Saturday, February 16, 2013

The People Of Bahrain Struggle On

A Bahraini woman shows reporters a tear gas cannister in this photo by Hamad I Mohammed of Reuters taken on February 14, 2013 in the capital city of Manama, which is also home to a big US Navy base from which the US can project its power throughout the Middle East and can intimidate neighboring Iran. Note that the woman is also holding a cell phone to her ear. I just thought this picture was very interesting. She also has in her right hand, under the cannister, what looks to be a large onion. An onion, when broken open and held to the eyes, is an antidote to tear gas.

The tiny but wealthy US client state of Bahrain, home to 1.25 million, is ruled by one of those fake monarchies. You know, with kings and princes and princesses and dragons and fairies and all that. Like all those monarchies it's just a fancy cover for a dictatorship.

Its people rose up during the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011. The initial mass protests were brutally suppressed with the help of troops from Saudi Arabia and under the approving gaze of President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who never seriously complained about or did anything to stop the brutality. Many activists have been held in prison since then on no or trumped up charges, where most have been tortured. Doctors and other medical professionals who treated injured protesters were also thrown into prison. The ruler of this country is one sorry bastard, and is fully backed by the United States government.

But low level protests and underground organizing have continued, and this week, on the two year anniversary of the initial uprising, the protests swelled to more than one quarter million in downtown Manama while other protests occurred simultaneously throughout the country.


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