base here, which would discourage Saudi cross-border involvement!
I suspected as much. Turning it all off wont solve the problem...the jeanie is out of the bottle so to speak. I'm a little surprised by Baharain though....
It's really amazing what's going on all over the Arab world!
I just hope ending the suppression includes women.
That is closer to you. I think one of US Navy fleet has a headquarter there, another decision for Obama.
Dave, are there lots of Filipinos there???
and there are two people dead already.
Thank you for the link.
Hi Maita - yes. 50% of the Bahrain population are ex-pat workforce, and of them maybe 1 in 15 will be filipino, so quite a few thousands, I'd say.
But the immigrant community are not involved in the protest, because they are non-resident and have no rights anyway, and would immediately be repatriated if arrested. The only danger would be getting accidentally caught up in something.
I'm happy that these awful regimes are finally being displaced. Looks as though Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan, Algeria, Lybia and Morrocco might be next. Hopefully Iran too maybe?
I just hope that the regimes realise they are trying to hold back the tide and go quietly, without seding troops out to "deal" with protestors.
I've been fairly encouraged with what I've seen from Egypt and Tunisia, though.
and we have: uganda, libya, iraq, iran, yemen, Germany joining the new war...what is this telling us?
Came across this very interesting article about Egypt and who may be behind the uprisings in the Middle East. Food for thought.
http://news.uk.msn.com/forum/thread.asp … 46c9c38eee
None of this should be surprising. Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Bahrain, Indonesia - what do all these places have in common? Now we see a hard core response from the Iranian government against the protesters in the streets. The current protest comes on the anniversary of a woman being killed by Revolutionary Guard in the Obama ignored protest from over a year ago.
Iran's navy is on the move toward the Suez and Syria beyond. If I were painting a nightmare scenario for the CIA or the Defense Department I would warn against a ship delivered nuke to Tel Aviv.
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