Revolution in the Air: 3/16/2011

INDEX

EVENTS

updates from Bahrain

News from HamasStan

Let me guess: Hamid Karzai will say that this is not acceptable

IMPERIALISM IN WORD & DEED

Feltman in Bahrain

Sy Hersh on Obama & Afghanistan: ‘The stuff that goes on in the field, is still going on in the field’

HISTORY & ANALYSIS

Headlines for March 16, 2011

The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Wednesday–Day 109

from The Nation Blogs: Media Fix by Greg Mitchell
EVENTS

updates from Bahrain

One of my sources who shall also remain anonymous sent me this:  “The country is a mess right now. Here’s a classic case of adding insult to injury — literally: the official state channel on Twitter just now: bna_ar وكالة أنباء البحرين

بدء العد التنازلي لانطلاقة كأس الملك المفدى للخيل يوم الجمعة المقبل
“countdown to king’s championship for horse racing
They’re also playing “patriotic” music on TV. Police and army are celebrating a victory (see: ). It’s immoral. Our blood is a joke to them.
Here are some more links. The most recent ones I collected are at the bottom. Please don’t cite my name.
Saudi withdraws Reuters license:
police purportedly firing live rounds at civilians in Sitra 15/3/11
FIDH denounces military intervention as “blatant occupation”, fears further crackdown
Bahrain imposes a state of emergency:
Foreign Troops Suppress Demonstrations in Bahrain; US claims it has been “caught off guard” by the invasion
Al Jazeera English: “Brutal attack” alleged in Bahrain; doctors complain from the violence, sleep in hospital to treat patients 15/3/11
Al Jazeera English: protester shot in chest 13/3/11
Video of protester shot in the head (extremely graphic)
Further evidence of the police collaborating with pro-government thugs who attacked the University 14/3/11
Amnesty International condemns Bahraini-Saudi crackdown 15/3/11
Police car attempts to run protesters over
15/3/11 Expats killed by government thugs. This video was first posted by anti-government protesters online and the Iranian Alalam TV, but was then used by Bahrain’s state television BTV to blame the protesters for killing them. The people, who speak in Shi’a dialect and are clearly horrified by the sight of the bodies, can be heard in the background claiming that a “black American” is responsible for this. Another says “these are poor Bangladeshis, they’re innocent!”. Towards the end, a third voice, who appears to be an eye-witness, says thugs in an “American jeep” did it.
HRW: thugs hijacked ambulances, paramedics beaten
An ambulance with bullet holes on the side 15/3/11
A protester being executed by live police rounds in Sitra 15/3/11
Burning tents in peal roundabout as the police and army cracks down 16/3/11
denying ambulances from coming into Salmaniya 16/3/11
Bahrain Financial Harbor 16/3/11 http://twitpic.com/49xw2n
Picture of helicopter with machine gun 16/3/11
A number of helicopters in Bahrain’s sky 16/3/11
Police attacking medical personnel  16/3/11
army and police celebrating “victory” 16/3/11
Thugs attack Bahrain International Hospital http://bb.ta7a.com/upfiles/ta7a-KDg57681.jpg 16/3/11
Army bus by Salmaniya hospital 16/3/11 http://yfrog.com/h3nduluj
Another photo of pearl roundabout on 16/3/11 morning http://yfrog.com/h737qzdvj

Video purportedly shows Bahraini protester shot in head point-blank by police

I have no way to verify this, but it’s making the rounds, including Huff Post, so I’m posting this as is. If anyone knows more about this video, please weigh in in the comments. Thanks. The video is posted below the screen shots I grabbed.

He was already shot once by the police, and was just standing up again when he got shot a second time, apparently in the head. First pic he’s standing up after being shot the first time, second pic you can see the cop in back aiming his gun seemingly at the man’s head, third pic he fires in a puff of smoke. Looks like they might be rubber bullets, or they might have been buckshot that they were using on other protesters.

Bahrain: two dead as riot police clear Pearl Square

from World War 4 Report blogs by WW4 Report

Hundreds of riot police backed up by tanks, bulldozers and helicopters killed at least two and wounded dozens more March 16 as they cleared a protest camp in Bahrain’s Pearl Square. The action came a day after an armed intervention force from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates entered the country, and King Hamad declared a three-month state of emergency.

read more

Rebels Hold Key Libyan Towns as UN Considers Intervention

from Informed Comment by Juan

Forces loyal to Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi launched a two-pronged attack on Tuesday and Wednesday, on Misrata near Tripoli and on Ajdabiya in the east, with an eye to controlling all major population centers from the Tunisian border to the gates of Benghazi, the center of the rebel movement.

