Jordanians To Bahraini Officials : Enough With Injustice And Oppression

We don’t need the entire world population to create a better one, such international citizens who care for each others. and unified over any type of categorizing people would be enough. Picture for Eman Jaradat, a Jordanian activist.

Both of the regime in Bahrain and the revolts found themselves in awkward moment trying to justify to the rest of the world why are they doing what they do. Of course  revolts want the rest of the world to support them, so they have  to convince others with their reasons, and they have to develop some sort of argument in order to encourage others to agree with them. But why would the regime do that? Friend of mine, a Syrian activist  believes that in the current century no regime can abuse the authority on harmless citizens without opposition or at least questioning from the international community and the people of the world. Today with the fast communications, extended knowledge, and cross-cultural relationships we care for each other, we work for each other, and many of us call themselves international citizens, and those citizens are absolutely beyond any form of categorizing, and united under greater title named the globe.

Revolts in Bahrain promoted their peaceful actions, they even in many points, in my opinion, gave up the right of self

Officials of Manama, capital of Arabic culture for the year 2012, targeted artists, journalists, and many others participated in protests in early 2011 demanded more freedom, yet they are spinning the world promoting their regime as the leading liberal and democratic regime in the region.

defense, just to prove to the rest of the world that they are not riots, not terrorists, they are not damaging their country, they don’t promote violence or hate, but they seek for more freedom, more liberty, and their own simple rights. Did it work or not? Did they stick with peaceful acts or had to use violence whether its called riot or resistance? those are questions need to be looked at, however when you try to put those questions in prospective, don’t forget to note what Alaa abdulfatah, the Egyptian activist said to Julian Assange on his TV show; that they in their revolution needed to use violence to achieve their goals, that they used Molotov cocktails to defend themselves from pro Mubbarak police, and the their revolution is not only limited to the smart guys on social media.

On the other hand the regime in Bahrain defended itself by saying that the people protesting are Shiites supported by Iran and Southern Lebanon and they have their own religious based agenda which is against the Sunni majority in the middle east. Although its very obvious to anyone try to look at the demands of the revolts, to their rich history of pro democracy fight. that those accusations are not real, its however worked in society prepared to accept the slavery, to blindly obey their so called “Shaiks’ Its certainly didn’t work at the western side of the planet, and apparently didn’t worked in Jordan either, one of many other nations support the people of Bahrain.

Activists @ RubaAlbream , @Andareee , @jumana666 , @kharooof and @eman made sure to let us know that the regime’s media strategy didn’t work on them. Those Jordain activists protested during a lecture for Bahrain’s minister of culture affairs in Amman. “Government kills its own people doesn’t deserve to be the capital of Arabic culture” they chanted over and over again. Although what appears to be security escorted every one raised outside the building, they succeed to stop the minister from talking for about five times. ” We chanted for Abdulhadi Alkhawaja (…) we are the people of Jordan refuse the injustice” Aya tweeted.

Maybe not all of the Jordains are tolerated with the differences of people’s religions and beliefs as those activists, in fact, many comments in websites on what did they do were totally shameful, but it needed only those five persons to bring respect to Jordan and Jordanians, to open a gate of love, tolerance and communication between two nations, we don’t need the entire world population to create a better world, we only need those who cares.

#Alkhawaja one case .. one hashtag ! #Bahrain

Alkhawaja was the Middle East and North Africa Protection Coordinator with Front Line Defenders before he leave his post in February 2011 to devout himself entirely for the sake of revolution in Bahrain

 

Abdulhadi Alkhawaja is a Bahraini human rights defender hero. On Feb 12, 2012 he started open-ended hunger strike until freedom or death refusing his unjustified sentenced for life imprisonment and the violation for human rights in prison

The last known location for Alkhawaja is the military hospital, he has been transferred as the side effects of hunger has dramatically escalated damaging his health, after being on his for two months. Alkhawaja’s case attracted international attention starting from global NGOs, Denmark and the UN not only because he is a pioneer rights activist in the GCC are but also because he hold a Danish passport. However the daily visits from the Danish ambassador in Bahrain to Alkhawaja called of for the past two days. Therefore, his lawyer is afraid that he’s passed away as no body have seen or talked to him in two days.

The government in Bahrain refused a formal danish request to transfer Alkhwaja to Denmark to get the medical treatment he need. However the Danish P.M said that according to trusted sources Alkhawaja is still alive yesterday. Also many reports said that Alkhawaja is subjected to forced feeding which considered as a type of torture.

The demand of changing the regime was adopted by Alkhwaja earlier before the revolution in February 2011 when he called to replace the the slogan “Death to Alkhlifas” with “step down the ruling gang”. And he was very clear in that when was giving his speeches in Lulu square last year. which may be the cause of subjecting him to extensive torture to the extent that, according to his daughter, when they arrested him, he has been taken from home unconscious due to the beating he received from the arresting officers.

