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:
by Christiane Amanpour
Journalism students explore the different perspectives and conflicting narratives and biases in some of the top stories of our time:
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Bahrain arrests human rights activist: http://reut.rs/JUXqRW
by Christiane Amanpour
The Shawshank Prevention – “Blind man,” and “U.S Embassy” are among the terms vanishing from China’s censored social media – the Chinese are resorting to code words like Shawshank. CNN broadcasts specifically dealing with issue on AMANPOUR. and AC360 are blacked out at times. http://bit.ly/JRLukT
U.S. & China relations no longer center on human rights, look at what Nancy Pelosi told me just a a couple of weeks ago (watch around 2:30 into the video, or see text just below):
AMANPOUR: What do you make of the fact that you were very vocal, that there shouldn't be, you know, the most favored nation relations between the United States and China, until they cooperated properly on human rights?
And it's not really a key plank of the Obama administration or any administration, (inaudible).
PELOSI: No, it hasn't been for any president, Democrat or Republican. But in Congress, there is –was bipartisan support for saying we want intellectuals to be treated the same way as you treat intellectual property.
We were willing to say that the Chinese, unless you stop violating our intellectual property, we're going to have some trade adjustments. But we didn't say that about human rights and intellectuals who were being persecuted.
AMANPOUR: Would you prefer to see a stronger admonition from the administration?
PELOSI: I think it's after the fact. I think 20 years ago, the United States decided to ride the Chinese tiger and China will decide when we don't any more.
by Christiane Amanpour
You need code words to report the French elections? See how social media used fun code words to get around reporting restrictions: http://nyti.ms/Ia3CUZ
Social media helped organize and publicize uprisings from Iran ’09 to Arab Spring ’11. Now, Obama issues executive order to crack down on whoever uses social media to hunt down and attack protestors: http://wapo.st/I4kO30
CONFIRMATION of a deal for Afghanistan to get U.S. and Western support until 2024… 10-years after the 2014 pull out. http://nyti.ms/Ia4HMA Hamid Karzai first detailed this deal to me in my exclusive interview with him last week:
AMANPOUR: Are you concerned that Afghanistan will descend into a kind of a civil war after the U.S. and other NATO forces leave?
KARZAI: No. I’m not concerned about that at all. I’m rather very confident that once the international forces leave, that the Afghan forces will be able to defend the country as they demonstrated yesterday that the efficiency, the technical capability in terms of neutralizing terrorists, that is not my concern.
The Afghan people will hold hands, will join hands to defend their country, to defeat terrorism. But of course, we will need the continued assistance of the international community in form other than the presence of the - their troops on our soil. And that is being considered. We are right now talking with the United States on a strategic partnership between us.
We are talking with Germany right now. We have signed some with other partners. So resources will be a matter that will be hoping and important for us. The presence of troops will not - the removal of, the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan will not add to the dangers that we face.
AMANPOUR: Let me ask you quickly about the strategic partnership you’re talking about. How long do you think U.S. and other international forces in some way or another, that kind of partnership, need to stay in Afghanistan? I’ve heard you talk about 10 years, 2024.
KARZAI: Right now, we are negotiating for a partnership with the United States for a period from 2014 to 2024. Once we have agreed on all the conditions of that partnership and of all the needs that we have and all the considerations that the United States has, the partnership, once signed, will go into effect for 10 years.
The director of the film ‘Saving Face,’ Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, has just been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World (http://ti.me/Jg6ano). Her film looks at a part of Pakistan where it’s not uncommon for women to have had acid thrown in their face. I profiled Obaid-Chinoy and her film in a piece earlier this year (http://yhoo.it/yAOMIY).
Israel must be wiped off the map?
Israeli Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy, Dan Meridor, says Ahmadinejad never actually used those words: http://bit.ly/HT2PJi [via YNet]. A top Iranian adviser said the same to me in an interview last month: http://on.cnn.com/HXSujf
Syria: Plan B?
Where will U.S. lead on Syria? The cease-fire is failing. U.S. allies are now asking is there a Plan B. Check out this post from John Rogin’s blog The Cable: http://bit.ly/667VtP
Does Foreign Aid help or hurt Africa?
The graphic showing the six fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa fascinates me http://bit.ly/IRfjDi [via AlJazeera]. On the other hand reports say that the explosive population growth in Africa is dangerous as economic growth is not keeping up in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Mali is one of poorest nations in the world and now some worry a power vacuum will allow al Qaeda affiliates to take control: ‘Disaster looms for people of Mali as country is split by revolt’ – http://on.cnn.com/IdGFBM
The economic crisis in Europe is not just about dollars or euros – it’s about HUMAN LIVES: Increasingly in Europe, Suicides ‘by Economic Crisis’ – http://nyti.ms/HLkPcX
Imagine if we had been trying to break the Titanic story 100 years ago. No social media, no satellite phones, no cell phones, etc.: '100 Years Ago, Arrival Of Titanic Survivors In NYC Set Off Media Free-For-All' http://wny.cc/IUFNVK
Mike The Magnificent! There was a beautiful tribute to journalist Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes. Stay until the end for his own poignant confessions to his grandson. We REALLY won't see the likes of Mike again. Swashbuckling through history on a staggering career of true genius. Humbling actually. http://cbsn.ws/IY3yw9
Still Take Iran at its Fatwa
Months ago I wrote, ‘Take Iran at its Fatwa’ (http://on.cnn.com/xSAi79): "Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a fatwa years ago, decreeing that the production, possession, use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is 'a Great Sin.'" Now, going into new nuclear talks U.S. officials are pouring over Ayatollah's Fatwas for possible exit ramp from crisis: http://nyti.ms/IFifF2
Iran and Big Powers in Istanbul today for the first nuclear negotiations in a year, looking for a diplomatic way out. Warning: US lost last 'war games' enactment against Iran. Check out this piece from the WSJ: http://on.wsj.com/IIHgwO
Marlins suspend manager Guillen for 5 games
I just came back from Cuba where freedom of speech is scarce. But what about freedom of speech in the United States of America? | http://on.wsj.com/I45Q6D
Everyone is still asking can real democracy come to the Arab world. I think it’s the wrong question! Some of the universal principles of freedom and individual rights came from the cradle of civilization millennia ago: ‘Free Exchange’ | http://econ.st/HBXuHl
Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi
I’m transfixed by her win, but will the Generals let her lead? This headline says it all: The Lady of all Landslides | http://econ.st/I44f0O