[Arabrev] Aktuelle Links & News zu Bahrain vom 14.-20.3.2011

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Links & News vom 14.3.2011:

  • Bahrain: Heftige Straßenschlachten in Manama – euronews, 14.03.2011 – In Bahrain ist es erneut zu gewaltsamen Zusammenstößen zwischen Demonstranten und der Polizei gekommen. Ein Mann bekam einen direkten Schuss …
  • Middle East protests: Marchers seal off Bahrain’s financial center – STLtoday.com, 14.03.2011 – Thousands of anti-government demonstrators cut off Bahrain’s financial center and drove back police trying to push them from the capital’s central square — shaking the tiny island kingdom Sunday with the most disruptive protests since calls for more …
  • Antigovernment Protesters Seal Off Bahrain’s Financial Center – New York Times, 14.03.2011 – …
  • University students threatened in Bahrain – KPAX-TV / CNN, 14.03.2011 – Supporters of the rulers of Bahrain threatened about 5000 university students protesting against the government at Bahrain University Sunday, eyewitnesses said. The government denied that unjustified force was used. …
  • The real geostrategic importance is in Bahrain – Scoop.co.nz, 14.03.2011 – It is not there, though, that the future of the Arab world as we know it today is being decided, but in Bahrain, which currently represents the spark that could ignite the flames of revolt across the entire Persian Gulf. …
  • Bahrain Crown Prince offers assurances on dialogue – Reuters, 14.03.2011 – Bahrain’s crown prince renewed his call for national dialogue on Sunday, promising the talks would address key demands such as bolstering the power of parliament and that any deal could be put to a referendum. …
  • Tension as Bahrain awaits protests – Al Jazeera, 14.03.2011 – Reports of citizen-run checkpoints in Gulf state as people wonder whether neighbouring Saudi Arabia will send troops.
  • ‚Bahrainis to step up peaceful protests‘ – Press TV, 14.03.2011 – In the course of events that have agitated Bahrain since mid-February, the capital Manama has witnessed fresh clashes between the security forces and anti-government protesters.
  • Britons warned to avoid Bahrain – BBC News, 14.03.2011 – The Foreign Office (FCO) has warned Britons against all travel to Bahrain after clashes between police and anti-government protesters intensified. UK nationals in the Gulf state are advised to remain at home until further notice …
  • Bahrain sovereign debt insurance costs jump-Markit – Reuters Africa, 14.03.2011 – The cost of insuring Bahraini sovereign debt for five years rose 12 basis points on Monday following violent protests over the weekend that prompted the island kingdom to call on neighbouring Gulf Arab countries for help …
  • Plan for martial law in Bahrain – Google News, 14.03.2011 – A parliament group has asked Bahrain’s king to impose martial law after a month of unrest which has left the tiny Gulf nation sharply divided between minority Sunni Muslims backing the ruling system and Shiites demanding sweeping changes. …
  • Bahrain lawmakers call for martial law – CNN, 14.03.2011 – A pro-government group of parliamentarians is urging the King of Bahrain to impose martial law for three months as the country continues to face anti-government protests. …
  • Bahrain begs for help over protests – News24.com, 14.03.2011 – Bahrain has asked for help from neighbouring Gulf Arab countries after protesters overwhelmed police and cut off roads.
  • Bahrain: Regierung bittet Golfstaaten um militärische Unterstützung – Telepolis, 14.03.2011 – Laut britischem Außenministerium könnte die saudische Nationalgarde im benachbarten Inselstaat einmarschieren, um Sicherheit und Ordnung zu gewährleisten.
  • Militärs: Golfstaaten schicken Soldaten nach Bahrain – n-tv.de / dpa, 14.03.2011 – Die arabischen Golfstaaten haben nach Angaben von Militärs in der Region Soldaten nach Bahrain geschickt. Sie sollen dem von Regimegegnern bedrängten Königshaus beistehen. Ein Militärsprecher aus der Golfregion sagte der dpa, die Soldaten stammten aus mehreren Mitgliedstaaten des Golfkooperationsrates. Ihm gehören Bahrain, Saudi-Arabien, Kuwait, Katar, die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate und der Oman an. Die Unruhen in Bahrain hatten gestern einen neuen Höhepunkt erreicht. In der Hauptstadt Manama kam es zu gewaltsamen Ausschreitungen.
  • Bahrain: Golfstaaten schicken Soldaten gegen Demokraten – Hintergrund.de, 14.03.2011 – Die Machthaber der arabischen Golfstaaten sind anscheinend gewillt, die befreundete Monarchie in Bahrein mit Soldaten gegen revoltierende Demokraten zu verteidigen. Ein Aufschrei des Westens ist bislang ausgeblieben. Nach Angaben aus Militärkreisen in der Region haben benachbarte Staaten Soldaten nach Bahrain geschickt, um dem von Regimegegnern bedrängten Königshaus beizustehen. Ein Militärsprecher aus der Golfregion sagte der Nachrichtenagentur dpa, die ersten Offiziere und Soldaten seien am Montag am Flughafen von Bahrain gelandet. Weitere Truppen würden sich auf dem Landweg von Hafr al-Baten in Saudi-Arabien aus in Bewegung setzen. …
  • Schlag gegen Demokratiebewegung: Saudi-Arabien und Emirate intervenieren in Bahrain – junge Welt, 14.03.2011 – Saudi-Arabien und Emirate intervenieren in Bahrain – offenbar mit Zustimmung der USA.
  • Golfstaaten schicken Soldaten nach Bahrain – NZZ Online, 14.03.2011 – Königshaus zu Dialog mit Opposition bereit.
  • Golfstaaten schicken Soldaten nach Bahrain – SF Tagesschau, 14.03.2011 – Saudi-Arabien und andere Golfstaaten eilen dem von einem Schiiten-Aufstand bedrängten Herrscher von Bahrain zu Hilfe. Etwa 1000 saudiarabische Soldaten seien im Nachbarland im Einsatz, sagte ein Regierungsberater in Riad.
  • Nachbarländer eilen Bahrains König zu Hilfe – Tagesanzeiger.ch, 14.03.2011 – Saudiarabien und andere Golfstaaten eilen dem von einem Schiiten-Aufstand bedrängten Herrscher von Bahrain zu Hilfe. 1000 saudiarabische Soldaten sollen die heftigen Proteste niederschlagen.
  • Emirate entsenden Truppen nach Bahrain – RIA Novosti, 14.03.2011 – Die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE) haben ihre Truppen in das von Unruhen erfasste Bahrain entsandt, die die Ordnung im Land wiederherstellen sollen.
  • Arabische Nachbarn marschieren in Bahrain ein – Financial Times Deutschland, 14.03.2011 – Die Nachbarländer des Königreiches Bahrain wollen der schiitischen Revolte nicht länger zuschauen. Soldaten des Golf-Kooperationsrates sollen vor Ort die Herrschaft des sunnitischen Monarchen sichern. Daran sind vor allem die Saudis interessiert.
  • Arab states to deploy troops to Bahrain – Press TV, 14.03.2011 – The six-state (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is reportedly preparing to send military forces to crisis-hit Bahrain in an attempt to curb anti-government protests.
  • Saudi troops in Bahrain to halt protests – Press TV, 14.03.2011 – More than 1,000 Saudi Arabian troops have arrived in Bahrain to help Bahraini forces intensify their crackdown on anti-government demonstrators.
  • Saudi and UAE troops go into Bahrain, Kuwaitis on the way – DEBKAFile, 14.03.2011 – Saudi and United Arab Emirates troops crossed into Bahrain Monday, March 14 to support the king against escalating anti-throne demonstrations and Kuwaiti soldiers are on the way. A Saudi official said the units come from a special force within the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, debkafile reports. Until recently close American allies, the two Gulf rulers have flouted President Obama’s policy of supporting popular uprisings, encouraged by Qaddafi gaining the upper hand against Libya’s rebels and Washington’s constraints against military intervention.
  • Riyadh admits sending troops to Bahrain – Press TV, 14.03.2011 – Saudi Arabia says it has responded to a „security threat“ in neighboring Bahrain by sending 1,000 troops to quell escalating anti-government protests in the tiny kingdom.
  • UAE joins Saudi invasion of Bahrain – Press TV, 14.03.2011 – The United Arab Emirates has sent around 500 police forces to neighboring Bahrain following an invasion led by Saudi Arabia to crack down on Bahraini protesters.
  • BAHRAIN: Saudi Deployment Could Widen Communal Fault Lines – IPS News, 14.03.2011 – Monday’s arrival of 1,200 Saudi and 500 Emirati security forces with a mandate from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to support King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa’s regime in Sunni- ruled, Shiite-majority Bahrain only stokes sectarian conflict and fuels the regional power politics between U.S.-Saudi hegemony and an increasingly influential Shiite-led Iran, analysts here argue.
  • Saudi troops head to Sunni area in Bahrain-witnesses – Reuters, 14.03.2011 – Saudi troops who crossed into Bahrain were heading in the direction of Riffa, a Sunni Muslim area that is home to the royal family and a military hospital, witnesses said. They saw 150 armoured troop carriers, and about 50 other vehicles including ambulances, water tankers, buses and jeeps. The vehicles were lightly armed and there were no tanks or missile launchers in the procession.
  • USA warnen Golfstaaten vor Einsatz gegen Opposition in Bahrain – Stern.de, 14.03.2011 – Die USA haben Saudi-Arabien und andere Golfstaaten vor einer Parteinahme gegen die Opposition in Bahrain gewarnt. Die Staaten der Region müssten „Zurückhaltung üben und die Rechte der Menschen in Bahrain respektieren“, sagte der Sprecher des nationalen Sicherheitsrats, Tom Vietor, am Montag in Washington.
  • Saudi Arabia’s Action in Bahrain Strains Ties With United States – New York Times, 14.03.2011 – Even before Saudi Arabia sent troops into Bahrain on Monday to quell an uprising it fears might spill across its own borders, American officials were increasingly concerned that the kingdom’s stability …
  • Saudi Troops Enter Bahrain to Help Put Down Unrest – New York Times, 14.03.2011 – An image from Bahrain TV showed a contingent of troops arriving in Bahrain from Saudi Arabia on Monday. Troops from Saudi Arabia and police officers from the United Arab Emirates crossed into Bahrain on Monday under the aegis …
  • India closely monitoring evolving situation in Bahrain – Sify.com, 14.03.2011 – Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed on Monday said that India is closely monitoring the evolving situation in Bahrain. „I am in constant touch with our Ambassador and have asked him to stay closely in touch with the Indian community,“ …
  • Shadow Government: The politics of stability in Bahrain – Foreign Policy, 14.03.2011 – …
  • Demonstrators swamp SMC services – Gulf Daily News, 14.03.2011 – Bahrain’s main hospital descended into chaos for the second time in a month yesterday as hundreds of anti-government protesters injured in clashes with riot police were brought for treatment.
  • ‚Saudi invaders not welcome in Bahrain‘ – Press TV, 14.03.2011 – Troops from a number of Persian Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, have arrived in Bahrain to quash mass protests upon the request of the king of the tiny kingdom.
  • US defense officals not warned of Bahrain deployment – Reuters, 14.03.2011 – Top U.S. defense and military officials were given no indication during recent visits to the Middle East that Saudi forces would deploy to Bahrain, the Pentagon said on Monday. „We have communicated to all parties our concerns regarding actions that could be provocative or inflame sectarian tensions,“ …

