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#BahrainAwards: Spare a thought

Here is a video that touched my heart, the video speaks for itself. Unfortunately it happens often, spare a thought…

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “Give the labor his wage before his sweat dries”. [Ibn-e-Majah]

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “Those are your brothers [workers under you] who are around you; Allah has placed them under you. So, if anyone of you has someone under him, he should feed him out of what he himself eats, clothe him like what he himself puts on, and let him not put so much burden on him that he is not able to bear, [and if that be the case], then lend your help to him.” (Bukhari, No: 2359)

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “I will be foe to three persons on the Last Day: one of them being the one who, when he EMPLOYS a person that has accomplished his duty, does not give him his due.” (Bukhari, No: 2109)

@Ajam (Al Jazeera America): An Unwarranted Opinion

The case is pretty clear, a man is handed an arrest warrant for illegal activities, but some choose a different, as expected, ill-advised narrative. The writer in this case has been speculating and offering his opinion on and off on issues about Bahrain for the last few years and it seems by headlines is looking to make a name for himself rather than covering the truth.

Journalism, the real ethics of the profession has left the building as anyone can define themselves as one these days. But in this case it is not odd as the writer is not a journalist but a self directed banker, and of course in the background, like everyone that seems to exist on this planet in the present, a self directed journalist. The writer is a 24 year old, who visited Bahrain once and whose only source of information is from the opposition, so it’s shocking that Al Jazeera is allowing him to write an unsubstantiated opinion piece because a good journalist always write both sides of the story and leaves it to the readers to decide…but that’s if they are ethical journalists without an agenda or not paid to follow certain direction…but the good news is that the readers can see it from a mile away and as the saying goes… “lie to me once shame on you, lie to me twice shame on me”.

The “opinion” is really quite offensive, bordering on libel and slanderous.  It’s what you’d expect from some semi-literate, poorly educated, totally politically-polarized, agitator who is beyond a balanced comment.  That fact that a US educated, US born and brought-up, journalist writes such twaddle is depressing but not too surprising I suppose.   The bigger, more curious, issue is why AJ-US even bothered to publish it.

The blurb on him states: “Joseph Sabroski is a freelance journalist interested in US foreign policy and the Middle East. He has traveled to and written about Bahrain, and currently covers social justice movements in Minnesota. His work so far can be seen in Muftah Magazine as well as on his blog, www.imaginingif.wordpress.com. Joseph holds a B.S. in business from the University of Minnesota.”

Despite being allegedly interested in US Foreign Policy and the Middle East – if you look at his publications list you can see that up until 3 days ago, hasn’t written a thing on Bahrain for about a year and half.  It’s difficult to see what, if anything, he writes about US FP.  He’s been concerned with the Ferguson riots in the US. The opinion was not prompted by any regular interest or contact with Bahrain – it’s purely opportunistic.  Solely to do with the anniversary events?

But mainly Sabroski is a ghost.  You don’t see his name associated with any events, conferences, think tanks etc.  He does not seem to be especially attached to any human rights organisations.  “Freelance” in this case means – alone.  And in Minnesota. Sabroski cannot it seems even lay any claim to be familiar with the Middle East in any way.  He’s been in Bahrain years ago for a visit and attended some street riots.  So he has some names in his email and Skype address book. He must have been 21 when he was in Bahrain. Would be interesting to know how he ended up going from Minnesota to Bahrain.  (Someone he met at University?)

Most of his writings are the same; very superficial; an events chronology not analysis; usually based on some specific person peg and then padded around the tale.  Standard technique of going from the very specific to the general.

It seems everyone is trying to make a name for themselves and will do anything possible and the only way is to easily criticize Bahrain, because he like many are yellow and haven’t got the guts to criticize the real kidnappings and atrocities around the world, afraid to be targeted and knowing full well that the Bahrain government would never hold a grudge or repercuss.

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Despite the fact that Asma Darwish, who is the wife of the detained “activist/journalist/human rights defender/politician-every title under the book that will be used to vindicate the named” states clearly that he was arrested (the fact is that she was there at the time when the arrest was made too and was definitely told the reasons for the arrest), it seems the opinionated writer has gone along with his own, despite the fact that it was made pretty clear.

The latest opinionated piece as stated by @ajam “With kidnapping, Bahrain follows ISIL playbook ” obviously without a doubt came from the original source who finds that freedom of speech and expression is the freedom to dangerously lie. The source probably picked it up from an “ old friend” (Chalabi) the man behind the “weapons of mass destruction” and the results of that can be seen pretty clearly, and we know the direction this false allegations are attempting to pave the way for.

khA billboard depicting the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was erected recently on the edge of Baghdad’s Firdaus Square. (Liz Sly/ The Washington Post)

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The source joined the “campaign” as expected as he is the originator of the dangerous deluded false allegations. The situation must be getting desperate to continuously spew lies. One would wonder for what? What do they get out of this? What do they earn? And what is their real reward for the sale of what they call their nation? The picture above despite all the denials is pretty clear when you deal with the likes of an old friend..

