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Bahrain Posters: ‘Terrorism is an US Industry’
Posted By John Glaser On December 11, 2012 @ 11:20 am In News | Comments Disabled
The picture on the bottom right-hand corner is John Timoney, the ex-US police chief  whose expertise was tapped by the US-backed Bahraini dictatorship to crack down more efficiently on peaceful protesters.
The Obama administration, contrary to its own propaganda about being on the side of the people in the Arab Spring, has continued  to lend economic, military, and diplomatic support  to the tiny Persian Gulf monarch throughout its brutal repression of peaceful demonstrators since early 2011, when forty-seven  unarmed protesters were shot and killed with live rounds by security forces.
The Bahraini regime hosts the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, which allows the United States to “project power” in the Persian Gulf and patrol the Straits of Hormuz, through which 40 percent of the world’s seaborne oil passes. That ruthless geo-political advantage is not something the Obama administration is willing to give up for the sake of democracy and human rights.
Bahrain recently banned all protests  and demonstration in a dramatic violation of basic rights. But it is only one aspect of the repressive, martial-law type responses from the US-supported dictatorship. Others have included systematic torture , beatings , weaponizing tear gas , imposing curfews, harassing well-known activists, show trials and detentions, and cracking down on press freedoms, among many others.
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URLs in this post:
 these posters: http://www.flickr.com/photos/91269645@N00/8260410559/in/photostream
 reportedly: http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/12/10/a_tale_of_two_cities
 ex-US police chief: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/02/us-bahrain-police-idUSTRE7B10HG20111202
 has continued: http://news.antiwar.com/2012/02/08/obama-sends-bahrain-arms-despite-continuing-repression/
 economic, military, and diplomatic support: http://antiwar.com/blog/2012/08/08/bahrain-and-the-gullible-washington-post/
 forty-seven: http://yemenpost.net/Detail123456789.aspx?ID=3&SubID=3296
 banned all protests: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/31/world/middleeast/bahrain-bans-all-protests-in-new-crackdown.html
 systematic torture: https://www.google.com/url?q=http://antiwar.com/blog/2011/11/01/bahrain-probe-finds-torture-was-systematic/&sa=U&ei=OyOQULHqLIa90AHRlYHQAg&ved=0CAkQFjAB&client=internal-uds-cse&usg=AFQjCNG1yn4A--MvE1Kr6_D_XhKvOG6XJg
 beatings: https://www.google.com/url?q=http://antiwar.com/blog/2012/04/30/repression-beatings-and-torture-in-us-supported-bahrain/&sa=U&ei=OyOQULHqLIa90AHRlYHQAg&ved=0CAcQFjAA&client=internal-uds-cse&usg=AFQjCNGi5GVEBcrfPc1Py6U-X76mWtgi9A
 weaponizing tear gas: http://news.antiwar.com/2012/08/01/rights-group-bahrain-regime-weaponizing-tear-gas/
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