The prison didn’t meant to Alkhwaja the end of his battle. he is fighting with the only weapon he got, and he’s so far succeeding in performing pressure on the government and its not a surprising to be himself the reason to call off Bahrain F1 grand prix which is scheduled later this month.

On twitter many tweeps are putting a lot of effort on tweeting about Alkhawaja, when he entered the danger stage

last released picture for Alkhawaja , in this stage he lost quarter of his weight

and his health started to collapse they tried to trend the hashtag #DontForgetAlkhawaja and they failed which is every predictable for several reasons first because the population of Bahrain is not big enough and second the world is not fully supporting Bahrainis like they Egyptians or the Syrians for example which means there are no much of tweets from the rest of the world to help trending the hashtag. There is one blame on the Bahrainis though. As they, maybe, don’t consider Twitter as a tool to send a message to the world but a new fashion of chatting and spamming the world wide web. Its very possible to count at least five hastags related to Alkhwaja case .. but why?  #SaveAlkhwaja , #DontForgetAlkhawaja , #FreeAlkhwaja have the same meaning and add nothing to the case, its only confuse the tweeps and lower the chances of trending a hashtag or even having a top tweet ! in a personal opinion the hastag #Alkhwaja is good enough, and its short ,so it gives a chance to write longer tweets. I honestly don’t know why people don’t focus on tweeting with this hashtag instead of creating a new one every few days only for the sake of change!

This is a honest advice from a person who don’t know better, to focus on one hastag and tweet about Alkhwaja as much as possible, so people know that Bahrain has a hero who is welling to give his life just to put Bahrain back on the surface and make the international community busy.

Witness Bahrain .. A Step On The Right Track.

I just finished reading the the two parts of the blog entry Day and night in a Bahraini Jail (1/2) by  Radhika Sainath on Witnessbahrain.org The American human right activist mentioned the details of a miserable  24 hours she was living under the regime’s custody in Bahrain. The articles shows how the police force is not respecting the basic rights of a human being, baring in mind that Radhika “almost” survived beating and torture, only, and just only she’s holding an American passport. However that didn’t cleared her from being handcuffed for seven hours, during her entire flight from Bahrain to London, and being talked to rudely.

Witness Bahrain published this anonymous taken picture for Radhika Sainath handcuffed in a Bahrain owned Gulf Air aircraft

The article also briefly describe the details related to on ground work, and the difficulties a human right activist might face. Radhika mentioned how they divided the work of photographing, videotaping, and tweeting, among the group and each accompanied a local activist and found their ways, behind the radar of the police, to Standard Chartered bank branch in Manama, Downtown where was the secret gathering point for the demonstration.

After the effort put together to establish Witness Bahrain initiative, the regime targeted foreign human right activists and deported several of them as WitnessBahrain.org reported on their press releases. Apparently forbidding journalists from entering the country has not succeed in blocking the information flow, it seems that the activists whom came from various academics backgrounds and carriers identity managed somehow in covering the shortage of reporting.

I personally was in touch with several arab activists, they seemed to have no clue about whats going on in Bahrain, and that the revolution ended within its first two weeks, which obviously is not true. the blackout applied on Bahrain via media influenced by the Saudi money kind of working very well. plus convincing Arabs with the legitimacy of the revolution in Bahrain will need extra work as its Shia majority is actually a minority in the Arab world and already stereotyped. Understanding the fact of the Arabs sectarian nature, the double standards in approaching both Syrian and Bahraini revolutions serves as a clear evidence, will indeed bring up the idea the promoting the revolution in Bahrain need to be by a third party that is not involve in the historical, classical clash between the shiites and sunnis. And in a manner devoted for those who are actually care, not only for random audience, which maybe sectarian enough to not see clearly.

Youtube clip shows Bahrain’s Police arresting several American activists.  

Therefore, the initiative Witness Bahrain is a good deal. actually thats way it has been targeted lately, to the extent that the regime deport US citizens. if its not the first a history, I would you say the regime will not do such an action unless its a serious matter, because he tries to keep democratic face to foreigners, specially activists, as much as possible. I truly wish that the mission of this initiative has a larger goal than witnessing the first anniversary of the revolution, and hunting down activists doesn’t affect its work.

Angry Arabia in Jail .. AGAIN !!

Zainab al-Khawaja

I blogged about Zainab arrest last December, and it appeared, as expected, that they can’t keep her behind bars for long time. And as soon as they released her, she participated creatively and bravely more and more in Bahrain’s reevaluation.

The revaluation in Bahrain lacks pioneer youth to take the lead in political decision making, and influencing the public opinion. Unfortunately the activism in Bahrain remains classical and in the hand of those who have been in charge of politics since the 80’s and 90’s in a very traditional structure, however Zainab is one of the few youth leaders whom influenced the revolution in their own way.

