Bahrain's Maryam Al-Khawaja Wants To Tell You About The Arab Revolt We've All ForgottenMaryam al-Khawaja has fled her home, to live in a country where she has no family or community. Her father is serving a life sentence behind bars, her uncle serving five years, and her sister, newly freed from prison, is likely to be jailed again in September.
|Maryam al-Khawaja is in exile in Denmark|
I, and many others, have been shouting about the "forgotten uprising" in Bahrain for over two years. The problem, as is often the case in these situations, is that the western "media" by accident, or more usually by design, choose not to report events presumably to avoid embarrassment to "friendly" governments in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, the United States, with its 5th Fleet in its base at Juffai, the United Kingdom with numerous business interests in Bahrain, (and a number of other countries in the area), supplying copious quantities of "riot control" and other military equipment. With a few notable exceptions of television stations such as Al-Jazzera or Press TV, the protests in the streets, the abuses of civil liberties, the oppression of the people and the excesses of the despotic King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, aided and abetted by the rest of his tyrannical family, are ignored by the "International Community", as if happening to another people in another world and therefore not worthy of news coverage
Apart from the attention given to Bahrain when the F1 spectacle arrives in town for the Grand Prix, the world, or at least the media of the world, seems to be singularly dis interested in the events at the Pearl roundabout, or on the streets of Manama, Riffa, Muharraq or many other towns across the islands. Once the F1 circus has moved on to the next venue, Bahrain returns to what now passes as normal, the protests continue and Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa and the rest of the clique get back to business as usual. The "International Community" resumes viewing the situation through its blind eye, the US 5th Fleet stays in its base, the Saudi's continue to prop up the regimes grip on the people. For Bahrain, the world just does not care.
The al-Khalifa royal dynasty has ruled Bahrain for more than 200 years - and launched a brutal crackdown on anti-regime protesters back in February 2011, when the Arab Spring arrived in the country's capital of Manama. Over the past three years, the Bahraini military and police, with the assistance of Saudi security forces, have harassed, arrested, detained and tortured members of the opposition,