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Bahrain parliament approves military trials for civilians

Bahrain on Sunday approved a constitutional change allowing military courts to try civilians, the kingdom's latest rollback on reforms made after its 2011 Arab Spring protests that likely will stoke an ongoing government crackdown on dissent.

Activists warn the amendment will allow an undeclared state of martial law on the island near Saudi Arabia that's home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. Loyalists of Bahrain's rulers call the change necessary to fight terrorism as the persistent low-level unrest that followed the 2011 demonstrations has escalated recently in tandem with the crackdown.

The island's 40-member Consultative Council, the upper house of the Bahraini parliament appointed by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, voted for the measure Sunday. Their approval came less than two weeks after the 40-seat Council of Representatives, the parliament's elected lower house, passed it with little opposition.

The bill revises a portion of Bahrain's constitution by removing limitations on who military courts can try.

Bahrain is a predominantly Shiite island ruled by a Sunni monarchy. Government forces, with help from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, crushed the 2011 uprising by Shiites and others who sought more political power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the Al-Khalifa monarchy and the Bahraini government; this will not end well.

The government of Saudi Arabia is bleeding money, particularly from its no-win military misadventure in Yemen, and may well not be able to help you if things get dicey again.

And President Trump, please: a word. You just signed off on a huge contingent of military supplies for Bahrain and Saudi Arabia back in February.

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I might politely suggest that you should have used that money to find another home for the 5th Fleet; because when Bahrain comes apart at the seams, socially and financially (because anyone with an ounce of sense knows that this is only a matter of time), the newly-formed Shiite government may well be none too happy about having a reminder of the repression of their former monarchy just sitting on their island, and may well ask the American military to leave.

And Mr. President, a last point; how can the US government claim to support freedom and democracy around the world, when it openly supports tyrants who miserably suppress their own people?!?

This is a pattern which has been a consistent problem for the US government for quite a long time in the 20th and 21st centuries, President Trump, and it is a pattern that needs to end.

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