Religious Tensions In Bahrain On Edge

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The little country that everyone forgot about after violent killings two weeks ago are now erased from the collective 15 minute memory, is now back on the map. Religious tensions in Bahrain continue to escalate as can be seen in the following speech by senior Shia cleric Sheik Isa Qassim, who essentially confirmed that there will be no dialogue between the protesters and the government: "Dialogue requires the agreement of two opposite sides that have
disagreement and are looking to reach an agreement. Therefore we see no
value in requiring us to sit with some groups or parliamentarians who
are in total agreement with the government. The opposition delegation will not be representing a sect, a
political party, an institution, or a group of parliamentarians; rather
they will have the confidence of the people who are raising legitimate
" So much for attempts to resolve things peacefully. Yet what could be the match that sets off the bomb is the announcement by the Bahrain Defense Force that Mohammed al-Buflasa, a Bahraini who was detained on February 15 after speaking in support of the Pearl Roundabout protesters, will be court-martialed. As the following annotated speech transcript by Qassim, the Shi'a will not stand for it. Will this be another weekend in which Bahrain deals with peaceful protests with live fire at the discontents? If so, it may be the end of the tenuous peace in the Saudi Arabia region.

Bahrain: Senior cleric Sheik Isa Qassim ... "Friday Sermon" on 4 March 2011

The most senior opposition cleric in Bahrain delivered his Friday prayer speech on 4 March 2011, and covered the following issues:

  • With regard to dialogue, I want to talk about the approach to dialogue and will not talk now about the nature and substance of the talks. I wish to make clear that the dialogue should be between two parties with two different views - in this case a representative of the political system [which has already been identified as the Crown Prince], and on the other side, the people, who are in the process of selecting their representatives for dialogue. Dialogue requires the agreement of two opposite sides that have disagreement and are looking to reach an agreement. Therefore we see no value in requiring us to sit with some groups or parliamentarians who are in total agreement with the government. They do not represent a meaningful position at the table. We do not have any problems sitting at the table if the other side is officially mandated to speak on behalf of the political system, but we do not wish to sit with a third party. And our support will go to those who represent the legitimate demands of the people. The opposition delegation will not be representing a sect, a political party, an institution, or a group of parliamentarians; rather they will have the confidence of the people who are raising legitimate demands.
  • On the question of the possible redeployment of force by the authorities against demonstrators, I reaffirm that the use of force against peaceful demonstrators who express their views and raise legitimate demands will be condemned by all rational people, by human rights organizations and by the United Nations.
  • The criteria that govern our movement are the principles of the Sharia - justice, the national interest, national unity and non-sectarianism. We denounce all sectarian incitement, whether it comes from Shiites or Sunnis. And while we welcome the interest and support of the international media, we urge them not to colour our demands in terms of Shiites versus Sunnis.  I also call on all those inside the country to refrain from the use of sectarian discourse. I call on all students in schools and all those in society not to act in response to sectarian incitement. Those who will indulge in hatred because of sectarianism are committing crimes against future generations and against our nation, both at present and in the future. Those who want to damage our generation in such a way our committing a big crime against our society and against our country. [Chanting from the crowd: "No to sectarian conflicts!"]
  • The Pearl Roundabout is attracting people from everywhere and it is the center of activism. There are lots of positive aspects [about this gathering] but there are some negative ones as well, and I expect the enemies of this gathering are attempting to damage its reputation in many ways, including fabricating skirmishes amongst the attendants of the Roundabout. Those who get involved in such things are either infiltrators or ignorant. I also expect the enemies of the gathering to send immoral people to mix with the crowd in order to damage the honour and reputation of our people. I call on you to pay attention to these malicious attempts and to prevent damaging the reputation of the Pearl Roundabout. The people with their unity could safeguard the integrity of the protesters.
  • As for those who call for democracy worldwide, we understand that many countries now demand democracy. We also witnessed wars in the name of democracy. However we see some of these countries only offer verbal support when it comes to countries with friendly governments. In fact, we see some attempts to pressure the opposition to accept partial solutions, but these partial solutions will only bring back what we used to have, which was an absolute dictatorship. We suspect some of these calls have been driven by the interests of those countries.
  • The presence of remaining prisoners who had been sentenced unfairly on the basis of confessions extracted under torture is a confirmation from the political system that it continues on the wrong path. We now also see that they detained Mohammed al-Buflasa only because he expressed his views [at the Pearl Roudnabout], and if anything this tells us that there is no freedom of expression, no transparency, and that the values of people are still not taken into consideration.