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Links & News vom 15.3.2011:

  • Lage und Einschätzungen

  • Patrick Cockburn: Saudis send troops into Bahrain to quell protests – The Independent, 15.03.2011 – Saudi Arabia sent troops into Bahrain yesterday to quell protests by the Shia Muslim majority against the Sunni monarchy, in a move that the opposition denounced as an act of war. … The Saudi intervention is the first time that any Arab state has acted to quell protests in another since the wave of uprisings began in the region. … The Saudi rulers are worried that unrest among the Shias of Bahrain will spread to their own Shia population in the neighbouring Eastern Province. Saudi security forces have been trying to prevent protests in the kingdom from gaining momentum. The opposition in Bahrain, including the Shia Wefaq party, issued a statement saying: „We consider the entry of Saudi Arabia or other Gulf forces into the Kingdom of Bahrain’s air, sea or land territories a blatant occupation.“ It added that Saudi intervention threatened Bahrainis „with an undeclared war by armed troops“. … The sudden escalation of the crisis in Bahrain comes just after the United States Defence Secretary, Robert Gates, visited the island to urge leaders to move on reform. He said he had told King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa and the Crown Prince that „change could be led or could be imposed“. Mr Gates said there was no evidence of Iranian involvement, but that Iran might exploit the protests for its own ends. … Bahraini leaders have long claimed their opponents are agents of Iran, but US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks say there is little evidence of this. The six senior Shia clerics in Bahrain are not considered militant, although they have backed the protests. The protesters at first sought to downplay sectarian differences on the island, saying they were inspired by the demand for democracy, rule of law and civil rights in Tunisia and Egypt. The initial demand was for a constitutional monarchy, but after police killed seven protesters last month attitudes among the opposition hardened and many now want an end to the monarchy.
  • Saudi sends troops, Bahrain Shi’ites call it „war“ – DefenceWeb / Reuters, 15.03.2011 – … In a sign that the opposition and the royals may find an 11th-hour solution, the opposition groups said they had met the crown prince to discuss the mechanism for national dialogue. Crown Prince Sheikh Salman al-Khalifa offered assurances on Sunday that talks would address key opposition demands including parliamentary, electoral and government reforms. Even if talks are successful however, the opposition is increasingly split and hardline groups may keep up protests. …
  • Pepe Escobar: THE ROVING EYE : House of Saud ‚liberates‘ Bahrain – Asia Times Online, 15.03.2011 – The House of Saud has rolled into Bahrain with armored carriers, tanks and troops to repress protests that have revealed the United States client state and its corrupt 200-year-old dynasty as the Gulf’s weakest link. Media-fueled illusions of Iran as the bogeyman and Saudi Arabia as a „reluctant“ regional policeman are as unreal as the West’s „support“ for Libyan rebels. … Both Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are Washington’s solid client states. Details of Bahrain’s subservience, especially to the Pentagon, abound in WikiLeaks cables – here, here and here. There’s also this one here laying down the law; „As the smallest Gulf state, Bahrain has historically needed closer security ties with a Western patron than any of its neighbors … we can use our close security ties with Bahrain to continue pushing the envelope for GCC-US security cooperation.“ …
  • Oil Climbs as Saudi Arabian Troops Enter Bahrain Amid Protests – BusinessWeek / Bloomberg, 15.03.2011 – Oil rose in New York as Saudi Arabian troops moved into Bahrain as part of a regional force from the Gulf Cooperation Council after a wave of popular uprisings swept through parts of the Arab world. …
  • Bahrain: Gulf states intervene against mass protests – World Socialist Web Site, 15.03.2011 – The military intervention of Saudi Arabia into Bahrain is aimed at putting down the mass protests there and intimidating opposition at home. Behind the actions of the Saudis, US imperialism is working to ensure its economic and strategic interests are maintained.
  • Saudi Arabia’s Missteps into Bahrain – Council on Foreign Relations, 15.03.2011 – Saudi rulers have made a major mistake in casting the crisis in Bahrain as a sectarian conflict in which Iran’s Shia proxies are battling a benign Sunni ruling class for sake of Persian aggrandizement. The rebelling in Bahrain, as indeed throughout the …
  • Iran and Saudis set for armed duel over Bahrain – DEBKAFile, 15.03.2011 – What led the Saudi-led GCC army units to jump unhesitatingly into Bahrain while the US and Europe dithered over Libya? Tehran won’t take this lying down. In its next issue out Friday, DEBKA-Net-Weekly outlines the potential military showdown between Iran and Saudi Arabia, explores US-Israeli intelligence blindness on Egypt, and reveals how the Libyan conflict is enriching both sides – Muammar Qaddafi and his opponents – as well as global arms traffickers.
  • USA

  • US turns blind eye to invasion of Bahrain – Press TV, 15.03.2011 – The US refuses to term as an invasion the several Persian Gulf states‘ deployment of troops to Bahrain to quell the popular uprising against the island’s monarchical rule.
  • Saudi told US of Bahrain intervention: US official – Geo Television Network, 15.03.2011 – The United States government was informed about Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Bahrain before it happened, a senior US administration official said Monday. „We received word that they were planning to head into Bahrain, but not with a significant amount of lead time,“ the US official said, asking to remain anonymous. Earlier, the Pentagon had said that it had received no warning that Saudi troops and others were being deployed to keep a lid on violent protests in the Gulf kingdom. …
  • Clinton Expresses ‚Deep Concern‘ About Bahrain – US Official – Wall Street Journal / AFP, 15.03.2011 – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday expressed „deep concern about the dangerous situation“ in Bahrain in talks with her United Arab …
  • State Dept. advises against travel to Bahrain – Bellingham Herald, 15.03.2011 – The State Department is urging US citizens to avoid traveling to Bahrain due to „the potential for ongoing political and civil unrest.“ The department is also advising Americans currently in Bahrain to consider leaving. …
  • ‚US greenlight Saudi attack on Bahrain‘ – Press TV, 15.03.2011 – Saudi Arabian forces have invaded Bahrain to help the tiny kingdom’s government in its deadly crackdown on protesters.
  • ‚US to lose Fifth Fleet in a few weeks‘ – Press TV, 15.03.2011 – The United States will lose its Fifth Fleet base in Bahrain in a few weeks following its support for the embattled monarchy in Manama, a political analyst in Middle East affairs says.
  • White House: No Military Solution To Bahrain Crisis – RTT News, 15.03.2011 – The White House warned Tuesday that there was no military solution to the ongoing crisis in Bahrain, and urged the unrest-hit island kingdom to try and find a political solution that would address the needs of the Bahraini people. …
  • ‚US may have OK’d Bahrain invasion‘ – Press TV, 15.03.2011 – Political analyst Sarah Marusek has suggested that Saudi Arabia and the other Arab countries that invaded Bahrain could have received a green light from Washington.
  • ‚US had advance knowledge of invasion‘ – Press TV, 15.03.2011 – The United States had advance knowledge about the plan to invade Bahrain, Bahraini opposition leader Saeed al-Shahabi says.
  • Iran

  • Iran verurteilt Entsendung saudiarabischer Truppen nach Bahrain – NZZ Online, 15.03.2011 – US-Aussenministerium rät von Reisen ab.
  • Iran slams foreign meddling in Bahrain – Press TV, 15.03.2011 – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast says the presence of foreign forces in Bahrain will further complicate the situation in the Persian Gulf country.
  • ‚War, occupation threaten Bahrainis‘ – Press TV, 15.03.2011 – Bahrain’s opposition groups have equaled the several Arab nations‘ invasion of their country with the launch of an ‚undeclared war‘ on Bahraini people.
  • Iran urges end to Bahrain clampdowns – Press TV, 15.03.2011 – Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has called on the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to help stop the clampdowns on anti-government protesters in Bahrain.
  • Salehi talks with OIC Sec Gen on Bahrain crisis – Trend News Agency, 15.03.2011 – IRI FM Ali Akbar Salehi in a phone talks Monday night with OIC Sec Gen asked for that organization’s potentials to prevent occurrence of more brutalities in Bahrain against civilians.
  • Iran summons Saudi, Swiss envoys – Press TV, 15.03.2011 – Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned ambassadors of Switzerland and Saudi Arabia over their military intervention in the crisis-hit Bahrain. … The Swiss Embassy in Tehran represents US interests in Iran since Tehran and Washington severed diplomatic relations in 1980. “The US support for military intervention is in clear contradiction with international regulations and the United Nations Charter. So, the Islamic Republic holds the United States responsible for dangerous consequences of such illegal attitude,” said a Foreign Ministry official.
  • Iran against foreign military intervention in Bahrain – Xinhuanet.com, 15.03.2011 – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday that the foreign military intervention in Bahrain to confront the protests is „unacceptable.“ The Persian Gulf states‘ military intervention in Bahrain will further complicate the situation, Ramin Mehmanparast said in his weekly press briefing on Tuesday … Referring to the Saturday surprise visit of the U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to Manama, Mehmanparast said that „in any region where the U.S. military officials attend, we witness the suppression of people.“
  • ‚Foreign moves in ME can lead to crisis‘ – Press TV, 15.03.2011 – Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says foreign interference in the popular uprising in Bahrain can trigger a crisis in the Middle East.
  • Iran urges UN chief to support Bahrainis – Press TV, 15.03.2011 – Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has expressed concerns over the use of violence against peaceful anti-government protesters in Bahrain.
  • Bahrain calls its envoy in Tehran back for consultation – Trend News Agency, 15.03.2011 – Bahrain „immediately“ called home its ambassador to Iran on Tuesday after Tehran slammed the dispatch of the Gulf troops to the country
  • Bahrain und Golfmonarchien