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Knowingly the “journalist” retweets the answer to his question …

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… and yet continues with his narrative

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And despite the fact of the already published opinion, he then funnily goes on to ask  “@moi_bahrain It would be great to get a statement…. Where is he?” …..

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Erm…….

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Like everything else, the writer seems confused, running around in questions he already answered himself…

Much to amusement is the sources he relies on. The falsity of the “peaceful  narrative”, the “peaceful protests”. Like this?

Much to question is also the sources he quotes, like “author” Hussain Abdulla of the Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain who writes that  “western countries appear to be employing the ‘stability over democracy’ approach in the Gulf,” as combating ISIL is seen as a bigger priority.

Such a source that like many has oddly turned to “activism and journalism” raises many questions as to their credibility. In 2012 Mr Abdulla along with his brother gas stations were raided despite being  previously warned that illegal substances needed to be removed from their shelves. According to the police, they obtained search warrants and confiscated 533 packets of synthetic-marijuana products( — commonly known as “spice” — are leafy natural herbs sprayed with harmful chemicals) and cash from the stores and from Husain Abdulla’s home. The effects of smoking the drug, officials say, go beyond a marijuana-like high, causing psychotic behaviors. The illegal drugs were hidden under the counter or in back rooms. Read more here Mobile police seize “spice”.

Conclusion

Someone sitting in Minnesota with access to the Internet has strung a 300 word story together based on cutting/pasting some Tweets and a (presumably inferred, short) Skype conversation with the arrested person’s wife (hardly an impartial and unemotional source at the best of times; guaranteed not to be if spoken to while distraught waiting news of her husband. All that aside from her known status as prominent political oppositionist). This much has then been published.

The story itself is full of self-contradictions.  The “masked gunmen” who are not anonymous after all, but are CID policemen; the “kidnapping” that obviously is not as the masked men are police officers and everyone knows where the arrested person has gone and is – even his lawyer knows where he is;  tortured people don’t get to make phone calls. …….

However, the wider nonsense is what sets the tone: highly emotive, pejorative and judgmental wording throughout – mostly just ridiculous slander.  “Dictatorship”; “masked gunmen”;  “kidnapping”; direct comparisons with ISIL, jihadiis and ISIL methods;  “notorious for torture”; putting people in cages.

That is supplemented by the exaggerated drama:  being held incommunicado for 8-10 hours – what’s the big deal?   In the UK the police can hold anyone arrested for as long as 36 hours without giving them access to a lawyer and if they think you are a terrorist that becomes 48 hours.  That sort of procedure is EU-wide.    If you get arrested in Eastern Europe for anything serious – good luck to you, you’ll need it.

And what’s the big hoo-hah about “masks” – sadly, this is now a standard procedure for most regular not even special police operations in Western Europe and big city US/Canada.   There are various reasons why it has become so; being a device to “scare” or frighten people is probably about the last reason on the list. Or the implied sinister underhandedness about the police officers being in civilian clothes…….  Detectives usually do not wear uniforms.

As for the willfully misleading:   “Feb. 14 marked the fourth anniversary of Bahrain’s failed uprising and was predictably marked by violent clashes between security forces and protesters who have become disillusioned by the limits of peaceful political expression”. That clearly directs the reader that the protestors are being violent because, over time, they have become disillusioned and thus have no other recourse open to them; whereas everyone knows street rioting has been going on for some years. There’s nothing new or recent or gradual about it.

The whole thing is just completely fabricated nonsense from non credible sources.  A typical product of the mindless, “twitterocracy”. Some HR activist or agitator has pushed out a 1-sentence tweet; that gets replicated by the fellow travelers and the collective bundle then gets packaged by Sabroski as a news event.

Wonder what they are all on?

Human Rights First: How to Bring Stability to Bahrain

Human Rights First (HRF) recent published a report attempting to introduce a “new” strategy on “How to Bring Stability to Bahrain” can be simply be summed up with, “If this is the best they can come up with – then nothing, for any party, will be coming out of it.”

Here we go again… It is old news; unquestioned news; superficial; selective; not in any serious way analytical – assertions and slogans instead of coherent assessment; muddled; and mostly just naive. It’s not a Blueprint; it’s not anything. The “Recommendations” are merely a brain-dump wish list of an ideal world asserted actions. This only has nuisance value in that it keeps the pot boiling in the public’s eye; and as a summary-in-one-place wide overview reference for anyone (e.g. some US Senator or journalist) looking for a fast read on the topic.

If “Bahrain is amongst Washington’s most repressive allies…” HRF and Brian Dooley have not been looking very long, very far or very hard. In fact one would be wondering if they were looking anywhere else in the world.

Why would it be a criticism of any sort, never mind a valid one of any substance, or a surprise to find that Bahrain has “pointedly developed relationships with US rivals like China, Cuba, Russia…”. Why “pointedly”? Define “relationship”? Why would advanced countries involved in a global economy, e.g. Bahrain, not have relationships with China or Russia? Cuba may be and is many things but one thing it is not and never has been is a “rival” to the US.

