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Bahrain Cleric Accuses MB of Aiding US `Scheme` To Change Arab Identity of Gulf
Al-Wasat Online
Monday, January 14, 2013


 


Unattributed report: “Salah al-Jawdar: Changing the Identity [of the Gulf] Is a US Scheme Devised With the Help of the Muslim Brotherhood [MB] and the Safavids”


Sheikh Salah al-Jawdar has accused the Muslim Brotherhood of aiding the West in implementing a project aiming at changing the Arab identity of the Gulf through its religious reference in the region. In a lecture entitled “Scheme to Change the Arab Identity of the Gulf” at the National Unity Assembly house in Al-Rifa, Al-Jawdar said:”The Western scheme today is devised by the United States with the help of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Safavids (derogatory term referring to Shiites).”


He added: “The first phase of the US project for identity change began in 1998 through the efforts led by US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. However, our Gulf governments did not have a good reading back then in this regard,” referring to the predictions made at first glance by Saudi King Abdallah Bin-Abd-al-Aziz, custodian of the two holy mosques, about the scheme in which the United States pursued a policy of dragging the world into sectarian wars and terrorist acts in preparation for the second phase; that is, a change from within.


Al-Jawdar said: “We weep over Iraq not because of the fall of Saddam Husayn`s regime, but rather because of the position of a dear country which has turned today into sectarian cantons and has entered a dark labyrinth, so much so that all Sunni and Shiite components of the Iraqi people are now demanding the removal of (Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri) Al-Maliki`s regime.”


On the other hand, Al-Jawdar praised the significant role played by the Fatih Gathering in repelling the aggression against Bahrain. He said that had it not been for the Fatih Gathering, clashes would have erupted in the streets of Bahrain. He also stressed that the danger of the scheme does not affect the older generation in the same way it seriously affects the new generations, which the West is now feeding with sectarian hatred and abuse of the society and the state.


Speaking of the Gulf union, Al-Jawdar said that the formulas of cooperation and communication, along with other formulas, are neither valid for the new phase nor capable of confronting the scheme anymore. He added that no one is calling for cooperation or holding on to it anymore, yet it is in the interest of all Gulf peoples to agree on a union as an effective force capable of confrontation and preservation of the Arab identity.


(Description of Source: Manama Al-Wasat Online in Arabic -- Website of independent daily edited by former Bahraini opposition leader Mansur al-Jamri; URL: http://www.alwasatnews.com/main.aspx)


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Bahrain: Friday-Sermon Preachers Criticize Syrian Regime, Iran`s Policy
Saturday, January 12, 2013


On 12 January, Bahrain newspapers, mainly Akhbar al-Khalij and Al-Wasat were observed to carry reports on the Friday sermons delivered at a number of Bahraini mosques by key clerics, including Sheikh Isa Qasim, Dr Jasim al-Sa`idi, Sheikh Abdallah al-Manna`i, and others. The sermons were focused mainly on domestic affairs, the Syrian crisis, and Iran`s policy in the Gulf. Following is a summary of a number of sermons:


In his Friday sermon at the Al-Imam al-Sadiq Mosque in Al-Diraz village, Sheikh Isa Qasim calls on the regime “to abandon the policy of `hostility` against the Bahraini people in order to end the ongoing bitter conflict,” stressing that the regime should “consider the will of the people and should work on achieving their demands.”


Qasim adds that “the policy of repressing the people through using excessive force is bound to lead to a continuous conflict with the people,” adding that “the popular movement will continue as long as there are key opposition figures and other honorable free men in jails, deprived of their freedom.”


For his part, Sheikh Adnan al-Qattan, preacher of Ahmad al-Fatih Mosque said that “what is going on in Syria has brought shame not only upon the Syrian regime, but upon the entire world.” Al-Qattan adds: “The Arab League and the West are just watching the massacres and miseries, doing nothing but talk; some parties even support that criminal regime.”


During his sermon at the Al-Khalid Mosque, Sheikh Abdallad al-Manna`i touched uponthe meeting held between Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad al-Tayyib and the Iranian foreign minister, during which Al-Tayyib expressed “his rejection of the Iranian interference in the Bahraini domestic affairs.” Sheikh Al-Manna`i lauds the Grand Imam “calling on the Iranian religious authorities to Issue a fatwa prohibiting the Shiites from directing insults against Prophet Muhammad`s wives and companions.”


Dr Abd-al-Rahman al-Fadil delivers the Friday sermon at Nuf al-Nasar Mosque, in Isa City. In his sermon, he cited the Almighty God`s saying: “Nor will they cease fighting you until they turn you back from your faith if they can.” (Partial Koranic verse, Al-Baqarah, 2:117) He says that “the enemies of Islam are waging an all-out war against Muslims everywhere,” adding that “Muslims are oppressed everywhere” and that in some parts of the world, they suffer from “genocide massacres.”