  • The real Bahrain I have grown to love and admire – Gulf Daily News, 15.03.2011 – I am a German citizen very often in Bahrain, due to many business trips and conferences throughout the year. Everytime I am in Bahrain I feel at home. The people in Bahrain are very warm, lovely and always with a smile on their faces. …
  • Saudi Press commends the GCC support of Bahrain – Bahrain News Agency, 15.03.2011 – The Saudi newspapers commended this morning the support of GCC countries towards Bahrain’s current circumstances, and called to stand against those working to destabilize the security and stability of the Kingdom …
  • Shadow Government: The GCC shores up Bahrain – Foreign Policy, 15.03.2011 – Little noticed amidst the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) support for a UN no-fly zone in Libya on March 13th was another endorsement for the use of military force: deployment of GCC military and police forces to Bahrain. The choice of Gulf governments …
  • Qatar: Talks way forward for Bahrain – Peninsula On-line, 15.03.2011 – Qatar’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani yesterday called on the Bahraini opposition to heed their government’s call for dialogue …
  • Presse und Opposition

  • Meris Lutz: Qatar: Al Jazeera faces tough questions as Doha backs Saudi troops in Bahrain – Los Angeles Times Blog, 15.03.2011 – The Doha, Qatar-based Al Jazeera news network has been credited with helping to sustain protest movements across the region with its wall-to-wall coverage, but will its editorial line change now that Qatar has voiced support for Saudi intervention in Bahrain? … 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.
  • As unrest bubbles, Bahrain and Yemen obstruct press – CPJ Press Freedom Online, 15.03.2011 – … In Bahrain, security forces and men in plain clothes beat Mohammed al-Mukharaq, a photographer working for the independent daily Al-Wasat, according to news reports and local journalists. Mukharaq, wearing a vest that carried the name of his newspaper, told CPJ he was covering a demonstration on Sunday in Manama when a group of 20 or more men approached, beat him, crushed his camera and mobile phone. Mukharaq said he suffered extensive bruising. Local journalists told CPJ that a list called the „Bahrain list of dishonor,“ is circulating online and identifying 25 people as „collaborators aiming to sell their country.“ The author is unclear. CPJ, which reviewed the list, found the names of at least nine critical journalists, including Mansour al-Jamri, editor-in-chief of Al-Wasat; Abduljalil Alsingace, a Bahraini blogger and human rights activist; Ali Abdel Imam, a Bahraini blogger; and Qasem Hussein, a critical columnist. …
  • Gangs with clubs attack Bahrain newspaper – ABC Online, 15.03.2011 – A gang armed with clubs and butcher knives has attacked the printing press of Bahrain’s only opposition newspaper Al Wasat in the early hours of Tuesday morning in an effort to stop its publication. Ahmed Mahdi, the head of Al Wasat printing press, said youths had been gathering outside the building and harassing employees for three days, forcing staff to seek a police escort into the building. „Yesterday, it changed. The police escorted us as usual and then at 1am some thugs entered the building carrying knives and calling ‚where are they, where are they‘,“ he said. … Al Wasat, which means ‚The Centre‘ in Arabic, was set up in 2002 after Bahrain’s king introduced reforms that allowed independent press licences. All of Bahrain’s other newspapers are pro-government or affiliated with senior officials. …
  • YouTube removes Saudi attack video – Press TV, 15.03.2011 – The video-sharing website YouTube has removed a video showing Saudi Arabian troops attacking peaceful Bahraini protesters demanding political reform.
  • ‚Saudis declaring war against Bahrainis‘ – Press TV, 15.03.2011 – A Bahraini opposition leader says the Saudi government is manifestly waging war on the people of Bahrain by sending troops to help suppress the popular uprising in the country.
  • Bahrain’s Shias ‚ready for martyrdom‘ – Press TV, 15.03.2011 – Bahraini Shias have said they are ready to sacrifice their lives in defense of the people’s right to hold peaceful protests against the ruling al-Khalifa family in the Persian Gulf state.
  • Bahrain oppos. leader warns of PG war – Press TV, 15.03.2011 – A Bahraini opposition leader has warned that if Saudi Arabia does not withdraw its forces from Bahrain, a new war could spread across the Persian Gulf region.
  • Bahrain MP quits to protest ‚massacre‘ – Press TV, 15.03.2011 – Bahraini lawmaker Nada Hafad has resigned from the country’s parliament as a brutal crackdown of peaceful anti-government protesters continues.
  • Ausnahmezustand und gewalttätige Auseinandersetzungen

