Saudi troops enter Bahrain to help crush the protests

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Saudi troops enter Bahrain to help crush the protests

"Responsibility to protect", I guess...

Unionist

[url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/14/bahrain-saudi-troops-violent... royal family welcomes Saudi troops to face down violent protests[/url]

I believe these are the same countries that want a "no-fly zone" around Libya?

Progressive people everywhere must condemn all these brutal acts of interference and aggression.

 

NDPP

Unionist wrote:

"Responsibility to protect", I guess...

NDPP

Wink@Unionist

Unionist

[url=http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2011/0314/Saudi-troops-arrive...

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It’s unclear whether Bahrain actually asked for assistance, or whether it was imposed by its larger neighbor, says [Rutgers University's Toby] Jones. “It could very well be that Riyadh made a phone call and said ‘we’re coming,’” he says.

I wonder if Obama has phoned anyone in Libya yet?

 

NDPP

Saudi Arabia Admits Invading Bahrain

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/169917.html

"Saudi Arabia says it has responded to a 'security threat' in neighboring Bahrain by staging a 1,000 troop invasion in an attempt to quell escalating anti-government protests. 'We consider the arrival of any soldier, or military vehicle, into Bahraini territory...and overt occupation of the Kingdom of Bahrain and a conspiracy against the unarmed people of Bahrain,' said an opposition statement.

It called on the international community to act to ensure the 'protection of the people of Bahrain from the danger of foreign military intervention."

Condemn this act of aggression by Saudi Arabia:

http://www.mofa.gov.sa/sites/mofaen/MainContactUs/Pages/Feedback.aspx

UAE Joins Saudi Invasion of Bahrain

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/169946.html

"The United Arab Emirates has sent around 500 police to neighboring Bahrain following an invasion by Saudi Arabia to crack down on Bahraini protesters.."

Condemn this act of aggression by UAE:

www.uae-embassy.ae/uk

Lachine Scot

Depressing...

Bec.De.Corbin Bec.De.Corbin's picture

 

Bahrain's king declares state of emergency

 On Tuesday, clashes broke out across the tiny island nation, with a doctor reporting that hundreds of protesters were injured by shotgun blasts and clubs and that one died from a bullet to the head. One of the Saudi soldiers was also shot and killed by a protester, said a security official in Saudi Arabia.

One down 999 to go...

Caissa

Iran objects to intervention

 

Bahrain's king has imposed a three-month state of emergency in the wake of a pro-democracy uprising that reportedly turned violent Tuesday.

The order, which was read on Bahrain state TV, also gives the country's military chief wide-ranging powers to battle the uprising.

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations dispatched 1,000 police officers to Bahrain on Monday to help it contain an uprising from the Shia-majority population. The United Arab Emirates also sent 500 police officers.

The cross-border operation was perceived as a measure by Gulf Sunni dynasties to prop up Bahrain's monarchy, due to fears that arch-enemy Iran, a Shia-run power, could increase its influence over the region.

Iran has called the intervention of foreign troops "unacceptable."

 http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/03/15/bahrain-soldier.html

Bec.De.Corbin Bec.De.Corbin's picture

 Thanks Caissa,

 

 

While Bahrain has a Shia-majority population I seriously doubt they want to have anything to do with an Iranian style mullahocracy let alone Iran it's self. That's not to say Iran won't try to gain so sway in Bahrain with the population; I just doubt the amount of success they will have. The Iranian regime is pretty repressive in its own right and the Bahrainians (?) know it; they've seen what Iran did to its own demonstrators awhile back.  

 

NDPP

The House of Saud 'Liberates' Bahrain - by Pepe Escobar

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MC16Ak03.html

"This walks like an invasion, talks like an invasion, but it's not really an invasion, as White House spokesman Jay Carney confidentially reassured world opinion. While the whole world - plus the Arab League - was involved in the dead-end no fly zone debate concerning Libya, the Gulf neighbor ensured an all-drive zone through the causeway linking Saudi Arabia to Bahrain's capital Manama.

One thing is certain. These two paragons of equanimity - the House of Saud and the Sunni al-Khalifa dynasty - have just helped to reconfigure a peaceful mass movement towards a constitutional monarchy in Bahrain into a full-fledged revolution.."

'US Had Advance Knowledge of Invasion'

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/170130.html

"The United States had advance knowledge about the plan to invade Bahrain, Bahraini opposition leader Saed al Shahabi says. 'I don't understand the difference between this invasion and the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam 20 years ago.."

