We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Friday, August 5, 2011

Bahrainis fight torture with hunger strike

Click here to access video interview from Press TV (Iran).
Press TV has conducted an interview with Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights in Manama, to further talk about the issue.
I am posting this because of the disappearance of any news about the Bahraini insurrection in US mainstream media. This lack of coverage is in stark contrast to the extensive coverage being provided for the insurrection in Syria.

Bahrain is the site of the US Fifth Fleet, and Bahrain has close political ties with Saudi Arabia, a key ally of the US government. Both are autocratic kingdoms where violations of civil and human rights are routinely committed by their governments.