Everyone knows by now just how despicable the Al Khalifa dictatorship in Bahrain is, they torture and kill their own citizens and deny them basic human rights. Everyone also knows how deplorable the British libel system is, how it suppresses free speech and is used by the rich to silence fair criticism of their actions. So it is hardly surprising that the two have come together. A UK legal team has been hired to go after the Independent newspaper and specifically Robert Fisk, their excellent, award winning, Middle East correspondent.
This warrants an “I am Spartacus” , so here is an extract from the offending (and truthful) article:
Has the Khalifa family gone mad? Yesterday, the Bahraini royal family started an utterly fraudulent trial of 48 surgeons, doctors, paramedics and nurses, accusing them of trying to topple the tin-pot monarchy of this Sunni minority emirate. The defendants in this flagrantly unfair military court are, of course, members of the majority Shia people of Bahrain. And since I was a witness to their heroic efforts to save lives in February, I can say â€“ let us speak with a frankness that the Bahraini rulers would normally demand â€“ that the charges are a pack of lies.
Meanwhile the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix for this year has been cancelled. The whole idea of having it was just untenable at every level. Surely Bernie Ecclestone now need to strike it from the calendar until some semblance of human rights are restored. The next race there is scheduled for 11 March 2012, we should be campaigning against this happening right now.