  • Ausnahmezustand in Bahrain – Saudischer Soldat getötet – n-tv.de / dpa, 15.03.2011 – Einen Tag nach der Verlegung von arabischen Truppen nach Bahrain hat sich die Lage in dem arabischen Königreich dramatisch zugespitzt. Die Regierung verhängte für drei Monate den Ausnahmezustand. Nach Angaben aus Oppositionskreisen kam es in der Hauptstadt Manama und in der Ortschaft Sitra zu gewalttätigen Ausschreitungen zwischen Demonstranten und Angehörigen der Sicherheitskräfte. Bei den Zusammenstößen sei ein Soldat aus Saudi-Arabien erschossen worden, hieß es aus Sicherheitskreisen.
  • Dramatische Entwicklung in Bahrain: Schüsse, Ausnahmezustand – n-tv.de / dpa, 15.03.2011 – Einen Tag nach der Verlegung von arabischen Truppen nach Bahrain hat sich die Lage in dem arabischen Königreich dramatisch zugespitzt. König Hamad bin Issa al-Chalifa verhängte für drei Monate den Ausnahmezustand. Laut Oppositionskreisen kam es in der Hauptstadt Manama und in Sitra zu Ausschreitungen zwischen Demonstranten und Sicherheitskräften. Ein Soldat aus Saudi-Arabien sei erschossen worden, hieß es aus Sicherheitskreisen. Die EU zeigte sich sehr besorgt über Berichte von schwerer Gewalt in den Straßen von Bahrain.
  • Ausnahmezustand in Bahrain verhängt – NZZ Online, 15.03.2011 – Saudischer Soldat bei Unruhen getötet – Kritik am Einsatz fremder Soldaten
  • In Bahrain gilt der Ausnahmezustand – SF Tagesschau, 15.03.2011 – Einen Tag nach der Verlegung von arabischen Truppen nach Bahrain hat sich die Lage weiter zugespitzt. Die Regierung des arabischen Königreichs verhängte für drei Monate den Ausnahmezustand. In der Hauptstadt Manama und in einem weiteren Ort gab es gewalttätige Ausschreitungen. Die EU zeigt sich besorgt.
  • König von Bahrain ruft den Notstand aus – Tagesanzeiger.ch, 15.03.2011 – Hamad bin Isa al Chalifa rief einen dreimonatigen Notstand aus, um die Proteste in den Griff zu bekommen. Die Streitkräfte sind ermächtigt worden, alle Massnahmen zu ergreifen, um die Proteste zu beenden.
  • Bahrain ruft Kriegsrecht aus – ZEIT.de, 15.03.2011 – Die Gewalt in Bahrain eskaliert. Die Opposition sieht sich durch die Soldaten aus den arabischen Nachbarländern provoziert. Das Königshaus verhängte den Ausnahmezustand. Einen Tag nach der Verlegung von arabischen Truppen nach Bahrain hat sich die Lage …
  • Saudischer Soldat stirbt in Bahrain – Tagesanzeiger.ch, 15.03.2011 – In Manama lieferten sich Aufständische und Regierungstreue heftige Gefechte. Der König hat den militärischen Ausnahmezustand ausgerufen.
  • Security official says Saudi soldier shot dead by opposition protester in Bahrain – Washington Post / AP, 15.03.2011.
  • Saudi soldier gunned down in Bahrain – Press TV, 15.03.2011 – A Saudi soldier has been killed in Bahrain clashes following an incursion by Arab armies to quell popular protests in the Persian Gulf state, sources say.
  • Bahrain’s king declared state of emergency for 3 months – Washington Post, 15.03.2011 – …
  • Bahrain declares state of alert – BBC News, 15.03.2011 – The king of Bahrain has declared a state of emergency for three months, starting immediately, state television reports.
  • Bahrain under state of emergency – Al Jazeera, 15.03.2011 – King announces emergency powers for three months following weeks of unrest on the island, state television says.
  • Bahrain declares state of emergency – Press TV, 15.03.2011 – Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has declared a three-month state of emergency in the country as anti-government protests continue in the Persian Gulf state.
  • Martial law declared in Bahrain – Press TV, 15.03.2011 – Following the deployment of armed mercenaries, confirmed use of nerve gas, and the compliance by al-Khalifa to allow Saudi and GCC troops and tanks to enter Bahrain in order to supposedly restore order, the Bahraini government has declared Martial law.
  • Bahrain declares state of emergency, martial law – Vancouver Sun, 15.03.2011 – Female Anti-government protesters gather outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Manama, on March 15, 2011, as Bahrain’s king Hamad declared a three-month state of emergency as Iran …
  • Move to restore stability in Bahrain – GulfNews, 15.03.2011 – Bahrain’s King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa on Tuesday issued a decree declaring a three-month state of national safety. The decree is in line with Article 36 of the constitution stipulating that „the state of national safety or martial law shall …
  • Two people killed as protests spread in Bahrain – Monsters and Critics.com, 15.03.2011 – Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) troops, based in Saudi Arabia and including around 1000 Saudi soldiers, were dispatched on Monday at Bahrain’s request. Another 500 troops originate from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The GCC is comprised of Bahrain, …
  • Over 200 shot in Bahrain – Press TV, 15.03.2011 – Over 200 Shia people have been reportedly injured during unrest in Bahrain as the anti-government protesters continue their peaceful demonstrations.
  • Two killed in new Bahrain clashes – BBC News, 15.03.2011 – At least two people are killed and as many as 200 injured in clashes between anti-government demonstrators and security forces in Bahrain.
  • Video Bahrain IV: Massacre in Sitrah – ABNA.ir, 15.03.2011 – Confirmed reports from Bahrain expresses that up to 800 injured and martyred in Sitra. 5 Bahraini protesters martyred defending their country against aggressors up to now. According to informed sources in Bahrain, Saudi military forces severely …
  • Hundreds Shot In Bahrain Protest – Peace FM Online, 15.03.2011 – As the violence escalated, close ally the United States warned that there was „no military solution“ to political upheaval in Bahrain and that any violence against peacefully expressed political demands „should be stopped“. …
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  • Troop move into Bahrain concerns UN – Press TV, 15.03.2011 – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concerns over the deployment of foreign troops in Bahrain, where anti-government protests have shaken the Persian Gulf nation.
  • EU urges ‚right to assemble‘ in Bahrain – Zawya / AFP, 15.03.2011 – The European Union on Tuesday urged „utmost restraint“ in Bahrain after the dispatch of Gulf troops and called on security forces to respect the „right to assemble peacefully“. „We’re very concerned by reports of serious …
  • „Respect fundamental freedoms“, EU tells Bahrain security forces – Trend News Agency, 15.03.2011 – Security forces in Bahrain, which has declared a state of emergency after calling on Gulf neighbours to help it quash an uprising, should „respect human rights and fundamental freedoms,“ the European Union said Tuesday
  • UK „extremely concerned“ by Bahrain state of emergency – Reuters, 15.03.2011 – Britain is extremely concerned about the escalation of the situation in Bahrain and the declaration of a state of emergency, Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday. „We’re extremely concerned about the escalation of the …
  • Bahrain ensures security to Pakistanis: FO Spokesperson – Pakistan Times, 15.03.2011 – Almost 65,000 Pakistanis are working in Bahrain and one of them has been killed in a violent attack in Capital Manama.
  • Government urges Pinoys in Bahrain to restrict movements – Philippine Star, 15.03.2011 – The embassy in Bahrain has been closely monitoring developments in the country, and has met with the Filipino community leaders in the country as early as Feb. 17 to orient them on the embassy’s contingency plans. …
  • Arabische Truppen in Bahrain: Internationale Kritik an Militärintervention – FAZ, 15.03.2011 – Amerika und Iran haben den Einmarsch saudi-arabischer Truppen in Bahrain scharf kritisiert. Ein Sprecher des Weißen Hauses rief die Staaten des Golfkooperationsrates zur Zurückhaltung auf. … Die amerikanische Regierung kritisierte die Stationierung ausländischer Sicherheitskräfte in Bahrein. Präsidentensprecher Jay Carney rief die GCC-Staaten auf, „Zurückhaltung zu zeigen, die Rechte des Volkes von Bahrein zu respektieren und in einer Weise zu handeln, die den Dialog unterstützt und nicht untergräbt“. Auch UN-Generalsekretär Ban Ki-moon warnte vor einer weiteren Eskalation. … Der sunnitische Abgeordnete Adel Muawada im bahreinischen Parlament wertet die Anwesenheit der ausländischen Sicherheitskräfte nicht als Provokation für die Demonstranten. Diese rief er auf, die Straßenblockade zu beenden und die Aufforderung des Kronprinzen zum „nationalen Dialog“ anzunehmen. Der schiitische Abgeordnete Matar Ibrahim Matar, der mit den anderen 17 schiitischen Volksvertretern sein Mandat aus Protest gegen die Gewalt der Sicherheitskräfte niedergelegt hat, sprach dagegen von militärischen Truppen, die nun unbewaffneten Demonstranten gegenüberstünden. Die Wifaq-Partei, der die 18 zurückgetretenen Abgeordneten angehören, ist zu einem Dialog mit der Regierung und dem Königshaus bereit; radikalere Oppositionsgruppen sind es nicht. Der Gewerkschaftsdachverband sprach sich am Dienstag für einen Generalstreik aus.
  • Krise am Persischen Golf : Saudi-Arabien riskiert den großen Knall – SPIEGEL ONLINE, 15.03.2011 – Bahrain darf nicht fallen, weil sonst die eigenen Throne wackeln: Aus diesem Grund schickten die Golfanrainer eine Eingreiftruppe in ihr Nachbarland. Dort eskaliert die Lage, ein saudischer Soldat wurde getötet. Im Hintergrund läuft das Duell Saudi-Arabien gegen Iran. … Ob Iran wirklich Handlanger unter den Oppositionellen hat, ob das Risiko einer Eskalation den Machthabern in Teheran nicht am Ende doch zu groß sein könnte, all das ist jedoch schwierig einzuschätzen. „Die meisten Schiiten in Bahrain sind Araber und orientieren sich religiös und politisch eher am Irak als an Iran“, gibt der Nahostexperte Guido Steinberg von der Berliner Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik zu bedenken. „Trotzdem hat die Islamische Republik Unterstützer im Land, die sie im Falle einer Krise mobilisieren kann. Je härter die Maßnahmen der bahrainischen Regierung gegen die Schiiten, umso größer ist die Gefahr, dass diese sich vermehrt Teheran zuwenden.“ …
  • Saudische Soldaten marschieren in Bahrain ein – Rote Fahne News, 15.03.2011 – … Offiziell geht es um den Schutz der Ölanlagen. Tatsächlich fürchtet die saudische Regierung offenbar auch ein weiteres Übergreifen der Proteste im Nachbarstaat auf das eigene Land. Die Opposition nannte das eine „Verschwörung gegen das unbewaffnete Volk von Bahrain“. In Bahrain hat auch die 5. US-Flotte ihren Stützpunkt.
  • Bahrain: Ausnahmezustand verhängt – Blog von Mike, 15.03.2011 – … Heute hat nun der König von Bahrain für drei Monate den Ausnahmezustand verhängt. Gleichzeitig gehen die Sicherheitskräfte massiv gegen die Opposition vor. Dabei soll es auch zu Übergriffen in schiitischen Wohnvierteln kommen. Und es sollen wiederholt Schusswaffen eingesetzt werden. Hunderte Verletzte sind in den Krankenhäusern. Mindestens zwei Tote sind zu beklagen. Alarmierend sind Berichte von Ärzten, dass sie an der Behandlung von Verletzten gehindert wurden. Es soll dabei auch zu Schüssen auf Krankenwagen gekommen sein. Ein Arzt berichtete sogar, Sicherheitskräfte hätten Sanitäter aus Krankenwagen geworfen und seien dann mit diesen dann herumgefahren, um auf Demonstranten zu schießen.
  • Kriegsrecht und Tote in Bahrain – junge Welt, 15.03.2011 – … Der iranische Fernsehsender Press TV zeigte Aufnahmen saudischer Militärs, die offenbar bei ihrem Vormarsch ins Landesinnere die Ortschaft Boori stürmten und dabei mehrere Menschen töteten. König Hamad bin Issa Al-Chalifa verhängte für drei Monate das Kriegsrecht. »Die Atmosphäre in der Innenstadt von Manama ist gespenstisch«, sagte ein Augenzeuge. Die meisten Menschen gingen nicht zur Arbeit und schickten ihre Kinder nicht zur Schule. …
  • Thomas Pany: Die Befreiung Bahrains durch saudi-arabische Soldaten – Telepolis, 15.03.2011 – König Hamed hat den Ausnahmezustand erklärt. Bei Auseinandersetzungen mit Demonstranten soll angeblich ein saudi-arabischer Soldat getötet worden sein. … aus US-Medienberichten geht die Rolle der USA nicht ganz klar hervor, während dort von einer ambivalenten Haltung Obamas die Rede ist und auf Spannungen zwischen den Partnern Saudi-Arabien und den USA hingewiesen wird, lässt sich aus der bahrainischen Zeitung Gulf Daily News gut herauslesen, dass sich die Militarführung Bahrains und der Chef der in Bahrain stationierten amerikanischen Flotte getroffen haben, um die nächsten Schritte zu besprechen. Dass die USA vom Hilfsgesuch Bahrains überrascht wurden, ist kaum glaubhaft. Dass die Interessen der USA, ihrem Öllieferanten Saudi-Arabien, des US-Militarstützpunktes Bahrain und der Golfstaaten konvergieren, dagegen schon … Die harte Linie, zu der das Königshaus mit der Einladung der saudi-arabischen Soldaten zurückgekehrt ist, könnte bei den unterschiedlichen Lagern der schiitischen Opposition, bei der eher moderaten Al Wefaq und der radikaleren Haq-Bewegung, zu einer Einigkeit führen, auch wenn sich in den letzten Wochen eher Unterschiede zwischen den beiden zeigten. Deeskalation geht anders.

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Links & News vom 16.3.2011:

