Hi all, let's digest the latest into on Bahrain.. perhaps @Dark Mark
needs to do better research again...
First of all, I would really urge you all to listen to my interview with @ZenTriathlon
where all of the topics were discussed in detail.. @Ben Hobbs
is saying "we have to consider the sources of income" when referring to Bahrain. "The ability and right to speak freely, to have the freedom of thought, expression.. is fundamental" Referring to Bahrain as a country ran by the Al Khalifa regime.. "women earning the right to vote in 2002"
Firstly, Bahrain is a constitutional monarchy, not a monarchy (only), but a constitutional monarchy. You have to check online or in political science books the difference between both. More importantly, it is not a country ran by a family, there is a parliament, that people elect and choose, who work hand in hand with the selected ministers as a form of checks and balances, similar to administration and congress. This house in government protect the rights of the population by questioning or 'grilling' ministers, including a constitutional right for every citizen, which is the freedom of speech, press etc.
Ben goes on to say "we have a Sunni population of 10%, royal family is Sunni, Shia population of 90%"
WHAT!! I almost choked to be honest when I heard this. Where is this information coming from? Seriously, what is the source? But here's the thing, you want to divide the country based on religious beliefs? Why not divide based on color? What if I walk into congress in America and say, guys, we have too many white people here, need to fix the proportion based on your population and color. This is simply nonsense. Hispanics, blacks, protestants, muslims, WHATEVER, they all need to have the right to vote for whoever comes up with the best prosperity package. We don't want to pop up kids just so that we skew the population in order to have more blacks or indians in congress. By the way, there was no Sunni Shia problem in Iraq before America showed up... think about it
"protester, bloggers, women, men, were arrested, they were imprisoned, tortured, many of them are still in prison, and" basically because of free speech.
Here's the thing, this rhetoric is only heard by pro-Iranians and Iran themselves (who are somehow friends with America today). Thus, what Bahrain did was bring about an external committee endorsed by the United Nations to do a complete and thorough report on these lies and present to the world the truth about Bahrain.. so not sure which pro-Iranian spoke to you Ben, but here's the independent report, you can read it yourself. By the way, I did post it in your website before.. http://www.bici.org.bh/BICIreportEN.pdf
Who is in prison today? Well, name one person only, only one, who is in prison because of free speech, or still in prison as you say.. I'm called you out @Ben Hobbs
"Royal Families do not put themselves on trial" Can you support this? This guy was executed by the way http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-saudi-execution-idUKBRE9BS05W20131229
"Very credible human rights organization" I can counter this statement by the UN Commission of Inquiry.. These human rights organizations are totally wrong, they are biased, thus, the independent report is what the UN and State Department, and all foreign ministries in Europe have accepted. So you should as well.
"He Himself was torturing" This is a blunt statement from you. You need to listen to how you said it without stating "allegedly". Not sure why you're doing this, but it is not an ethical thing to do.. By the way, the guy who filed the case in UK on him, is in prison right now for funding terrorist organizations.. how about that huh? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3364306/Pictured-pistol-convicted-terrorist-facing-jail-regularly-visited-Jeremy-Corbyn-Parliament.html
That's your allegedly right there...
So, let's talk about it why don't we.. Happy to come to your show anytime..