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MPs reject lifting Israeli boycott

Furious MPs yesterday slammed the door on any political or economic relations with Israel.

There were angry outbursts in Parliament, despite assurances by Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa that there was no such move.

“We have no plans to forge relations with Israel, whether financially, politically or diplomatically,” he said at parliament’s weekly meeting at the National Assembly Complex.

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الهرمي: مهازل باسم الحرية

أما بشأن مداخلة الهرمي التي أثارت اعتراضات شديدة من قبل بعض النواب، فقد قال فيها: “ان هذا الوطن العظيم يتعرض لمسلسل من المهازل اليومية باسم الحرية وحقوق الانسان، وهو حينما يلتفت يمينا وشمالا لا يجد الا الصبر سلاحا لمواجهة هذا المسلسل اليومي، الوطن الذي عانى الأمرين من هول ما يجري حوله، شباب لا يؤمن الا بالمواجهة سبيلا لتحقيق غاياته، شباب لا يؤمن بالحوار والجدال الحر، شباب يعتقد انه بعناده مع اعضاء المجلس النيابي سينال غاياته ويحقق الديمقراطية التي يريدها”ØŒ مشيرا الى “الرنين الطائفي الأرعن والارهاب الفكري الذي يقرأ يوميا في الانترنت والعبارات التي تجعلنا وكأننا امام حلقة من حلقات الرعب. انهم يتهمون رجالات هذا المجلس الشرفاء بحزب الحكومة، وكأن التذكير ببواعث الامن والامان جريمة. الى هذا الوطن العظيم نقول ان الديمقراطية افرزت لدى البعض اسوأ ما في دواخلهم لعلهم يصبحون في نظر أقرانهم أبطالا، ليتوقف جنرالات الشوارع عن لعبة الصراعات والمزايدات، وعليهم النظر الى مصلحة الوطن اولا من خلال الاستقرار. وأطالب بإصدار بيان شديد اللهجة لمن يحاول ان يتعدى على المجلس ورجالاته، الى متى نرى الاساءات المستمرة الى هذا الوطن وتسييس بعض القضايا وزعزعة الامن والاستقرار والتطاول على رموز البلد وحكامه واعضاء البرلمان. أطالب اطياف المجتمع كافة بشجب وادانة المظاهرات المشبوهة للوصول الى البرلمان وهو بيت الشعب والديمقراطية. وان أنصاف الحلول لا تجدي وحساب الانتخابات ليس على حساب هذا الوطن، الله اكبر وعاشت مملكتنا حرة أبية”.
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الظاهر أن النواب المحترمين من أمثال الأخ يوسف الهرمي أفلسوا فكرياً Ùˆ صاروا ببغائات تردد التعابير الرنانة فقط لملاحظتهم من قبل الوزراء Ùˆ الأعيان, لا من منتخبيهم… بالله عليكم يا هرمي Ùˆ يا ظهراني, من أين أتيتوا بقدسية المجلس؟ هل أتيتوا به بعد مراوغة الإنسان البحريني المستضعف بعد الثلاث سنوات Ùˆ أنتم متربعون على عروشكم المبنية من عرق جبين الإنسان البحريني الذي تتطاولون عليه بدل من حمايته من أوبئة الفقر؟

أي قدسية تتكلمون عنها؟ هل مجلسكم الموقر صار الان بمثابة الكعبة الشريفه؟

لا يا أيها الأسود الحامية لحقوق الناس. إن مجلسكم الموقر هو ليس أكثر من مكتب. محل مقام للعمل و ما هو إلا مأوى وقتي معار لكم لتعملوا دئوبين لتخفيف أعباء الناس, لا للمزيد من أتعابهم و لا للمزايدة لتلبية طموحاتكم الشخصية.

تذكروا دائماً أنكم مختارون و لقد إتضح لنا جميعاً بئس إختيارنا.

أكتوبر 2006 جاي يا جماعه…. إلعبوا غيرها.

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Mohammed Khalid’s Heroes

On the 6th of this month, we woke up to the news that the Bahrain Charge d’Affairs in Iraq has been shot and wounded in a botched kidnapping attempt. Hassan Al-Ansari’s quick thinking saved his life. In a separate incident, the Egyptian ambassador was kidnapped, and later killed according to reports.