Dr Al-Fadil adds that “the Bahraini opposition does not really belong to that country, but rather to that Persian state,” calling for standing up against these militias that spread corruption all over the country,” in compliance with God`s saying: “And fight them on until there is no more tumult” (Partial Koranic verse, Al-Anfal, 8:39)


Dr Naji al-Arabi gave the Friday sermon at the Ajlan Mosque where he stressed that “the opposition conspirers are adamant to carry out subversive acts against the country and the people in order to achieve their greedy aspirations.” Sheikh Al-Arabi calls on the leaders to “adopt the policy of frankness and transparency with the people and discuss the pretexts on which the coupists depend to justify their chaotic movement.” He also calls on the authority to start “real reforms in all fields instead of just making promises.”


For his part, Sheikh Jasim al-Sa`idi said in his sermon at the Sabikat al-Nisf Mosque that Iran, without a doubt, is the “key operator of crimes and seditious actions taking place in Syria, Iraq, and the entire region, since it spends a lot of money to export its revolution everywhere and expand its Safavid state in the region by all means.” Sheikh al-Sa`idi concludes his sermon by calling on the Bahraini authority to “confront that harmful neighboring state, which persists in interfering in the domestic affairs of all neighboring countries.


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Iran Commentary Says Bahrain Settling Syrian Sunnis to Change Demographics
Resalat Online
Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Commentary by Hoseyn Yari: “The Interference of the Al Khalifah Regime in the Domestic Affairs of Syria


Al Khalifah`s interference in Syrian internal affairs still continues. The Al Khalifah regime, which itself is on the verge of being destroyed has not abstained from taking any action in its efforts to confront the government of Bashar al-Asad. This is while Bahraini citizens make their voices of protest against Al Khalifah and Al Sa`ud louder every day and rallies and demonstrations against the policies of Al Khalifah are still taking place.


The Al Khalifah regime, with the cooperation of the United Arab Emirates` (UAE) trade office in Jordan, has taken action to attract Syria`s Sunnis and so far, 5,000 Syrians in a Jordanian refugee camp have received Bahraini citizenship. The Bahraini Government, with the cooperation of the “UAE`s Economic Cooperation Office” in Jordan has taken action to attract and offer citizenship to ethnic Syrian Sunnis. In line with this, up until 10/10/91 (30 December 2012), 5,000 ethnic Syrian Sunnis have become Bahraini citizens and have been transferred to Bahrain. Each of the mentioned individuals received 10,000 Bahraini dinars (about $26,400) at the time of their transfer and will receive amenities such as housing and occupation with a salary of about 350 dinars (about $925) per month after being settled in Bahrain, which equals about 825 American dollars (as published).


These actions are taking place while the Bahraini regime itself is on the verge of collapsing and the Bahraini revolutionaries continue more severe protests against the policies of Al Khalifah. In such circumstances, Bahrain still plays in the field of the United States of America regarding Syria and follows the decisions of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Bahrain has been the West and Saudi Arabia`s pawn in the region for years and by following instructions from Riyadh, Washington, and London, tries to get closer to them. Therefore, Bahrain`s recent actions regarding Syrian refugees have occurred with green light from Saudi Arabia and the United States of America. The UAE`s Economic Cooperation Office in Amman holds 10-day training courses for Syrian citizens regarding the customs and traditions, way of life, and livelihood in Bahrain before their departure. Transfer of these individuals started since the last Gregorian year by Qatar Airways flights from Jordan to Doha and from Doha to Bahrain.


Over the past 14 years, 60,000 ethnic Sunni Iraqi, Yemeni, Syrian, Lebanese, Palestinian, and Pakistani citizens have been transferred to (Bahrain) by the Bahraini Government and have been counted as Bahraini citizens by receiving citizenship and employment. A while ago, Salah-al-Din al-Bandar, former adviser of Al Khalifah announced in a report that the Al Khalifah regime sees its survival as being dependent on the reduction of the proportion of the Shiite population. Therefor that government tried to ensure that the proportion of Shiites reaches 20 to 30 percent and that they are treated as second class citizens. In 2004, out of the 23,000 job titles created by Al Khalifah, 19,000 were given to foreigners and the reduction in the number of Shiite officials in ministries, charity funds, private companies, and the economic sector is also part of this conspiracy. This is while the Shiites of Bahrain are aware of the conspiracies of Al Khalifah and continue their protests against the policies of this dictator regime. It should be noted that human rights groups have condemned the actions of Al Khalifah regarding the protestors and their killing, torture, and detention many times.


(Description of Source: Tehran Resalat Online in Persian -- Website of conservative Tehran daily, owned by the Resalat Foundation; associated with conservative merchants and clerics and the Islamic Coalition Party; www.resalat-news.com)


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Bahrain Accepts, Grants Citizenship To 1,000 Saddam Loyalists
Fars News Agency
Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Bahrain`s national air carrier, Gulf Air, has transited a total of 1,000 loyalists to Iraq`s former dictator Saddam Hussein to Manama on several flights, including on Gulf Air Flight No. GF976, on December 22, informed Arab sources disclosed on Wednesday.


