What’s Really Going On: Bahrain vs. Ukraine, Can You Spot the Difference?

PIC: Mstyslav Chernov

PIC: Mstyslav Chernov

via chycho

What amazes me is that sane intelligent people have become hysterical by consuming western mainstream media propaganda designed to divert our attention away from the root cause of what ails our society.

For example, with the Ukrainian crisis shock doctrine tactics are being used to bombard us into a frenzy, the ultimate purpose for which is to distract us from the great game: Zbigniew Brzezinski’s Grand Chessboard (2), our economy’s addiction to indefinite growth, the transfer of wealth from Main Street to Wall Street (2), the resource wars, The Project for the New American Century (PNAC), the geography of energy pipelines, the misconception of American exceptionalism and how it influences our foreign policy specifically on how it relates to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the significance of war being a racket (2), and the inverted totalitarian nature of our governments waging war on information (2, 3).

To have a better understanding of what all this is about, below you will find a brief summary of what’s been going on in two major conflict zones, Bahrain and Ukraine. Can you spot the difference?

Bahrain

The Kingdom of Bahrain is a monarchy which has been ruled by the al-Khalifa dynasty since 1783. The present king is Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, and he rules the country with an iron fist. He was molded for this position, receiving training from the “British Army at Mons Officer Cadet School at Aldershot in Hampshire” and the “United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas” where he acquired a “degree in leadership” [sic].

In 2011, when faced with a mass popular peaceful uprising from the majority Shia population demanding equality and freedom, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa decided to brutally suppress the protests; injuring, killing, and kidnapping countless people in the process. Some news reports even cited it as ‘genocide’.

“At least 32 doctors, including surgeons, physicians, paediatricians and obstetricians, have been arrested and detained by Bahrain’s police in the last month in a campaign of intimidation that runs directly counter to the Geneva Convention guaranteeing medical care to people wounded in conflict….

“Many of the doctors, aged from 33 to 65, have been ‘disappeared’ – held incommunicado or at undisclosed locations. Their families do not know where they are. Nurses, paramedics and ambulance staff have also been detained.”

When it became evident that if this unrest continued the al-Khalifa dynasty might lose their 220 year old strangle hold on the nation and that king Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa might be deposed, a request for assistance was make to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and UAE, who in turn sent in their militaries to quell the protests.

Poets, activists, artists, children, lawyers, journalists, doctors, nurses, writers, musicians, along with countless others have been and continue to be imprisoned. Some have even been sentenced to jail for listening to music not approved by the regime. The brutality of the totalitarian nature of this kingdom has gone as far as passing a new law that makes ‘offending’ the King of Bahrain “punishable by up to 7 years in prison.”

“Offending King Hamad can now result in up to seven years in prison, Bahrain announced Tuesday. The news comes just days before the third anniversary of the Shiite-led, Arab Spring-inspired protests against the kingdom’s Sunni monarchy….

“Bahrain convicted and jailed two activists for one and four months, respectively, in 2012 for Twitter comments that supposedly insulted King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa. Social media comments are included in the new edict.”

Most of western mainstream media has chosen self-censorship, refusing to expose the brutality of this regime. Western mainstream media’s coverage of Bahrain has been so benign that “the regime in Bahrain often openly trumpets the hagiographical treatment it receives”, which is evident by CNN’s international arm’s decision not to air its own documentary on Bahrain’s Arab Spring repression:

[Continued at chycho]

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    “What amazes me is that sane intelligent people have become hysterical by consuming western mainstream media propaganda . . . ”

    Really? I don’t know anyone who regards this thing as anything other than a suicidally hypocritical pissing contest between a western dictator and an eastern dictator. And I live in Wisconsin–a place not noted for its discerning sophistication in media matters. Or anything else, for that matter.

    • salviad

      Damn, you’re lucky. I live in Canada and most of what you hear here is all about how Russia is the aggressor without even a word on how this revolution, i.e. coup, was brought about. Harper even went as far as comparing it to Hitler, and people here are actually parroting this.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        Harper! I never thought I’d live to see the day when Canada was run by a bigger tool than the USA! What times we live in!

        • Liam_McGonagle

          P.S. I guess I agree with your analysis that the mainstream media is uncritically repeating the party line. My point is that, at least around my parts, NOBODY has ANY faith in the mainstream media any more.

          • Juan

            Well, that is a good sign, as far as I’m concerned. Especially, if it’s even happening in Wisconsin.
            Different scene where I live in California. It seems to me that people still buy this shit. I see them reading the LA Times and discussing “news” uncritically, as if it were real. This freaks me the hell out. When are these idjits gonna get a clue?

        • Anarchy Pony

          It’s like they saw W. and thought: Damn, how do we get some of that?

    • Anarchy Pony

      A state that actually elected that toad Scott Walker.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        Re-elected him, actually. I’ve no doubt that he’ll win re-re-re-election.
        Some people never learn.

        • Anarchy Pony

          Life’s a bitch. Then you stay alive forever because of transhumanists.

  • sgtdoom

    Self-censorship is exactly accurate as it was CNN who fired that young lady reporter who attempted to actually report the news on what was really taking place in Bahrain.

    Nice article.

    (FYI: If I remember correctly, that commenter beneath me, Liam_McGonagle claimed a short time ago that the Green Party was responsible for the Global Economic Meltdown. So take that with all the rest of his drivel!)

    • Liam_McGonagle

      FYI: Um, “No”. Your memory has deceived you, sir.

  • Reuben_the_Red

    CIA troll.

  • DesertWolf

    Just because you put “lies” between quotation marks doesn’t make them “true”! Bahrain isn’t facing a “popular” uprising demanding “freedom”… There were not any “kidnapings” …and quite frankly you should not be “writing articles” about what you “don’t know”…

    “Popular”, and “peaceful” demonstrations don not use “C4″ explosives and “remote detonation” devices… “Iran” and “Hizbulla” do not train “peaceful demonstrators”, they train “Radical Militias” armed to the teeth with “terror-spreading” weapons, and promised “heaven” and “seventy-two virgins” for carrying the “Ayatulla” orders.

    Proof you ask? Just look up the “Supreme Revolution Leader” of Iran; Ali Kaminaie… look for his latest statement on Bahrain (about 2 weeks ago) and you will know who is behind the “terrorism” in Bahrain.

    I suppose I will be called a “CIA Troll” too, right?

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