As the authors of this are intellectually vapid they have a mono-sentence understanding of the relationships between the big words they freely bandy-about such as e.g. “political solution”; “stability”; “reform”. In their simple world e.g. reform in and of itself is a political solution and implicitly by definition brings stability. Well, it might, then again it might not.

“The Bahrain ruling elite looks far from a reliable friend to the United States”. Do they mean the Bahrain Government or the ruling elite? “Reliable” as defined how and by whom? “Friendship” does tend to be an elastic concept; if friendships were based on fixed monolithic items, personal or Governmental, they would not last long. That’d be too fragile.

Having belaboured the point that Bahrain is the smallest country in the Middle East/GCC, with an economy that is in dire straits (and needs reform…) one wonders why or what the economic value then is of any alliance with it? Especially as the centres of economic gravity have moved disproportionately and irredeemably to the UAE.

In these words Bahrain is a blip on the edge of where the real action is. But yet “a healthy Bahrain economy would be good news for US business interests..”. This self-contradictory revelation is then backed up a paltry 5 examples; 3 of which are service companies who could just as easily run their GCC offices from elsewhere. Our writer seems confused as well as scratch-surface shallow.

Human Rights First and certainly Mr Dooley himself seem unfocused and eclectic. In all the things they specialise in on their list – mostly themes and topics – (only) 5 countries are named. Why 5? Why any? Those being Syria, Russia, Egypt, Indonesia – and Bahrain. What’s the string of commonality?

HRF is interested in themes and it is US-centric. It is not, say, like International Crisis Group, some outfit who could deploy staff with a weight of local X or Y country knowledge. HRF do not seem in any specific way to be connected in regular business to any of the usual names.

Brian himself is a mirror of that organisational misplaced and unfocused generality. His country knowledge and most of his personal history is restricted to Western circumstance. He’s an administrator; when it comes to the action-end he’s a dabbler. A bit of this; a bit of that. Writes his “400 words” on a range of diverse topics.

The unexplained curiosity is why he has latched onto Bahrain? It cannot just be because of his US political background – there are many countries he could have picked that have links-problems with the United States.

Is it simply because he sees it as an opportunity – as no-one else in HRF is attracted to it? And in general it’s a new topic? Can he make a name for himself…… A niche as “Mr Bahrain”? Free invites to all the discussion groups, forums and meetings?

Is it because Bahrain is a compact topic with easy access to English language information – it would be more difficult for him to do Syria or Egypt or…( shouldn’t underestimate that hurdle; with his very limited overseas CV and field background experience he can only go to certain places. He can “do” Bahrain from sitting at a desk in Washington).

Is it just, or partly fueled by, vindictiveness and revenge – he’s angry because Bahrain banned him and refused entry?

Thoughts anyone?

Bahrain, A Call for Moderation

The need for peace lies within the hearts of all of us, it lies in every one of us and no one can sort the issues or comprehend the details or conceptualize what we are facing except us. We only need to look and see the trials we are facing each and every day spread by foreign news and views as well as suggestions on our small community.

Why do we sit back allowing minor radical elements sitting comfortably across the sea to dictate to us what they expect of us, what they see as reform. It is understood and appreciated that they mean well to suggest their own ways for a solution, however they don’t actually fully understand what is really going on in Bahrain. Only Bahrainis understand what is going on in Bahrain and we see what is happening elsewhere. We only need to click on the website to see that they don’t live better lives than we do, there are issues and problems arising everywhere. The system they want to impose has done nothing to improve the lives of their citizens. They barely have a quarter of the benefits we have. Bahrain has a lot to offer and is still a country where you can achieve your goals, which is something that many nations cannot boast about.

We live in a very tolerant society where citizens and expatriates can practice their religion freely and are treated equally. There are no sects written on a passport, there is no religion written on an identification card. There has never been a need for consensus, because Bahrain does not identify, judge or persecute a person according to their beliefs.

There are Europeans, Americans and Asians that have made Bahrain their home. We are a multicultural society which has made this island special and open to all. You only need to ask, once people come, they never want to leave. That’s the rare beauty of Bahrain we need to maintain.

We don’t need a few extremists dictating how we should and shouldn’t live, how they feel the urge and need for us to adhere to their demands making every effort for us to be like them by radical minority terror  movements. Redressing wrongs has never solved anything. Had what occurred in Bahrain happened elsewhere, it would be over by now and yet it’s not, because of tolerance that many do not comprehend.

We don’t need interference as if we are not human enough to think and feel what we want for ourselves. This is our issue, our problem and together we can find a solution. We are educated enough to think for ourselves and four years on, this experience for all has been the best education that this is not the correct path. It doesn’t make any difference if it’s local or international, an act of terrorism is not the correct mean or method into bending into demands.

Our streets should be united not divided, we are and have always been one family.

As Bahrainis we live side by side, many of us went to school together, university together, weddings and burials together so why is it that we can’t seem to deal with one another? Where is the middle ground? The moderate voice? The middle man/woman?  What do we really want? We all want peace, we want our children to be raised without fear, without hatred, without labels and without an external entity telling us what to do. If we continue silent out of fear, this will be the result.

