Saturday, May 28, 2011

ANALYSIS - A corruption problem before any

Bahrainis have a long tradition of political protest behind. In 1922, the population had rebelled against the tax system is discriminatory and against the right chore available to the ruling family. In 1938, activists demanded political reforms (with the promulgation of a constitution and free elections), which earned them to be imprisoned by the British on the island of St.

Helena - the very one who was the last residence of the prisoner Napoleon Bonaparte. As for the current uprising, it is still and always produce a social, political and constitutional. This has nothing to do with Sunni-Shiite tensions, as claimed by the Bahraini regime and as willing to believe the other Gulf regimes and a host of analysts and Western governments.

In fact, Sunni and Shiite suffering entire large-scale corruption and arbitrariness of the system without limits. First, the demographic situation is such that more than half the population consists of foreigners and those are often the ones who serve in the army, police and, more generally, in the repressive apparatus.

[These include Sunni Arabs and Pakistanis naturalized in return for their involvement in law enforcement.] On the other hand, the ruling family runs the country as if it were his private property or a kind of large investment zone at their disposal. To illustrate the aberrations to which it leads, just remember that it is difficult to access the sea in what is yet an archipelago of thirty-three islands.

Why? Because most coastal areas are privately owned. About 20% of the land have been reclaimed from the sea and are occupied by commercial investment projects and tourism mostly owned by members of the ruling family. It includes land leased by the State for a period of one century at a cost of 30 son [1 euro] a year.

As for the geopolitical situation, Bahrain hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet and is a buffer zone between Saudi Arabia and Iran. This explains why Americans are so worried about the revolt of the population. This also explains why the Saudis have decided to intervene under the guise of the "Peninsula Shield" military organization comprised of forces from different Arab countries in the Gulf.

This finally explains the attitude of Tehran, which continues to claim that Bahrain is an Iranian whose parliament voted in 1957 a resolution to declare the "fourteenth province" of Iran. Before the arrival of the Saudi forces [March 2011], the regime of Al-Khalifa was alternating use of force and prevarication.

Since it is the iron fist without the velvet glove. The state of emergency was declared [the king has promised to lift its June 2011], the opposition leaders were arrested, the police shoot real bullets leaving dozens dead and hundreds of injured. The proximity of the Al-Khalifa with Al-Assad, Qaddafi, Saleh and other tyrants past and present Arab world was already high in terms of corruption.

No wonder they find brothers in law enforcement.

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