Through Wednesday into Thursday morning, the rebels managed to fight off both assaults, remaining in control of both cities for now. Some reports said that the rebels had pushed Qaddafi’s military 30 miles west from Ajdabiya, after the city had initially fallen to the troops and armor from Tripoli.

Further to the east, the esprit de corps of the rebels continues to be high, according to Western reporters there.

The US is increasingly favoring intervention, and not just a no-fly zone to protect civilians from Qaddafi’s air strikes. US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice is said to be advocating a Kosovo-like intervention to roll up Qaddafi’s armor and stop its victorious advance to the east. Russia and China, both with veto powers, have typically opposed external intervention in the internal affairs of sovereign nations. A vote comes today at the UNSC. If the measure is vetoed, the US has few options other than another unilateral or ‘coalition of the willing’ -type assault.

From the outside, it looks at though aid to the rebels will come too late. Qaddafi is pledging a major push later today, Thursday.

Aljazeera English has video:

Popou

Gas to Israel

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)
The governor of Northern Sinai denies that Gas exports to Israel have resumed.

spying for Israel

Egyptian government arrested a “foreigner” for spying for Israel.  This in the same week when the Egyptian government began a trial for an Israeli espionage network in Egypt.

The famed Egyptian army

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)
“Samira Ibrahim Mohamed is a 25-year-old woman from Upper Egypt. She came from her home more than eight hours away in January to join in the protests in Tahrir Square. Like many others, she has stayed in Cairo, occasionally returning to camp out in the square as a reminder of the democratic promises that the military and remnants of the old regime have made. She was in the square on the afternoon of March 9 when members of the army and men in plainclothes attacked the demonstrators, arbitrarily arresting people on sight. Samira was one of the protesters who was dragged away from Tahrir that afternoon. Soldiers beat and kicked her. They tore her headscarf from her. And then, in what was as bizarre as it was shocking, they took her and other peaceful demonstrators to the famed Egyptian museum on the north side of the square — to be tortured.” (thanks Ramzi)

Oman modernizes

“Oman’s Grand Mufti has urged the government to fully ban alcohol and strictly monitor gyms and health clubs in this Muslim country.”

Syria: protesters defy emergency rule

from World War 4 Report blogs by WW4 Report

Some 200 Syrians defied a state emergency in place since 1963 to gather in Damascus to demand a political opening March 15. “God, Syria, liberty” and “Syrians, where are you?” chanted men and women, urging their compatriots to join the “peaceful march” which unfolded in a central souk of Old City Damascus. The young protesters marched through landmark souks al-Hamidiyeh and Hariqa, drawing dozens of other Syrians with them. But security forces broke up the group and arrested two.

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Libya’s rebels prepare for assualt on Benghazi

from World War 4 Report blogs by WW4 Report

Libyan rebels battled Qaddafi-loyalist forces at Ajdabiya on March 16, as the provisional opposition government in Benghazi, just 150 miles up the coast, prepared for an assault on the city. In response to international calls for a no-fly zone, Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, the dictator’s son, boasted to reporters: “The military operations are finished. In 48 hours everything will be over. Our forces are close to Benghazi. Whatever decision is taken, it will be too late.”

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News from HamasStan

“Dozens of Hamas police and security forces on Wednesday entered Gaza City’s Al Azhar university and began beating up students heading out for a protest, witnesses told AFP.”

Let me guess: Hamid Karzai will say that this is not acceptable

“An air strike by NATO-led forces killed two children as they were watering fields in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province late on Monday, an Afghan official and lawmaker said.”

South Africans Question the Push to “Go Down the Nuclear Road” to Meet Rising Energy Demand

AfricaheadsAs the nuclear crisis unfolds in Japan, Democracy Now! reports from South Africa on the government’s plan to triple the country’s nuclear fleet in order to meet rising energy demand. South Africa has the only nuclear reactor on the continent—the Koeberg nuclear power station near Cape Town—but there are plans to build six more reactors. We speak with South African nuclear expert David Fig, who says, “We need to really assess as a country whether we want to go down the nuclear road for further energy purposes.” We also speak to Makoma Lekalakala of Earthlife Africa, who says that the country’s significant potential for solar and wind energy should be developed. [includes rush transcript]

IMPERIALISM IN WORD & DEED

Ethan Bronner in Bahrain: he thinks Shi`ites there constitute a separate ethnicity

