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And Back To Bahrain, Where Tens Of Thousands Join Fresh Anti-Government Protest

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Suffering from revolution burn out? After following all the newsflow from the past month it is understandable, but hang in there while we shift focus back to Bahrain, which had been oddly quiet for the past day. Not so much anymore after BBC reports that a fresh anti-government protest was just launched, joined by tens of thousands of Bahrainis. In the small country numbering just 1.2 million citizens this is a sizable turnout, especially following recent swift and brutal "reprisals." From BBC: "The people want the fall of the regime," protesters chanted on the
first organised rally in the kingdom since protests erupted last week. The protesters are putting the government under pressure,
analysts say, extracting concessions such as the release of political
prisoners." The protester demands are simple: "Aside from the prisoner release - no details of which have yet been
given - they want the government to resign, the deaths of protesters to
be investigated, and political reforms that will lead to a
constitutional monarchy."

From BBC:

Some protesters have also called on King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifah to step down.

The king's stated new commitment to dialogue may be put to the test late on Tuesday, analysts say, if Hassan Mushaima - leader of the opposition Haq movement - makes good a pledge to return to Bahrain from exile in London.

Mr Mushaima is on trial in absentia, one of 25 people charged in connection with an alleged coup plot, though opposition figures say they expect him to be included in the prisoner amnesty.

Seven people were killed and many wounded in the past week as security forces used force to quell protests, before being ordered to withdraw on Saturday.

The road from Manama's Bahrain Mall to the central Pearl Square became a sea of red and white flags as tens of thousands joined the pro-democracy rally.

It was dubbed "the march of loyalty to martyrs" - those killed by security forces last week.

Most chants called for the fall of the government.

"Some want the family out but most only the prime minister," said protester Abbas al-Fardan, referring to Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifah bin Salman, the king's uncle who has been in power since 1971 and is a hate figure among many Shia.

"We want a new government, the people need to rule the country."

Earlier on Tuesday, thousands joined the funeral procession of Redha Mohammed as it wound its way through the streets of Manama while mourners chanted anti-government slogans, the AFP news agency reported.

The 20-year-old died of his wounds on Monday after he was shot by police while attending another funeral march three days earlier, his family said.

The marches come after pro-government Sunnis rallied in their thousands at a Manama mosque on Monday evening, pledging loyalty to the al-Khalifa royal family, and calling on protesters to answer an invitation by Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad to engage in wide-ranging talks on political reform.

A map of Manama is presented below showing the key locations (unclear where the shipyards of the 5th Navy are located).

We are confident that Saudi Arabia is increasingly and intimately aware of the geography of its small, violent neighbor.

 


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Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:24 | Link to Comment max2205
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That's easy, the ships are where all those hookers are

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:29 | Link to Comment LostWages
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Ah but who came first, the sailors or the hookers?

Of course the motto at the brothel is "the customers always come first".

 

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:44 | Link to Comment Michael
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The wealthy elite of the world are double crossing the Arab oil producers. They are destroying the US currency and are establishing a one world currency. Lindsy Williams is 100% correct on the elitist plans. Inflation is going to the stratosphere. The big fight Americans must undertake is stopping our government from accepting a world currency. We must insist the US print it's own treasury money without interest and kill the Federal Reserve.

This movie clip from Rollover (1981) is not so far from what will really happen.

Wall Street Silver Gold Theft and World Economic Collapse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI8dfFN7H1w

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:45 | Link to Comment Worker Bee
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Just shot energy drink out of my nose!! You sir owe a me keyboard!!

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:15 | Link to Comment Michael
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The turmoil in the Middle east is a logical progression of events precipitated by the globalists using unwitting participants such as the Egyptian Google executive. The police state oppression and food inflation are the oppressive conditions that have outraged the people into action. These are logical conditions that precipitate events and the globalists know they can use this to their advantage to bring about their world monetary government.

Listening to Lindsy Williams on Infowars radio today seems so eerily close to things I read 25 years ago in a book called, "The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy" by Herbert W Armstrong.  I'm dusting this book off now and am going to re read it.