  • Unruhen in Bahrain: Polizei verjagt Demonstranten mit Panzern und Tränengas – SPIEGEL ONLINE, 16.03.2011 – Die Straßenkämpfe in Bahrain eskalieren: Sicherheitskräfte haben den zentralen Kundgebungsort in der Hauptstadt Manama gestürmt – Hunderte Regimegegner wurden mit Panzern und Tränengas-Granaten verjagt. Mehrere Zelte standen in Flammen, Augenzeugen berichteten von Explosionen.
  • Auf dem Perlenplatz brennen Zelte – vier Tote – Tagesanzeiger.ch, 16.03.2011 – In Bahrain spitzt sich die Lage weiter zu: Offenbar sind wieder vier Personen getötet worden. Über dem Perlenplatz steht dichter Rauch.
  • Bahrain: Schüsse auf Demonstranten – junge Welt, 16.03.2011 – Sicherheitskräfte in Bahrain räumen gewaltsam von Regierungskritikern besetzten Platz
  • Bahrain und die wahabitische Putzhilfe – Telepolis, 16.03.2011 – Die Hauptstadt Manama ist nach Meldungen der bahrainischen Armee wieder „verbrecherfrei“
  • Bahrain: Sicherheitskräfte leiten Offensive gegen Oppositionelle in Manama ein – RIA Novosti, 16.03.2011 – Nachdem die Sicherheitskräfte von Bahrain am Mittwoch das Oppositions-Zeltlager in der Hauptstadt Manama mit Gewalt auseinandergejagt haben, führten sie laut dem Aktivisten der Schiiten-Opposition Kassim Rahimi ab Mittwoch ein Ausgangsverbot in Manama ein.
  • Bahrain military attack protesters‘ camp – video – The Guardian, 16.03.2011 – Focal point of demonstrations overrun by riot police as part of crackdown aimed at crushing anti-government uprising
  • Bahrain military retake Pearl Square – in pictures – The Guardian, 16.03.2011 – Soldiers and riot police stormed a landmark square in Bahrain’s capital where anti-government protesters had set up a camp.
  • Bahrain forces in drive against protesters – Al Jazeera, 16.03.2011 – Tear gas fired as security forces attempt to disperse protesters from capital’s Pearl Roundabout.
  • Live Blog: Bahrain crackdown – Al Jazeera, 16.03.2011 – The latest news, photos and videos from Bahrain, where security forces have attacked protesters camped out in Pearl Roundabout.
  • Bahraini Saudi tanks disperse protesters. Tehran: Dangerous consequences – DEBKAFile, 16.03.2011 – The contest between Iran and Saudi Arabia and the Sunni-Shiite split in the Arab world were ramped up Wednesday March 16 by the Bahraini security crackdown launched with tanks and helicopters to drive the mostly Shiite protesters out of Manama’s main square and key points of the island-state while Saudi troops guarded strategic areas. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi warned: “The unexpected interference of foreign forces in popular uprisings in different countries including Bahrain will have dangerous consequences.“
  • Turkey tries to soothe tension between Iran, Saudi Arabia – Hurriyet Daily News, 16.03.2011 – Fearing further trouble in the volatile region, Turkey has warned Saudi Arabia and Iran, at odds over the Saudi intervention in Bahrain, to act with restraint and avoid actions that would undermine peace and stability. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu warned his Saudi and Iranian counterparts against creating problems in the Middle East, calling on both sides to act with restraint following their spat over Bahrain, the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review has learned.
  • Nick Turse: How a tiny kingdom strong-armed the US – Asia Times Online, 16.03.2011 – The bullet that killed a pro-democracy protester in Bahrain last month was probably paid for by American taxpayers. Just how US bullets make their way into guns used by the tiny country’s troops opens a window on the Pentagon’s relationships with autocratic Arab states that have recently proven more powerful than American ideals and the United States president. …
  • Clinton: Saudi-Arabien soll in Bahrain vermitteln – Deutsche Welle, 16.03.2011 – Angesichts der Spannungen in Bahrain hat US-Außenministerin Hillary Clinton Saudi-Arabien aufgefordert, einen friedlichen Reformprozess in dem benachbarten Golfstaat zu unterstützen. Clinton sprach am Rande ihres Ägypten-Besuchs mit dem saudischen Außenminister Prinz Saud al Faisal …
  • Auswärtiges Amt: Deutsche sollten Bahrain verlassen – n-tv.de / dpa, 16.03.2011 – Angesichts der sich zuspitzenden Lage in Bahrain hat das Auswärtige Amt den dort lebenden Deutschen empfohlen, den Golfstaat zu verlassen. Man sehe die Entwicklung in dem Land mit großer Sorge, sagte ein Sprecher des Amtes in Berlin. Die Ausrufung des Ausnahmezustands trage nicht zur Lösung des Konflikts in Bahrain bei. Die deutsche Botschaft in der Hauptstadt Manama hatte zuvor die rund 250 in Bahrain lebenden Deutschen aufgefordert, ihre Wohnungen nicht zu verlassen und sich auf eine Ausreise vorzubereiten.
  • Americans and Filipinos are advised to consider leaving – Gulf Daily News, 16.03.2011 – Americans and Filipinos in Bahrain are being urged by their governments to leave as a result of ongoing political unrest. In an updated travel warning published on the US State Department website yesterday, the Bureau of Consular Affairs also warned Americans against travelling here. „We urge US citizens to defer travel to Bahrain at this time. US citizens currently in Bahrain should consider departing,“ it read.
  • Egyptian unions’ solidarity with Bahraini workers against Saudi incursion – Egypt Workers Solidarity, 16.03.2011 – No for Foreign Interference in Bahrain. Yes for Active National Dialogue. Cairo,15 March, 2011. Representatives of the Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions and the Regional Office of the International Confederation of Trade Unions in the Arab Region participating in the workshop held in Cairo on Building Independent and Democratic Trade Unions follow up with great concern the escalating situation in Bahrain particularly after the armed forces from Saudi Arabia and the Emirates entered Bahrain. They severely denounce this intervention in the internal affairs in Bahrain and imposing the state of emergency in the country. They also announce their full solidarity with the call for general strike as from 13 March as declared by the General Trade Union of the Workers of Bahrain
  • WFTU: Solidarity with the people of Bahrain – World Federation of Trade Unions, 16.03.2011 – The WFTU expresses its support and solidarity to the people and working class of Bahrain, who are struggling for DEMOCRACY, FREEDOM and JUSTICE. To stop the plundering of the resources of the country by capitalists, kings and emirs. We strongly condemn the martial law declared by the government and we demand to immediately end it. …
  • Rights group: Saudi forces entering Bahrain may spark civil war – Al-Masry Al-Youm, 16.03.2011 – The entry of armed forces from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates into Bahrain, where protests demanding democratic reforms are taking place, threatens to trigger a civil war in the country, said the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies on Wednesday. In a press statement, the rights group accused the Arab League and the United States of collusion with regards to the entry of the GCC forces into Baharain, where they aim to crack down on the Bahraini people’s movement for democratic reform. The Institute said the Bahraini army and police forces, supported by the Saudi and UAE armed forces, began on Wednesday to expand „the brutal suppression of the legitimate aspirations of the Bahraini people towards profound political and constitutional reforms.“ … According to the Institute, the participation of troops from the three Gulf countries, all of which are governed by Sunni families, threatens to turn the Shia-dominated Bahrain into a  „blood bath in which gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law are committed, similar to the violations and brutal crimes being committed by the Libyan regime against its people.“ …

[19.03.11 14:37]

Links & News vom 17.3.2011:

