HungerStrike for Bahrain: Free Hussain

April 17, 2011 at 9:20 am (Middle East) (, , , , , , , )


 March 16th, 2011, my brother Hussain was driving back home along with my cousin Ebrahim in his new Mazda Zoom 6 car. Last call with my dad, 3pm; his phone was shut after that and could not reach him. Next thing we know, he and his car disappeared. For 5 days, we had no clue where he was and police stations refused to give out any information. This was the most difficult period in my life. My mind got stroke with all kind of imaginations and our house was filled with grieve. On the 6th day, we received a call from Nuaim Police station saying he is detained with no further information, they allowed him to speak with mom for half a minute only, he said “I am fine, you guys take care of yourself.” Then, we were allowed to bring him some cloths but not see him. By yesterday, Hussain completed 1 full month in detention and we are yet to be allowed to see him, informed of why he is arrested, nor allowed to nominate a lawyer to defend a case.

Bahrain is party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which states “Anyone who is arrested shall be informed, at the time of arrest, of the reasons for his arrest and shall be promptly informed of any charges against him.” Article 8 – 2

March 16th, 2011, Bahrain forces composing of both Bahraini Army and Police cracked down the one-month long pro-democracy protests that swept Bahrain capital Manama. The protests were inspired by the recent revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia. The crackdown was in line with the activation of the National Safety Law, in an intent to shut down demonstrations by force and also open back the roads blocked by the extremists. Protestors contained people from various lines of thoughts and various levels of demands, moderates (the great majority) asking for “constitutional monarchy” and extremists asking for a “Republic.” The latter was rather a stupid dream that blew things out of propotion for the great majority of protestors, and gave the state an excuse to break into the Pearl under cover of the GCC peninsula shield forces “protecting major Bahraini installations.” The government, through its official media outlets and pro-gov newspapers, presented the crackdown as a “Victory” and saved no effort to retaliate from anyone who sympathized with the protests, including Lawyers, Doctors, Human Rights Activists, teachers, sportsmen, etc, by mass-firings and detentions. Since then, Bahrain has become to many people, a state of fear.

Since the crackdown, 4 Bahrainis died in state detentions in less than 2 weeks. The pictures of the diseased showed clear marks of torture, despite official statements linking death cause to (2) sickle-cell (1) kidney failure (1) “Created chaos, which led security forces to bring the situation under control.” This would violate Article 7 of ICCPR “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. In particular, no one shall be subjected without his free consent to medical or scientific experimentation.” I very much welcomed Sh. Abdulateef Almahmood’s call for independent investigation into these deaths.

Seeing these happening, I am very worried for my brother and cousin’s health. Hussain and I are very close, and despite our continuous fights we come back on terms very shortly. We usually play tennis every Friday, and I just miss it. I must admit, I never won over Hussain in any game. He has always been, “Victorious.” Hussain is an Auditor for a top 4 firm; he topped his accounting class in Ahlia University. A Real Madrid and Roger Federer fan, Hussain has many hobbies, to name few: poetry, football, tennis, basketball, volleyball, travel,  etc. Hussain had no political affiliations, and like every other Bahraini, we were all observing what’s happening on a daily basis, and trying to bridge the gap between the two camps.

In light of the above, and in solidarity with Hussain, other innocents who are detained for no-reason, and to the extrajudicial killings, I am joining the Hunger Strike along many Bahrainis starting Today.


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Bahrain’s official media.. Making the biggest divide in Bahrain’s history.

March 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm (Middle East) (, , , , , , , , , )

My analysis to the strategy taken by official media to create the biggest divide in Bahrain’s History:

1. Creating a rumors engine. This was through paid thugs to send fake news that inigate feelings in a systematic manner.

This lead to, nobody beleives anybody.

2. Hit the majority factor. This was to minimize the size of opposition and to show that the majority of Bahrain stand by the Government.

Reality check: you need to tape both gathering same way. Nonetheless, if 450K could fit alfateh, you really need help.

3. Hit the demands and conditions to dialogue. This to show that the opposition is looking for an islamic system like Iran and oppress the Sunnis in retaliation to the long-ruled Al-Khalifa.

Reality check: The majority of the opposition were looking more than the Unity; the people are source powers.

4. Hit the opposition composition. This is by showing the opposition as a Shiite’s. This was so ugly, alshoroogy once said: “So tell me so we make it clear, were it Shiite/Sunni issue”

Reality check: Opposition is composed of 7 different mentalities. Inludes Sunnis, Shiites, librals, conservatives, etc.

5. Hit the opposition leadership. This is by hitting their person, their judgements and decisions without their presence. This reached to “calling them liars”

Reality Check: you cannot talk about anybody in his absence. As long as I am not their, you can always make a sequare out of me!

6. Hit the very basic priniciple of the revolt, it’s peacefullness. This was thorugh exagerating, making up, or initiating violence, and/or making judgements:

a. Hamad Town

b. UOB

c. Schools

d. Violence by driving thugs, breaking into mosques, etc.

Reality check: These incidents require proper investigation and a trial before judge; these were initiated by paid thugs, as people will never break into mosque and kill people. Some incidents were done by police and then shown as been done by opposition. Opposition has no issue against the people, it’s an issue with the Gov. Not to say the opposition didn’t make mistakes such as blocking roads but again cannot be solved by live ammo.

7. Hit the humanity and professionalism of the medical team. This is to justify the attack on the hospital and control of the wounded and killed by police. This was by showing that the medical team hiding weapons and making claims of imprisoning Sunni Doctors, stealing medical supplies, using ambulances to hide/deliver weapons, etc.

Reality check: you need an independent investigation team to visit and report on such big acquisition. Tell me something, why were the Kuwaiti medical team blocked from Bahrain again?

8. Hit the loyalty of the opposition leaders to Bahrain. By connecting the movement to Iran and Hizbolla, again this is because they are Shiites.

Reality check: Bahrainis, all of them, voted for Bahrain to be independent and didn’t want Iran in the 70s, and do not want Iran now. There has been no single evidence of this acquisition. Criticism of Hasan Naralla and Iran of violence is in line with criticism of other countries, leaders, and religious leaders, e.g. Dr. Tariq Alswaidan, Turki, USA, etc.

9. Hit other media outlets that support the opposition. Showing Alalam and Al-Manar as Lairs, igniting sectarianism, and disseminating falsified information. This is to invalidate every piece of information they broadcast and undermine their credibility.

Reality check: Alalam and Al-Manar are biased to the opposition likewise Bahrain TV is biased to the Government. What about other channels such as BBC, CNN, Fox News, the Gardian, New York Times, The Times, The Sun, The Independent, etc.?

Final result: Guys, our Gov is fighting small group of dirty blood-thirsty rats, fine with you aint? Course just do it!!

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