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"A Riot is the Language of the Unheard." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted on the 07 March 2012 by Humanwriter @roseforman
Just watched Riots and Revolutions: My Arab Journey, on BBC Iplayer. This BBC Three documentary is a really interesting insight into the revolutions of Egypt and Bahrain, including the blatant human rights abuses which happen there. People are trying to exercise their rights to peaceful protest, freedom of speech and their right to vote. Rights, which in the Western World, most of us would take for granted. The Egyptians and the people of Bahrain have been denied these rights for different reasons but all are willing to give their lives in the fight to gain what is rightfully theirs.I found the part 49 minutes in, where the Bahrain protester, Nada, mentions the US Naval base particulalry interesting. She says: "All this crap about human rights doesn't work with them (the Americans) it's their interests first." Bahrain is a big link between the West and the Arab oil, which means it is an import resource. Basically, if the US waltz in a help the little people protest against the human-rights-abusing tyrants then they might lose their oil contract. The filming of the Naval base, right next door to all the protest and inhumane treatment, is proof that the biggest states put financial and commercial interests above the greater needs of the people.Another part I found interesting was the Egyptian woman, Maggie, choosing not to vote because she believed that the Muslim Brotherhood Party were most likely to win. By "boycotting" the election she is not exercising the right she has fought so hard to obtain, whether her favorite party wins or not, she should have voted to make sure that her party had every last bit of support possible. THAT to me is a fair election.
NB. The video link below, might not work after a week or so, in which case I will endeavour to find a more permanent link.

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