Terrorists in Iraq seem to have changed their course and are now targeting Arab diplomats. These terrorists are the very same animals that our esteemed MPs Mohammed Khalid, Essa Al-Hermi, Jassim Al-Saidi and their ilk have openly supported and called them their heroes.

I wonder, what do these representatives of the people think now that a brave Bahraini has been attacked and wounded by Mohammed Khalid’s heroes?

Or do they also support the carnage that happened in the UK yesterday? Are those criminals heroes too? Just like the “brave Falujans”?

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Glamour Shot


H. E. Mr. Khalifa Al-Dhahrani
Chairman of the Council of Representatives

Good morning!

Loving the pout! Posh Spice can learn a few things by studying this picture to improve hers.

Thanks to Al-Wasat by the way…

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Islamic Action Society administratively closed for 45 days

Nothing damages political causes like some fired-up brain-fartist™ going off at a tangent.

In an event which was organised by the Islamic Action Society at the Society of Engineers’ premises in Juffair to “honour the 73.” These are the 73 people who in the 70s 1981 wanted to overthrow the government and who have all – but one I think – come back home on the back of the King’s pardon or have been released from prison again due to the King’s pardon.

That’s fine, go ahead and honour them all you want and treat them like heroes, but why launch into a diatribe of poison and repeat past mistakes? When are these people, the so called “revolutionaries,” going to understand that they have to be subtle to arrive at any political gain? This subtleness is mandatory in our society and every other society for that matter.

Shouting, ranting and raving have their places, but if you intend to get any political gains, then forget these methods and stick to tried and tested politically astute methods of getting what you want. And prepare to wait! With the histrionics that the IAS is doing and sponsoring all they will get is cheap political mileage from the “simple” populace.

Being one of the four boycotting political societies, you would think that they know better.

Al-Khawajah brothers were fiery speakers at the event according to some reports. It seems that one king’s pardon is not enough, the brother, Salah Al-Khawajah (who some say is even more militant than Abdulhadi) is in it publicly this time.

I’m glad that it is only the society that has been administratively closed for 45 days, rather than shoving the whole lot of them who spoke into prison. This time I have a feeling that the King will be indisposed to offer clemency.

Is the closing a political society a right thing to do because some of its members spoke against the government though? Of course not. Freedom of speech is a human right which should be protected at all levels of society and government, however, guys, wise up for God’s sake. You’re damaging our chances of getting any political advantage fast.

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Reports land journalist in the dock

A 52-year-old Bahraini journalist is being prosecuted for allegedly writing for a newspaper abroad without government permission.

He should have had official permission from the Information Ministry, the Lower Criminal Court heard.

The defendant, a journalist for nearly 30 years, is charged with illegally working as a correspondent for a Kuwaiti newspaper.

He admitted at an earlier hearing writing for the Kuwaiti paper, but told the court he had no idea that he needed ministry permission.

The ministry sent a complaint to the public prosecution that the journalist was acting as a correspondent for the newspaper without obtaining official permission.

It said it had repeatedly warned him to stop sending articles abroad without permission.

He has violated the Press and Publication Law of 2002, said the ministry.

The defendant worked illegally as a correspondent for the paper from March 8, 2002 to February 28, 2003, says the prosecution.

He told the court he stopped sending articles abroad for some time when he learned he could be prosecuted if he did not have official permission.

“I asked officials at the Information Ministry about the requirements one needs to practice this profession of becoming a journalist and a correspondent here in Bahrain,” he said.

“They told me that they wanted a letter from the editor-in-chief of the Kuwaiti newspaper requesting the Information Ministry to register me as its correspondent in Bahrain.”

He said the paper sent the letter as requested and he continued as a correspondent.

The court adjourned the case until September 12, to find out whether the ministry had given permission or not.
GDN :: Mohammed Aslam :: 30 May 2005

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The Truth & Reconcilliation time is NOW

Over 5,000 people attended a seminar organised by both the dissolved Bahrain Centre for Human Rights and the Committee Supporting Victims of Torture in Bilad Al-Qadeem near Manama to discuss the results of the recent United Nations report on torture in Bahrain.

You can see the attendees lifting banners calling for the enactment of CAT, Committee Against Torture recomendations, one of which is the repeal or at least an amendment to Decree 56 of 2002 which would bring the torturers to justice.

Wouldn’t you think that this is a perfect opportunity for the creation of a Truth and Reconcilliation Committee a la South Africa and more recently Morocco?

