Inside the Middle East
February 15, 2011
Posted: 915 GMT
Bahraini protestors run for cover as police fire tear gas in the village of Diraz, northwest of Bahrain, on February 14.
Bahraini protestors run for cover as police fire tear gas in the village of Diraz, northwest of Bahrain, on February 14.

A 27-year-old protester in Bahrain who was shot in the back Monday afternoon has died, the president of a human rights center said Tuesday.
Ali Abdulhadi Mushaima was protesting for human rights in the village of Daih, near Manama, when he was shot, according to Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights. Mushaima died Monday evening.
Lt. Gen. Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, the minister of the interior, "offered condolences and deep sympathy to the family of Ali Abdulhadi Mushaima on Monday," according to a statement on the interior ministry's website.
The minister said a probe would be launched into the case to determine the reasons for the use of a weapon. "He affirmed that if the probe revealed no legally tenable reason behind the use of the arm, then legal steps would be taken to refer the person behind the incident to the criminal court," the statement read.
Protesters who have organized on Facebook, Twitter and with e-mails want political reforms, including a constitutional monarchy.
Bahrain hosts the headquarters of the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet.

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John A   February 16th, 2011 2:32 pm ET

Well I suppose it wont be long before a ship gets attacked in the Suez canal. Egypt's new puppet military with allegiance to the USA claim the attack was carried out by the invisible Osama Bin Laden. They then ask for American assistance to secure the Suez canal. And before you know it, America controls Suez.

10% of world trade passes through the Suez. China needs the Suez to get good to Europe. China also need oil from the middle east to fuel its growth. All predict China's economy will over take Americas. Will America just sit back and let other states challenge its power.

Eventually the world is going to see that much of what happens in the middle east is a strategic game managed by world powers. But by then the media will have the masses so dumbed down and subservient to their leaders that few will ask questions or challenge the morality.

John A   February 16th, 2011 9:12 pm ET

Rebellion in the middle east is the biggest story in the world and at the center was Mubarak. Yet the press has not asked any questions about Mubaraks disappearance.

Isn't it possible that after his last speech when he refused to step down, Mubarak was murdered? Isn't it a coincidence that rumors now spread of his sudden ill health. Aren't the press just giving enough time for Mubaraks departure from power to be followed up by his death.

Something awful is cooking and coincidentally it all started directly after the president of China visited Washington. What agreement did those super powers come to?

Kawthar S.   February 17th, 2011 2:11 pm ET

All these riots started when a Tunisian committed suicide by burning himself in front of a Government building and his death brought light to all the injustice that is currently happening in the Arab world. Tunis started the riots from there, Egypt followed, then Yemen and now Bahrain joined too.

Cris   February 17th, 2011 8:10 pm ET

John I've been reading your posts for some time now and I must say that if I ever meet a bigger idiot than you I'll be more surprised than if I woke up with my head nailed to the floor. Actually if I read any more of your posts I might decide nailing my head to the floor would be better. Thank God I don't live in your delusional world.

John A   February 20th, 2011 9:56 am ET

You are free to "nail your head to the floor", if thats what you want?
After reading your stone age contribution to this blog, I doubt nailing your head will make any difference to your ability to think.

I guess you must be an American, as you posses the unique ability to make yourself look stupid, while thinking you are clever for doing so.

Cris any chance you can contribute an opinion?? Or will you just wave the stars and stripes and brainlessly chant USA, USA...meanwhile don't forget to collect your food stamps and increase your debt levels to 15 trillion dollars.

So Cris have you seen a recent photo of Mubarak, how do you know he hasn't been deposed through murder?

lawrence F.   February 21st, 2011 9:34 pm ET

well john, i searched and you are right bout the news blackout bout Mubarak's sudden dissapearance, where is he right now? In the philippines, we experienced this in 1986 and we knew the whereabouts of Marcos! But with the claim that these things started after the President of China visited the US is a big question though plausible.
When you asked if America will just sit back and let other states challenge its power, i assume you didnt include China on that one!
So who is the puppet now? US or China?

ELAINE   February 22nd, 2011 5:28 am ET

Where were the non biased media in Bahrain last night!!!???

There was a HUGE Pro Government rally at the Grand Mosque in Juffair last night but NO reports of it were to be seen on BBC World, Sky, ITN, CNN etc...why was that I wonder...oh yes...because it was peaceful!! This rally was thousands & thousands of Bahraini people, waving national flags (many with the Kings face on) from their cars, people sitting on car rooftops!! This went on for hours yet nothing has been shown/reported on the worldwide media channels & frankly I find that shocking!! You vultures are there within a flash when there's a hint of violence but nowhere when all is preacful & positive!!

The amount of people at last nights rally way out numbered the tiny amount of Shi'ites who have been rioting at Pearl ROUNDABOUT!!

I bet the media vultures be hovering around Pearl Roundabout at 3pm today when the Anti Governement start throwing their tantrum again!!! SHAMEFUL!!!

By BASMA MOHAMMED, Posted on ยป Tuesday, February 22, 2011

MANAMA: Bahrainis turned out in their tens of thousands last night to back calls for national unity and reform. One report suggested as many as 300,000 people took part in the massive rally at the Al Fateh Mosque (Grand Mosque), Juffair, with traffic queues stretching out of the capital.

The event, organised by the National Unity Gathering and aired live on Bahrain TV, brought together Bahrainis from different sects.

National Unity Gathering spokesman Dr Abdullatif Al Mahmood urged the crowd not to let anyone with evil intentions against the nation to succeed.