Where are the moderate voices?  The voices that want an end to the extreme violence that surrounds our daily lives that benefits only external beneficiaries looking for a replica of Iraq. Do we want to live like that? Do we want to be labelled as collateral damage? Do we want to be known and used as numbers for extremists? Do we want to be the headline news of daily suicide bombings, killings, terrorist attacks? Because that is where we are heading if we don’t take serious action now.

Haven’t we seen enough? Violence begets violence and it is in our hands to put a stop to this. Civil unrest will not solve the grievances. Exchanging rude remarks to one another and pleas around the world won’t solve this. We may never have complete peace although we have lived in peace before. Every soul that has departed hurts everyone of us, even when we don’t admit it, we feel it. We don’t need anymore pain.

The moderate voices should start speaking up and attempt discussions in areas affected in order to examine the alternatives to civil unrest which could escalate to civil war. How will chaos solve anything? It never has in the past, and it won’t now. We should not allow a radicalized minority with an agenda using terror to dictate to us. We shouldn’t allow media to label us because we all know that this is a false projection. There are many Shia in Bahrain who are pro government, and there are many with moderate voices who don’t accept violence and who do speak up against it, the problem is a small minority drowns the voices when they do.

Any form of civil unrest which could lead to war and destruction is the failure of our civilization. It is a success to external invested interests that we fall apart. It is a failure of our obligation to one another. It is also a failure on the part of moderate voices to reach out and speak to those inflicting unrest addressing the roots of the crisis.

I don’t intend to place labels and I will apologize if I ever have. I don’t believe that we have come to an extent where we just hate. I believe in the old saying, “Never hate a man so much, he could become your best friend”.

There are no differences between us, and a slight difference here or there should not allow brutal disputes, disruption or anarchy. We have with the Almighty’s mercy, the power of speech, the power of thought and the power of ideas. But these cannot flourish when we allow others to dictate their expectations.

We don’t need external meddling or interventions, we need private internal discussions and dialogue.

On the 3rd of February, 2012 Middle East Voices conducted a poll based on an article written by Bahrain Views .”AGREE? Bahrain Citizens Write Letter to US Congress Denouncing Protesters”

The online publication Bahrainviews.com has posted a letter to U.S. Congress in which the citizens of Bahrain, as its signatories, denounce the actions of “peaceful protesters” against the kingdom’s civilian population and its police forces. They also accuse local human rights activists of misrepresenting the situation in Bahrain for their own political gain.

The poll closed with 52.69% agreeing with the points raised in the article.

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“Bahrain has taken some positive steps with respect to human rights in recent months however it has been very difficult to progress with reforms with the constant vicious vandalism and terror attacks that have occurred over the last few months on the civilian population and police force. Progress and reforms can only occur when it comes from all sides. We have been subjected to crimes, attacks, sabotage on an everyday base and as your administration is quite aware of.”

Not much has changed since then in terms of protests, vandalism and terror attacks. As for those advocating for democracy then act democratic and adhere to the majority voters in the poll. One is quite sure that if a poll was held again the percentage will be even higher this time around condemning the protests as anything but peaceful… If only the moderates will speak up, if only the moderates will start approaching this and demanding to be heard, if only the moderates would start attempting grass root discussions, we wouldn’t need a poll in the first place.

Let’s not be fooled, there is no such thing as a peaceful protest in Bahrain. Every protest in Bahrain has been anything but peaceful. The protests are intentional peace destroyers and have nothing to do with demanding rights, it has nothing to do with sect, It is a form of  bullying into demands via terrorizing everyone else.

It is a form of purpose disorder to disrupt the moderates, split families apart, create sectarian tensions, destroy the economy and with it daily lives of those who have no idea why they are protesting anymore.

It has everything to do with creating civil unrest, destruction, divide, external rule, under the pretense of pretending they want what’s best for us where in reality it is the selfish demands for foreign controlled backed individuals political power and control who use and radicalize our youth to fight their battles.

There are many moderate voices out there. Speak up. There are many who want their lives back, there are many that want the freedom to choose and not be forced or used because of their sect or status by radicals. There are many that want to improve their futures via unity and education and definitely not via violence.

 

Front Line Defenders Incubating a Lie

I barely have the time to scratch my head, let alone sit down and write, but sometimes when lies need to be refuted and corrected, someone has to sit down and respond and question the fabricated headlines that cause damage to individuals, an entire nation and not just the government.

Front Line Defenders recently published an article entitled Government of Bahrain sees no difficulty exporting recruits to ISIS while jailing a human rights defender for a Tweet. The content of the article has nothing to really do with the headlines apart from mimicking what they regularly refer to as a prominent source. In order to catch attention of those unaware, the striking propaganda style headline would make someone unaware of the happenings in Bahrain assume the worst.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the entry by a number of Bahraini members of Parliament (MPs) to Syrian territories had taken place without any prior knowledge or coordination with the Ministry and without their having submitted any application for permission nor informing the Ministry ahead of that visit.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the entry by a number of Bahraini members of Parliament (MPs) to Syrian territories had taken place without any prior knowledge or coordination with the Ministry and without their having submitted any application for permission nor informing the Ministry ahead of that visit.