“The Bahraini government has begun granting nationality to and recruiting (former Iraqi dictator) Saddam Hussein`s forces and has already attracted 1,000 of these forces who have become Bahraini citizens after going through administrative procedures,” an informed source at the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) told FNA.


The Saddam loyalists were immediately granted Bahrain`s citizenship, given houses, and recruited by the country`s security organization upon their arrival in the tiny Persian Gulf country.


They were the last group of Saddam`s loyalists who were transferred to Manama International Airport from Amman, Jordan`s capital. They had fled Iraq through the country`s land borders with Jordan.


A former commander of Iraq`s presidential guard, Tareq al-Shamri, was in charge of transferring Saddam`s loyalists to Bahrain from Jordan.


This is not the first time that the Bahrain`s Al Khalifa regime grants Bahraini citizenship and recruits mercenaries from other countries in a bid to continue with the suppression of its opponents who attend daily protests in Manama and other cities across the country in thousands.


The Bahraini government which feels desperate to bring back calm to the crisis-hit country had also earlier recruited about 5,000 Salafis from Jordan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan.


Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty`s over-40-year rule.


Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar - were dispatched to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom on March 13, 2011, to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors.


So far, tens of protesters have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and thousands of others have been injured.


Police clampdown on protesters continues daily. Authorities have tried to stop organized protests by opposition parties over the past month by refusing to license them and using tear gas on those who turn up.


The opposition coalition wants full powers for the elected parliament and a cabinet fully answerable to parliament.


Amnesty International has announced that more than 200 people, arrested as part of the clampdown against Shiite political opposition in Bahrain, are at the risk of being tortured. Around 250 individuals in Bahrain, who are believed to have been detained, are at risk of torture, the group said. Human Rights Watch also accused Bahrain of restricting the travel of rights activists to prevent them from talking about the arrest of opposition members.


The Sunni-dominated government has intensified the crackdown against the Shiite population, arresting dozens of opposition figures on the allegation of planning to topple the government.


The population of Bahrain is predominantly Shiite. However, the majority group has long complained of being discriminated against by the Sunni-dominated government in obtaining jobs and receiving services.


(Description of Source: Tehran Fars News Agency in English -- hardline semi-official news agency, headed as of 24 July 2011 by Nezameddin Musavi; http://www.english.farsnews.com)


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Iran Commentary: US Uses Regional Arab Countries to Apply More Pressure on Iran
Mardom Salari online
Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Commentary by Mehdi Motahharniya, university professor and international affairs analyst: “The Run-up of Arab Countries in Taking a Stance Against Iran


What we are currently witnessing in the geopolitics of the region is the meeting of the will of trans-regional powers and the coordination of this will within the framework of a regional consensus in order to form the higher effectiveness of the compliance front against the resistance front.


The run-up of Arab countries occurred during the recent GCC meeting in Bahrain, and also by the recent remarks of some of the officials of that country about the “post Bashar al-Asad” period. This group of countries is wishing for the Syria of the future to join the compliance front within the axis of Doha, Riyadh, Ankara, Cairo, and finally Damascus at the center in a post Bashar al-Asad period and is thinking of putting more pressure on Iran.


It is for this reason that the recent remarks by Bahraini officials on the issue of holding a conference of friends of Iran in the future and what the Bahraini minister of foreign affairs has raised regarding the repeated accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran must be analyzed in such an atmosphere.


This run-up is taking place within a context that we must say will be followed by the United States of America`s complete dominance of the new heartland.


In the outlook of expanding its axes-centered power in the 21st century, America has placed its strategic priority on controlling Asia and the encirclement of China. But the strategic priority of the United States is dominance on the new heartland, meaning the Persian Gulf and the Iranian Plateau.


Hence, America`s serious challenge and that of trans-regional powers allied with that country as well as countries within the region, known as the compliance front, is leaning toward creating a suitable atmosphere for the management of the application of more pressure on the Islamic Republic.


America sees the strategic depth of maintaining its power of the 21st century and expanding its future power in its domination of the new heartland.


It seems that in this complicated and challenging situation, a political system is standing against America`s actions called the Islamic Republic which, rather than joining America as a strategic partner in the region, is interested in confronting the policies of that country in the region and in the world. Therefore, (America) is trying to create a regional consensus based on classic Iran-phobia in the region and to take Iran`s ring of encirclement away from marine borders closer to land borders and, through confrontation of Arab countries with Iran, plan a final battle in the region between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Aden.


Therefore, the remarks of the Bahraini foreign minister and the suggestion of holding a conference of friends of Iran must be considered as a meaningful signal.


(Description of Source: Tehran Mardom Salari Online in Persian -- Website of pro-reform daily, organ of the Democracy or Mardom Salari Party, managed by former Majles Deputy Mostafa Kavakebian; www.mardomsalari.com)


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