Zainab Alkhawaja: We’re living in a country where the criminals are the most powerful people

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democracynow on Feb 28, 2014

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democracynow – We go to Bahrain to speak with human rights activist Zainab Alkhawaja, just after she was released from prison by the Bahraini government. “One year in prison is nothing,” Alkhawaja says of her time behind bars. “Because it’s nothing compared to what we’re willing to sacrifice for our goals, for democracy in our country.” Continue reading

Bahraini Uprising Targeting Washington As Hungerstrike Activist Nears Death by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
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East Africa
April 4, 2012

‘The Al Khalifa rulers are just puppets. The puppetmaster we need to deal with is America.’

Tensions between the US-backed regime in Bahrain and pro-democracy protesters are reaching incendiary levels as the life of a prominent human rights activist on hungerstrike hangs perilously in the balance.

For more than a year, largely peaceful rallies have persisted in Bahrain despite a brutal crackdown by Saudi-backed forces. Now, demonstrations in solidarity with imprisoned hungerstriker Abdulhadi Al Khawaja are occurring on a daily basis in villages and towns across the Persian Gulf kingdom – defying intensified state repression.

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Bahrain Hunger Striker’s Life in Peril as US-Backed Forces Continue Anti-Democracy Crackdown

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on Apr 2, 2012

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democracynow.org – The U.S.-backed monarchy in Bahrain continues the crackdown on protesters, with reports of many injuries and at least one death over the weekend. We speak to Zainab Alkhawaja, the daughter of jailed human rights leader Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, who is now on the 54th day of his hunger strike. Doctors say her father could go into a coma at any point, and she has called on President Obama to pressure the government Bahrain, its strategic ally in the region, to secure his release. Continue reading