They showed no proof whatsoever to back up such a headline apart from this particular source who forgot to research previous headlines from 2012.

Prior to Front Line Defenders headlines the Ministry of Interior detained a group of people who traveled to Syria and are investigating their links with foreign terrorist groups.

Front line defenders is a supposed human rights defender, not a dictating judge and jury. There is no need to incubate a  lie in order to do your job. Governments are not responsible for individual acts and these individual acts happen everywhere.

Like every NGO they seem to have this special immunity to say whatever they want in order to defame governments and individuals they disagree with, because they have the power and backing to do so. They seem to have this special kind of “wasta” they complain about when it does not suit or include them.

 

 

 

Note:The Bahrain protests, like those of Egypt, Libya, Syria, Myanmar, North Korea, Thailand, and beyond, were trained, equipped, and supported by the US State Department. Leading opposition organizations, such as the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, are partnered directly with US State Department-funded fronts like the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) while a high-profile self-proclaimed leader of the protests, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, was regional coordinator of “Frontline Defenders,” a Ford Foundation, Freedom House,  Open Society Institute-funded “human rights” advocacy group.

Image: Screenshot from Front Line Defenders – yet another disingenuous “human rights” advocacy front funded by Fortune 500 corporate foundations, including the US State Department-funded Neo-Conservative-lined Freedom House,  the Ford Foundation, the Oak Foundation, and the Sigrid Rausing Trust. Note the “Hunger Strike for Freedom” banner on the right-hand side for Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja. The Bahrain protests are a carbon-copy Western destabilization as seen in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria.

 

From the Middle East to our own hemisphere? What happened Senator Rubio?

On the 13th of May, 2014, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014, a bipartisan effort to block the terrorist organization’s financing and limit the group’s access to logistical support.

According to them, Hezbollah has been a dangerous and destabilizing force in the Middle East and around the world for more than three decades, committing countless acts of terrorism, violence and intimidation.

“From the Middle East to our own hemisphere, Hezbollah, backed by its state sponsor Iran, threatens the United States, our allies, and our interests,” Senator Rubio

SHAHEEN, RUBIO INTRODUCE HEZBOLLAH SANCTIONS LEGISLATION

SHAHEEN, RUBIO INTRODUCE HEZBOLLAH SANCTIONS LEGISLATION

However, on January 6th 2015, Sen. Rubio Urges Kerry to Call for al-Wefaq Leader’s Release. Seems a little odd following his statement less than a year ago stating; “This legislation highlights the diverse illicit activities Hezbollah engages in to finance its operations and ensures that the United States is using all the tools at our disposal to shut down its networks, wherever they exist.”

What about the network in Bahrain? It certainly exists. Has a few months changed the Senators view where he acknowledged the dangers of Hezbollah as a dangerous and destabilizing force in the Middle East and yet is ignorant to same in Bahrain?

Senator Marco Rubio’s letter to Secretary of State John Kerry to “personally urge the government of Bahrain to immediately release AlWefaq’s Secretary General Ali Salman for merely exercising his God-given rights to freedom of expression and assembly, and to drop all charges against him and other Bahrainis” comes either as a hypocritical stand or a stand that makes no sense given his active stand against Hezbollah, which he labels as a terrorist organization.

One would question if the Senator knows Ali Salman and the link he has with Hezbollah. Or perhaps it is in his interest to turn a blind eye?

Ali Salman(left) Hassan Nasrallah Hezbollah (right)

“Hezbollah is one of the world’s most dangerous terrorist organizations and we must block the group’s access to financial and logistic support,” Senator Shaheen. “In addition to being responsible for the murder of hundreds of American citizens, Hezbollah continues to sponsor terrorism across the globe and destabilize the Middle East, particularly through its support to President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal regime in Syria. This legislation makes clear that Hezbollah’s supporters and enablers will face consequences.” Read the rest here and here.

Perhaps Senator Rubio forgets how many marines died, many from his own district of Florida.

In a recent video Nasrallah, Secretary General Lebanon Hezbollah, incites people to fight and calls for the release of Ali Salman.

Will the Senator change his stance now or diffuse the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014?

Begin with how

Imagine a fire burning, before we investigate the cause of the flames, we must first extinguish them. There are always questions that will be raised like what and why, and we always seem to tackle the why and what with many reasons like victimization, poverty or unemployment. And then there is politics. The want for political power, the want for control.

In order to truly establish what and why we must begin with how. How do we extinguish those flames? How do we deal with those who pour fuel on fire. How are we going to take up the challenges in order to thoroughly investigate the what and why and act upon it justly.

Ignorance won’t make it disappear, neither will arrogance or pride…we need to deal with it. We need to deal with it together, everyone should be involved.

In the words of James Baldwin; “The man that needs to be feared most in society is the man who has nothing to lose”… So give people something to lose. Install meaning in meaningless lives. Give society a purpose because if we don’t have a purpose, we don’t have a life.

Since the onset of the Arab spring, we have had nothing to show except violence. Violence and vengeance a repetitive cycle that has no end. And because of that, we have been labelled with every negative term from brutal to barbaric.