Lawmaker on Bhahrainis' Plight

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/170100.html

"Bahraini lawmaker Ali al-Aswad has described the situation in Monama as catastrophic, calling on the international community to help protesters in the country. He went on to say that the government forces are indiscriminately attacking anybody outside on the street; peaceful protesters as well as people trying to guard their cars, going home or shopping. Aswad expressed shock at the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council for dispatching military forces to Bahrain to confront peaceful demonstrators.."

NDPP

Top Bahraini Clerics Warn of Massacre

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/170187.html

"Five top Bahraini Shia clerics have urged the international community to intervene as the violence escalates further following the deployment of foreign troops in the Persian Gulf state.."

communication@bahrainembassy.org

'Cloaked Army, Bahrain Double Standard (and vid)

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/170192.html

"The Saudi military has gone undercover attacking peaceful Bahraini protesters, while the Crown Prince sends conflicting messages, calling for democracy whle declaring martial law. Press TV interviewed Nazeeha Saeed, a journalist from the Bahraini capital, Manama."

Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Pentagon and Murder in Bahrain

http://warisacrime.org/content/tomgram-nick-turse-pentagon-and-murder-ba...

"The bullet that took Bu Hameed's life may have been paid for by US taxpayers and given to the Bahrain Defense Forces by the US military. Just how American bullets made their way into Bahraini guns, into weapons used by troops suppressing pro-democracy protesters, opens a wider window into the shadowy relationships, between the Pentagon and a number of autocratic states in the Arab world.."

Fidel

Those ungrateful Bahrainis! Poor filthy rich King Khalifa and his western backers shouldn't have to suffer through this indignity.

Jingles

The NDP's statement concerning the Saudi invasion:

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The Conservative statement:

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We're, like, sooooo jealous right now. That's how you handle the opposition!

al-Qa'bong

Police shoot a protester in the street.

 

Sitra, Bahrain

NDPP

Bahrain: US Backs Saudi Military Intervention, Conflict with Iran  - by Rick Rozoff , STOPNATO

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/bahrain-u-s-backs-saudi-milit...

"The US is no less complicit in the Saudi military intervention currently underway in Bahrain.."

Canadian Made Armored Vehicles Enter Bahrain

http://www.ceasefire.ca/?p=7585

"During the 1990s and early 2000s Canada sold more than 1200 LAVs built by General Motors Diesel Division (now Canada Dynamics Land Systems Canada) of London Ontario to the Saudi National Guard. It now appears that the National Guard's Canadian built LAVs will also be used to prevent democracy in Bahrain.."

CAW union jobs...no wonder there's no statements from our evil Ottawa talkshop 'representatives'

NDPP

Bahraini Ministers Quit Amid Crackdown

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/170297.html

"Two Bahraini ministers have quit to protest the government's use of excessive force against protesters in the Kingdom. Saudi forces that rolled into Bahrain on Monday to assist Manama in the crackdown on nationwide protests also attacked the capital's main hospital, where the injured were being treated, and took all people inside the building including doctors and nurses, hostage. Some reports say Saudi Forces also shot people inside the hospital and threatened doctors..."

Complaints: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

http://www.mofa.gov.sa/sites/mofaen/MainContactUs/Pages/Feedback.aspx

NDPP

Lethal Crackdown in Bahrain is 'Made in the USA'

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/feb2011/bahr-f18.shtml

"Given the strategic importance of Bahrain to Washington and the close links of the Bahraini intelliegence and military apparatus with that of the US, there is every reason to believe that the murderous assault was carried out with the knowledge - and the urging - of the Obama administration and American military.."

NDPP

Bahrain Arrests Six Opposition Leaders

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/170327.html

Bahrain has arrested six opposition leaders as the country plunges deeper into crisis following the arrival of foreign militaries to quell anti-regime protesters. Al Wefaq party leader Sheikh Ali Salman urged protesters to continue their peaceful uprising despite Manama's use of violence against them. He said the peaceful nature of the uprising will help defeat the 'dictatorship prevailing in the country.' "

ME Rallies Support Bahraini Protesters

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/170326.html

"People in Lebanon, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia have strongly condemned the Saudi led invasion of Bahrain and the increased crackdown on anti-government protesters.."

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

NDPP wrote:

'US Had Advance Knowledge of Invasion'

No surprise there. Ten days ago [url=http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/americas-secret-plan... Fisk[/url] reported that the U.S. had asked Saudi Arabia to send military aid to the Libyan rebels in Benghazi. Clearly Obama is using Saudi Arabia as their proxy for intervention in the Arab countries as an end run around the Security Council.

NDPP

here's what the Angry Arab says:

"There is no doubt that Saudi Arabia has engineered the Arab counter-revolution with full US support. Only Libya will be allowed to change but in favour of a Saudi controlled regime..."

