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Dec 1
anarcho-queer:

This gif is from an anti-monarch protest in Bahrain. Read on if you aren’t familiar with the uprising currently taking place in the country.
Since Valentine’s Day 2011, Bahraini’s have been holding massive and extremely popular pro-democracy protests against the monarch which has ruled since the 18th century. The largest anti-monarch demonstrations has recorded over 525,000 people protesting (CNN estimate) the regime. That is nearly half of the countries population.
Last October, Bahraini authorities indefinitely banned all protest gatherings and rallies, suppressing any sort of dissent on the small island.
Human Rights activists recently pressured members of Congress to force the Obama Administration to suspend an arms deal with Bahrain, but Obama continues to use a legal loophole to avoid congressional approval and arms the monarch with armored vehicles equipped with turrets as well as helicopters and other materials which are used against the pro-democracy protesters. 
Although the administration said it didn’t sell flash grenades and tear gas to Bahrain, multiple sources have confirmed that U.S. made tear gas is currently being used by the paramilitaries suppressing the protest. The tear gas alone is to blame for over 34 deaths including the death of a 6-day-old baby (graphic) and allegedly blinding a 18 month old toddler.
According to  a leaked document by research and advocacy group Bahrain Watch, Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior is planning to import 1.6 million tear gas canisters and 90,000 tear gas grenades. An incredibly enormous amount, especially when you consider that the population of Bahrain is only 1.3 million.
Coincidentally (or not), the country is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, miles away from the neighboring country Iran. That might explain Obama’s reasoning for supporting the regime while denouncing Syria’s.
To read more about the situation in Bahrain, check out my tag or simply Google it.

anarcho-queer:

This gif is from an anti-monarch protest in Bahrain. Read on if you aren’t familiar with the uprising currently taking place in the country.

Since Valentine’s Day 2011, Bahraini’s have been holding massive and extremely popular pro-democracy protests against the monarch which has ruled since the 18th century. The largest anti-monarch demonstrations has recorded over 525,000 people protesting (CNN estimate) the regime. That is nearly half of the countries population.

Last October, Bahraini authorities indefinitely banned all protest gatherings and rallies, suppressing any sort of dissent on the small island.

Human Rights activists recently pressured members of Congress to force the Obama Administration to suspend an arms deal with Bahrain, but Obama continues to use a legal loophole to avoid congressional approval and arms the monarch with armored vehicles equipped with turrets as well as helicopters and other materials which are used against the pro-democracy protesters.

Although the administration said it didn’t sell flash grenades and tear gas to Bahrain, multiple sources have confirmed that U.S. made tear gas is currently being used by the paramilitaries suppressing the protest. The tear gas alone is to blame for over 34 deaths including the death of a 6-day-old baby (graphic) and allegedly blinding a 18 month old toddler.

According to  a leaked document by research and advocacy group Bahrain Watch, Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior is planning to import 1.6 million tear gas canisters and 90,000 tear gas grenades. An incredibly enormous amount, especially when you consider that the population of Bahrain is only 1.3 million.

Coincidentally (or not), the country is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, miles away from the neighboring country Iran. That might explain Obama’s reasoning for supporting the regime while denouncing Syria’s.

To read more about the situation in Bahrain, check out my tag or simply Google it.

Bahrain Cracks Down on Freedom

Nabeel_Rajab

'The ruling Al Khalifa monarchy is one of the world’s most brutal dictatorships. It’s also a valued US ally. Bahrain is home to America’s Fifth Fleet.

Imperial priorities matter most. Washington backs Bahraini harshness. State terror is policy. Murder, torture, lawless imprisonments, and daily atrocities get tacit support.

Bahrain ruthlessly wages war on freedom. Fundamental human and civil rights are spurned. Activists, protesters, medical professionals treating them when injured, independent journalists, and others supporting right over might are brutalized and imprisoned.

Nabeel Rajab is one of Bahrain’s best. He’s a prominent human rights leader. Activism got him targeted. His resume includes many impressive credentials. In 1999, he and others co-founded the Bahrain Human Rights Society.

In 2002, he, Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, and others co-founded the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR). Authorities terrorized its members for years. Nonetheless, it remains viable.

It promotes civil, political, and economic freedom, ending racial discrimination, and universal human and civil rights. Bahraini despots equate these principles with terrorism.

Last August, Bahrain’s Lower Criminal Court sentenced Nabeel to three years in prison. Supporting right over wrong in the emirate is dangerous. Expressing democratic views is criminalized. So is championing social justice publicly.

King Hamad calls peaceful protests “foreign plots.” Nabeel and others like him put their lives on the line for years. Bahraini activists face arrests, harsh interrogations, torture, and imprisonment. The mainstream media largely ignores it.’

Madrid Spain On The Brink - Democracy Hijacked By Bankers (by Alexander Higgins)

'Madrid Spain is on the brink as people by the tens of thousands hit the streets because the people are paying the consequences for the bankers and the politicians.