If we look at the underlying facts, the terrorist groups around the globe that we have today are for political reasons not religious reasons, so why is it that religion is placed in the forefront? One of the answers is because we allow it. We allow labels, we even label ourselves. In order to deal with how, we need to erase these terms.

Religion is always immediately condemned (especially in the case of Islam) and labels are placed on this and that where in fact religion is not responsible for wars. Religion is not responsible for crime. Religion is not responsible for hatred.

From a religious perspective, most of violence stems from religious ignorance and a shallow understanding.

We only need to thoroughly study history to know that the crusades occurred because of the economic bankruptcy of Europe. And then look at the Marxist revolutions, the Tamil tigers and the Japanese kamikazes. What did they have to do with religion? There are also many places across the world that oppress people under a secular regime.

It is human nature, not religion. Human greed, human envy, human lust for power.  Stop the labeling.. If we give people their dignity, they would reciprocate with respect. Is it too hard? It’s a far better choice than destructive chaos.

We cannot lay the blame elsewhere, “you can take a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”, because these things would not occur if it wasn’t already installed in us. Societies have hatred placed in their hearts about people they disagree with from their very first breath.

This is not just about the Arab Spring or the Arab world. This has become a global phenomena. Violence, is at the roots of the human condition. Civilization has become sick, and Islam has become the victim. As Muslims, we are being portrayed at the forefront of this condition despite the fact that Muslims are not more violent than people of other religions.

We have only ourselves to blame as we have lowered ourselves to extreme extents that we have become a modern coliseum. We are aired live around the world as a bloody battlefield, into the homes of billions of people across the globe. The spectators only understanding of who we really are, is what they see in their living rooms. We need to put an end to this, we need to change people’s perceptions.

But first, we need to change ourselves.

We all should make an effort to incline towards reconciliation. If people incline towards reconciliation, then incline with them and Tawakal al Allah(place our trust in God), if they want to deceive you, God is enough for you.

Peace is precious, peace over pride, and whoever reaches out for peace, the other should reciprocate.

Immediate circumstances is how we address this. We should all be part of the solution not part of the problem. One can guide those who are innocently ignorant but it should be done before it becomes arrogant ignorance.

We don’t need to blow things up for independence. We don’t need to demonstrate. We need to sit down and discuss, with an open mind and an open heart. Peace is the appropriate environment to address our issues, and this cannot be done with violence around you.

Civil unrest will not solve the grievances. While we can’t have complete peace, we must first attempt to establish peace in order to address the issues. The whole community should be involved in this discussion in order to examine the alternatives to civil unrest which could escalate to civil war and spread into a regional war.

War and destruction is the failure of civilization.

This is a long process, not a short term plan, but if we start now, we can gradually end the crisis. We should use our energy to improve ourselves not destroy ourselves. People that carry religion are responsible for how they use this energy. Respond to those using energy negatively and forward a valid response to change them to positive energy.

Stop for a second and think. Where is the sense in all of this? Where is our compassion towards one another? Where is our morality? Where are our ethics? What happened to our faith? Where is our mercy towards one another?

We are fighting one another for something that did not and will not bring us any dignity, but brings with it disgrace. Something that never gave us any strength, but is making us weak. Something that is dividing us, instead of uniting us.

Something that will bring about no good.

 

The cloak of deception

Welcome to a world where people choose titles and terms and all in the name of religion by deceiving the weak and over powering the poor in the name of Islam. Over the last few decades but more recently so, we have seen men in turbans, men in suits with women covered from top to toe and women in suits, calling under the banner of Islam for democracy.

So let me make some clarifications, Democracy isn’t Islamic, let us be honest with ourselves and stop pretending that it is. Democracy is a system and Islam has brought us a completely different system. Shura system is an Islamic government system. The Shura Council is the council of elite Muslim scholars that are consulted by the ruler in the matters of the State.

So if you plan on wearing the cloak of claiming to be an Islamic scholar and you call for pro-democracy uprisings, then remove it while you call for it or wear it and call it what it is and stop calling it democracy and call it Shura, but stop fooling the mild and weak in the name of religion who die not in the name of God almighty or in the name of truth but in the name of your political gain under your cloaked deception.

Ibn Khaldun Center recently released a report ” Ibn Khaldun Center’s report on Muslim Brotherhood violence, violations and terror attacks in Egypt from 30/6/2013 until 25/12/2013 the date Muslim Brotherhood organization was declared a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government.” Unfortunately there has been little coverage on this as expected however, when I read it, the question that arose is what is the difference between the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Wefaq with their umbrella opposition and their highly critical false information, yet to be retracted.

The similarities are visible in the way the international mass media and NGO’s covered only one side of the story and might I add the Muslim Brothers, foreign press and human rights organizations fabricated stories about the Brotherhood victims which resulted from the disengagement of the armed sits-in. Ibn Khaldun Center also exposed the forged photos that MB and Aljazeera Channel of Qatar used to convince the world opinion that the disengagement was a massacre, using images of victims from Syria, Libya and south Africa. It also exposed Muslim Brotherhood faked interviews through Aljazeera, using women and children to address false stories to the world. Sounds familiar?