As a reminder Mohammed al-Buflasa is a Sunni Bahraini who was detained on the 15th of February 2011 after speaking in support of the Pearl Roundabout protesters. A statement by the Bahrain Defense Force today, 4 March 2011, transmitted by the Bahrain News Agency said al-Buflasa has broken military code and he will be court-martialed.

And once religion is involved, which of course means Iran, then all bets are off especially if Saudi sends reinforcements to support the Bahraini status quo.

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Matto's picture



It is time for Zerohedge to move beyond the financial blogoshere. It is time to enact Project Mayhem. 

Our homework this week is to re-educate the masses by submitting a brief explanation of the effects of Fractional Reserve Banking to the comments section of 2 popular non-financial blogs, any blogs so long as they are non-financial & mainstream popular.

Example to cut and paste if required:


It's time to end Debt-Money! 

Through a process known as Fractional Reserve Banking, private banks get the right to create our money out of nothing in the form of debt. This debt-money they lend out to the public as loans and the cost of which is born through-out our society.


When banks create this money they loan it out at interest, meaning that while they created it out of nothing we trade our labour and time for other peoples 'loan-tickets' to repay them. And as it is loaned at interest, it requires more debt money to be created to make the additional interest portion. As such we are locked into an ever increasing debt trap, beholden to the banks for the very money we use while the banks profit from the fruits of our labour in the repayment of interest on make-believe money. For everyone who saves a dollar, another person must be a dollar further in debt.

More information is available through:

Money as debt:

If all bank loans were paid...there would not be a dollar of coin or currency in circulation. Someone has to borrow every dollar we have in circulation. We are absolutely without a permanent money system.

Robert A. Hemphill Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank

 Banks lend by creating credit. They create the means of payment out of nothing

Ralph M Hawtrey, Secretary of the Treasury, UK


samsara's picture

How about....

Writing   on the borders of every FRN that passes thru your hands....



Matto's picture

!! Lets get it moving!! Simple steps that can reach a LOT of people! Of course zerohedge could not endorse defacing currency but what people do in their own homes who is to say?

Tyler is already doing all the heavy lifting for us - we just need to help him out a little!

downrodeo's picture


I like where you're mind is at. I too have been getting the feeling lately that we're just about ready to move it out of the basement. I don't think we'll be the ones to fire the first shot, but we'll know what to do when we hear it. The more creative and prolific the action, the better.


Matto's picture

Its started - I just spent half an hour making a new email and commenting on Perez Hiltons blog (the pain of looking at that site!) and another sports site I used to be a member of.


2 comments each - lets go people!!

jus_lite_reading's picture

Unfortunately, the people who view those sites are too brain dead to even care. The truth needs to be spread on Facebook et al.


With that said, I'm doing my part!

KinorSensase's picture

samsara...a most excellent idea.

sdmjake's picture

Done...but given the rate of printing I am gonna run outta pens to write with before I can finish.

LawsofPhysics's picture

It really does not matter because soon enough possession will go from being 9/10 ths of the law to the law itself.  Got, gold, silver, or arable land?

Matto's picture

The problem is that without broad scale education the systems that will replace the ones we have will likely be exactly the same.


Education Through Confrontation!



Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

It is the premier news source, and for anyone that wants to stick to the mainstream, which is more polluted than American rivers, and use NPR, or Fox, have at it, your losses.

chumbawamba's picture

It's a reasonable start and I support any effort to spread the Word.

I prefer to reach people directly, through daily interaction.  I talk to at least one person daily.  I've been doing this for a long time.  In the early days, it was an uphill climb.  Usually I received in return a blank stare or uncomfortable small talk.