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)
Why is Ethan Bronner reporting from Bahrain? What does he know about Bahrain or the Arab world? Is his specialty not serving Israeli military and propaganda interests?  And notice how his take serves the Saudi-Israeli alliance and notice that he thinks that Shi`ites in Bahrain forms a separate ethnicity:  “This means that the dispute is over ethnicity and class as well as over governance, but also that outside forces have a keen interest. Iran, the center of Shiism, and which sometimes refers to Bahrain as one of its provinces, supports the majority population here. It has condemned the actions of the king, and labeled the Saudi military intervention an occupation. Saudi Arabia, which has a Shiite minority of its own to contend with, firmly backs the government and fears growing Iranian influence.”

Feltman in Bahrain

A reader from Bahrain sent me this:  “You should know that Jeffery Feltman is here in Bahrain,camped at the US embassy in Manama, since last monday, i.e. oversssing the saudi invasion on monday/tuesday and the  masacars of yesterday and today.  This makes his 4th public visit to Bahrain since Feb 16th.”

Sy Hersh on Obama & Afghanistan: ‘The stuff that goes on in the field, is still going on in the field’

Here are a few excerpts from a speech given by award-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh in January 2011, as reported in Foreign Policy magazine. Hersh has a long career that includes the exposure of the Vietnam-era My Lai massacres and the Abu Graib prison-torture scandals. (That whole last link is worth a read.) A good overview of Hersh and his career is here.

Now the excerpts from the speech. Keep in mind this is a transcript, so there are a lot of retracements of thought. Unlike in his writing, Hersh is a wandery speaker. Much of this is coming from his research on an upcoming book on Dick Cheney.

First, on differences between Obama and Bush in the use of torture (my emphasis throughout):

In any case, Obama did abdicate, very quickly, any control, I think right away, to the people that are running the war, for what reason I don’t know. I can tell you, there is a scorecard I always keep and I always look at. Torture? Yep, still going on. It’s more complicated now the torture, and there’s not as much of it. But one of the things we did, ostensibly to improve the conditions of prisoners, we demanded that the American soldiers operating in Afghanistan could only hold a suspected Taliban for four days, 96 hours. If not… after four days they could not be sure that this person was not a Taliban, he must be freed. Instead of just holding them and making them Taliban, you have to actually do some, some work to make the determination in the field. Tactically, in the field. So what happens of course, is after three or four days, “bang, bang” — I’m just telling you — they turn them over to the Afghans and by the time they take three steps away the shots are fired. And that’s going on. It hasn’t stopped. It’s not just me that’s complaining about it. But the stuff that goes on in the field, is still going on in the field — the secret prisons, absolutely, oh you bet they’re still running secret prisons. Most of them are in North Africa, the guys running them are mostly out of Djibouto [sic]. We have stuff in Kenya (doesn’t mean they’re in Kenya, but they’re in that area).

On Cheney and the “whacking” in Afghanistan:

Stanley McChrystal had been in charge of the Joint Special Operations Command [see below] from ‘03 to ‘07 under Cheney. In the beginning under Cheney — what I’m telling you is sort of hard to take because the vice… In the beginning they would get their orders, they would call up on satellite phones, from the field, to Cheney’s office, and get authority, basically, to whack people. Sometimes names were given, sometimes generic authority was given. This was going on. There’s still an enormous amount of whacking going on right now. What happened is after McChrystal ran into trouble and he was replaced, Petraeus took over the war, General Petraeus — they call him King David, David Petraeus — and he has done this in the last 6, 8 months; He has doubled up on the nightly , nightly assassinations. He’s escalated the bombing. He’s gotten much tougher. His argument is: Let’s squeeze them, let’s bomb ‘em, let’s hit ‘em, and then of course they’ll be open to negotiation.

For background on JSOC, here’s Hersh from a different speech, given in 2009, as quoted in Alternet:

“Right now, today, there was a story in the New York Times that if you read it carefully mentioned something known as the Joint Special Operations Command — JSOC it’s called. It is a special wing of our special operations community that is set up independently. They do not report to anybody, except in the Bush-Cheney days, they reported directly to the Cheney office. They did not report to the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff or to Mr. [Robert] Gates, the secretary of defense. They reported directly to him. […]

“Congress has no oversight of it. It’s an executive assassination ring essentially, and it’s been going on and on and on. Just today in the Times there was a story that its leaders, a three star admiral named [William H.] McRaven, ordered a stop to it because there were so many collateral deaths.