  • Die Golfstaaten greifen ein – World Socialist Web Site, 17.03.2011 – Mehr als eintausend Soldaten und Polizisten des Golf-Kooperationsrates (GCC), der von Saudi-Arabien geführten Vereinigung arabischer Monarchien, wurden nach Bahrain entsandt, um die Erhebung gegen die al-Khalifa Monarchie zu unterdrücken.
  • Bahrain: Notstand ausgerufen – german.china.org.cn, 17.03.2011 – Bahrains König Hamad ibn Isa Al-Khalifa hat am Dienstag für die nächsten drei Monate den Notstand ausgerufen. Dadurch können die bewaffneten Kräfte alle Maßnahmen erreifen, um Sicherheit und Stabilität im Land zu garantieren. Am Dienstag kam es in Bahrain zu Auseinandersetzungen zwischen regierungskritischen Demonstranten und saudi-arabischen Truppen. dabei kamen ein bahrainischer Demonstrant sowie ein saudi-arabischer Soldat ums Leben.
  • Bahrain: Tote bei Polizeieinsatz – Zeitung vum Lëtzebuerger Vollek, 17.03.2011 – In Bahrain haben schwerbewaffnete Sicherheitskräfte am Mittwoch den von Demonstranten besetzten Perlenplatz im Zentrum der Hauptstadt Manama gewaltsam geräumt. Mindestens fünf Menschen kamen dabei ums Leben. Demonstranten sagten der Nachrichtenagentur AP, zwei Zivilisten seien bei der Räumung getötet worden. Ein weiterer sei wenig später seinen Schußwunden erlegen, erklärte ein Kliniksprecher. Das Staatsfernsehen berichtete zudem, zwei Polizisten seien ums Leben gekommen, nachdem sie von einem Fahrzeug angefahren worden seien. Ein weiterer Polizist sei bereits am Dienstag ums Leben …
  • Militärgewalt in Bahrain – Oppositionelle verhaftet – euronews, 17.03.2011 – In Bahrain sind sechs Oppositionsführer verhaftet worden – fünf als Hardliner geltende Schiiten und ein Sunnit, so ein Abgeordneter der schiitischen Oppositionsbewegung Wefaq. Mit militärischer Gewalt – auch gegen offenkundig Unbewaffnete – hatten Sicherheitskräfte zuvor den Dauerprotest von rund 500 Regimegegnern auf dem zentralen Perlenplatz in der Hauptstadt Manama beendet. Auch Panzer und Hubschrauber wurden eingesetzt. Drei Polizisten und drei Regimegegner starben. …
  • Roland Etzel: Keine Lobby für Bahrain – ND, 17.03.2011 – … die libyschen Rebellen haben hierzulande fast alle Sympathiepunkte der Medien auf ihrer Seite, Gaddafi geht leer aus. … Mit einer prinzipiellen Haltung zugunsten des Schutzes von Menschen und ihren verbrieften Rechten hat das aber nicht unbedingt etwas zu tun. Wäre das so, hätte auch ein Aufschrei durch die Reihen unserer Rechtsstaatenrepräsentanten gehen müssen, als vor zwei Tagen in Bahrain saudische Truppen einmarschierten und mit ihren Panzern gegen die demonstrierende Opposition vorgingen. Doch nichts geschah, obwohl die bahrainischen Rebellen – im Gegensatz zu den libyschen – friedlich für politische Veränderungen demonstrierten und nicht einmal der König in Frage stellt, dass sie deutlich die Bevölkerungsmehrheit repräsentieren. Aber – Menschenrechte hin oder her – die Öldespoten in Riad will keiner hier auch nur mit einer Frage verärgern. Die große Schutzmacht der Saudis tut es ja auch nicht. Und so liegt die 5.US-Flotte mit 5000 Soldaten im Hafen von Bahrain und tut so, als sei sie zufällig zu Besuch und habe mit all dem nichts zu tun.
  • Thomas Pany: Bahrain: Auslöschungskrieg gegen Opposition – Telepolis, 17.03.2011 – … Dass allerdings auch bekannte Menschenrechtsvertreter, wie Abdulhadi Al Khawaja um ihre Freiheit und körperliche Unversehrheit fürchten mussten, weil sich Nachrichten verbreiteten, dass Oppositionsführer verhaftet würden, spricht eine etwas andere Sprache. Wie heute bestätigt wurde, wurden gestern sechs oppositionelle Politiker verhaftet – zum Teil in krimineller Manier in ihren Wohnungen. Als prominente Namen wurden genannt Hassan Mushaima und Abdul Alsingace, beide von der schiitischen Haq Bewegung, Abdul Wahab Hussein, Vertreter einer anderen schiitischen Partei und Ebrahim Sharif, Chef der sunnitischen linken National Democratic Action Society. Die gestrige Aktion, deren Brutalität in vielen Fotos und Videos, die im Netz kursieren, anschaulich wird, ist, wie sich zeigt, der Versuch des bahrainischen Herrscherhauses, sich der gesamten Opposition mit einem Schlag zu entledigen. Der Führer der Oppositionspartei Wefaq, Abdel Jalil Khalil, nennt es einen „Auslöschungskrieg“. Er sei Augenzeuge gewesen, dass auf Demonstranten gefeuert wurde; ein Bericht von Amnesty International will diese Vorwürfe beweisen. Gegen die Brutalität der Sicherheitstruppen, die sich Berichten zufolge auch heute an anderen Orten außerhalb der Hauptstadt Manama fortgesetzt hat, protestierten heute Vertreter der sechs wichtigsten oppositionellen Parteien und Richter; Mitglieder des Shura-Rates, der oberen Parlamentskammer, traten zurück. Auch die UN kritisierte das gewalttätige Vorgehen der bahrainischen Sicherheitskräfte, insbesondere die militärische Erstürmung des Krankenhauses in der Hauptstadt. … Die Kritik aus den USA fällt währenddessen sehr taktisch aus. Hillary Clinton wird einmal damit zitiert, dass sich Bahrain auf dem „falschen Wege“ befinde, zum anderen soll sie die Situation aber auch als „alarmierend“ bezeichnet haben. … Man kann davon ausgehen, dass die amerikanische Führung von dem bahrainischen Ruf nach saudischer Militärhilfe gewusst haben. … Jetzt steht sie nicht gut da – unter ihren Augen zeigte der arabische Despotismus, was Mubarak falsch gemacht hat: er war zu soft.
  • Bahrain wegen massiver Verletzung der Menschenrechte in der Kritik – n-tv.de / dpa, 17.03.2011 – Die Vereinten Nationen und die USA haben das gewaltsame Vorgehen des Militärs gegen die Anhänger der Reformbewegung in Bahrain scharf kritisiert. Inzwischen beruhigte sich die Situation auf der Straße zwar ein wenig. Politisch blieb die Lage jedoch explosiv. In der Nacht wurden nach Angaben aus Oppositionskreisen sechs prominente Regimekritiker von der Polizei abgeführt. Nachdem Militär und Polizei den Protest gestern mit Gewalt beendet hatten, gab es in der Innenstadt von Manama keine Kundgebungen mehr.
  • Pepe Escobar: THE ROVING EYE : The Arab counter-revolution is winning – Asia Times Online, 17.03.2011 – In the inextricable Saudi/Washington nexus, democracy may be acceptable for Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, but it’s a very bad idea for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and other friendly Gulf dictatorships. The message of the Gulf kingdoms and sheikhdoms to Washington is unambiguous and effective; if we „fall“, your strategic game is in pieces. Once more, „stability“ trumps democracy.
  • Omar al-Shehabi: Demography and Bahrain’s Unrest – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 17.03.2011 – The Bahraini monarchy has long relied on foreigners not only as military and police forces, but also to shift the political balance in the island kingdom. The opposition in Bahrain, drawing primarily but not exclusively on support from the country’s majority of Shi’i Muslims, has accused the government of fast-tracking the citizenship of carefully selected foreigners in order to change the demographic makeup of the country. The “politically naturalized,” as they are called, are Sunni Muslims mainly from Bedouin tribes in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen, Jordan, and Baluchistan. They are seen as having close ethnic and cultural links to the local rulers. Estimates of their numbers range from 50,000 to 200,000, constituting between one-tenth and one-third of the total number of citizens. The politically naturalized are mainly employed in the security and defense forces, increasing the perception that they have been brought in to contain the local population. The graphic videos surfacing of the recent attacks by security forces against protestors show actions that involved some foreign or politically naturalized individuals. This systematic use of foreign forces is a tradition that goes back decades. It was first used in the region by the British in the nineteenth century, when divisions composed of individuals from Baluchistan and the Indian sub-continent were brought in to help establish control over the Trucial coast. It limits the risk of identification with locals and of defection. Fears about loyalty are less of an issue, as long as the right material incentives are provided. … The regime has also tried to use some of the expatriate workforce on the island for explicitly political purposes. Groups of expatriates have attended the pro-regime demonstrations, whether willingly or not, helping to swell the size of the demonstrations. The majority, however, remain apolitical, with their interests largely confined to the economic domain. The demographic makeup has also been used as a way to limit dependence on the local population in the economic sphere, helping the regime to avoid the labor unrest that has been a constant feature of Bahrain’s modern history. Bahrainis currently constitute less than a quarter of the labor force, so their impact on the economy production-wise (should they choose to strike) is much more contained. They also make up less than half of the 1.2 million residents of the island (down from roughly two-thirds a decade ago). …
  • Bangladeshis complain of Bahrain rally ‚coercion‘ – BBC News, 17.03.2011 – Some Bangladeshi expatriates in Bahrain say they have been forced to take part in pro-government rallies. They have told the BBC that their enforced participation has provoked retaliatory attacks from the country’s majority Shia population. A Bangladeshi community leader said that two expatriate workers had been killed on Tuesday and shops owned by Bangladeshis were attacked. The authorities in Bahrain have not commented on the claims. There are 100,000 Bangladeshi expatriate workers in Bahrain, more than 300,000 Indian expatriate workers, 60,000 Pakistanis and about 30,000 Nepalis. India and Nepal both say that their citizens are safe, but advised them to keep a low profile. Pakistan says there are no plans to repatriate its nationals despite reports that a Pakistani was killed and four others were injured by protesters in the capital city, Manama, on Sunday. Correspondents say that the position of Bangladeshis and Pakistanis in Bahrain is especially dangerous because they are Sunni Muslims caught up in what is partly a sectarian conflict. …
  • Brian Whitaker: Bahrainis cannot be subdued for ever – The Guardian, 17.03.2011 – … Religious differences clearly play a big part in Bahrain. After all, the kingdom has a Shia majority ruled by a Sunni minority. Shia Muslims account for most of the protesters, partly because they are the majority and also because they have more to complain about. But, as Bahraini commentator Tahiyya Lulu has pointed out in a couple of recent articles, the pro-reform demonstrators cover a wide spectrum that transcends the sectarian divide. The effect of the Saudi intervention is to sectarianise the conflict more than it need have been and, in effect, to prevent any accommodation between the rulers of Bahrain and the protesters. „We’re not going in [to Bahrain] to shoot people, we’re going in to keep a system in place,“ a Saudi official was quoted as saying in the Washington Post. An official from the UAE put it even more bluntly: „We and the Saudis will not accept a Shi’ite government in Bahrain.“ In other words, as far as the GCC countries are concerned, democracy or majority rule can never be allowed there. …
  • Why the Bahrain rebellion could prove calamitous for the West – Telegraph.co.uk, 17.03.2011 – But an even graver threat to our future prosperity and security is unfolding in the tiny Gulf state of Bahrain. … An estimated 30 per cent of Bahraini Shia are of Persian descent, and maintain contact with relatives in Iran. In the past, this has enabled Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to establish terrorist cells in the kingdom, aimed at destabilising the monarch. In 1981, a Tehran-organised plot to overthrow the government was uncovered. Bahraini security officials are constantly on the alert for signs of Iranian meddling, and have accused some members of the opposition Shia movement of being funded by Tehran. The issue is further complicated by Iran’s long-standing insistence that it has a legitimate territorial claim over Bahrain. A recent Iranian newspaper editorial claimed that the kingdom was in fact a province of Iran. It is because of these simmering tensions between the states that the royal family’s decision this week to call for Saudi reinforcements is fraught with danger. …
  • M K Bhadrakumar: Saudis bring Iran, US closer together – Asia Times Online, 17.03.2011 – After Saudi forces „liberated“ Bahrain, criticism of the United States by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad was noticeably restrained. For the fourth time in the past six weeks, Iran and the US find themselves on the same side of the fence – on Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, and now over Bahrain. The big question is whether United States President Barack Obama notices.
  • Bahrain upheaval tests Obama backing for democracy – Google News / AP, 17.03.2011 – … Still, while denouncing violence, U.S. officials have not backed the protesters. Aaron David Miller, a former Mideast adviser to six U.S. secretaries of state, said the United States was „caught in the middle. On one hand we are committed publicly to rather robust support of democratic forces, but trapped by our own devil’s bargain in maintaining interests that are vital to our policy. …
  • Sailors Warned to Stay Away from Protests in Bahrain – US Navy SEALs Blog, 17.03.2011 – The Bahrain-based 5th Fleet has issued a warning to personnel to avoid protest areas, according to a feature on the Navy Times. On Wednesday, hundreds of protesters were expelled by soldiers and riot police in Manama, using tear gas and armored vehicles. … The 6,100 personnel of the 5th Fleet have been warned to avoid contested areas, which include Pearl Square and the Financial District. The personnel were also warned about observing the curfew imposed by the king of Bahrain on Wednesday. Some areas now have curfews in place, from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.; the curfew affects the area between the Saif Flyover and the Shaikh Isa bin Salman Bridge. In a “Situation Update” posting, the 5th Fleet said: “Service members who live in these areas should speak with the personnel manning government checkpoints to receive authorization to travel within… Violation of the curfew areas can face legal action.” 5th Fleet spokesman Lt. Frederick Martin, … also refuted a report by WorldTribune.com, which indicated that the Navy has evacuated NSA Bahrain: “There has not been any change to the number of personnel serving here in Bahrain.” …
  • UN warns of ’shocking‘ abuses in Bahrainin – France24, 17.03.2011 – The United Nations has warned of „shocking and illegal“ abuses in Bahrain after a bloody crackdown on Shiite-led protesters which has alarmed the United States and infuriated the Shiite world. The United Nations has warned of „shocking and illegal“ …
  • Amnesty condemns Bahrain crackdown – News24.com, 17.03.2011 – Amnesty International has denounced the crackdown on the pro-democracy uprising in Bahrain saying the government was „very clearly trying to suppress any kind of freedom of speech“.
  • Jordan renews support for Gulf security – Jordan Times, 17.03.2011 – Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Judeh on Wednesday said that the security of the Gulf is a vital issue to Jordan and foreign interference in the region a “red line”. Commenting on the situation in Bahrain, the top diplomat said in a statement to the Jordan News Agency, Petra, that Jordan is concerned with the security, stability and sovereignty of Bahrain and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and considers foreign intervention in its domestic affairs a red line.
  • Arrests follow deadly Bahrain crackdown – Al Jazeera, 17.03.2011 – Several opposition figures arrested hours after security forces dispersed pro-democracy protesters from Manama centre.
  • Bahrain ‚arrests six opposition leaders‘ – The Independent, 17.03.2011 – Authorities detained at least six prominent opposition activists today as the crackdown on dissent widened under martial law-style rule in the tiny Gulf nation, a rights group and relatives of the arrested said.
  • Bahrain arrests 6 opposition leaders after crackdown – Today’s Zaman, 17.03.2011 – Bahrain arrested at least six opposition leaders on Thursday, a day after its crackdown on protests by the Shiite Muslim majority drew rare US criticism and raised fears of a regional conflict. Bahraini forces used tanks and helicopters to drive protesters off the streets and clear a camp that had become a symbol of their demand for more democratic rights in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.
  • Unrest Hurts Trade In ‚Business Friendly‘ Bahrainin – NPR, 17.03.2011 – Shiite Bahraini youths burn tires Wednesday, March 16, 2011, near a shopping mall in Malkiya, Bahrain, as they awaited government forces they anticipated would roll into their Shiite Muslim village southwest of the capital of Manama. …
  • Analysis: Capital flight threatens Bahrain, FX peg safe for now – Reuters, 17.03.2011 – Capital flight from Bahrain is starting to pressure its currency and threaten its position as a Gulf financial center, though it looks likely to avoid a full-blown currency crisis for now. …
  • Bahrain voices: How are the Gulf forces viewed? – BBC News, 17.03.2011 – BBC Arabic spoke to a number of Bahrainis about whether the arrival of foreign troops is part of the solution to the crisis faced by their country. …
  • Briten raus aus Bahrain – Tagesanzeiger.ch, 17.03.2011 – Angesichts der Unruhen in Bahrain will Grossbritannien seine Staatsbürger aus dem Golfstaat ausfliegen lassen. Unterdessen liess das Regime Oppositonelle festnehmen.
  • Govt urged to begin mandatory repatriation of Pinoys in Bahrain – GMANews.TV, 17.03.2011 – The government should begin repatriating the Filipinos who are either residing or working in Bahrain before the political situation there worsens, Senate foreign relations committee chairperson Loren Legarda said Thursday. …
  • Philippines bans workers‘ deployment to Bahrain – BusinessWeek, 17.03.2011 – The Philippines has banned the deployment of newly hired workers to Bahrain as the kingdom intensifies a crackdown on protesters. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz says the ban will not cover Filipinos already employed …
  • India advises its nationals in Bahrain – Sify, 17.03.2011 – India on Thursday advised its nationals in Bahrain that those people whose presence is not necessary should consider leaving the country even as the Indian envoy there met the Prime Minister who assured everything would be done …
  • Bahrain sees resignation of officials: reports – Xinhuanet.com, 17.03.2011 – Bahrain on Wednesday saw mass resignation of such senior officials as judges, ministers and lawmakers amid anti-government protests, local daily Gulf Daily News reported. Health Minister Nizar al Baharna, …
  • Bahraini officials quit following death threats: reports – Trend News Agency, 17.03.2011 – A Bahraini minister and several Shiite MPs submitted their resignation Wednesday amid reports that choosing to stay in their positions would have endangered their and their families‘ lives
  • Turkey steps up diplomacy to contain Bahrain crisis – Today’s Zaman, 17.03.2011 – Turkey has intensified contacts with authorities in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Iran to help contain a crisis that was sparked …