Al Wefaq, like the Muslim Brotherhood was the source and still is the source that markets the misleading and dramatic images worldwide, to date with no media retraction or expansion. They have cried victim where they were the perpetrators. (Read more about Al Wefaq misleading the public here ) .

To those who take time to read, we are living in very crucial times, many of the decisions that we make today will have profound influence on our families and the world we are living in. So we need to ask ourselves, before we take any decision, where are we headed and what are we pursuing and are those correct decisions and what are they based on.

This article is directed at Muslims. Why? Because everywhere you look today Islam is used as a front for an underlying deception and the whole Muslim community is affected by the actions of a few. Due to those actions Islam becomes distorted and Muslims become persecuted both physically and psychologically as the images sent around the world show a distorted image of what Islam and Muslims represent. The titles carried by a few as well as their misconduct reflect upon all of us. For example Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, a subject I have written about before with their birth and their origins and when their selfish gains becomes a revolution.

Previously I did not touch on the brotherhood, however as I felt the need to understand and research the organization Shaykh Muhammad Aamaan Al-Jaamee  clarified my questions as did other Islamic Scholars before I commented and before I base an opinion of which many may not be too pleased with, but it is an opinion that I stand with following researching which has bought me to this conclusion.

First, as Muslims, we must look at events not only on the surface but we must have the ability to look at what lies beneath and within. In short, start reading between the lines. The best way to do that is to return to our source and to the revelation that was sent as a mercy to mankind by Allah Suphan wa ta’ala through the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

As Muslims we should understand that there is nothing worthy of worship but Allah, the creator of the heavens and the earth and that we were not put on this earth to worship men and it is our duty to search for the truth. We are in the process of being gradually severed at the roots and it is visible to the extent of the differences amongst us and the divisions that are present in our society today.  Who created the divide and rule foreign policy? Ask yourselves, who is the beneficiary of divisions amongst us?

There is a global culture being forced down our throats and what we need to comprehend is that Islam stands up to that global culture, however with the deep divisions we are so embedded in fighting one another that we lose sight of the real enemy. Unfortunately there are sources that are being used to engage the Muslim world with this global culture, this “new worlds” order and in order to do that they use their stooges around the world to promote democracy that they have yet to apply back home.

Previously I covered how the “Canvas” was clear in Bahrain and a click a way it becomes more clear around the world from Egypt  to Ukraine. There is a deceptive cloak that is being worn to fool nation upon nation into a new global culture, one world, one economy, pluralism. Beware of those who speak of fraternity, equality and liberty and think and search for the truth before we are stripped of our identity. Men of cloaks, remove your cloaks and put on your swim wear and comprehend when you call for a democracy that you understand the term according to RAND “A commitment to democracy as understood in the liberal western tradition”.

What is the difference between Al Wefaq, National Islamic Society and the Muslim Brotherhood when they call for democracy? What is the difference when they call people to prayer and yet want to adopt western ideals and western man-made laws? “For the people, by the people”- Where does it state in the Quran for the people, by the people?

Today we are facing the biggest battle and a trial and test of our strengths and weaknesses. Media, what do we do? We are fighting an old war with new technology. While the rest of the Arab and Islamic world has fallen prey to war and civil strife, the Arabian Gulf has managed to remain steady despite the constant bombardment of the western controlled media and old as well as newly propped up NGO’s constantly applying pressure via lobbying and articles without providing the full case or the complete picture.

By now we should comprehend that NGO’s are missionaries of empire . It has been written time and time again. They have been and are currently being used as tools of western foreign policy which is promoting ideologies that distort the Muslim world dividing us into camps.

The Political system of the world has failed, socialism has failed, and capitalism is failing, so now we come to this global culture, this “New World” and with them they bring globalism, and like all the other “isms” will fail too, but we must not sit on the sidelines waiting, we must do our part and reject their Bidah (innovation) not pretend to accept it for selfish conclusions.

Western powers are involved in a war that is both a battle of ideas and a battle of arms. While they would like us to believe that it is a war in which, ultimate victory will be achieved only when extremist ideologies are discredited in the eyes of their host populations and passive supporters, there is one point they failed to refer to. The most passive supporters of extreme ideologists are the western nations who have facilitated them, and upon failure, granted amnesty to them.

To the Arab and Islamic world, Allah Suphan wa ta’ala said (O mankind! We have created you from a single male and female, and We made you into different nations and tribes that you may come to know one another. Verily, the most honorable of you to Allah is that (believer) who has the most taqwaa3 (the most pious). Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware.) [49:13]

Get away from the diseases of nationalism, tribalism, different ethnicities, different languages that may lead to differences among us where in reality they should be a reason of our strength and share and spread knowledge which is the greatest power that diffuses disunity.

Suggested reading Ibn Katheer’s – Book of The End – Great Trials and Tribulations

 

Considering what we have been through

The Kingdom of Bahrain, what I would like to term the “Golden Gateway to the Gulf.”