And finally, this — Hersh on the relationship between the military and right-wing Catholic societies like Opus Dei. Quoted without comment (though others have had much to say). This is about the “Knights of Malta” (really, the Sovereign Military Order of Malta) — a land-less state with many diplomatic privileges, by the way:

[I]n the Cheney shop — I can write about it in ways I could not then, because I didn’t want expose anybody who was there — in the Cheney shop the attitude was, “What’s this? What? What are they all worried about, the politicians and the press, they’re all worried about some looting? And wait a second, Sunnis don’t like Shia? And there’s no WMD? And there’s no democracy? Don’t they get it? We’re going to change mosques into cathedrals. And when we get hold of all the oil, nobody’ s going to give a damn.” That’s the attitude: “We’re going to change mosques into cathedrals.”

That’s an attitude that pervades, I’m here to say, a large percentage of the Special Operations Command, the Joint Special Operations Command and Stanley McChrystal, the one who got in trouble because of the article in Rolling Stone, and his follow-on, a Navy admiral named McRaven, Bill McRaven — all are members or at least supporters of Knights of Malta. McRaven attended, so I understand, the recent annual convention of the Knights of Malta they had in Cyprus a few months back in November. They’re all believers — many of them are members of Opus Dei. They do see what they are doing — and this is not an atypical attitude among some military — it’s a crusade, literally. […] Look, Knights of Malta does great stuff. They do a lot of charity work; so does Opus Dei. It’s a very extreme, extremely religious, Roman Catholic sect, if you will. But for me, it’s always, when I think of them, I always think of the line we used about Werner von Braun [a Nazi rocket scientist brought to the US to help with the missle program] […] “Werner von Braun, he aimed for the moon but often hit London.” With his rockets.

As with my earlier Robert Fisk article, I can only present this as representing Hersh’s research, which he isn’t yet sharing. On the other hand, this is Seymour Hersh, not Swiss cheese.

There’s much more to this speech; please read it all if this stuff interests you. (And if you find an online link to Part II, please post it in the comments. Thanks.)

Shi`ites in Bahrain and sectarian Western media

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)
A reader from Egypt wrote to me furious at the Western coverage of Bahrain.  1) why do they insist on referring to protesters in Bahrain as Shi`ites? They did not refer to protesters in Egypt as Sunnis and Copts?  2) How do they know that they are all Shi`ite?  By appearance?

Saudi Arabia and the release of Raymond Davis

“He has told BBC that family of the victims of Raymond Davis were taken to Saudi Arab to perform Umrah (a religious pilgrimage to the Islamic holy city Mecca, where Khana Kaba and other historical buildings are located).  During Umrah the Saudi authorities convinced the family of Raymond’s victims to accept “blood money, Diyya” for the death of their beloved.” (thanks Nagi)

Hillary in Arab lands

“Demonstrators chanted: “No to normalisation, Tunisia is free and not for sale” or “Tunisia is an Arab country, neither imperialist nor Zionist.”  It was the second demonstration in two days in the capital against her visit, after a similar number protested on Tuesday.  And in Egypt Wednesday, she was snubbed by one of the main youth groups that spearheaded the uprising there.  Clinton made no statements to reporters on the flight from Cairo to Tunis.” (thanks Frank)

Standing by your dictators

“But U.S. officials pointedly have not condemned a decision by Saudi Arabia and other neighbors to send tanks and troops into Bahrain, or Bahrain’s subsequent declaration of a state of emergency. In television interviews with CNN and CBS, Clinton said the intervening countries were merely “on the wrong track” and urged Bahrain’s rulers and the demonstrators to resume negotiations – a prospect that seemed highly remote as the crisis escalated.”  But the premise of the article is false: that the US stands by Middle East monarchies while it did not do the same with the pro-US republics.  It stood by Mubarak to the very end and he was asked to implement “reforms” merely to save him.

