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Bahrain Foreign Minister Seeks UN Help Against Iran "Encroachment"

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Following two revolutions, one civil war, a massive earthquake, a tsunami and a nuclear catastrophe, the world now appears to be a oblivious to geopolitical news of any nature. And yet geopolitics continue to matter. The latest example comes from Bahrain where The National reports that "there is no state of emergency in Bahrain, the nation's foreign minister said yesterday, but rather a "national safety situation" due to interference from Iran." Well, with Saudi troops and the US 5th fleet solidly still landed in the kingdom, it appears that this is nothing but another preemption of a Wag the Dog type scenario. "Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa told reporters on the sidelines of an
anti-piracy conference in Dubai that the Gulf Peninsula Shield Force was
needed to counter Iran's effect on his country." And just in case it was unclear how much of a "threat" Iran is, he added: "We have never seen a sustained campaign from Iran on Bahrain and the Gulf like we've seen in the last two months." Naturally, Iran was delighted to be blamed for what is a crackdown by the Bahrain government against its own people: "Meanwhile, Iran's foreign ministry has said the allegations of
interference in Bahrain, where Shiites form the majority, targeted
"Muslim unity", according to the state television website." In the meantime Brent continues trading at a price, and will continue trading at a price, that continues to take out several percentage points from US and European GDP. But this is so obvious it will take Hatzius at least a few more weeks before he downgrades his full year outlook.

More from The National:

"The repetitive and false accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran in the recent Persian Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) statement are rejected and unfounded," it quoted ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying.

The GCC - which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE - called on the UN Security Council this week to halt Iranian interference in Gulf affairs.

Mr al Khalifa said a letter had been sent to the UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon with evidence of threats from Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hizbollah.

In the meantime, Bahrain's own treatment with ongoing civil discontent has raised quite a few eyebrows:

He denied reports that officials were aiming to dissolve Shiite opposition groups, despite a lawsuit filed last week by the country's ministry of justice and Islamic affairs against the Islamic Action Association and Al Wefaq.

Addressing reports that the national football team had been arrested for protesting, the minister said only some players, who were also members of the Bahrain Defence Force, were held for violating their terms of service.

Demands for constitutional amendments and reforms, led mainly by Shiites, were quelled by Sunni leaders last month.

Calls against government corruption were "very serious" and should be addressed through parliament and the legislative process, the foreign minister said. He labelled a call for "toppling the government", however, as "something that no one can live with".

Lastly, what would a Middle East update be without just a little friendly truth inversion:

The Salmaniya Medical Complex, which has been at the centre of clashes between the government and protesters, had been a "no-go hospital" for a long time, Mr al Khalifa said.

"Instead of seeing it being portrayed as occupied, actually it's been liberated," he said.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had called the government's takeover of the hospital a "blatant violation of international law", while government officials have accused hospital staff of sheltering "organised gangs".

And yes, should the UN actually listen to this shining example of humanist concern and invade Iran, killing thousands in the process, the price of crude just may inch up modestly to quite modestly in the near future.


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Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:24 | 1184070 carbonmutant
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Due to a shortage of ammunition we are unable to comply with your request at this time...

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:27 | 1184078 Dreadker
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lol - like it ;-)

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 12:12 | 1184276 Ahmeexnal
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Meanwhile, China tests its stealth fighter...over San Francisco...undetected!

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 12:16 | 1184303 Rodent Freikorps
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Obama has cancelled the return of one combat brigade from Europe planned by George W. Bush, and two administration officials promise an even bigger military presence in Europe than in the past decade.


Tue, 04/19/2011 - 13:19 | 1184691 PY-129-20
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It's okay with me. There are several US-bases here in my region of Germany and nobody is concerned about them - well, maybe some leftists group (Die Linke). To be honest, some of the cities in the south west depend on them - it's all about money. So, they get their military support and in return the cities get money. As long as they don't try to tax us (that would be a bad move - like the Romans tried...) I don't have any problem. In fact, it is quite amusing to see all these US-police vans patrolling the streets of some small villages. Never had any trouble, most people are very friendly. It's only disturbing when these fighter jets crash from time to time.

