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Us Resumes Arms Sales To Butcher Of Bahrain

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What happened in Bahrain? In short:

> Almost 75% of the entire Bahraini population protested peacefully Al-Khalifa's rules and brutalities, his regime's discrimination and injustice.

> The peaceful protesters were beaten, they were arrested and tortured. The doctors, lawyers, athletes, scholars, political leaders, parliamentarians, and thousands of innocent people were arrested.

> Saudi, Qatar and UAE armies were sent to help the tyrant and brutal regime AGAINST the peaceful protesters who demanded equality, who demanded their rights and to choose and elect their own leadership.

> Mosques were destroyed, women, children, and elderly are facing death sentences because they 'protested' against tyrants.

> US, Europe, NATO, UN Security Council (US, UK, France, Russia, China) are saying that, they are HYPOCRITES. And that, hey are busy in dealing and helping with alqaida affiliated groups in Libya. And that they simply want to ignore whatever happened in Bahrain and instead they will continue their dealings and trades with the Butcher of Bahrain and will sell them weapons to kill more protesters and stay in power for 40 more years.

Bahrain arms deal moves closer to completion

US state department says it will move forward with a plan to sell $53m worth of weapons, despite concerns.

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Dozens of people have been killed during months of political unrest in Bahrain [Al Jazeera]

A controversial US plan to sell $52mn worth of weapons to Bahrain has moved one step closer to completion, according to the state department.

Early media reports on Tuesday suggested that the deal had already been finalised. A spokesman for the state department, though, said that the agreement was still tentative.

But it has cleared a key hurdle: no members of the US congress formally objected to the deal, and the period to file such objections ended last week.

"There was some concern... but no members of congress filed formal complaints during the notification period," the spokesman said.

The proposed arms sale includes Humvees, TOW missiles - typically used as anti-tank weapons or against buildings - and other equipment.

Stephen Seche, the deputy assistant secretary of state for Arabian Peninsula affairs, said the weapons would be used only "for the external defence of Bahrain."

Opposition in congress

Earlier this week, five US legislators - including Richard Durbin, a senator from Illinois and the assistant Democratic leader in the senate - sent a letter to US secretary of state Hillary Clinton urging her to postpone the sale.

"The United States must make it clear to the government of Bahrain that its ongoing human rights violations and unwillingness to acknowledge legitimate demands for reform have a negative impact on its relationship with the United States," the senators wrote.

But they did not go further and file a formal complaint about the proposed sale, according to the state department.

"At this point congress has expressed no concern, no opposition to this sale," Seche said. "So the intent is to go forward with this process."

Federal law in the US requires that congress receive advance notice of most proposed arms sales. Legislators can block the proposed sale by passing a joint resolution of disapproval.

'No meaningful steps'

The tentative agreement with Bahrain has been criticised by dozens of human rights groups, who urged the Obama administration last month to block the sale until the Bahraini government "ends abuses against peaceful protesters and takes meaningful steps towards political reform".

"Bahrain has taken no meaningful steps towards accountability," Maria McFarland, deputy Washington director at Human Rights Watch, said last month. "And Bahrain's rulers will have little reason to really reform so long as their main international ally resumes arms sales as if the situation were back to normal."

Dozens of people have been killed, and thousands more wounded or arrested, during months of political unrest in the Gulf kingdom.

Bahraini security forces have been accused of widespread human rights abuses; they have tortured detainees, targeted doctors and other medical personnel, and destroyed dozens of mosques across the country, according to independent reports and human rights groups.

The Bahraini government established a commission in June to investigate claims of torture and other abuses; it is scheduled to report its findings later this month.

Many members of Bahrain's opposition say they have little confidence that the commission's report will be unbiased.

Aljazeera

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Obama's # 2 favorite tyrant--Hamad Al-Khalifa,

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Bahraini Top Shia Cleric 'Sheikh Isa Qassim' Slams US Hypocrisy

A senior Bahraini cleric has condemned the United States for its 'hypocritical policies' on the revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East.

Bahraini cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim said in his sermon during the Friday congregational prayers in the town of Diraz that “America's duplicitous positions regarding the Arab revolutions reflect the country's materialistic approach,” the Al-Alam news channel reported on its website.

The Bahraini cleric made reference to the 'increasing' number of detentions in the tiny Persian Gulf island nation and pointed out that a similar fate to that of Libya's slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi awaits those who continue to trample on the rights of the people in Bahrain.

Since mid-February, thousands of anti-government protesters have been staging regular demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling on the US-backed Al Khalifa family to relinquish power.

On March 14, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates invaded the country to assist Bahraini rulers in their brutal crackdown on peaceful anti-government protesters.

According to local sources, scores of people have been killed and hundreds arrested in the regime crackdown in Bahrain.

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The US is an imperialist, self-interested superpower who will do anything it views as in its hegemonic "interests". The biggest hypocrisy about this is that the US is then also the main government that always claims to "care" about human rights and claims to be about the promotion of "democracy" and other such nonsense; when all the US regime and corporations care about is clearly again their own hegemonic interests. You can always count on two things: the US government will back puppet dictator's that support hegemonic American "interests" in the so-called "Third World" and secondly the US will turn on and eventually fight their former puppet allies (like Manuel Noriega, Saddam, the Taliban, Osama bin Laden, etc). That is the US will build someone up when they have a common case (like Saddam working for the US against Revolutionary Iran, the US using the Taliban and al-Qaeda against the Soviets, etc) and then the US will later come into conflict with this same person they built up to do their bidding when they no longer serve the hegemonic interests of US imperialism at that time!

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More anti-govt. demos held in Bahrain

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An anti-government demonstration organized by Bahraini opposition parties demanding (file photo)

Anti-government protesters have once again taken to the streets of Bahraini cities to call for the ouster of the Al Khalifa regime, Press TV reports.

Despite the harsh crackdown by Saudi-backed regime forces, Bahraini protesters held demonstrations in several cities around Manama on Friday, calling for democracy and freedom.

In demonstrations organized by several Bahraini opposition groups, protesters chanted slogans against the Bahraini regime and demanded that the king step down.

Several people have been injured in the clashes, according to activists.

Since mid-February, thousands of anti-government protesters have been staging regular demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.

On March 14, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates invaded the country to assist the Bahraini government in its crackdown on the peaceful protesters.

According to local sources, scores of people have been killed and hundreds arrested in the crackdown.

PressTv

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US state department says it will move forward with a plan to sell $53m worth of weapons, despite concerns.

Yes, you're right, this is hypocrisy.

But what you wrote before, suggesting that all the powerfull countries are helping al-Qaida in Lybia, is pure bull[Edited Out], of course.

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