Zainab joined Nabeel Rajab and his family in their walk to Lulu Square in Manama on February 13th. A video you youtube.com showed Zainab waving her hand with the V sign in-front off police officer whom were protected in between barbed wire fence and military vehicles, and she was shouting, most probably, with famous phrase  “Down Down Hamad”. another video showed her siting on the ground, surrounded with police officers waiting for police vehicles to take her, she was shouting “Down Down Hamad” while she was on the ground.

 

a spectator should admire the courage that Zainab has, a Bahraini should always be grateful to her, she is definitely a figure of the bright Bahrain revolution.

12, 13, 14 and 15 of Feb [ So God Help Them ]


Coalition Showed it's capabilities through organized "show off" demonstration in preparation of retrieving Lulu Square back. - picture shows in the demonstration in Hamala Southern Manama

 

The first anivrsuiry of  the revultion in Bahrain is next Tuesday. Since last February 14th the protesting and demonstrations didn’t stop for a single day, on the other hand violence, arrests, torture, and sectarian actions didn’t stop from regime’s side for a single day either.  It has been bellow the radar though. Few reports has been published lately, although, the government is doing very good on it’s part of forbidding international reporters from entering the country in this very specific period of time.

Feb14th Youth coalition (official Facebook page) already announced it’s event “The Biggest Return” which will declare the zero moment for all rebels to attempt to take Lulu Square back, anytime between 12th to 15th of February. and they have shown how serious they are with big demonstrations in villages with masked men and women wearing shrouds and waving the flag of the coalition. The pictures and videos for those events showed noticeable structure and organizing introducing a brand new style in filed work rather the classic pop-up filed work. The coalition proved their ability to shift from online platforms basically bahrainonline.org and Facebook to filed work, and as they succeed they earned decent credibility.

Wearing a mask, in the demonstration organized by the coalition in Al-Dair, Muharraq Island Northern Manama yesterday

Nabeel Rajab, president of Bahrain Center for Human Rights, tweeted that he will participate in the big return. In later tweet he asked the people who will might escape if the police heavily attacked the marching people to avoid the fronts lines, giving space to those who might probably fight back and go further. Nabeel as a human right defender was on the ground all the time last year, moving from house to house, visiting injured people, families of politically detained prisoners, and participating in the most revolutionary events, major population of Bahrainis now appreciate and respect Nabeel, and his participation in the Big Return will automatically generate the participation of his fans.

Expected and ordinary news has been leaked about the tactics of stopping this event, that goes something like this; police will surround the residential areas, no ins no outs and no gatherings allowed inside. On the square side it’s the military task to prevent citizens from reaching the square if the police failed in keeping them inside their homes using the normal tear gas, rubber bullets, etc, etc,

So Bahrainis are very insisting in reaching Lulu Square again, the regime is totally against that. No international media on board. Its pretty much a massacre to me, a massacre that the Bahrainis willingly going for it, for having either freedom or dignity.

#FF for #Lulu #Feb14 in #Bahrain

Collation of Feb14 youths logo painted on a wall in Bahrain

One of the most painful facts is that the locals of Bahrain are suffering alone. Its frustrating that Arabs divided to pro and against revolutions in both countries Bahrain and Syria. I can go on and on about this subject but its at the end of the day useless, because people whom are still tied up with sectarian differences  are not up to live with other human beings peacefully.

Its, unfortunately, more than this in the case of Bahrain. There are almost universal agreement to kill or at least to mute the revolution. Sadly they succeed! many activists around the MENA region wondered “why did the Bahrainis gave up so early?”  and some blamed them “why you don’t go on the news more often?” . Its easy to conclude then if there are people who don’t believe that Bahrainis have the right to live peacefully in a democratic regime, there are also many don’t know that Bahrainis after almost a year from their first revolutionary act in Feb 14, 2011 still fight toward freedom and democracy.

Film maker May Ying Welsh inspired  by the fact that the Lulu revolution is almost the only revolution of Arab-spring that is ignored by the entire world titled her Al-Jazeera produced documentary “Shouting In The Dark” a documentary that hits 200,000 viewer on its fourth day on Youtube.

As this introduction suggest there is no way to follow news about the revolution in Bahrain from the news on TVs or newspapers but, of course, the western ones from time to time, as its completely, shamefully, ignored by the Arabic media. To follow the revolution in Bahrain you need to follow citizen journalists or classic journalists through websites and new media I’m afraid to say.

Therefore I will try to build a references list for those  whom are interested

 

– Feel free to quote or repost this list. And if you are an activist online consider this a personal appeal to spread the word about whats going on in Bahrain. 

– If you feel that there are more resources should be mentioned in this list, please mention them in a comment below.