But if I would be an American citizen, I probably wouldn't like it.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 14:19 | 1184952 Max Hunter
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You are right, many of us Americans don't like it and see it as a HUGE waste of resources.. I've spent a lot of time in Germany and every time I've seen soldiers or bases I just shake my head at the wasted tax dollars..

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 20:34 | 1186349 Bringin It
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As long as they don't try to tax us

Gunther - believe me.  You are paying a tax for this.  It's subtle.  Like all that toxic financial gas the German banks wound up holding ... and Merkle covered.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 13:21 | 1184723 lesterbegood
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Gotta keep those American troops occupied overseas lest they come home and arrest lots of FedCorp traitors.

Ignore Obama and come home and git some!

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 13:08 | 1184640 Quicksilver
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Better not give them any excuse to impose a no fly zone.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 13:42 | 1184805 Ethics Gradient
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Tue, 04/19/2011 - 13:51 | 1184835 knukles
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Do you realize that it was reported in the French media that they're actually running low on ordinance?  Bombs.  Used 'em all up in Libya.  Already.

UN approval.  Fuck Yeah!
Kick ass (Persian) and take names, er, Oil.

Or sumpthin'

God, we are soooooooooo fucked.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:26 | 1184076 Debtless
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I was wondering how long it was going to be before they told us IRAN is a threat again.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:43 | 1184161 MarketTruth
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Iran is the whipping boy when Bahrain keeps murdering their own citizens and Bahrain's police are running amok destroying private property of their citizens. Check YouTube videos to see Bahrain's police vandalizing and destroying private property without any cause or restraint. Bahrain just wants to use a 'booga booga' scapegoat like Iran... only idiots would believe it. Bahrain is starting to do exactly what Egypt did at the beginning of their newfound revolution.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 13:04 | 1184614 JW n FL
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British Citizen 'Beaten to Death' in a Dubai Police Cell after Being Arrested for Swearing

British Man Beaten to Death by Dubai Police after Arrested for Swearing Someone Should Destroy Those Rabid Police Animals!

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Tue, 04/19/2011 - 20:42 | 1186377 Bringin It
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Wow!  Awful.  But who in their right mind would holiday in Dubai??

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:51 | 1184195 string
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How many licks *does* it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop lollipop?

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:59 | 1184229 tiger7905
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Here's more on Bahrain, it would appear that Saudi Arabia is willing to stand up to Iran this time. Of course they are surely being forced by the US to do so.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 12:53 | 1184544 Urban Redneck
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Who bowed to whom?  Who has his hand on the oil spigot?


Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:25 | 1184077 velobabe
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tyler, thanks for staying on top of middle east and northern africa news.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:26 | 1184085 Dreadker
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Yep - its nice to have this haven on ZH for news that matters... ;-)  MSM is better than comedy central these days ;-)

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:31 | 1184099 solidsteele
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Due to an over abundance of sensibility we are unable to comply with your request at this time...

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:29 | 1184103 scatterbrains
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OT-  looks like the youth are starting to get desperate....

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:33 | 1184111 redpill
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Isn't that technically illegal?

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:35 | 1184130 scatterbrains
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I think so... maybe do a casino cruise type event where you can row out a mile off the coast to foriegn flagged boats where they cut your body parts out for you? not sure.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:39 | 1184141 redpill
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Kind of like a small cadre of bankers cut the heart out of our once proud nation on a little island off the coast of Georgia?

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:47 | 1184168 scatterbrains
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yea just like on Dr. Jeckle's  Island.. except on a boat. 


Tue, 04/19/2011 - 13:53 | 1184846 knukles
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Just back from Fuckushitinme and saw the news.
Can I sell my third teste?

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:52 | 1184202 string
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Let me know when he's ready to part with his liver.


Tue, 04/19/2011 - 13:55 | 1184855 knukles
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You can take mine, I'm not using it.
Oh, that was my advice, not my liver. 

