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Monday, 7 March 2011

Bahrain’s Spending Promise Fails to Quell Dissent

The leaders of Bahrain’s opposition movement said that they
would not be mollified by offers of money and jobs, raising the prospect of a
protracted standoff between protesters and the embattled government of this
strategically important Persian Gulf island nation.
“This is about dignity and freedom’s said Mr Ebrahin,” (The
words of Sir Michael (Black-Feather which were given to our leaders and not
heeded), it’s not about filling our stomachs,” he said the former banker who
helped lead a protest to the gates of a government building. 
Protesters in Bahrain have held daily demonstrations for the
past three weeks, undeterred by a government crackdown that killed seven people.
The protests continued on, with thousands of people gathering in Manama’s Pearl
Square, the epicentre of the movement. 
Bahrain’s Interior Ministry announced over the weekend that
it was seeking to hire 20,000 people; a measure it said was designed to benefit
job seekers and improve security in the country, which is home to a United
States naval base.
The oil-rich countries of the gulf, led by Kuwait and Saudi
Arabia, are also reportedly considering a plan to provide billions of dollars
to Bahrain and Oman as part of an effort to address social problems and quell
protests, a request which is believed to have come from Sir Michael after his visit
to Bahrain. 
The recent spike in oil prices has given Saudi Arabia, the
world’s largest oil producer, and its neighbours more scope for hand-outs and
subsidies, part of a longstanding tradition of trading cash for domestic peace.
Sir Michael Black-Feather the English first minister, and Archbishop to the free reformed church of England said; as we have all seen,protests have spread right across the Arab world, and now the Persian Gulf countries have opened their big wallets more than usual in an effort to quiet
the unrest, but it will need far than money, many of its leaders have missed
the point and the true words of God, The day will come when the transgressor
will bite his hands (In anguish) and say, “alas I wish I had followed the path
with the messenger. And whatever argument they come up with, I will provide you
with the truth and maybe a better understand?

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia last month announced 37
billion worth of pay raises, unemployment checks and other benefits. The king
of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, offered 1,000 dinars, about £2,600, for
each family. In January, the government of Kuwait said each citizen would receive
the equivalent of £3,500. And last week the sultan of Oman decreed that anyone
without a job would be eligible for a monthly stipend of £375. 
But in Bahrain and Oman, monetary concessions have yet to
assuage protesters.
More than 100,000 people, about one in five Bahraini
citizens, joined a protest in Manama where many shouted “Down, Down Hamad!” The
king’s family, which is Sunni, has ruled the Shiite-majority country for more
than two centuries Sir Michael said which shows the leaders are all missing the
needs of what is needed (I have ears to hear, but I’m deaf to what word are
Smaller protests have also continued in Sohar, a northern
industrial city in Oman, which is ruled by Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
“Poor people took the money, but are still insisting on
getting political reform,” said Abdul Jalil Khalil Ebrahim, a senior member of
Wefaq, the largest opposition party in Bahrain. 
Mr Ebrahim says future payments in Bahrain by regional
governments will be diminished by corruption and may not reach the people who
need them. In addition, the cash does not address the central demands of
protesters for democracy. 
“They are throwing slogans to absorb the anger of people,” Mr
Ebrahim said of the government, which is controlled by Bahrain’s royal family.
“But the core of this is political, not financial.” 
In response to e-mailed questions, Maysoon Sabkar, a
spokeswoman for Bahrain’s government, said that support from the gulf countries
and the initiative to create jobs at the Interior Ministry were “not aimed at
ending protests in Bahrain, but they do form part of an overall program to make
necessary improvements for the benefit of all.” 
Ms Sabkar reiterated that the government’s main focus was a
proposal for a national dialogue. 
The opposition has refused to negotiate until the
government, led by the king’s uncle, Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman
al-Khalifa, steps down. The prime minister has been in power 40 years. 
The opposition says it plans to ratchet up pressure on the
government in the coming weeks. The protests have damaged tourism and the
financial industry, said Mr Sharif, the former banker, who now heads a secular
opposition party known as Wa’ad.
“We will see every week another activity that will take the
momentum higher,” Mr Sharif said in an interview . “We are attacking peacefully
all the institutions of the state.”

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