Sure a few (high) heads would roll because of it, but the Royal Family would be assured of ruling for another few centuries…

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Heated exchanges in Bahrain parliament

A Chamber of Deputies session was adjourned for one hour following a heated argument over the issue of citizens who were tortured under the Security Law during the 1990s, with two deputies accusing the Speaker of infringing on their right to express their opinion.

The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Khalifa Al Dhahrani, adjourned the session after deputies Ali Al Samahiji and Abdullah Al Aali accused him of infringing on their right to speak.

The conflict started when deputy Jassim Al Sa’edi said the citizens who were tortured under the State Security law during the 1990s were terrorists and that they should be punished since they were involved in the killing of innocent people, especially policemen. However, most of the other deputies did not agree with his view and demanded an apology from him, which he refused. A. Dhahrani intervened and refused to allow any deputy to speak further on the matter.

This action angered Abdulhadi Marhoon, who walked out in protest against the disrespect by the people’s representatives who did not sympathise with the Bahraini families, who suffered emotional, psychological and physical pain because of the state’s Security Law.

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… إلا في بلادي!

كنت أشكو لأحد الزوار من مشكلاتنا مع الفساد والمفسدين، مشيرا إلى حديث جلالة الملك – حفظه الله – بشأن ذلك الأمر في خطابه عند افتتاحه دور الانعقاد السابق، فقال لي الزائر: “بوس إيدك مقلوبة”! فقلت له: لماذا؟ فقال: سأروي لك قليلا عما يجري في بلادي.

ورحبت بذلك، وسأنقل لكم جانبا مما قاله الزائر عن بلاده من عجائب الزمان التي لا تخطر على بال إنسان، فماذا قال عن بلاده؟ قال: في أي بلادي… إذا تم القبض على مجرم في حق الإنسانية ينال جزاءه العادل، إلا في بلادي فإنه توضع الحراسات Ùˆ”النبطشيات” لحماية هذا المجرم، بل ويتم التستر عليه وتسديد ديونه، وبدوره يقوم بتغيير “البزنس” الخاص به وبدلا من التفنن في إهانة الناس وتلفيق التهم لهم تراه في سوق العقارات يبيع ويشتري في أملاكهم!

وإذا قبض على اللص ينال جزاءه وعقوبته، إلا في بلادي إذا سرق أحدهم تم تهيئة الأجواء له ليتسنم مركزا أعلى في مقر عمله أو في مكان آخر!

إذا تم القبض على سارق للأراضي فإنها تسحب منه وتعاد إلى خزينة الدولة وملكيتها، إلا في بلادي فإنه يقوم بالتهديد بأنه سيفضح من هو أكثر منه لصوصية، وبالتالي يتم التستر عليه وتقديم أراض إضافية “مجانية” إليه!

إذا تم القبض على مسئول وهو يقامر بأموال الدولة، ولا يهم هنا أكان يلعب “الضمره أم النخال” فإنه يحاكم ويزج به إلى السجن، إلا في بلادي فإن شأنه يكون عظيما، بل ويرقى ويعطى منصبا أكبر!

إذا تقدم أحدهم باستجواب ضد وزير ثبت فساده، فإنه يقدم استقالته ويحال إلى النيابة إذا كان الموضوع متعلقا بالمال العام، إلا في بلادي فإن هؤلاء يصبحون شيئا آخر بعد الفساد “…”!

إذا قام أحدهم بزرع الفتن الطائفية ليل نهار معرضا السلم الاجتماعي/ الطوائفي إلى الخطر، ويقوم بترويج الفتنة عن طريق أشرطة صوتية فإنه يحال إلى المحاكمة، إلا في بلادي تفسح له الصحف صدرها للتصريح تلو التصريح، ويقرب من بعض الدوائر الرسمية!

إذا تم القبض على مسئول يسرق من المال العام فإنه يحاكم وينال جزاءه، إلا في بلادي فإن القوانين تحميه، واللائحة الداخلية للمجلس المنتخب من الشعب تحميه، والطائفة تحميه، أما إذا سرق أحدهم نعالا من مسجد فإنه يتم التشهير به في “الصحف”ØŒ وتدق الأجراس في الدكاكين السياسية تلويثا وتعريضا بسمعته.