He stressed the legality of the ruling system and stability and security of the country.

Dr Al Mahmood expressed deep regret at the loss of lives and called for an investigation to reveal and hold to account those responsible. He also called for the release of prisoners of conscience.

He said the reforms project started 10 years ago is the beginning of change and it must continue.

He called on all citizens, particularly the youth, to restore calm and start a comprehensive national dialogue involving all national groups, sects and segments.

"Any national demand cannot be ratified or answered without it being agreed upon by all community parties," he said.

Dr Al Mahmood also urged the people to beware of TV channels that promoted sedition and hatred between brothers.

He urged His Majesty to grant Bahrainis the rights they are seeking and called for rights approved in the constitution to be implemented.

He said racial, factional and family discriminations should be cast out and qualified people should be entrusted with responsibilities.

John A   February 22nd, 2011 1:04 pm ET

Good remarks, thank you.

Some in the west (but not many) are already seeing this mideast revolt as a western backed adventure.

You should have seen CNN after Mubarak made his last defiant speech. Their so called independent journalists made an onslaught of non objective personal attacks on Mubarak as they went into a spin thinking the wests plan had failed.

But immediately afterwards Mubarak disappeared and has not been seen since. There's an obvious set up going on. But the westernized Arabs are being filled with a false sense pride and liberty. The other westerners just say all in the middle east are dictators and think we are seeing a ground up change.

But in the end the same puppet masters are pulling the strings and the middle east remains a play area for world powers to manipulate.

Walzy   February 23rd, 2011 8:27 am ET

Elaine, I could not agree more with your statement regarding Western media. You somehow feel that they are presenting news in a way to flare up the situation further at a time when Bahrainis need to unite and reconcile.

Filipe   February 24th, 2011 6:15 pm ET

John A,

If you had any investigative skills at all you would have already found out that Mubarak is in Israel, taking in the sun, sand and life of luxury!

John A   February 27th, 2011 7:09 pm ET


As you have exclusive inside information, please share your source. The rest of the world is experiencing total media censorship and a full scale news black out, when it comes to providing proof the Mubarak is alive.

Go on Filipe, just for once, demonstrate that you are not a liar. Can you do that?

Balall   March 14th, 2011 7:22 pm ET

I am a British expatriate who is under virtual house arrest as a result of 'peaceful' protests effectively asking for regime change in Bahrain. Like many people who are in a non-Arabic country I rely on BBC and CNN for my news updates and must say I am appalled at the one-sided and mis-cued version of affairs that is being reported about Bahrain.

Anti-government protestors who have taken over Pearl ROUDABOUT, and in the last three days have virtually brought the country to a stand still, have attacked police cars, and innocent civilians for merely trying to maintain order and or go about their daily lives in a normal manner.

The international news media is failing to cover stories that these same protestors are breaking into mosques and threatening children with death or amputation unless they repeat anti-government slogans on the streets for the media to pick up. They have attacked sunni students in schools and universities, killed or maimed expatriates of pakistani or other sub-continental origin, who they feel are stealing their jobs.

Schools have been shut and we are unable to leave our houses. We can hear gas cylenders exploding every half hour or so and the Bahraini Government has been cornered into letting these rioters run amok for fear of being portrayed as heaving handed and oppressive.

I have lived in Bahrain for 5 years and while there are certainly things that the government can do to become more democratic and the society as open, that does not mean that the current protestors can be legitimized for their current actions.

A few years back protestors burnt a police officer alive, were arrested charged and jailed then freed because more protestors went on the streets burning tyres on highways and complaining of unfairness. Would the British Government have freed IRA personnel in such circumstances? Would the US government?

Should the Klu Klux Klan take over Madison Square Garden, Wall Street, or the BNP close down the M25 North Circular and refuse to move unless they were given more money, better housing and jobs that 'foreigners' stole from them what would the US/British authorities do?
When anti-capitalist protestors riot outside G8 summits what is the response of the police? Are tear gas and rubber bullets not used to disperse unruly crowds and let people get on with their lives? Do we then see the police as oppressive?

Bahrain is overall a peaceful country and one of the more accessible for foreigners living here... or should i say was. Hooligans with hidden agenda's are bringing the country to thr brink of civil war and the only people who will suffer are innocent people trying to get on their lives. The media should cover the story in a more fair manner and listen to what Sunni Muuslims have to say, report what expats and local bahriani's have to say. cover the fact that more people have marched in favor of the current regime than against.

Darren   March 16th, 2011 6:23 pm ET

No we should stay away from Libya, they don't even like Americans. Let them kill each other. We can use the money that we save not fighting , or helping put in a no fly zone on school, and other stuff that needs to be fixed here at home. If the Middle East want the help they need to pay for it. I mean everything, They can pay in oil , That mean Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Libya, We have troubles in our own country the last thing we need now is three wars over seas. Why can Saudi Arabia take care of the no fly zone, They have enough money and airplanes to take care of this. They are smart spend the Americans money not our own. Very smart.

J.T.   March 17th, 2011 1:42 am ET

Israel Needs to take this opportunity in the middle east to overthrow their long time enemies and make allies with the future inhabitants of their neighboring nations. Israel has both the military power and UN backing that it needs.

John A   March 17th, 2011 9:50 am ET

Balall, excellent post. Thank you.

miriam   March 17th, 2011 2:12 pm ET


It's too bad that the foreign policy of many nations is influenced by what they hear or see in the media, confusing themselves and misleading their people. No wonder so many people have such a warped idea of what is going on in the world.

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