[19.03.11 14:38]

Links & News vom 18.3.2011:

  • US ally Bahrain orders bloody crackdown on protesters – World Socialist Web Site, 18.03.2011 – On Wednesday the government of Bahrain assaulted peaceful demonstrators in Pearl Square and arrested at least a dozen opposition politicians the following day.
  • As Bahrain arrests the opposition leaders, no one is left for dialogue – Washington Post, 18.03.2011 – American calls for Bahrain’s government to negotiate with protesters fell on deaf ears Thursday after the arrest of seven movement leaders in early-morning raids left it unclear …
  • Entry of Saudi Forces Fires up Middle East Sunni-Shiite Discord – DEBKAFile, 18.03.2011 – By stepping into Bahrain, the Saudis took the calculated risk of accelerating Sunni-Shiite discord across the region. Because of the challenge to its religious supremacy from Iraq, Tehran is re-thinking the wisdom of its decision to hijack the Arab uprisings.
  • The Shiite Guerilla War in Bahrain Has Begun – DEBKAFile, 18.03.2011 – The Saudi-led GCC forces in Bahrain to support the king face the onset of a Shiite guerrilla war organized by Hizballah on Iran’s behalf. They all understand that this war will spread further.
  • Bahrain slams Iran’s interference in its affairs – Xinhuanet.com, 18.03.2011 – Bahrain on Thursday slammed Iran’s interference in its internal affairs after the latter communicated with international organizations expressing concern about the situation in the Kingdom. Hamad Al Amer, Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry official in charge of Regional and Gulf Cooperation Council Affairs, described the Iranian step as a „very strange act and an encroachment“ on the sovereignty of Bahrain.
  • Regierung in Bahrain protestiert gegen Hilfeaufruf Irans an internationale Gremien – IRIB, 18.03.2011 – Die Regierung in Manama hat gegen den Aufruf Irans an die UNO, die Organisation der Islamischen Konferenz und die Arabische Liga protestiert, sich zur Beendigung der Krise in Bahrain einzuschalten. Laut Irna unter Berufung auf Al-Dschasira habe Iran ein internationales Eingreifen gefordert, um die Krise in Bahrain zu beenden. Die Gegner in Bahrain fordern den Abzug der saudischen Einheiten aus dem Land. Sie appellierten zudem an die UNO, Untersuchungen über das Vorgehen der Regierung gegen die Bürger anzustellen. …
  • UN warns Bahrain over crackdown – Al Jazeera, 18.03.2011 – Secretary general Ban Ki-moon calls King Hamad to express his „deepest concern“ about use of force against protesters.
  • UK analyst blames US for Saudi invasion of Bahrain – TwoCircles.net / IRNA, 18.03.2011 – A British political analyst says the “invasion” of Saudi forces into Bahrain to suppress the democratic movement has taken place by the US support. Peter Eyre, from the Eyre International, said there have also been reports that the …
  • Saudi Arabian minister: Situation in Bahrain has calmed – Hurriyet Daily News, 18.03.2011 – Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal has told Turkish officials that the situation in Bahrain is now calm, with only a few recent clashes after Gulf troops were deployed in the country. Turkey urged al-Faisal to end the military presence of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council, or GCC, countries in Bahrain quickly, citing concerns it could lead to a Shiite-Sunni clash in the Gulf region, …
  • Qatar has sent troops to Bahrain: official – Google News / AFP, 18.03.2011 – Qatari troops are part of the Gulf forces deployed to Bahrain to put down Shiite-led protests against the Sunni dynasty there, said a Qatari military official. „The duty of the Qatari force participating in the Peninsula Shield force is to …
  • Kuwait says navy heading to Bahrain soon: ambassador – Reuters, 18.03.2011 – Kuwait’s navy plans to head to Bahrain soon to protect the Gulf Arab island nation’s waters, Kuwait’s ambassador to Bahrain was quoted as saying on Thursday. On Monday, Bahrain asked for support under a Gulf defense pact after weeks …
  • Bahrain to pursue dialogue, get more Gulf troops – Reuters, 18.03.2011 – Bahrain remains committed to dialogue with the opposition but restoring security is a priority and more Gulf troops will arrive on the island to support its forces, the foreign minister said on Friday. …
  • Bahrain bleeds from American bullets – RT, 18.03.2011 – In Bahrain the monarchy, now with the help of its neighbors in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, continues to violently crackdown on anti-government protesters. Meanwhile, the US remains focused on Libya, overlooking violence …
  • The footage that reveals the brutal truth about Bahrain’s crackdown – The Independent, 18.03.2011 – The unarmed, middle-aged man in the video seems to pose no threat to the Bahraini security forces. He gesticulates at a group of soldiers or policemen, dressed in blue jumpsuits and white helmets, just a few feet away.
  • Bahrain clashes: ‚Riot police showed no mercy‘ – CBS News, 18.03.2011 – Bahraini riot police patrol Thursday, March 17, 2011 in the streets of Jidhafs, Bahrain, on the outskirts of the capital of Manama. Security forces are moving through Shiite villages, cracking down and making arrests. At 2pm local time Thursday – before curfew – CBS Radio News reporter Toula Vlahou was covering clashes between protesters and riot police outside Manama, Bahrain. Riot police were firing tear gas and advancing toward the protesters. Vlahou and her BBC driver, a local Bahraini who was taking pictures – decided to leave the area. The riot police confronted them while they were in the car. The driver backed up and the riot police opened fire on the car. „We were attacked by a wall of riot police,“ Vlahou said. „We thought they were going to fire tear gas at us. But they fired pellets at us.“ „I had to fall to the ground in the driver’s seat as the driver was driving to get out of there,“ Vlahou added. The riot police began chasing them and continued shooting at the car. A helicopter was hovering above them for the entire time. …
  • BCHR: Bahraini Security Personnel are Instigating and Inciting Civil Violence – Bahrain Center for Human Rights, 18.03.2011 – Security Forces are engaging in rogue practices which inflame the current situation in Bahrain and endanger innocent civilians even further. The BCHR strongly condemns the recently reported attack with a Molotov cocktail on the house of journalist and commentator Lamees Dhaif, who has recently been outspoken in her opposition to government policies. The BCHR notes that shocking evidence has surfaced showing that members of security forces are encouraging the targeting of opposition figures. The BCHR have seen broadcast messages issued by security personnel listing the telephone numbers of Ms Dhaif along with former Health Minister Dr Nizar Al Baharna, former MP Jalal Fairouz, the Iranian ambassador to Bahrain as well as others, urging contacts to harass the individuals. Broadcasts also include incitement to sectarian hatred, describing the individuals as ‚children of muta’a‘ (meaning temporary marriages, a practice accepted within Shia Islam). Inflammatory broadcasts also claim that the ‚Baharna‘ (meaning Shia Bahraini) are gathering in Hamad Town to declare ‚jihad‘ (religious war) on Sunni Bahrainis, and urges them (Sunni Bahrainis) to move out of neighborhoods inhabited by Shia Bahrainis. … The BCHR calls for:- An immediate end to the continual excessive use of violence and rogue practices of security personnel in Bahrain,- A top down reform of the Interior Minsitry which is already notorious for its culture of brutality and corruption

    – Independent and transparent investigations into all acts of violence, including crimes committed by members of the security forces.