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:32 | 1184108 redpill
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The UN doesn't have time for this.  They are too busy partnering with Charles Manson in the fight against global warming.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:32 | 1184113 luciusfargo
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Yes yes this is all preposterous. Iran is much too busy encroaching on the American and British lackeys stirring unrest is its tranquil theocracy to be encroaching on the affairs of its neighbours.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:36 | 1184120 redpill
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Bahrain and Saudi Arabia should worry less about Iranian military "encroachment" and more about Iranian nuclear "encroachment" when their ass-backwards Bushehr reactor inevitably melts down and showers the entire peninsula in radiation.


Tue, 04/19/2011 - 13:10 | 1184669 JW n FL
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The Coming is Upon Us - Translation: Reza Kahlili

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:34 | 1184121 solidsteele
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you can shoot an enemy dead in the streets, but take him captive and hook up battery cables to his nuts, and you become a war criminal? I want to be un-born!

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:42 | 1184144 treemagnet
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nobody has used more smart bombs and drone attacks than Obama - but when he captures them both he and that motherless fuck Holder want to grant them the rights of a kill with no trial or capture and have a trial? 

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:43 | 1184150 Harlequin001
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yep, there's nothing like a fair fight is there...

and that's nothing like a fair fight is it...

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:35 | 1184127 treemagnet
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The only reason my wife and I drive little diesel Vdubs is so I give these inbred, fucktarded, middle eastern, "one trick ponies" as little as possible. 

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:42 | 1184155 Harlequin001
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well said...

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 20:48 | 1186387 Bringin It
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What are you giving the Banks?

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:35 | 1184129 Thadeous
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Lets let muslims deal with muslim problems for a change.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:40 | 1184147 treemagnet
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Tue, 04/19/2011 - 13:08 | 1184643 JW n FL
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The Coming is Upon Us - Translation: Reza Kahlili

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:36 | 1184132 the not so migh...
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Time for some some more air war

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:39 | 1184134 duncecap rack
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I haven't seen the update on the American fleet movements recently. Are there two aircraft carriers parked over there still?

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 12:24 | 1184351 earlthepearl
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Totally Please post the fleet movements Tyler, if and when possible

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 12:32 | 1184383 earlthepearl
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Totally Please post the fleet movements Tyler, if and when possible

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:40 | 1184137 I am Jobe
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Ok, raise the debt ceieling and we need to go to war. Lets go, what the F are we waiting for. More the merrier.Meanwhile China , India , Brazil are all laughing at the USA. Hope and Change

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:43 | 1184151 solidsteele
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Hope they don't find out we changed their atm pin numbers

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:42 | 1184153 IdioTsincracY
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Stop every single war ... take the money we save and install solar panels on every single roof ... then smile as you flip your middle finger to all the haters!!

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:51 | 1184196 DUNTHAT
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Jeez gimme a break, I live in Ohio ;)

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:44 | 1184156 SDRII
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Syria intercepting weapons at the border reportedly/alleged Saudi supplied; The GCC (Saudi) is seeing its own Bahrian problem the eastern province (& via proxy Yemen). Also unhelpful that the Bahrain oppposition leader didn't make it out of interigation. Sunni bloc just pissed their whipping boy seems on the brink of getting statehood vias UN recognition


Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:49 | 1184174 Youri Carma
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Iran sees further rise in oil prices by end 2011, 19 April 2011, (AFP)

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:48 | 1184179 Cdad
Cdad's picture this thing on?  Has anyone noticed that the market has just...well...stopped?  Can we get a pulse check on S&P, please?  

Maybe the S&P heard S&P's downgrade...and the market is stopping to...think about it all.  

But who cares, Obama is giving a speech about deficit reduction which is all about the money he wants to spend in order that things are sheesh....I guess buy casual diners in the face of $4+ gas, and iron ore stocks into the teeth of the "no thanks" phase of car building.  Yeah, it all makes perfect sense.  Obviously we are down to the mentally retarded algorithms today.

In the mean time, Goldman shareholders, after being told by B. Quick that it was a rock hard qt report, they are all experiencing the screaming and plunging phase of investing in a Ponzi market.