Despite the slanderous propaganda you may have heard from corporate media outlets this mini-documentary tells lets you here directly from the mouths of the protestors why they are on the streets.

The overwhelming response is they are demanding democracy, for their voice to be heard, in a system that has long ignored the people to serve the corporations, specials interests and lobbyists that Spain politicians are beholden to.

No matter what country you are from this certainly sounds familiar.

Madrid On The Brink: S25 → S29 from brandon jourdan on Vimeo.

This short film chronicles the events of September 25-29th in Madrid, Spain where tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to
demand the resignation of the government and an end to police brutality.

Many of the protests ended in clashes with the police.

Since the stand-off began on September 25th , the images of police brutality have traveled the world over, shocking and inspiring people across Europe and leading to an international day of action on September 29th.

This film tells the story of why so many people took to the streets and follows these events as they unfolded.

Go to globaluprisings.org for the full series of mini-documenaries about reactions to the economic crisis around the world.

Video License: Creative Commons
Download Original: http://vimeo.com/50542582

Food Prices Rising: Reaching Near Emergency Levels, Riots Expected

'According to a group of researchers, their mathematical model using food prices can predict social unrest and riots. Given the drought and rampant speculation, this may bode ill for several regions in the world. Food prices have been rising for quite some time, and aren’t showing any sign of slowing.

People raise their voices and go to arms for reasons too complicated to address here altogether, but it would be folly to leave hunger out of the equation. The spark may be an anti-Islam film or an incident of police brutality, but Yaneer Bar-Yam of the New England Complex Systems Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts says that it’s high food prices that create “the range of conditions in which the tiniest spark can lead to riots.”

History of Accurate Predictions

The NECSI has received attention of late for its accurate predictions of food price behavior, most notably those showing spikes in food prices that coincided with the 2007-2008 riots.

They even submitted findings to the U.S. government—four days before Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian produce vendor, set himself on fire and, many say, catalyzed the Arab Spring.’

(Source: activistpost.com)

[26] Nobel Mass Murder Prize, NDAA, Europe Riots, CISPA Returns? (by breakingtheset)

'EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin highlights Matt Heineman as today's hero for removing politics from the healthcare debate in America, with his documentary 'Escape Fire.' Abby then calls out Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers for attempting to bring back a CISPA-esque cyber-legislation that is a clear example of over-reaching state surveillance for the telecom industry to profit. Abby then talks to the host of RT's Capital Account, Lauren Lyster, about the austerity protests in Greece, and across Europe. Abby then talks to a plaintiff and activist against the NDAA's indefinite detention provision, Alexa O'brien, about her personal experience fighting the government against unlawful detention. BTS wraps up with a look at who Alfred Nobel was, and highlights a few of the most controversial Americans to have received the coveted Nobel Peace prize.'

Brian Lilley: The MSM is lying about the muslim riots (by SDAMatt2a)

'An impassioned Brian Lilley tells us what we already know: that the mainstream media is lying when they report that the mohammadan riots are a response to the film “The Innocence of muslims.”'

Review: BBC The Riots In Their Own Words: August 19, 2012, WideShut Webcast (by wideshutuk)

'On this week's WideShut Webcast Keelan reviews the BBC's London Riots documentary, the New World Order quote of the week, and why we should be wary of Julian Assange.

SHOW LINKS:

- Stitcher App:
http://www.stitcher.com/

- Perfect Storm: The England Riots Documentary:
http://wideshut.co.uk/perfect-storm-the-england-riots-documentary/

- BBC: The Riots In Their Own Words
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01l3y0v/The_Riots_In_Their_Own_Words_The_Rioters/

- Bibi and Barak’s ‘New World Order‘ Is Not Theirs to Create:
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/politics/2012/08/the-writing-on-akirovs-wall.html

- Understanding the Eurocrisis: Interview with UKIP, Washington Times:
http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/making-waves-hawaii-perspective-washington-politic/2012/aug/16/interview-with-nigel-farage-UKIP/’

Aug 6

Lessons for London: Can 2011 riots reignite? (by RussiaToday)

'This summer, London is revelling in its role as Olympics host - but it was a different story exactly a year ago when the city was engulfed by mass street violence and looting. Riots shook the British capital for almost a week, undermining the authorities who failed to restore control. RT's Laura Smith looks at whether lessons were learned.'

Anaheim police brutality provokes riots in California (by RTAmerica)

'A horrific chain of events in California - police shooting unarmed people. Those who saw the violence were demanding answers from the cops, but the officers responded violently once again. The video shows some very disturbing images including police firing rubber bullets and letting a dog loose on a woman holding a baby. To talk more about what is going on in Anaheim, RT's Kristine Frazao is joined by Michael Prysner of the ANSWER Coalition.'

Riot murder trial judge ordered BBC not to broadcast documentaries

Rioting in London

'A judge prevented the BBC from broadcasting two documentaries about last summer's riots without having watched the films – and later prevented the media from reporting his injunction.