Hillary calls on condemns what she calls “violence” by Bahraini opposition

I was amused yesterday when I heard Hillary condemn what she refers to as violence by the opposition.  Of course, nothing exposes the hypocrisy of Western governments like theirs standards and criteria for violence.  So we are led to believe that the US favors only non-violent forms of struggle against tyrannical regimes.  But they don’t seem to mind violence if directed against regimes they dislike–or against regimes they really liked until the other day, like Libya.  The Libyan transitional council is quite violence and has used violence but the Obama administration has not voiced any criticisms what so ever.  Here is a sample: “Some migrant workers, without tribes to protect them, have been targeted by rebels. Vietnamese and Filipino nurses have been turfed out of their homes and have fled. But most of the 1.5m foreign workers in Libya from poor countries such as Bangladesh, whose governments were unable to arrange airlifts home, have stayed on. A Scandinavian oil man, who doubles as an honorary consul, has tried to protect dozens of Eritrean labourers cowering in a warehouse for fear they will be mistaken for the colonel’s reviled mercenaries, 60 of whom were said to have been massacred in the Green Mountain town of Shahat, after rebels capturedthem.”
HISTORY & ANALYSIS

Clinton on Bahrain

from Jonathan Wright by Jonathan

Secretary Clinton’s remarks on Bahrain, made to reporters in Cairo today, overlook the reality that protesting and simultaneously setting conditions for dialogue are legitimate aspects of the political process she says she wishes to promote. The protest movement in Egypt, to the acclaim of the world, refused to negotiate with the government of Hosni Mubarak and responded to all his overtures with deafening chants of ‘irhal’ (go away) and ‘yuwa yimshi, mush hanimshi’ (HE must go, we won’t go). Here’s what Clinton said:

I think what’s happening in Bahrain is alarming, and it is unfortunately diverting attention and effort away from the political and economic track that is the only way forward to resolve the legitimate differences of the Bahrainis themselves… We have made that clear time and time again. We have deplored the use of force. We have said not only to the Bahrainis but to our Gulf partners that we do not think security is the answer to what is going on. Now, we’ve also said to the protestors that they have to engage in peaceful protest and they should return to the negotiating table.

But to product long-lasting and harmonious results, a negotiations must be between parties who enjoy roughly equal power and influence. In both Egypt and Bahrain, the protesters have had strength only when they are on the street, visible to the world in whatever numbers they can muster. In other words, their strength is in their numbers, their camaradeirie and their solidarity. As soon as they send a delegation in for negotiations with the government, the delegation is a small isolated group, overwhelmed by the awe and power of a well-entrenched state. When the protest movement is fluid and spontaneous, again as in Egypt and Bahrain, no delegates can be fully representative anyway and in the end any political settlement has to be endorsed by ‘public outcry’. If the crowds are satisfied, they will drift away. If they are not satisfied, they will turn up again the next day. That’s what happened in Egypt. When Mubarak said he would step down in September, the crowds stayed and grew in numbers. When Vice President Omar Suleiman announced that Mubarak had handed power to the military council, they cheered and went off to celebrate.
When the Egyptian protest movement  was in roughly the same stage as the Bahraini movement is in today, the US position was that Mubarak should go immediately. Their position on Bahrain is markedly different. There’s no suggestion that the Khalifa family has lost legitimacy through using brutal force against mainly peaceful protesters or by calling in troops from a neighbouring country, a country overtly hostile to the Bahraini protest movement and to any progress towards democracy or constitutional monarchy in any of its smaller neighbours.
There are several factors at work here:
* The United States believes for the moment that the Khalifa family has a chance of surviving, even if it has to make some serious concessions to stay in power. The Bahrain protest movement has by no means been uniformly or consistently republican, so concessions by the Khalifas might split and weaken the movement. Although Clinton deplores the use of force in public, she might have calculated that the combined power of the Saudi and Bahrain forces might overawe the protesters. For sectarian reasons, the Gulf forces can at least be expected to be more cohesive and less scrupulous with the opposition than the army and police were in Egypt.
*  The Obama administration, spooked by the Saudi reaction to its position on Egypt, may indeed be less sympathetic towards another Arab uprising against a friendly ruler who provides useful geostrategic services to the United States: a base for the Fifth Fleet in the case of Bahrain, overflights right and quick passage for US warships through the Suez Canal in the case of Egypt.
* The Iran factor is crucial, in the eyes of both the United States and Saudi Arabia. No one doubts that a truly representative Bahraini government would be less hostile towards Iran, even if it does not embrace Tehran wholeheartedly. Any crack in the wall Washington has tried to build around Iran would be interpreted as a strategic defeat, including at home, where anti-Iranian sentiment runs high.
* The Bahraini monarchy is more important to Saudi Arabia than the Mubarak presidency was, and Saudi views count in the White House. Bahrain has many of the features of a Saudi protectorate, and the disruption of the status quo on its doorstep, within its sphere of influence, is a direct affront to Saudi authority. In this case, the Saudis, and the Bahraini ruling family in their train, may well decide to ignore American and other calls for restraint.