إذا طالب أحدهم بحقوق المواطنة فإن الدولة تمنحه جائزة تقديرية، إلا في بلادي فإن من يكون أكثر طائفية وشديدا على أبناء الوطن من الطوائف الأخرى فإنه يمنح النياشين وتقام له الكرنفالات الاحتفائية.

في المراحل الانتقالية، وفي الدول التي تطمح للإصلاح، يتم القبض على الجواسيس والخونة وإعدامهم أو سجنهم مع التغليظ في العقوبات، إلا في بلادي فإنه تتم ترقيتهم والإغداق عليهم! وفي المراحل الانتقالية أيضا تصدر القوانين التي تنص على تعويض ضحايا الحقب المظلمة، إلا في بلادي فإنه يتم، بتلك القوانين، حماية المفسدين والمجرمين!

صدمني هول الكوارث في بلاد هذا الزائر الغريب، وسألته عن اسم بلده؟ فأجاب الزائر: إنني من بلد يمتد تاريخها إلى الألفية الثالثة قبل الميلاد، وينتسب أهلها إلى دين سماوي يدعو إلى العدل والتسامح، وشعبها له علاقة وطيدة مع النحاس والحديد. هنا استوقفته: هل تعني بالنحاس “نحاسة” الحظ؟ وتعني بالحديد علب البيبسي كولا “القواطي” فأجاب: نعم. فعرفت بلاده فهي قريبة من فؤادي!

Al-Wasat :: Mohammed Al-Othman :: 12 May 2005

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Law 56, again.

Member of Parliament, the right honourable Shaikh Jassim Al-Saidi, an upstanding citizen, and erstwhile Imam of a mosque in Riffa, and brought to parliament rightly by gathering 1673 votes in a hard-fought and contested election in his Southern Governate out of 4,413 (as opposed to any candidate in the Northern Governate who would have had a pool of around 10,000 to get in), wants to bring the Shi’a terrorists of the 1990s to book for the various terrorist acts they have perpetrated against the state, and its employees, citing his direct cousin’s murder at the terrorists’ hands. His cousin was a member of the respectable and ever vigilant police forces and champions of human rights then. He demands full compensation to what he claims over 1,000 affected locals and expatriates in those dark times of Bahrain.

He too wants Law 56 repealed in order to seek reparation.

He too wants to open the wounds. (arabic)

You would think that he would use his good offices to dampen the enmity between the two main sects. You would think that he would work tirelessly through the parliamentary mechanism to force the government and this country’s leaders to create a truth and reconciliation commission to repair the damage that the black nineties have wrought on these isles’ peace-loving people.

But that would take a humane human being to think of these things.

Not the respectable Shaikh Jassim Al-Saidi.

Taking his full track record of absolute hatred of the Shi’a community, who by some estimates top the 70% of the indigenous population of Bahrain, and finds fault in their very existence on these sacred isles, I am not at all surprised by his various attacks on this community, nor by his perpetual sectarianism and even simple-mindedness of seeking to inculcate his ample self only to his own constituency, thus throwing to the winds the very essence of parliamentary work: a representative of the people. All the people.

Shaikh Jassim Al-Saidi would undoubtedly would want Hussain to stand trial and compensate the police forces, including Mr. Adel Flaifel, for being too belligerent and not confessing under duress. After all, what are a few knocks and bruises to Shaikh Jassim Al-Saidi? He must have gone through more than the following:

They took me upstairs to an office, I don’t know whose. There they told me to stand on one leg and bray like a donkey. “What am I accused of?” I asked. “Get some manners,” the officer said, and he hit me and left. Then someone came in wearing a dishdasha [traditional white shoulder-to-ankle garment worn by men in the Gulf]. I recognized him from photos I had seen: It was Adil Flaifil. He asked me if I was Hussain Shahraqani and I said yes. He had a piece of paper marked “confidential” on top, otherwise blank. He told me to sign it. I refused. They took me to a different room and trussed me up with a pole under my knees. There were four men, two in uniform. They kicked me and took turns hitting me with a hose. After half an hour of this they took me back to Adil Flaifil, who told me again to sign. I refused again. I went back and forth several times between the hanging and beating and the questioning. At one point he [Flaifil] asked for my hand. Two people held my hand, and he burned the back of my hand with his cigarette [displays light scars].

Shaikh Jassim Al-Saidi didn’t have to endure the torture most probably perpetrated or at least aided and abetted by the likes of his cousin.

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