You should listen to the rebroadcast of the Alex Jones program that will stream for the next 21 hours. Williams is on in the 3rd hour of each rebroadcast recurring every 3 hours.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:18 | Link to Comment Bryan
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I used to watch Armstrong's TV show.  He was definitely an end-times apologist.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:31 | Link to Comment Black Friday
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lmao!

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:31 | Link to Comment Captain Queeg
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+ $50

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:34 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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They are also just south of the area in the photo. (Thank Google!)

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:28 | Link to Comment jmc8888
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I wonder when we're going to hear (out of Bahrain) another speech that has seemingly been written by the same person advising; Mubarak, Gaddafi, Wisconsin Gov. Walker.  Did they all outsource speechwriting to a single bangalore outfit?  One wonders.

Don't believe me, re-read the texts of the speeches.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:35 | Link to Comment EscapeKey
Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:43 | Link to Comment Misean
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Wow, I was unaware that people in the middle east protesting that the boot of the state and it's interminable bureaucracies was the same as interminable fat and bloated state bureaucrats rioting for the extraction of another pound of flesh from the public. Wonder how I missed that...

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:55 | Link to Comment AN0NYM0US
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jmc I see what you mean,  very perceptive of you

 

 

 

"I am paying the price of staying here. My grandfather is Abdessalam Bouminyar (Walker), the first martyr in Khoms (outside of Greenbay), in the first battle of 1911.

 

I cannot bring shame to this great ancestry. I cannot leave my grandfather's grave in Marghab ( a suburb of Johnsonville). I shall die as a martyr beside him in the end. ...   I will cleanse Libya house by house if protesters do not surrender"

 


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/834...

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:00 | Link to Comment TeamAmerica
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Perhaps, but I doubt Gov. Walker is prepared for martyrdom just yet.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:28 | Link to Comment Dangertime
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Operation Iraqi-freedom is finally spilling over.  Our efforts to bring democracy to the Middle-East are bearing fruit.

This is what we wanted, right?

 [/sarc]

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:08 | Link to Comment TeamAmerica
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Yep.  Pretty much George Dubya's vision...he was a 'big picture' kinda guy, not too interested in the details.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:40 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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kinda scary when everyone else agrees with it, too, isn't it?  I believe the word is no longer "vision" but "doctrine."  As in "against my will and the better wishes of all humanity I agree with you."  Now "you may thank Team America later" of course.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:46 | Link to Comment TeamAmerica
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Dropping all sarcasm, George W. Bush did in fact call for this.   Read this speech from 2003:

http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2003/11/20031106-2.html

"Sixty years of Western nations excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East did nothing to make us safe -- because in the long run, stability cannot be purchased at the expense of liberty. As long as the Middle East remains a place where freedom does not flourish, it will remain a place of stagnation, resentment, and violence ready for export. And with the spread of weapons that can bring catastrophic harm to our country and to our friends, it would be reckless to accept the status quo."

 

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:27 | Link to Comment They_Live
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Let them eat cake.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:27 | Link to Comment Eric Cartman
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I want to see Gadhafi's son's head on a stick. 

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:09 | Link to Comment TeamAmerica
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You don't respect his authority?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 02:58 | Link to Comment StychoKiller
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And precisely when are we gonna hear from your buddy Kim Jong (I'm) Il in North Korea again?  He's gotta be absolutely pissed that the M.E. is upstaging him like this!

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:42 | Link to Comment Cash_is_Trash
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"We want a new government, the people need to rule the country."

...thought Joe Sixpack just as he was fed-up with the taxes, currency debasement, kleptocracy and leaders that didn't have an interest in him.

Then Joe woke up from a terrible nightmare and fled to the safety of Jersey Shore and the Real Housewives of Who The Fuck Cares.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:33 | Link to Comment docj
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In other news, isn't it cute how the PPT is trying to mitigate the sell-off in zero-volume, late-afternoon trading today?  Probably can't manage to close it green but you can bet they're going to work their little butts off to close the gap.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:37 | Link to Comment ptoemmes
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Where does one monitor what is going on - if anything - in Saudi Arabia?

What are the prospects of "demonstrations" there?

You gotta think AQ - or some extremist factions - would love to stir the pot there.

It would be the big one.