Due to its size and centrality the Kingdom of Bahrain has attracted international organizations from every region across the globe. Bahrain, central to trade with a historical position as a leading regional airport and transit hub, still remains a leader in Islamic Banking and Finance.

For those who are unaware, the Kingdom hosts a multinational society with diverse backgrounds, different ethnicities, different languages, and all who flock to the Bahrain have one thing in common. Initially people come for job security but after a few weeks of settling in, many call Bahrain home and love the nation more than their countries of origin.

While some look at the influx of expatriates as a weakness, to me, it is a sign of strength. The expatriates are what I like to term as ambassadors in the region. Their love of the nation reflects in their travels encouraging others to visit and see for themselves what Bahrain has to offer.

Today, despite the ongoing unrest used as a political maneuvering tool in order to gain control and power, Bahrain remains a global choice as a business hub and continues to attract Foreign Direct Investments. Much to the distress of the opposition and their affiliates abroad, the Kingdom has managed to remain steady, that in itself is an achievement, and is one of the most family friendly, affordable places in the region to set up business as well as to settle family in and remains the gateway to success.

Over the 20-year history of the Index, Bahrain has been consistently rated one of the “mostly free” economies achieving economic freedom scores above 70. Overall, the Kingdom is ranked 13th out of 178 economies worldwide, between the US and the UK which rank 12th and 14th respectively and is the only Mena country to rank in the top 20.

Much to the distress of the opposition, haven’t they yet realized, that if it was meant to be, they would have succeeded in 2011? Their failure to recognize the multiple voices condemning their actions, the multiple voices disinterested in their agenda, the multiple voices opposing them pledging their support of the government.

Their ignorance and arrogance will achieve nothing.

Constructive change would have happened a long time ago if someone in the opposition had actually suggested something constructive rather than destructive. So stop and ask yourselves, what is their real intention?

There is a system in place,and there are people who are not happy with it and there are people that are happy with it, however when reading the objectives of  the opposition attempting to portray something  that is fundamentally better, the reality is that they are covertly establishing their own brand of sectarian rule.

Three years on… the same stories, same timeline, reused same old hash tags. Funnily enough mainly the same people, same  western academics, a few new wannabes, a few has beens, the same attacks, the same response, the same opposition stance, the same opposition complaints, the same non opposition response, the same remarks coming out of the UN, the EU not falling far behind. The NDI whispering and encouraging, not in the interests of the people of Bahrain, but in the interest as always of the United States elite. We can give them the benefit of the doubt and say perhaps they are ignorant but in reality they are far from it.

While we cannot have peace without compromise, while we cannot tame the hearts without concessions, while we cannot ignore citizens when one wants to move forward, we cannot do so with the ongoing physical and verbal threats. Nothing comes with force, nothing comes with political threats. There is a majority who will not forget the days and nights and the horrors they were coerced into, that they suffered in silence and what the mass media forgot to mention.

There are always two sides to every story, the question is, which one is the world listening to? That is the ultimate device that makes a difference in their condoning and condemnation.

My take on this.. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks, It doesn’t matter what they say, this is a journey that we are all involved in, whether we like it or not, this is a conflict that we must deal with ourselves and in the end what really matters is what we the people of Bahrain think. Considering what we have been through.. I think we are doing well.

 

Bahrain Has Shown Enough Goodwill

First Bahrain has shown good will and despite the constant attacks and threats from violent protesters that have yet to show any good faith, was still going into the postponed dialogue. The violent protests have resulted in many members of the communities’ interruption of their daily lives and their freedom to accessibility as well as being threatened and injured by these violent attacks.

Many of these attacks have never been condemned by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International or any other international organisation who rely on individuals and foreign paid media monitoring who have distributed highly critical false information which has yet to be retracted.

While opposition members announce that they don’t agree with violence, they have yet to officially condemn those who are involved and yet validate their real stance when they work in the defense of violent protesters when they are arrested. Again despite the government and political societies attempts, the National Dialogue was cancelled after a “no-show” by the opposition.

The recent step issued by the Ministry of Justice is one that should have been implemented years ago and the stance is welcomed by the Bahrain majority who want an end to the anarchy and interference from foreign diplomatic guests.

When it comes to the constant call from human rights bias activists such as Brian Dooley and POMED  who claims this is a “repressive measure” and in his words a “shocking interference in the work of diplomats and embassies” he forgets to note that diplomats and embassies are not located in countries in order to discuss internal matters of that country with members of the public or opposition in any political form or manner which has resulted in the current chaos.

In December 1965, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a “Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention in the Domestic Affairs of States and the Protection of their Independence and Sovereignty,” according to which “no state has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other state . . .” and “no state shall organize, assist, foment, finance, incite or tolerate subversive, terrorist or armed activities directed toward the violent overthrow of another state, or interfere in civil strife in another state.” Yet again we are witnessing throughout the world activities violating all the rules laid down in this Declaration.  Hans J Morgenthau 

The Kingdom of Bahrain does not have to answer to anyone especially at this sensitive time and there should be no disruption when a nation is trying, although it is difficult with the constant interference both internally and externally, to move forward.