    The BCHR notes that the dangerous effect of the rogue actions of security personnel, many of whom are Asian, has lead to targeted attacks on ordinary Asian civilian residents in Bahrain in recent days (see previous release).

  • Amnesty Int: Urgent Action: Eight Activists Detained In Bahrain – Bahrainrights.org, 18.03.2011 – Eight prominent opposition activists have been detained in Bahrain following the use of grossly excessive force by Bahraini security forces, backed by Saudi Arabian troops, against anti-government protestors. Six people were killed on 16 March and hundreds injured. Amnesty International believes the eight detainees are prisoners of conscience and is calling for their immediate and unconditional release. They are also at risk of torture. …
  • Saudi forces brutalize Bahrainis – Press TV, 18.03.2011 – Bahraini and Saudi security and armed forces have beaten, shot and detained demonstrators for holding peaceful rallies and demanding change.
  • Bangladeshis say being forced to take part in Bahrain pro government rally – DailyIndia.com, 18.03.2011 – Bangladeshi expatriates in Bahrain say they have been forced to take part in pro-government rallies, which has provoked attacks from a majority of the Shia population of the country in return, leading to the death of two Bangladeshis …
  • Iraqi lawmakers support protests in Bahrain – Xinhuanet.com, 18.03.2011 – The Iraqi parliament on Thursday announced its support to demonstrations in Bahrain and condemned foreign military intervention, while hundreds of Iraqi Shiites rallied to support Bahrain protests. …
  • Kuwaiti Shiites protest over Bahrain crackdown – Trend News Agency, 18.03.2011 – Hundreds of Kuwaiti Shiites demonstrated on Thursday to protest against a violent police crackdown on Shiite-led protests in Bahrain and to thank Kuwait’s emir for not sending troops there
  • Iraqis rally in support of Bahrainis – Press TV, 18.03.2011 – Thousands of Iraqis have poured into the streets in major cities across the country to protest against Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Bahrain.
  • Indians slam Saudi presence in Bahrain – Press TV, 18.03.2011 – A large number of Indians have demonstrated against Saudi Arabian military intervention in Bahrain aimed at cracking down anti-government protesters.
  • Oil trader Vitol pulls staff from Bahrain – UPI.com, 18.03.2011 – Foreign non-essential workers were pulled out of Bahrain to the United Arab Emirates amid political violence in the country, said oil trader Vitol. Independent oil trader Vitol Group said foreign workers …
  • Regierungsfeindliche Demonstrationen in Bahrain – IRIB, 18.03.2011 – Die regierungsfeindlichen Protestaktionen in Bahrain dauern weiter an. Auch heute sind Tausende Bahrainer auf die Straße gegangen, um gegen das Königshaus zu demonstrieren.Ungeachtet des Ausnahmezustandes forderten Tausende Menschen in Manama den Rücktritt des Königs, Scheich Hamad Isa Al Khalifa. Sie skandierten außerdem anti-saudische Parolen. … Nach Angaben der bahrainschen Behörden sind am Donnerstag bei der Auflösung einer Massendemonstration auf dem Perlenplatz im Zetrum der Hauptstadt drei Menschen getötet und mindestens 230 verletzt worden. Seit Beginn der Proteste gegen das Königshaus am 14. Februar haben mindestens 15 Menschen ihr Leben verloren.
  • Bahrainische Streitkräfte zerstören Monument in Manama – NZZ Online, 18.03.2011 – Tausende Schiiten haben sich am Freitag in Bahrain zum Begräbnis eines regierungskritischen Demonstranten versammelt. Die Trauernden in der Stadt Sitra, südwestlich der Hauptstadt Manama, skandierten Parolen gegen das sunnitische Königshaus, als sie Ahmed Farhan zu Grabe trugen. … Die Polizei liess die Trauernden ebenso gewähren wie die Teilnehmer des Freitagsgebets vor der Dras-Moschee. Dort warf der schiitische Geistliche Scheich Issa Kassim dem Staat vor, er habe eine tiefe Wunde zwischen Regierenden und Regierten geschlagen. … Die Interventionstruppen stünden besser an der Seite der Palästinenser im von Israel abgeriegelten Gazastreifen, sagte Kassim. Am Mittwoch waren bei Zusammenstössen sechs Menschen getötet worden. Insgesamt starben damit bislang mindestens zwölf Menschen bei Protesten in Bahrain. Soldaten zerstörten das Denkmal auf dem Perlenplatz in Manama, dass zum Symbol der Proteste geworden war. Das 90 Meter hohe Monument sei «ein schlechtes Andenken gewesen», begründete Aussenminister Chalid bin Ahmed al-Chalifa diese Massnahme vor den Medien. Das Denkmal stellte eine von sechs geschwungenen Säulen getragene Perle dar, und erinnerte eigentlich an die Tradition Bahrains als Insel von Perlenfischern.
  • Geschäftsfreundliches Bahrain… – urs1798.wordpress.com, 18.03.2011 – LULU has passed away, zurückgeblieben ist ein königlicher AASgeier. Cartoon, Links.
  • Bahrain tears down protest symbol – Al Jazeera, 18.03.2011 – Government demolishes statute in the centre of Manama where anti-government movement has gathered.
  • Bahrain king defends state of emergency as Pearl monument torn down – The National, 18.03.2011 – „We look with all confidence to the return of normal life in Bahrain,“ Sheikh Khaled said. „We know dialogue is our path.“ The king defended the state of emergency, saying it was needed to allow the sides to negotiate. „Security and stability represent …

[19.03.11 15:32]

Links & News vom 19.3.2011:

  • Bahrain Razes Iconic Square – Wall Street Journal, 19.03.2011 – Bahrain’s security forces razed a monument and cleared the Pearl roundabout in the capital Manama, the focal point of recent protests and one of the symbols of the unrest that has shaken the …
  • UAE troops arrive in Bahrain – Press TV, 19.03.2011 – Troops of the United Arab Emirates have arrived in Bahrain to join the Saudi Arabian troops which have been there since earlier this week.
  • Bahrain king extols UAE military attack – Press TV, 19.03.2011 – The Bahraini king has praised the deployment of United Arab Emirates (UAE) troops to Bahrain, intensifying the crackdown on anti-regime protesters in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.
  • Last of UAE troops arrive in Bahrain – Trade Arabia, 19.03.2011 – The last batch of UAE troops to be deployed in Bahrain arrived on Friday. They will join their GCC Peninsula Shield counterparts already deployed to maintain order and security in the Kingdom. The UAE’s participation is a noble and honourable stance …
  • While battling riots at home, Bahrain miltiary joined exercise with UAE – World Tribune, 19.03.2011 – Bahrain’s military, amid bloody riots, has staged an exercise with the United Arab Emirates. The Royal Air Force of Bahrain conducted an air defense exercise with the United Arab Emirates this month. The two militaries were said to have …
  • Bahrain Military Imposes Ban on Sea Activity Following Protests – Bloomberg, 19.03.2011 – Bahrain’s Defense Force General Command imposed a nighttime curfew today on all activity at sea and warned that any ship spotted between 5 pm and 6 am “will be dealt with appropriately,” the official …
  • Saudi Arabia Invades Bahrain – CounterPunch, 19.03.2011 – But the region’s most consequential uprising—now sure to become a revolution itself—is in the smallest Arab country: Bahrain. Who would have thought a tiny island nation of no more than 1.2 million people and only 530000 citizens …
  • How the Bahrain Regime Wants to Erase Its Bad Memories – TIME (blog), 19.03.2011 – The vans outside, she said, sported the insignia of Bahrain’s national security forces. Sharif, the leader of the Bahrain’s opposition Waad party, was among several key anti-government activists arrested in a wave of pre-dawn raids on Thursday and …
  • US Says ‚Deeply Troubled‘ By Opposition Arrests In Bahrain – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, 19.03.2011 – Demonstrators hold a Bahraini flag to denounce a crackdown on Shi’ite-led demonstrators in Bahrain in Baghdad on March 18. The United States says it’s „deeply troubled“ by the arrests of opposition leaders and other individuals who have been pushing …
  • Iran urges emergency meetings on ME – Press TV, 19.03.2011 – Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani has called for emergency meetings of the Asian and Islamic parliaments on the ongoing critical situation in Bahrain, Libya and Yemen.
  • ‚Bahraini intifada set to meet demands‘ – Press TV, 19.03.2011 – Bahrainis will continue with the anti-government protests until their demands are met regardless of the regime’s brutal crackdown backed by foreign military invasion, an analyst say.
  • Iraqis rally for third day of Bahrain protests – Google News / AFP, 19.03.2011 – Thousands of protesters in southern Iraq chanted slogans and carried effigies of Gulf rulers on Saturday in a third day of rallies supporting Shiite-led pro-democracy protests in Bahrain. About 7000 protesters, many of them women, …
  • Bahrain trouble triggers panic among migrant workers‘ families – Times of India, 19.03.2011 – The ongoing conflict in Bahrain in the United Arab Emirates is worrying migrant workers from AP, especially those hailing from north Telangana districts. These workers migrated 3-4 years ago in search of employment. …
  • RSF: More harassment of journalists covering pro-democracy demonstrations – Bahrainrights.org, 19.03.2011 – Reporters Without Borders records that the authorities continue to respond with violence to protests movement in Bahrain, Yemen and, now, the Palestinian Territories. Reporters Without Borders condemns these attempts to censor and intimidate. With military contingents now being sent from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to help contain the political agitation, men armed with clubs and knives stormed the printing press of Al-Wasat, Bahrain’s only independent daily, on 15 March and smashed equipment, thereby preventing the newspaper from publishing. … Mohammed Jamjoom, a CNN correspondent based in Abu Dhabi, was deported on 16 March for unclear reasons. … Wall Street Journal reporter Alex Delmar-Morgan was arrested by members of the National Guard as he walked towards Pearl Square on 16 March and was held for three hours. Al-Wasat photographer Mohammed al-Mukharaq was attacked by a score of plain-clothes security agents while taking photos of protesters on 13 March. … Tension between Bahrain’s Shiite and Sunni communities is mounting and there have been calls on the Internet for the closure of the bureau of the Iranian Shiite TV station Alalam and the arrest of its correspondent, Ali Al-Mousawi. [Full report on rsf.org]
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