Mark Mason: Al Khalifa Family Acting as Bahrain’s Prison Guards to Serve US Interests

Protest at Pearl Roundabout

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Interview with Mark Mason
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Mark Mason, PhD (his website)
Tasnim, June 3, 2017
June 8, 2017

An American professor and political commentator said the Al Khalifa regime is a “subject client state of the US Empire”, describing Bahrain as an “open-air” prison with the ruling family acting as its “prison guards” to safeguard the US Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf state.

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Bahrain Burns With Protests 3 Years On + Regime Forces Use Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets Against Protesters

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RT on Feb 13, 2014

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Shia villages outside Bahrain’s capital have been left shrouded in tear gas after fierce clashes between police and anti-government demonstrators. The protest movement is marking three years of its uprising against the ruling Sunni monarchy, which has been met with a relentless crackdown and thousands of arrests. RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reports on the long-running standoff.

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New Law Makes ‘Offending’ Bahrain King Punishable By Up to 7 Years in Prison

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RT on Feb 4, 2014

If you don’t think much of the King of Bahrain, maybe it’s better to keep it to yourself – or else you could face 7 years in prison, thanks to some new laws to defend the monarchy. Previously, the punishment was a few days in jail, but now, any Twitter post, Facebook comment or casual disparaging word could land you a hefty term. For more RT talks to Rodney Shakespeare, Chair of the Committee Against Torture in Bahrain. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/xweqti

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Colin Cavell: Bahrain opposition party reports 1900 cases of mistreatment of activists in September

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PressTV on Oct 9, 2013

Bahrain’s main opposition party, al-Wefaq, says the regime’s harsh crackdown on pro-democracy activists has intensified over the past month, with the highest levels of violence since the uprising began in 2011. In a report, al-Wefaq has documented nineteen hundred cases of human rights violations only in the month of September 2013, including incidents in which regime forces used excessive force or torture.

According to the report, last month 214 anti-regime protesters were arrested, including two women and 40 children — the highest number since the uprising began. The al-Wefaq report also said that 111 activists — who were convicted by a Bahraini court and given sentences of up to 15 years — were tried based on fabricated charges.

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West’s Damning Silence Over Bahrain by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
October 1, 2013

Bahrain’s despotic Al Khalifa rulers have gone into a huff over US President Barack Obama’s comparison of the Persian Gulf island state with Syria.

In his address to the UN General Assembly last week, Obama made vague mention of sectarianism in Syria and Bahrain in the same sentence.

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