SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – For thirteen months now the Bahraini people have been facing a repression system, and the world and its international institutions have failed to support the Bahraini revolution. Surprisingly, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Gulf Cooperation Council support human rights and send the Peninsula Shield to help the Khalifa regime in the killing and destruction, while sending weapons to the Syrian opposition to fight the government; how do these countries support democracy in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Syria, and meanwhile suppress women in universities in Asir, Riyadh, Qatif and Bahrain.
How can we believe that kings and princes support the devolution of power and freedom of opinion whilst their own governance is based on a hereditary monarchy from a generation to another as it is stated in the constitution of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Gulf states! The Constitution of Bahrain states that Bahrain is based on a hereditary ‘constitutional monarchy’, where the power has been transferring from one King to his eldest son for years now unless the King appointed (during his lifetime) another son as his successor.
The history of suppressing the Bahraini people started since the Khalifa family took charge of the island in 1783; their regime have been around for almost 230 years (family ruling) and the Prime Minister “Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa” has survived in the office since 1971, for about forty years. However, Bahrain withdrew its ambassador from Syria to protest the lack of devolution of power and support reformation and democracy!
Al Khalifa family has created a system of forced labor which lasted from 1783 until 1923, including unfair legislations for farmers, fishermen, and women.
After the abolition of this system in 1923, it was replaced with a system based on political discrimination at the level of jobs, the government and the parliament. The system was protected by the nationalization of mercenaries in the army and security.
The Council of Representatives in Bahrain ratified the Confederation with the Gulf States to protect the system itself, and the Council justified their approval by saying: "The Bahrain occupies a strategic position, and have abundant natural resources and is a financial center, making it a target for other countries".
Some sources say: "The King of Bahrain signed a secret agreement with Saudi Arabia in his last visit, stating the inclusion of Bahrain to Saudi Arabia, converting it to a Saudi Emirate, and the transformation of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa into a Prince (Amir), in exchange for a pledge from Saudi Arabia to protect, fund, and support King Hamad against the public Revolution". This new confidential agreement is similar to the Taif Agreement signed between Saudi Arabia and Yemen on May 19, 1934. Moreover, this agreement will repress the Shiites of Bahrain and will make them a minority.
News leaked regarding Saudi Arabia’s plan to control the Gulf States. In Kuwait, Saudi Arabia was able to get a parliamentary group of Saudi nationals which is becoming a threat to the status of Al-Sabah family in Kuwait, through its insistence on removing the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Ahmad, despite him having the support of the Prince of Kuwait. This is part of Saudi Arabia’s agenda to implement its policies in Kuwait and limit the powers of the Sabah family who have succeeded till today to ignore Saudi’s attempts to disrupt the life of democracy and political freedoms and media in Kuwait.
Source: Islam Times