DaveW

NDPP wrote:

"There is no doubt that Saudi Arabia has engineered the Arab counter-revolution with full US support.

Only Libya will be allowed to change but in favour of a Saudi controlled regime..."

come on,

The Bahraini royals were in full counter-revolution mode a month ago, all by themselves.

And really, Libya is going to be "allowed to change"?!? Tell the residents of Benghazi that, they will be reassured.

Slumberjack

DaveW wrote:
come on, The Bahraini royals were in full counter-revolution mode a month ago, all by themselves.

The 'all by themselves' counter-insurgency plans, aka the brutal everyday repression of the majority, doesn't appear to be panning out as anticipated, which is why they've resorted to calling in the regional cavalry.

Bec.De.Corbin Bec.De.Corbin's picture

Don't forget: secular religion is playing a bigger role in this situation as compared to the past revolts we've seen: Shia vs Sunni.

 

DaveW

a good analysis of why Khaddaffi eventually loses:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/17/opinion/17ahmida.html?hp

THE fight is not over. Whether or not Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi defeats the rebels in eastern Libya, any legitimacy he once had has been extinguished. He has weapons, tanks and planes, but he has lost the allegiance of even those elements of Libyan society that had once been willing to wait and hope for political reform. His base of support is now only diehard allies and foreign mercenaries. They might win on the battlefield, but they will lose in the end.

The uprisings in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt were precipitating events, but the resistance has drawn its core motivation from Libya's brutal experience of colonialism. What is most striking about the rhetoric of the rebellion is how the anticolonialist theme that Colonel Qaddafi once deployed has now been turned against him and is being used on Twitter and Facebook. Even as they are assaulted by Colonel Qaddafi's forces, the rebels have resisted calling for forceful Western intervention, though they support the imposition of a no-flight zone.

 

 

 

Caissa

Iran is protesting Bahrain's crackdown on anti-monarchy demonstrators by recalling its ambassador Thursday, Iranian state media reported.

Protesters have been demanding greater rights for Shia Bahrainis and the dissolution of the country's 200-year-old monarchy since February.

While the gatherings were initially peaceful, protesters and security forces clashed this week.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/03/17/bahrain-arrests-031711.html

NDPP

'Bahrain Not Foreigners War Zone'

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/170208.html

'Riyadh Fears Bahrain's Uprising'

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/170442.html

"I want everybody to imagine what would happen if the Saudis sent forces and arms to Gaddafi to kill even more of his own people. This is what they have done in Bahrain. Even the Arab media is operating in such a double-standard way.."

'Saudi Forces Reflect Badly on King'

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/170453.html

"Amid further bloodshed in Bahrain, the head of the kingdom's largest opposition party has called on Saudi Arabia's king to pull the Saudi forces out of Bahrain. A Saudi sniper has reportedly gunned down a Bahraini nurse on Thursday, targeting the medical staffer as she tried to reach a hospital in the capital.."

Fidel
N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

The Angry Arab talks about a Saudi-led Arab counter revolution. I predict that all the racists, bigots, Zionists and so on will discover how much they love the Saudi regime. Bet money on it.

Caissa

The king of Bahrain says a foreign-backed plot against his country has been foiled following a month of anti-government protests.

King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa thanked troops from nearby countries, mostly Saudi Arabian, who were brought in last week to put down the unrest.

He did not give any details of who was behind the alleged plot.

But in recent days Bahrain's Sunni leadership has accused Iran of interfering in its affairs.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12802945

Unionist

Were you wondering why Harper, Ignatieff, Layton, and Duceppe are applauding the bombing of Libya for peace, but aren't demanding air strikes against Bahrain? Well, it's really simple. In Libya, it's a popular revolution against a despotic bloodthirsty dictator. Bahrain, however, is a "pleasant, peaceful place" (according to EU diplomat Robert Cooper), and there's a need to crack down on demonstrations where there could be violence - and inexperienced public order officials sometimes accidentally kill 21 people and wound hundreds of others.

I know, I know, the peace-loving babblers that are cheering on the bombers think I'm making this up - right?

[url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/23/bahrain-protest-crackdown-eu... protest crackdown defended by European Union envoy[/url]

 

Slumberjack

Apparently in regard to the scale of things, to everything there exists a critical mass that has to be reached before everyone is expected to topple over into sycophancy.  For some the announcement comes much earlier than for others.

Fidel

Paul Dewar,NDP @tweetcommunes wrote:
"Gov's statement on Bahrain is too weak. Time for Canada to demand an end to the violent crackdown of the peaceful protesters."

