While the public world watches in horror as nuclear events unfold in Japan , a politically created disaster not a natural one,the political world takes this oppertunity to get up to more dirty deeds while we are distracted. In this case its the crushing of the Middle Eastern freedom and democracy protests and the land grab by the apartide state of Israel. Yes is this time of “economic downturns” a rise in death and destruction and mayhem can be very profitable for those that make thier money in the DEATH AND OPPRESSION INDUSTRY,people like British PM Cameron and US President Obama
IN BAHRAIN PROTESTS WHERE GAINING MOMMENTUM
RAW, Bahrain, state police being forced back by anti-government protesters 13.03,2011
state police being forced back by anti-government protesters
BUT LUCKILY BRITISH PRIME MINISTER AND HIS HANDLERS WHERE TOURING THE MIDDLE EAST WITH THE LATEST MILITARY AND CROWD CONTROL WEAPONRY!!
Questions over PM’s arms sale tour
The SNP has questioned the Prime Minister’s judgement in embarking on a tour of the gulf states promoting arms sales in the wake of violence and unrest in the Middle East and North Africa and amid questions over whether the UK has sold the weapons and riot control equipment being used against protesters by various regimes.
David Cameron hits out at critics of Britain’s arms trade
In a staunch defence of Britain’s arms exports, as he tours the region with a group of senior defence manufacturers, Cameron said it was wrong to leave small Gulf countries to fend for themselves.
The prime minister indicated irritation with his critics when was asked during a press conference with his Kuwaiti counterpart how he could promote democracy and reform in the Middle East while travelling with businessmen selling arms to the region.
BAE succeeded in getting a Serious Fraud Office investigation into its Saudi activities stopped. The SFO was thus prevented from getting key bank records from Switzerland that could have led to a bribery prosecution.
Using a sheaf of previously secret documents, the court is now hearing how BAE obtained the help of powerful friends to stop the fraud investigators. They included the then prime minister, Tony Blair, and one of Saudi Arabia’s most influential princes, Bandar bin Sultan.
THE SAUDIS ARE THEN SENT IN TO BAHRAIN TO CRUSH THE DEMONSTRATORS
Saudi troops sent into Bahrain
Reports say military force deployed to Gulf neighbour to help protect government facilities after weeks of unrest.
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2011 16:04 GMT
Hundreds of Saudi troops have entered Bahrain to help protect government facilities there, according to witnesses.
Bahrain television broadcast images of the troops entering the Gulf State, which lies between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, on Monday.
The images back up earlier claims by Saudi sources that a force had entered Bahrain whose Sunni rulers have faced weeks of protests and growing pressure from a majority Shia population to institute political reforms.
“About 1,000 Saudi soldiers entered Bahrain early on Monday morning through the causeway to Bahrain,” the Reuters news agency reported a Saudi source as saying, referring to the 26km causeway that connects the island kingdom to Saudi Arabia.
“They are part of the Gulf Co-operation Council [GCC] force that would guard the government installations.”
In Saudi Arabia, the SPA state news agency carried a government statement saying: “The council of ministers has confirmed that it has answered a request by Bahrain for support.”
Nabeel Rajab, from the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, told Al Jazeera that the Saudi troops would be opposed by the protesters.
“This is an internal issue and we will consider it as an occupation,” he said. “This step is not welcomed by Bahrainis. This move is not acceptable at all. It is a repressive regime supported by another repressive regime.”
Already, as reports circulated about the Saudi force’s arrival, hundreds of protesters had gathered behind makeshift checkpoints around the Pearl Roundabout, the scene of much of the protest in Bahrain.
Even some government supporters fear the economic impact of a Saudi intervention.
“Who would want to do business here if there are Saudi tanks rolling across the causeway?” asked Abdullah Salaheddin, a Bahraini banker, last week.
In a sign that the opposition and Bahrain’s royal family could still find a solution, the opposition groups said they had met Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, Bahrain’s crown prince, to discuss the mechanism for national dialogue.
The crown prince offered assurances on Sunday that dialogue would address key opposition demands including giving parliament more power and reforming government and electoral districts.
BRITONS CAN BE PROUD THAT BRITISH INDUSTRY IS PROVIDING THE VERY WEAPONS TO MAINTAIN DICTATORS AND CRUSH FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY WHERE EVER THEY APPEAR!!
“Bahrain government about to collapse” – US, UK supplied the weapons used on the people
20 Feb 2011
The tanks that we saw rolling in the streets over the past two days; the teargas canisters, the rubber bullets (and live rounds) and other means and tools of death have been supplied by both the US and Britain.
The deal to talk with people is reneged as Bahrain’s military continues to clash with demonstrators, killing several and wounding hundreds.
Saeed al-Shahabi, a Bahraini opposition leader from London, tells Press TV about the US military support of Bahrain and other issues.
Press TV: Al-Shahabi, a Bahraini opposition leader, is joining us from London. Many thanks for joining us here on Press TV, sir. The crown prince of Bahrain has just said, “Today is the time to sit down and hold a dialog, not to fight.” What do you say to that?
Al-Shahabi: I think this is misleading and part of the deception of this brutal regime. We have been calling for reforms for the past 10 years. For the past few months, at least, we have been calling for a “day of rage” in order to get some reforms. But he and his regime, his father, his uncle, refuse to heed the call for any reform. Yet, they have arrested the best of our people in Bahrain including scholars, academics, professionals, and tortured them beyond any belief.
Now, at the eleventh hour, when the regime is about to collapse, he is coming on the street, after killing our youth, after stabbing us for the tenth time in the back, and talking about dialog. I have personally sat with his father, twice, in 2001 and 2008, and have urged him to enter into dialogs. He has always refused any sort of dialog.
The only dialog he knows has been to use force against protesters and innocent people, and to use the mind of our state to crack down against the opposition, against unarmed civilians. These people do not believe in dialog. They never know except the language of force and power.
And, of course, our Bahraini people have always been peaceful, civilized in their actions and their demands; but, unfortunately we are faced by a regime that is both antiquated, old, and tyrannical, a [hysterical] dictatorship, and is [awful] in dealing with its people. I don’t think [the crown prince] was serious to say that. It was just another ploy in order to follow the life of a different regime.
Press TV: How do you assess the international responses coming out regarding this uprising in Bahrain, especially from Bahrain’s close ally the United States?
Al-Shahabi: There are two sides to this reaction, a positive and a negative side. The positive side is the international condemnation, even in the western media, of the barbarianism that is being waged against our people. We have seen in the press in the west, generally very favorably, today and yesterday, page after page, talking about the “furiosity” and the barbarianism of this regime. This is the positive side, which represents mostly the aspirations and the dealings of the ordinary people.
However, on the official side, it is disconcerting to see that both London and Washington have almost kept quiet apart from some statements that mean nothing, for example, when [British foreign secretary] Mr. Hague said yesterday morning that he wants and he urges the government of Bahrain to observe the law and [US Secretary of State] Hilary Clinton and [US] President Obama say that there should be reforms — these are just words.
In reality it seems to me that they are supplying this regime with lethal weapons. The tanks that we saw rolling in the streets over the past two days; the teargas canisters, the rubber bullets (and live rounds) and other means and tools of death have been supplied by both the US and Britain.
We know that today and tomorrow in the newspapers there will be many articles about the names and professions of those who have been supplying these lethal weapons to be used not against outside enemies, but against the people themselves.
These arms, these tanks, these armored vehicles are meant to be used against outside threats, not to be rolled in the streets of Manama to face unarmed civilians, who are sitting on the ground very peaceful and civilized just asking for certain moderate demands, and having military and tanks attacking them in the middle of the night when everybody is asleep.
This is the most vicious regime; worse than Mubarak, worse than Tunisia. And what we saw today: people going to a procession to bury their dead being suddenly attacked by vicious forces, who are mostly foreigners with no mercy.
Interview with Saeed al-Shahabi, a Bahraini opposition leader from London-
Bahrain bleeds from US bullets
In Bahrain the monarchy now with the help of its neighbors in Saudi Arabia and the UAE continues to violently crackdown on protesters. The government has also arrested top political opposition figures. Meanwhile, the US has imposed economic sanctions against Libya and pushed for military options in response to reported violence at the hand of the government against the opposition there. So why do we here so little from the US President in response to the unrest in Bahrain?
Bahrain police killing people in drive by shootings
Crowd Control — Likely American Approved…
Just yesterday, the Commander of the US Fifth Fleet met the head of Bahrain’s Defense Forces (but there’s no mention of the meeting in the Fifth Fleet’s Web pages). Then, this…
Bahrain protesters hit by tear gas
Riot police in Bahrain have used tear gas and rubber bullets in an attempt to prevent hundreds of anti-government protesters from blocking Bahrain’s financial district.
Footage from the scene showed one protester being shot with a teargas canister at close range.
Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford reports
Bahrain is a key element of the administration’s strategy against Iran: it is the headquarters of the Fifth Fleet, and will be the linchpin of any future military action in the Gulf by US forces. Simply put, the Empire cannot afford to lose Bahrain
Bahrain’s army deliberately kills peaceful protesters with live rounds ( automatic weapon )
THERE IS ALSO EVIDENCE THAT THE POLICE USED NERVE GAS ON THE PROTESTORS!!
YEMAN OPPRESS THIER POPULATION WITH WESTERN HELP AND BACKING
Yemen police storm protest site
At least three people killed and more than 300 injured as security forces disperse pro-democracy protesters.
March 12, 2011
At least two people have been killed and more than 300 injured after Yemen security forces stormed a protest site where thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators have been camped out for weeks, demanding the ouster of the country’s leader.
In a pre-dawn raid on Saturday, police are said to have used tear gas and hot water mixed with gas to disperse the demonstrators.
Meanwhile, a teenage boy was killed in separate clashes between security forces and protesters in the city of Mukala.
Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from the capital Sanaa, said that the situation remains tense, and that the opposition is accusing the government of committing crimes against the protesters.
“They also say the raid will speed up the revolution, and that president Ali Abdullah Saleh must go now before [he] faces the wrath of the people,” he said.
Also on Saturday, at least three students were injured when security forces opened fire at protesters in the city of Taiz, where residents had gathered to demand that Saleh be put on trial.
The clashes come after tens of thousands of protesters marched on the streets of the capital on Friday, drawing record crowds in a continuing push to demand the ouster of Saleh, who has been in power since 1978.
Thousands of Saleh loyalists also crammed the capital’s Tahrir Square, carrying pictures of the veteran leader.
Protests, however, turned violent in the southern port city of Aden, where three people were wounded by gunfire and six overcome by tear gas as police tried to disperse the crowd.
ANOTHER REVOLT THAT IS NOT GETTING ANY MSM PRESS IS THE REVOLUTIONS IN THE EX-SOVIET BLOCK COUNTRIES…”SOVIET CHIC” IS ON THE RISE
Police in Azerbaijan Arrest Antigovernment Protesters
MOSCOW — The police in Azerbaijan arrested 50 protesters on Saturday, the second day of demonstrations in Baku, the capital, calling for the resignation of President Ilham Aliyev, whose family has been ruling the oil-rich state since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
MEANWHILE IN LIBYA GADDAFFI NOW HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE WEST…. SO LONG AS ISRAEL TELLS THE WEST TO SUPPORT GADDAFFI!!
Al Qaeda Fighters Included in Israeli Force
By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor
In a move that surprises all but Middle East experts, Israel has promised Libya’s dictator of over 40 years, Colonel Gaddafi, 50,000 troops to aid in crushing rebels.According to news sources inside Israel, “troops” are being hired across Africa, Uganda, Sudan, Chad and the Central Africa Republic, including Al Qaeda fighters, to be deployed against demonstrators and rebel forces currently involved in heavy fighting in a two week old attempt to overthrow the Libyan ruler that has left thousands dead.
BUT THE USA ALSO LIKES TO CRUSH FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY IF THERE IS A FAST BUCK IN IT !! PRESEIDENT “CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN” OBAMA CONTINUES AND ESCALATES TWAT (The War Against Terror)
Revolt: Obama escalates Bush policies of unlawful wars, economic looting
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Of Arms and the Man: War-Profiteers and Progressives Make Common Cause for Obama
Empire burlesque, March 12, 2011
Do you want to know why Barack Obama will be re-elected President of the United States?
It is not because he has signaled his willingness to eviscerate the last remaining shreds of the sparse “safety net” of social programs set in train by the New Deal.
It is not because he has shown which side he is on in the elite’s war against workers who serve the public by freezing federal salaries.
It is not because he has appointed Wall Street insiders to guide not only his economic policies but the daily operations of the entire executive branch.
It is not because he has ordered the murder of hundreds of defenseless Pakistani civilians through sneak attacks by drone missiles on their homes.
It is not because he actually stands up in public and defends the torture of an American soldier incarcerated for releasing a few shards of truth about the war crimes committed by a previous administration.
Of course, all these desperate attempts to kowtow, bow, cringe and scurry before the vicious, ruthless, bloodsoaked, bloodthirsty elites of this howlingly dysfunctional society will indeed stand Barack Obama in good stead as he seeks another term as a “safe pair of hands” for the American Imperium. But the real clincher for our militarist Dominationists will be this (from Fortune):
Thanks to a surge in overseas demand, the F-15 and other aging U.S. weapons systems are hotter than they’ve been in years. The Department of Defense last year told Congress of plans to sell up to $103 billion in weapons to overseas buyers, a staggering rise from an average of $13 billion a year between 1995 and 2005 …
As defense giants like Boeing, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin increasingly seek to peddle their wares to well-financed (sometimes by the U.S.) international customers, they have a surprising ally: the President. “Obama is much more favorably disposed to arms exports than any of the previous Democratic administrations,” says Loren Thompson, a veteran defense consultant. Or, as Jeff Abramson, deputy director of the Arms Control Association, puts it: “There’s an Obama arms bazaar going on.”
…the Obama team has hustled to pave the way for big sales like the Saudi deal; the President himself recently sought to secure a pending $4 billion aircraft deal with India. Obama is also backing a massive push to rewrite the rules that govern arms exports, a process that some say will reduce oversight of U.S. weapons sales.
Obama in his first term is peddling almost 10 times as many weapons of death, destruction, repression and suffering than George W. Bush in his second term at the helm of the world-engulfing American War Machine. This is the reason why our Masters of War gave more money to Obama than to John McCain in 2008. The historic agent of hope and change had obviously clued them in on how well he would serve their sinister interests.
And the bulk of the Obama arms bazaar is going to one of the most repressive, hidebound, extremist regimes on earth: Saudi Arabia. The Saudi royals make the odious Moammar Gaddafy look like Thomas Jefferson in comparison. Yet Obama has gifted them with one of the biggest arms deals in human history. What will the Saudis do with these weapons? They will, like Gaddafy, turn them against their own people should they dare rise up against the ethnic, religious, economic, gender and political repression that stifles them.
What can you say about this sort of thing? It is sickening beyond words. It is a total — even gleeful — abdication to the very worst instincts of our common human kind: grasping greed, domination, brutality, corruption, and a pervasive, corrosive nihilism drained of compassion, of empathy, of all but the most base, most bestial impulses.
Yet even now, the “progressive blogosphere” is ablaze with partisan fervor bent toward a single goal: the re-election of Barack Obama in 2012. Because if Obama is not re-elected, we might get a president who … kowtows to Wall Street, tortures Americans, kills innocent people — that is, who actually, literally, physically has children torn into splatters and shreds of viscera and bone — and sells arms to tyrants. And if we don’t support this, if we don’t “stop bitching and get to work” making sure that this continues, then we could end up with a Republican president who kowtows to Wall Street, tortures Americans, shreds innocent children into viscera and sells arms to tyrants. And that would be just terrible.
(I must confess here a lamentable failure of imagination. I simply cannot get my mind around the concept of progressive lovers of humanity who support the shredding of innocent children into splatters of viscera and bone. I simply cannot fathom progressive defenders of freedom and human rights who pledge themselves to arms peddlers dealing weapons to brutal regimes that have a proven record of using them against the legitimate demands and aspirations of their people. No doubt I lack some genetic component or neuronal constellation that would make all of this clear to me. But, stunted as I am, it looks like the most blinkered, willfully ignorant, Tea Partyish partisan extremism to me.)
In any case, it is good to see the bipartisanship that has long been the Holy Grail of the Potomac political class now taking shape at last. With both progressives and war-profiteering plutocrats making common cause on his behalf, the re-election of Barack Obama looks more certain all the time.
“Our only political party has two right wings, one called Republican, the other Democratic. But Henry Adams figured all that out back in the 1890s. ‘We have a single system,’ he wrote, and ‘in that system the only question is the price at which the proletariat is to be bought and sold, the bread and circuses.”
Gore Vidal narrates the Fall of the American Empire
WE HAVE TO STOP LISTENING TO THIS MURDEROUS MUPPET SHOW!!!
MORE FAKE WARS AND FALSE FLAGS
BUT THE PEOPLE KEEP PROTESTING!!
I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its stupidity.
Excerpt from “The Chance for Peace Address,” April 16, 1953:
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
This world in arms is not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.
It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals.
It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement.
We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat.
We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.
This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking.
This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.
“REPRESENTATIVE”GOVERNMENTS START WARS, CREATE DEBTS AND BEAT THOSE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT. ITS JUST AN ELECTED DICTATORSHIP!
WE NEED DIRECT DEMOCRACY TODAY