Pete

 

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:45 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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"The Prize."  And of course this has been "the evil goal" all along.  In other words "this isn't conspriracy" just no good, dirty nasty greed.  Think the bad guy in Die Hard "doing it all to rob a bank."  I don't know if they should all be hung or declared heros?  You tell me...I'm working on the made for TV movie.  Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, Lenny Kravitz...all the big names.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 02:59 | Link to Comment StychoKiller
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I predict that the USA will really put their foot in a big steamin' pile when they send troops to Saudi in order to "help" the Bahraini people...

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:39 | Link to Comment djsmps
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Earlier today, Art Cashin was interviewed on CNBC and talked about his concerns about Bahrain. Now, we have this hour's lead article: Profit From Panic.

Similarly, Michael Cohn at Global Arena Investment Management said he doesn't see the Middle East problems "as major" and observed, "This market just doesn't want to go down. It's got to find a reason to go down and these little flare-ups in the Middle East are not really something that are going to change strategy."

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:44 | Link to Comment rubearish10
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Yeah, nothing short of a very very large explosion to change the BTFD strategy, hey???

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:43 | Link to Comment sangell
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This maybe the 'real' disaster. This is a Shia/Sunni power struggle not a fight over economic or political rights in the western sense. Saudi has a majority Shia province and we've seen just how this can play out in Iraq. Nothing we can really do as there is no 'side' to take but we may have pulled the rug out from under the Bahrain royal family when we pressured them to give back the streets to the demonstrators.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 03:01 | Link to Comment StychoKiller
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It's always a b!tch when Reality refuses to coincide with Hypocrisy!

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:44 | Link to Comment AG BCN
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Megyn Kelly’s forehead is becoming increasingly confused.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:47 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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I hear she gives good eyebrow tho.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:53 | Link to Comment Richard Head
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If don't believe NAVCENT has any ships based in Bahrain.  The headquarters are there, but the operational assets are supplied by the other fleets (2nd, 3rd, 6th).

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 15:53 | Link to Comment lindaamick
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A consequence of the Middle East revolutions for freedoms could be acceleration of the decline of US Empire.
The efforts to re-establish stability in various countries to preserve US interests will be expensive.
US citizens will not hear about the price tags but money will be flowing.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:09 | Link to Comment ebtucker
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Link to information on Mina Sulman pier.....home of 5th Fleet

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/mina-salman.htm

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 18:27 | Link to Comment janchup
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Instead of used dog-food concepts like masses yearning to be free, the correct lens is the Shia/Sunni divide. Bahraini Shias equal Iran in Saudi eyes. Saudi forces are ready to move.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 19:38 | Link to Comment PulauHantu29
Tue, 02/22/2011 - 23:26 | Link to Comment hyperbole2000
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As a former expatriate Bahraini resident I am saddened by the strife tearing their nation apart.  It is a beautiful place to live and visit with beaches and bars aplenty. Athough it is an Islamic country with public calls to prayer, it does not enforce a strict form of theocracy and allows woment to work, drive, and wear mini skirts. On the weekends (Thursday & Friday) there are more Saudi than Bahraini car licenese plates on the Island and when the bars close there is a major traffic jam at the Saudi-Bahrani border inspection booths.  Ironically, just like my Canadian hometown on the US border.

It has a half elected parliament under the executive direction of the King, kind of like Hong Kong. It has one of the better forms of governement in the Middle East but is not perfect. The imperfection is the Sunni King's preference for Sunni's over the majority Shi'ites.  The Shi'ite resentment has always been there there but was not a huge priority as everyone's pockets were flush with cash. When I was there, a cable hung bridge probably costing a billion plus was being constructed across the bay just to cut the commute time to the US base from 25 minutes to 10 minutes.  Apparantly the Shi'ite resentment has increased in intensity for whatever reasons since I repatriated myself 10 years ago. Bahrain is the Poland of the Middle East it has been invaded and conquered by the English, the Dutch, India, Iran twice, and currently under the Arab's 2nd kick at the can.  Whatever unfolds the Sh'ites will still be there.  Given the intolerable protester deaths, the King should quit while ahead and accept the oppositions call for a parliamentary democracy with the King as a figure head government representative like the Queen of England. That is a sweet deal as Bahrain has way better beaches than England.

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