Tumbing down the cosmic bunny hole is so much fun!

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 12:39 | 1184440 treemagnet
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market stopped?....what market?

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:55 | 1184200 Rodent Freikorps
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In 2000, Iran, which was the world's fourth largest producer of crude oil, averaged about 3.72 million barrels per day (Mbbl/d).

Kind of Catch 22-ish.


Tue, 04/19/2011 - 11:56 | 1184216 astartes09
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These people arent going to oppress themselves you know.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 12:24 | 1184347 Double down
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Not so sure about that any longer

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 12:28 | 1184365 ryanseventyfive
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Man, Shi'ites getting Syrias over there.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 12:30 | 1184388 Pseudo Anonym
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should the UN actually listen to this shining example of humanist concern and invade Iran, killing thousands in the process

even if millions are killed, it would be worth the human cost to install hofjuden owned CB in Iran.  How dare the Iranians run their own CB and not let the hofjuden control it.  Plus a little bonus:  Iran has a nice stash of gold in their own CB and the hofjuden will be happy to take it off their hands - with the help of zionistic Ameerika, of course.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 12:47 | 1184512 samsara
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So, if they don't have oil, (Tunisia, Egypt)  it is a spontaneous uprising against a despot.

If they have oil but not aligned with us it's either outside agitators(Bahrain)  or Despot not stepping down.


So you see Bahrain (with our armed forces base)  it MUST be outside Agitators (ie Iran)  NOT the outside oppression sending in tanks and snipers (ie Saudi Arabia).



Tue, 04/19/2011 - 13:30 | 1184751 bugs_
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them iranians and their encroacherieah

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 13:38 | 1184788 americanspirit
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The Saudis have told the US to butt out, that they will be handling Iran from now on. The first contingent of 2500 Pakistani special forces mercenaries hired by the Saudis are reported to have arrived in Bahrain. The Saudis are behind the revolt in Syria, aiming to bring down Iran's big cheese there, and the Saudi Air Force and Navy are in a heightened state of alert. Two Saudi AF transports are reportedly sitting in Pakistan waiting to deliver the two nukes that the Saudis have already bought and paid for, and by all appearances the Kingdom is about to launch that peremtory attack everybody has been expecting to come from Israel. Prevailing winds are from the North, which should keep most of the radioactivity from a blown Bushehr nuke away from the Kingdom and also away from Teheran, but the cloud would head straight for southern Pakistan and then India. And of course Iran is not merely standing by watching all this buildup - Ahmedinajad has been quoted as saying he can see Saudi Arabia from his kitchen window.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 13:46 | 1184831 sbenard
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Wow! All that is news to me! Where can I get more info, or ongoing updated information on this turn of events. Thanks for the info!

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 13:42 | 1184814 sbenard
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Iran is one of the allies of Gog in Ezekiel 38-39.

It is stirring up trouble with the intent to fulfill their prophetic vision of global bloodshed that will usher in the reappearance of the Mahdi, the Twelfth Imam. I don't believe this malarkey, but the point is that THEY do! This is what drives their relentless trouble-making! They want to force a showdown between themselves and the USA, who they call the Great Satan.

We must plan and prepared accordingly!

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 13:43 | 1184823 Quinvarius
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And yet no rapture.  Southern Baptist fail.  Please laugh, because that joke just might cost me.  Haha.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 14:31 | 1185015 Arkadaba
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At least the pets are still safe:

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 15:43 | 1185332 mccoyspace
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And here in the UAE, which also has troops on the ground in Bahrain along with Saudi, has just arrested a fourth democracy activist.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 16:14 | 1185509 prole
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Tue, 04/19/2011 - 19:57 | 1186258 PulauHantu29
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Will Hillary's War expand to include Bahrain? So far, she has not been doing too well in Libya...Iraq...Afghanistan.

Now we read the Brits are sending troops to Libya.....interesting...where does a bankrupt UK get the money?

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 20:37 | 1186284 PulauHantu29
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sorry....repeated by accident

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