Mr Justice Flaux, who was presiding over the murder trial of eight men who were acquitted at Birmingham crown court on Thursday, made the injunction on the grounds that the film raised issues which “echoed” arguments put before his jury.

He used an unusual power under section 45 of the Senior Courts Act 1981, which in some circumstances grants crown court judges the same powers as those used by the high court, to prevent the film from being broadcast.’

Banned in the UK! BBC fights for right to air riot docudrama

British riot police arrive in front of a burning building in Croydon, South London on August 8, 2011. Now in it's third night of unrest, London has seen sporadic outbreaks of looting and clashes both north and south of the river Thames. Numerous buildings were set on fire in Croydon including a 140 year old furniture store as hundreds of looters plundered high street shops of their goods. (AFP Photo/Carl de Souza)

'The BBC is considering making an appeal against a court order which stopped it from broadcasting a dramatized film on last year’s riots in London.

The film, which features actors portraying anonymous rioters sharing their experience of the events, was due to be broadcast on Monday evening, but was banned by a court order hours before hitting the airwaves

Its script was written by award-winning playwright Alecky Blythe and is based on interviews from some 270 people conducted by the Guardian and London School of Economics as part of a study into the massive public disorder.

The first installment of The Riots: In their own Words focuses on rioters, while the second film of the two-part series shares the impressions of police officers on duty at the time.

Both were banned from being broadcast by a court ruling, which BBC lawyers now plan to appeal against, reports the Guardian. The newspaper says for legal reasons it cannot report the name of the judge who made the controversial ruling, the court in which it was done or the case he was presiding over.

Little detail was disclosed on the content of the ruling itself. The British newspaper cites it as saying: “It is ordered that the BBC programme ‘The Riots: In their Own Words’ due for broadcast on BBC 2 tonight is not broadcast by any media by any means until further order.”

The ruling also ordered the BBC to remove a clip promoting the film from its website, which the broadcaster did. The clip, previously available on a blog posted last Friday, featured a BBC producer saying that the "important and illuminating" interviews in the drama would provide insight into "why and how the riots had happened".

After the court ruling arrived the BBC said it would put the program out at a later date. The film was part of the company’s package prepared for the coverage of the one year anniversary of the August 2011 riots in Britain.

What started as peaceful protest in Tottenham erupted into five nights of violence, looting and a subsequent police crackdown. Five people were killed and more than 2,500 shops and businesses damaged. Over a thousand people received jail for their part in the disorder.’

Bahrain’s Formula 404: Protests Not Found? (by RussiaToday)

'In Bahrain, there are no signs of violence dying down - with police firing tear gas at protesters during yet more clashes in the capital Manama. Anti-government demonstrations have been intensifying since the weekend when the world's eyes were on the Formula One Grand Prix race there. But as the world's top drivers went home, foreign criticism of the regime seems to have gone with them.'

"U.S. Behind Heinous Crimes of Bahraini Regime" (by LeakSource2012)

'04/21/2012

Finian Cunningham, Middle East & East Africa Correspondent of Global Research says the U.S. government is the root cause of problems in the protest-hit tiny Persian Gulf country of Bahrain.

"The United States government is the root of the problem. The Khalifa regime is despicable and needs to be removed if there is any democratic progress in Bahrain but the root problem is Washington," Finian Cunningham told press TV’s U.S. Desk in an exclusive interview on Saturday.

He continued, “Washington is the primary sponsor of that regime and they fund the regime with something like fifty million dollars of military aid that came through within the last few months. They gave the regime diplomatic cover, political cover.”

"I mean all the crimes that this regime is committing, the United States is well aware of it, and have been for years. They are well aware of the heinous crimes by the Khalifah regime, the repression, incarceration, torture, lethal use of force against the protesters. The American government is well aware of it and say nothing," Cunningham added

Bahrain has had peaceful anti-regime protests following the 2011 revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt that overthrew their U.S.-backed dictators.’

Street Riots Form in Response to Monsanto Intrusion into Nepal

'After the Nepalese government decided to allow Monsanto into their borders and subsequently force farmers to use genetically modified seeds, the citizens took to the streets.

The starving nation let Monsanto in despite recent and massive bans in a number of EU countries. Monsanto’s GMO crops have been shown by a team of 900 scientists to be virtually ineffective at combating starvation — in fact, they perform way worse than traditional and sustainable agriculture.

Now, according to some Nepal-based activists, Monsanto has been run out of the country by fierce protesting.’

Holy Nightmare: Koran burning fires up Afghan clashes (by RussiaToday)

'At least four people are dead and dozens more wounded after police in Afghanistan open fire during a second day of protests. Outside a US military base, demonstrators are hurling rocks at police and chanting anti-American slogans after copies of the Koran, the Muslim Holy Book were inadvertently burned by troops. The US embassy in Kabul has been put on lockdown during the protests. A senior commander apologized yesterday and ordered a full investigation. Former U.S. Marine Jake Diliberto tells RT this won't be the last time troops create a PR nightmare for America.'