Nowadays, folks are more receptive to the message.  More people are becoming aware.  They know something is wrong, they just can't quite place their finger on it.  They don't know where to look or where to turn to for guidance or information, so they keep to themselves.  When you engage them in a conversation about the current state of affairs, they appreciate it greatly.  Finally, someone who is confirming that they're not insane!

So talk to people.  Talk to people in line at the store or the gas station.  Talk to people at work.  Talk to your spouse and kids!


Nothing is to be gained by remaining silent.  Look what remaining silent got us.  You must talk.

I am Chumbawamba.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

We are the glitch in the matrix! 

Merehuman was giving silver bullion away when it was half the price it is now.  Mother fucking Robin Hood shit right there.  

chumbawamba's picture

I'm so glad you brought up MH as I've been thinking about him lately.  Has he been around?

I hope he is well.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Of all the people I have talked to, only ONE has acted (to buy gold & silver), although I did egg on a friend to buy more.

My Tai Chi instructor did, however, ask me about gold a week or so ago, so I guess I can somewhat collaborate your assertion that people are becoming more receptive to knowing that the system is rotten.

Matto's picture

Dear Mr. Bearing - I see it as a slow progression, most people will dismiss it first time they read it but if we can spread the word online soon enoght the second or third time they read this stuff they will start to open their minds up. Lets just flood the internet with the truth about our economic reality and leave the MSM in the dust! 


Your comments will form a basis that new information will build on, eventually the minds will open

Matto's picture

Chumba - I know you have been pushing for a long time (I've been around here a while myself!) - keep up the great work, I'd like to see it get more organised hence the 'homework project' ala fight club.


It took me 30 minutes to get a new email and comment on perez hilton and a sports site i frequent >> Lets go people!!




traderjoe's picture

Matto - excellent idea. Consider it done.

End the Fed.

Matto's picture

Great work joe, 2 comments each over the next week - the word will spread and the knowledge will spread, one reader at a time.

bigredmachine's picture

come on guys we can do it. we are a Democracy. with 51%. we can change the world

Confuchius's picture




Are you forgetting Senor Diebold.

(Maybe two words there?)

and his (Cough! Cough! Hack!) voting machines?

MolotovCockhead's picture

They created the money out of nothing and charge interest for the loan.

Say, at 10% interest they lend you 100 dollars and will get 110 dollars back, where's the $10. gonna come from?

So, in fact all bank loans can never be fully paid because you can't print the interest on the loan.

Matto's picture

And we will always be trading our labour for 'debt-tickets' to pay them back. Until the system is changed there is no freedom!

Abitdodgie's picture

I am in full support of what you  suggest  , there is also another way you can get to kill the beast and in doing so save yourself a lot of money (eg no property taxes ) The process goes like this find out about filing your UCC-1 , once you have done this you will be a REAL sovereign citizen , this means you are no longer a servant/slave to the USA corporation, for the first time in your life you will be a true American citizen and not a 14th Amendment citizen. Now that you are a real life citizen of America you now have the right to take back your property from the Government, at the moment you will have some sort of "Deed" which in the colour of law makes you think you own your property, if you think you own your property try not paying property taxes and see what happens ,Back to the point , now get in touch with the BLM they own your land at the moment and get them to send you a certified copy of the original land patent for where you live ,once you get that file a"declaration of assignees update of Patent" Then congrats you now have land patent to your land which means that you have highest title to it and NO ONE can ever take it away from you , and that land is no longer held as collateral for the bankers by the government which means you challenge the payment of property taxes as unconstitutional ( don't forget you are a real citizen now so you have full protection under the constitution  )  That is it, if you want to Know the full details on how to do this download " the errant sovereigns handbook " by Augustus Blackstone. It is a struggle to do it because TPTB do not like it , I had to get the sheriff involved to get the county recorder to accept it as she had been told to automatically reject UCC-1 filings Good luck let us together kill the Corporate government and take back America, if you are not prepared to fight for freedom and liberty then you deserve neither ,slaves have NO rights    

mtomato2's picture

Do you set of bombs with matches these days?  I thought detonators...

