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By Lucky Gold, CNN
We can’t rush into things
As the Middle East becomes ever more polarized and violent, a rare conversation took place Monday on Amanpour - between an authoritarian government and one of its most prominent and articulate victims.
The subject was the unrest in Bahrain and the guests were Dr. Nabeel Hameed, a Bahraini physician who was arrested and brutalized for the alleged crime of treating injured protesters; and Sheikh Abdul-Aziz bin Mubarak al-Khalifa, a royal family member who speaks for the Bahraini government.
The tone was calm, even civil, but the import of their long-distance discussion was far-reaching.
Sheikh al-Khalifa, speaking from Bahrain, admitted that his government is moving slowly, when it comes to addressing reform and righting wrongs, and thereby risks allowing violent forces to fill the vacuum: “Yes, I mean, we think that at the pace that some people think we’re moving, which is slow, will further radicalize the polarized society that we have.”
Still, he defended current policy: “We can’t rush into things and we intend to move at a quicker pace and to achieve the goals that we have for a better future in Bahrain.”
That future will include bringing Dr. Hameed to trial when he returns to Bahrain next week. Dr. Hameed is one of several doctors and nurses who were targeted by the Bahraini government during last year’s protests.
On tonight’s program, Dr. Nabeel Hameed a neurosurgeon who was jailed in Bahrain for treating anti-government protesters speaks to me. As well as a representative from the government, Sheikh Abdul-Aziz bin Mubarak al-Khalifa – Senior Counselor of International Media for the Information Affairs Authority.
In the meantime, these articles and videos online have caught my eye:
‘Prison Island’ Bahrain has badly botched its local version of the Arab Spring. And there seems to be no way out. http://bit.ly/JPh7gs
‘The sword and the word’ – In the struggle between the two strands of Islam, the Sunnis are on the rise http://econ.st/Jy6yib
And this video called "Independence" from Amnesty International: