Corporate Media Silent On Brutal Bahrain Crackdown

Corporate Media Silent On Brutal Bahrain Crackdown

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As the protests in Bahrain face violent brutal crackdowns western politicians and media remains silent raising scrutiny over their denouncement of similar violence in other regions.

While western politicians trumpet their facade of being promoters of democracy, defenders of freedom, and protectors of human rights some when one objectively examines world events as a whole cracks in the story appear and sinister motives are revealed.

For evidence of this claim we need to look no further than the silence of western politicians over the violent crackdown in Bahrain.

The United States is happy to fuel unrest in nation’s where there are vast oil supplies and other resources to be pillaged but only in nation’s where Shiite Muslims are in control of the government.

While attention is constantly focused on Syria a brutal crackdown in Bahrain has been going on for a long time and the corporate media is all but silent on the situation which raises serious questions about the objectivity of such news organizations and whether they are in fact government controlled propaganda outlets.

Perhaps another example is the White House’s decision to allow child soldiers in such ‘ally’ regimes while using the same excuse to starve millions of people in unfriendly regimes, a decision that again the corporate media is silent on.

We see no condemnation of human rights violations in nations where leaders of the current government are mere puppets of the United States, which are often Sunni Muslim controlled regimes are often bought and paid for with bribes or US foreign policies that protect the leaders of these human rights violating nations.

Meanwhile these human rights violations continue to happen on an almost daily basis in ally nations.

RT has more.

Bahrain crackdown: ‘Opposition in dire need of media spotlight’

RT – Bahrain security forces have again clamped down on protesters, as thousands marched in support of a human rights activist facing a life sentence. The regime, under increasing international pressure over the issue, has promised to review his case.

The Bahraini Supreme Judicial Council is currently studying an appeal to transfer Abdulhadi al-Khawaja to Denmark, the official Bahrain News Agency reported on Saturday. However, the report gave no possible timetable for the decision.

Al-Khawaja, along with seven other top opposition figures, was arrested last year and sentenced to life for anti-state crimes. Nearly two months ago he started a hunger strike, which has given more momentum to the movement and brought thousands to the streets, as well as putting Bahrain in the media spotlight again.

On Friday, as thousands marched in support of Al-Khawaja in the capital Manama, Bahraini security forces used tear-gas, water cannon and stun grenades to disperse the crowd.

An uprising against the Saudi-backed Al Khalifa regime in Bahrain began some 14 month ago, and since then the protests have faced violent crackdowns by Bahraini security forces. The UN estimates that 13 people have been killed as a result of police brutality during anti-regime protests since the beginning of this year.

Despite the current “silent western stance” on the situation, Middle East expert Ali Rizk believes Bahrain will increasingly come under scrutiny.

“More and more such acts, I think, will further expose the true nature or the true tactics which the regime is using,” Rizk said. “It also puts more pressure on certain Western powers or certain European countries in order to change their stance vis-à-vis the regime in Bahrain.”

The Bahraini opposition is in dire need of the media spotlight, believes Rizk, because this could contribute much to achieving their goals and help them gain “some of the rights that they are demanding.”

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are the US’s two closest allies in the region. The US Fifth Fleet is stationed in Bahrain and would be vital for the US in the event of a military campaign against Iran. And Rizk believes that is one the main reasons the US media is attacking Iran’s ally, Syria, while remaining absolutely silent about the situation in Bahrain.

Rizk believes that Saudi Arabia’s desire to keep “quiet on the situation” contributes to the West’s silent stance.

“When we speak about a blackout being put on Bahrain I think first and foremost this is a Saudi Arabian wish, because Saudi Arabians also fear that there might a domino effect which could happen in the Persian Gulf, beginning from Bahrain and then spreading to Saudi Arabia,” Rizk explained.


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