MolotovCockhead's picture

 Do you set of bombs with matches these days?  I thought detonators...

That's what the Shoe Bomber and the Underwear Bomber did........and they are supposedly train by Al-Qaeda.

Motorhead's picture

Peak oil, bitchez!

JW n FL's picture
This was the second failure in a row for a Taurus XL rocket. NASA's $273 million Orbiting Carbon Observatory was lost during launch Feb. 24, 2009, when it suffered a similar nose cone fairing failure. Orbital Sciences redesigned the system in the wake of that failure, replacing a hot-gas pressurization system with more robust nitrogen system borrowed from the company's Minotaur rockets.

Read more:

buzzsaw99's picture

Good. Fck NASA and their squid sucking carbon scam.

kato's picture

unfortunately, as stupid Bush forgot to think about before invading Sunni-controlled Iraq, the Shia follow instructions from Iran. Bahrain much better now than with crazy Shias running the show. probably/possibly the unrest there is being underpinned by Iran.

If only Hussein were still in power it would be Irag/Iran preoccupied with each other and things would be so much more simple. Stupid George Bush and his handlers.


pazmaker's picture


I couldn't agree with you more.  The good ole USSA really screwed things up with the invasion of Iraq.  We unbalanced the shia/sunni balance and all that is going on now is directly related to it.


I guess I'll get junked too.

yabyum's picture

Not from yabyum, I can not junk the truth.

BigDuke6's picture

Aye Kato

the fool bush invaded iraq for much the same as is going on in bahrain and the rest of the toilet gulf.

Mutilated and ruined soldiers for squat. Cos bush and cheney say its worth it?  start thinking..

Its not being unpatriotic to question...I got family fighting in afghanistan and family medals going back 2 centuries... so fuck you junkers.

i love the smell of napalmed junk bunnies in the morning... 

Robert-Paulson's picture

When it rains it pours?

jus_lite_reading's picture

WTI knocking on $104...

Just thought you'd like to know...

Oh and my silver? Forgetaboutit! It's predicting WWIII in 2 weeks time at current pace.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Now that the Bearing is back in the game (and things look more dour than ever) I say:

Gold, bitchez!
Randall Cabot's picture

I don't know how you came up with WWIII starting two weeks from now but the zionist holyday of purim is March 20 and 21 and they think it's a lucky time for them to start wars.

And with the Day of Rage scheduled for March 11 in Saudi Arabia and with the Shia uprising in Yemen and and oil fires in Libya and US airvraft carriers and Marines nearby and with China, Russia and the Arab League telling the US to back off it will be quite lucrative to stay long oil and short stocks!!!

zaknick's picture

Nice avatar.

Wonder where you got it from.

still kicking's picture

Did you copyright it or something?

Confuchius's picture

Aircraft carriers.



Arrivederci, carriers...

JW n FL's picture



Free America BITCHEZ!!!! (Bitchez ='s Bankers in both cases)

buzzsaw99's picture

Eat the richest bitchez!

The Axe's picture

BANKSTERS stocks getting bitch slapped today....

jus_lite_reading's picture

Are you serious? -1%? That's nothing but a pony show in an upside down world where banks are given carte blanche and will never be allowed to fail. When we see silver at $40, thats when things get interesting regardless of bank stock prices...

Watch the price of WTI break to $105 today and Portugal's CDS...


traderjoe's picture

It's been sad and amusing watching CNBS try to suggest the economy can handle $100 oil. The excuse is that the consumer is stronger now. Then they always hedge that $120 oil is another matter.

Liesman was on today saying that the private sector is "throwing a party" and that the government needs to get dressed up and join in. What a fucktard.

sulfur's picture

the bad thing is people in eu and us still think they arent free

NOTW777's picture

islamic dialogue - agree or die

BetTheHouse's picture

Truth hurts.  By the way.  Don't touch my junk, man. 

gwar5's picture

The Shiite vs Sunni rivalry could set the ME on fire.