Unionist

Fidel wrote:

Paul Dewar,NDP @tweetcommunes wrote:
"Gov's statement on Bahrain is too weak. Time for Canada to demand an end to the violent crackdown of the peaceful protesters."

Bullshit, Fidel. This little fraud applauds the bombing of Tripoli, and wants Harper to "DEMAND" (wow!) something or other about Bahrain.

Canada sells fucking weapons to Saudi Arabia, which are being used to murder those peaceful demonstrators. How about "DEMANDING" that Canada stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia! Oh, no sir, don't mind me, I'm just little Paul!!

How about "DEMANDING" a no-fly zone over Bahrain? Or "DEMANDING" that the U.N. Security Council authorize "any means necessary to protect civilians"? Oh wait, no, Obama and Harper and Cameron and Sarkozy haven't approved that yet, sorry, what the hell am I thinking of. Don't mind me, I'm just Paul.

What a shithead he is. Please don't give him any unwarranted publicity. He is not our ally.

 

 

Fidel

I apologize for interrupting your rabid anti-4th party rhetoric as usual. It seems to be a theme in every second thread lately. You'd think there was an election in the air or something.

Maybe our corrupt stoogeaucracy in Ottawa will be able to put a grab on the much coveted phony-baloney majority this time around. You never know with our wonky electoral system.

Unionist

Fidel wrote:

I apologize for interrupting your rabid anti-4th party rhetoric as usual.

Unlike you (unfortunately), I judge individuals by the stand they take. Not the ranking of the party whose name they brandish.

Paul Dewar has taken the stands I listed above. He is our enemy (yours and mine), based on those stands. He is not a confused little puppy. I condemn him, and so should you. The NDP needs to lose people like him and keep people like Svend Robinson. That won't happen if people of conscience keep their mouths shut and attack other people of conscience instead.

Paul Dewar doesn't give a damn about the people fighting in Bahrain. That's the worst part of it. Otherwise, he might at least suggest that we should stop selling arms to their murderers. Why hasn't he suggested that? Because he's a swine.

 

Fidel

Unionist wrote:
Paul Dewar doesn't give a damn about the people fighting in Bahrain. That's the worst part of it. Otherwise, he might at least suggest that we should stop selling arms to their murderers. Why hasn't he suggested that? Because he's a swine.

I didn't say that Dewar is calling for an end to US imperialism in Africa, the Middle East, or even Latin America.

All I did was quote him suggesting that our corrupt stooges in Ottawa should examine their lack of any federal policy whatsoever for being just a teensy bit more selective concerning which countries Canadian-made weapons are sold and shipped to,  like Saudi Arabia with the big military budgets and participating in hard line crackdowns on pro democracy demonstrations in Bahrain.

If you think Dewar is not being straightforward about our corrupt stooges in the phony minority Tory government in Ottawa and propped up by the Liberal Party of bananda since 2006, then just say so. There is really no need to beat around the bush.

wage zombie

Fidel wrote:

Paul Dewar,NDP @tweetcommunes wrote:
"Gov's statement on Bahrain is too weak. Time for Canada to demand an end to the violent crackdown of the peaceful protesters."

This sounds to me like calling for a military invasion.  Not really sure what it is about Dewar's statement that you're trying to promote Fidel.

Fidel

wage zombie wrote:

Fidel wrote:

Paul Dewar,NDP @tweetcommunes wrote:
"Gov's statement on Bahrain is too weak. Time for Canada to demand an end to the violent crackdown of the peaceful protesters."

This sounds to me like calling for a military invasion.  Not really sure what it is about Dewar's statement that you're trying to promote Fidel.

Yes, it's not so obvious from what Dewar says. I think it's code for what he and his party are obviously planning to do - invade Bahrain themselves and orchestrate a violent crackdown against ungrateful Bahrainis shirking their duties as economic serfs in yet another US/Ottawa-backed free market paradise. And our corrupt stooges at the helm in Ottawa are likely behind this covert pro democracy maneuvering with the NDP playing a bit role we can be sure. It's a conspiracy no less. Good eye for what it is, wage zombie.

wage zombie

Is my sarcasm meter broken?

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Ralph Schoenman wrote:

People in Bahrain feel they have been abandoned. No single government has spoken out against the brutal repression, the kidnapping and murder of medical personnel, the occupation of hospitals and medical facilities, the continuous reign of terror against an unarmed populace demonstrating peacefully for democratic rights.

With the important exception of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, the voices of global organizations have been largely muted - notably that of the International Committee of the Red Cross - let alone those of the country-selling regimes that inhabit such bodies as the United Nations, the latter a continuing instrument of imperial conquest in the service of plunder.