The next step is up to the Bahraini protest movement, which has shown remarkable resilience and seems determined to pursue its campaign. But given the polarization in Bahraini society, unfortunately along mainly sectarian Sunni-Shi’i lines, the country could face a more bitter and possibly more bloody conflict than in homogeneous Egypt. As in other restive Arab countries, the United States will shift its position according to its assessment of the probable outcome.

Qadhdhafi should not be supported by any leftist: Wallerstein weighs in

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)

“First of all, for the last decade and up to a few weeks ago, Qaddafi had nothing but good press in the western world. He was trying in every way to prove that he was in no way a supporter of “terrorism” and wished only to be fully integrated into the geopolitical and world-economic mainstream. Libya and the western world have been entering into one profitable arrangement after another. It is hard for me to see Qaddafi as a hero of the world anti-imperialist movement, at least in the last decade.

The second point missed by Hugo Chavez’s analysis is that there is not going to be any significant military involvement of the western world in Libya. The public statements are all huff and puff, designed to impress local opinion at home. There will be no Security Council resolution because Russia and China won’t go along. There will be no NATO resolution because Germany and some others won’t go along. Even Sarkozy’s militant anti-Qaddafi stance is meeting resistance within France.And above all, the opposition in the United States to military action is coming both from the public and more importantly from the military. The Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mullen, have very publicly stated their opposition to instituting a no-fly zone. Indeed, Secretary Gates went further. On Feb. 25, he addressed the cadets at West Point, saying to them: “In my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the president again to send a big American land army into Asia or the Middle East or Africa should have his head examined.”” (thanks Mohammad)

Aljazeera: or Al-Arabiyyah II?

The coverage of Aljazeera has become a joke.  Yesterday, I made a point of following their coverage of Bahrain.  What a joke and what a loss of credibility.   They had a minute–ONE MINUTE–about Bahrain, while they devoted more time in the newscast to the developments in Syria, where–according to the New York Times–some 40 people demonstrated in Damascus.  Of course, I am all for covering protests in Syria and Libya, but the flawed coverage of Bahrain is an unfunny joke.  In the segment of Syria, they interviewed a Syrian dissident who spoke for several minutes.  In the coverage of Bahrain, the story was that some people were killed in “clashes.”  The other words used to cover Bahrain is “confrontation.”  Also, Aljazeera does not refer to Saudi troops in Bahrain: it refers to “Peninsula Shield” forces.  (And by the way, can the GCC be a little more subtle about the US control over its affairs?  I mean, the Peninsula Shield is clearly a name coined by US military command.)  Aljazeere suffered a great blow to its credibility at a time when it beat the competition hands down.

credibility of Aljazeera is on the line

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)
“Al Jazeera is considered among the most credible Arabic news sources, but it has been accused at certain times of allowing its royal backer’s political affiliations to skew its coverage. Al Jazeera Arabic, in particular, has recently been criticized for what some see as its overly careful handling of violent clashes between Bahraini protesters and government forces.”

The Arab counter-revolution is winning

There is no doubt that Saudi Arabia has engineered the Arab counter-revolution with full US support.  Only Libya will be allowed to change but in favor of a Saudi-controlled regime staffed by Qadhdhafi stooges, like Mustafa Abd-Al-Jalil.  And it pains me to say this but I will say it: Aljazeera has officially joined the Arab counter-revolution, their silly obsessive coverage of Libya notwithstanding.

Qadhdhafi and his stooges

“Who’s that? The Libyan National Transition Council. He admits its “composition of ex-Gaddafi ministers and others… But that’s not important”. As’ad AbuKhalil, a columnist with the left-wing Lebanese paper Al-Akhbar,describes its leader Mustafa Abd-Al-Jalil as “a Gaddafi stooge”. He, along with other Gaddafi appointees leads“an Islamist tendency in the opposition movement which stands opposed to the more secular and radical trend represented by the professional association of the lawyers for example, and which-unlike Abdul-Al-Jalil refuses the secret messaging with the Gaddafi junta”.”

Libyan opposition

The Libyan people have been betrayed.  Their revolution against the Libyan tyrant has been hijacked by US and Saudi Arabia.  That lousy henchman for Qadhdhafi, Mustafa Abd-Al-Jalil, is now a Saudi stooge who hijacked the uprising on behalf of a foreign agenda.  I mean, what do you expect from a man who until the other day held the position of Minister of Justice in Qadhdhafi’s regime, for potato’s sake. And don’t you like it when Western media constantly refer to him as “the respected Libyan minister of Justice.”  Respected by who?  By Western governments.
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