And now Bahrain

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  1. Paraglider profile image93
    Paragliderposted 7 years ago

    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. … 25202.html
    This one is close to 'home' for me as Doha (Qatar) is a mere 88 miles from Manama (Bahrain).

    1. profile image61
      C.J. Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      How much of a role do you think the internet and social media is playing in these events?

      1. Paraglider profile image93
        Paragliderposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        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!

        1. profile image61
          C.J. Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          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....

          1. Paraglider profile image93
            Paragliderposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            I think we're all surprised by Bahrain. I'm no expert on this. I just happen to be local, for the last several years. We're all learning wink

  2. lovemychris profile image70
    lovemychrisposted 7 years ago

    It's really amazing what's going on all over the Arab world!
    I just hope ending the suppression includes women.

    1. Paraglider profile image93
      Paragliderposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      There's a long way to go in that direction, but historically women's rights have suffered more under fundamentalist regimes than under secular regimes, whether Islamic or Christian.

  3. prettydarkhorse profile image64
    prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago

    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.

    1. Paraglider profile image93
      Paragliderposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. prettydarkhorse profile image64
        prettydarkhorseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Ok, we just hope the present gov't listen to their demands which is more likely as I see it. Even though this type of political process  take some time to be implemented at least it is the beginning of more reforms.

  4. Greek One profile image73
    Greek Oneposted 7 years ago

  5. classicalgeek profile image86
    classicalgeekposted 7 years ago

    And today Libya.

  6. superwags profile image79
    superwagsposted 7 years ago

    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.

  7. accofranco profile image84
    accofrancoposted 7 years ago

    and we have: uganda, libya, iraq, iran, yemen, Germany joining the new war...what is this telling us?

  8. AnnCee profile image69
    AnnCeeposted 7 years ago

    Came across this very interesting article about Egypt and who may be behind the uprisings in the Middle East.   Food for thought. … 46c9c38eee

    1. Paraglider profile image93
      Paragliderposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      And yet - the signs are that the only 'organised' groups in all this are the state-sponsored groups of thugs administering beatings to the protesters.

  9. uncorrectedvision profile image60
    uncorrectedvisionposted 7 years ago

    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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