Bahrainis take note that the government of Iran, invoked by the Saudis as a pretext for their occupation, is itself the prime target of the U.S Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain but has been relatively mute about the slaughter and repression of the population or of the pogrom visited upon the majority Shia inhabitants.

[url=http://greenhouse.economics.utah.edu/pipermail/marxism/2011-March/127975...

NDPP

'Bahrain Enlisting Pakistani Forces'

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/172492.html

"Bahrain is reportedly recruiting former Pakistan troopers and anti-riot experts to aid in the crackdown on anti-government protesters. The Bahrain Center for Human Rights has voiced 'deep concern over the recruitment of foreign mercenaries' saying it would lead to growing hostility toward foreign nationals, especially Pakistanis..

Bahraini Forces Destroy Shia Mausoleum

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/172434.html

"Amid the growing crackdown in Bahrain, forces backed by Saudi Arabian troops have destroyed the mausoleum of prominent Shia leader Abdul Hamid al-Jamri. The forces took away the dome of the mausoleum on Thursday. Bahraini forces had earlier pulled down the monument on Pearl Square in the capital city of Manama. According to reporters at least 24 people have been killed and about 1,000 others injured during the government sanctioned violence.."

NDPP

'50 Bahraini Activists Arrested Overnight'

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/172551.html

"Bahraini opposition groups say the Manama regime has arrested 50 activists overnight, just before the massive Friday anti-government protests in the country.."

NDPP

'US Orders Saudi Invasion of Bahrain'

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/172837.html

"The United States has ordered Saudi Arabia's invasion of Bahrain, says an analyst, as the Persian Gulf country is engulfed by anti-government protests. 'The Bahraini rulers are maniac killers and they brought in another lot of killers, the Saudis. Behind this fascism is the USA.."

'Bahrain's Independence Questionable'

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/172966.html (and vid)

"Bahrain's agitated situation has intensified as the regime of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa's brutal crackdown on the opposition has claimed the life of a protester in detention. Press TV interviewed Khaled - el - Shami, political observer who shared his comments...."

NDPP

Bahrain Kills Youth Removes Organs

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/173146.html

"Since the US invasion of Bahrain by Saudi forces, the bodies of protesters killed in the clashes are being returned to their families, albeit with various organs missing. In an interview with Press TV, Ralph Schoenman discusses the events taking place in Bahrain. He also touches on the planned Yemen revolution. The following is a transcript of the interview.."

Caissa

Two Bahraini Shia activists who were detained after weeks of anti-government protests have died in police custody.

The interior ministry said Ali Issa Saqer, 31, had died when guards tried to restrain him for "causing chaos".

Another detainee, Zakaraya Rashed Hassan, 40, had died of sickle cell disease, the ministry added. It was the second such death in a week.

Several Shia activists have complained of being tortured while in custody. The government denies the allegations

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13033288

Fidel

[url=http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=24297]US-backed Bahrain Regime Tortures, Murders Critics[/url]

NDPP

'Anger of Bahraini People could Explode'

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/175905.html

"The main Bahraini opposition group says the government is pursuing a campaign of revenge and purge on anti-regime protesters, warning about the angry people's response. Analysts blame the international community for falling short of adequate measures against the ruling Al Khalifa royal family.."

Bahraini Forces Rape, Kill Female Poet

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/175790.html

"A female Bahraini poet who has composed anti-government poems has been killed after being arrested and raped by Manama forces.."

NDPP

Video Exposes More Brutality in Bahrain (and vid)

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/177701.html

"...newly released video footage has shed more light on the extent of violence used during the Saudi-backed crackdown against the peaceful demonstraters in Bahrain. The video showed Bahraini police officers firing randomly at residential buildlings and attacking women with teargas.."

no complaint from the UN here..

NDPP

Al Jazeera Beirut Bureau Chief Resigns

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/176278.html

Ghassan Ben Jeddo - Al Jazeera has turned into 'a propaganda outlet'

wow honest journalist admits truth - if only the corrupt know-nothings at CBC would admit the obvious here..

NDPP

Bahrain Denies Abuse of Schoolgirls (and vid)

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/05/20115112239574412.html

"...Officials deny Al Jazeera's report that police raided girls' schools and beat them.."

NDPP

Bahrain Crackdown (and vid)

http://www.presstv.ir/Program/203418.html

"The Bahraini kingdom continues its crackdown on its people despite international condemnation. There is clear injustice being done against the protesters in Bahrain. Why was this issue not a major issue spoken of at the UN? Has the Saudi kingdom put pressure on other Arab nations not to raise this issue..?"

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