Posts Tagged ‘Shi’ite’
BAHRAIN: Shiites reiterate call for majority-led government
Agence Presse France reports today that Bahrain’s main Shiite opposition bloc has reiterated its demand for a government led by the parliamentary majority, in a statement released after a dispute during a national dialogue.
“The solution to the political crisis is through the acceptance of (its) demands,” and that “any other option would only deepen the crisis,” the Islamic National Accord Association (Al-Wefaq) said in a statement on Tuesday. MORE
iflizwerequeen comments on Majority Rule in USA:
Imagine that! The majority in Bahrain demand that they lead the parliament. Maybe a few people from Bahrain could come over to the USA and teach us a lesson about majority rule since 20% of the American people rule 80% of us. Twenty percent of the American people earn over $100,000 a year. Five percent of that group earn in excess of $180,000 a year which includes all of Congress. (Thanks to the generosity of the American taxpayer). Almost half of Congress (44%) are millionaires, working hard for their stock portfolios and Wall Street profits. One percent of the population of the USA are millionaires.
We Do Not Have Majority Rule in the USA
By what majority do these millionaires in the USA rule? They rule by 51-52% of the slightly less than 50% of eligible voters in the USA who do vote.
So we can rather safely say that we are ruled (regardless the party) by approximately 25% of the majority who do vote.
It would be interesting to see what would transpire if voting were mandatory for all citizens over the age of 18. This isn’t a radical idea. Many countries have compulsory laws for voting: Australia, Brazil, Belgium to name a few.
But expect screeches and yelps from the rich on this point as the LAST thing they want is a majority rule. Just ask ACORN. Before anyone goes off on a tangent about the “evil Republicans.” Remember that ACORN, a nonprofit organization whose only “crime” was to empower the poor by registering them to vote, was defunded when we had a Democratic majority in BOTH houses. Only 7 senators had the guts to stand up to that travesty (and five of the seven are not millionaires–coincidence? I doubt it.)
Minority Interests are in Control of the Majority–the same as in the USA
In Bahrain the minority Sunni are in control of the majority Shiite. In the USA, the upper 20% (those who earn in excess of $100,000 a year) are in control of the 80% who earn less than $100,000 a year. If you think net worth isn’t an issue, you need to look at the increase in net worth of members of Congress over the time periods of 2009 and 2010 and compare that to your own. Then you can see how the fortunes of the rich have not been affected by the “jobless recovery.” For one example, David Koch increased his own personal fortune by $4.5 billion in 2010.
Bahrain’s main Shiite opposition party, Al-Wefaq, said Friday that it will partially pull out of workshops of the so-called National Consensus Dialogue, declaring the talks’ conclusions appeared to be pre-ordained.
“We only have four representatives to participate in the four dialogue workshops, and we preferred to limit our participation to the two workshops” where political and legal issues were to be discussed, said Hadi al-Mosawi, an Al-Wefaq representative, about the talks, which got under way last Saturday.
“It must be noted that the authorities designed the dialogue so that all opposing views are diluted,” al-Mosawi told CNN. Only about 35 of the 300 participants represented the opposition, and the agenda “has been set so that it is directed towards a pre-determined outcome,” he said. [SOURCE CNN]
In the USA we call it: ”Stacking the Deck against your opponent”
Our Wall Street millionaire (44%) Congress does it often and the two parties whose leadership consists of millionaires (1% of the USA population) are experts at playing a good cop/ bad cop game against the majority of citizens who do not even belong to the 20% club who earn over $100,000, much less the 1% millionaire club.
For example, they have a good cop/bad cop game going right now that they call “the debt ceiling” which is nothing but a fraud against the American people that involves a collusion of the leaders of BOTH parties.
DEMOCRATS to Republicans: “You must raise the debt ceiling.” [Thus, we can borrow more money that we can give to Wall Street banks and corporations. And we can get even more money by pretending that the only solution is to take money from Social Security and Medicare. We know there are other solutions but we won't discuss them because they take money out of our millionaire pockets and the pockets of our millionaire friends.]
REPUBLICANS to Democrats: “You must cut Social Security and Medicare.” [We don't care how much money you borrow--that should be obvious from all the unfunded military appropriations for Bush that we approved for 8 years. All you have to do is cut Social Security and Medicare. Then we can get out these taxpayer coffers and use some of that money to fund war profiteers like G.E.]
OUTCOME: Sunday July 10 (a day when few Americans are paying attention) President Obama will cut another one of his deals behind closed doors to sell out the majority of the American people and especially those who can least afford it. He will make cuts to Social Security and Medicare and promote his behavior as bipartisanship–in spite of the fact that many Americans have come up with at least 10 suggestions for solving the debt crisis that are much better and won’t take from those in our society who can least afford it.
SO I ASK YOU:
How is what the leadership of the two parties and our 44% Wall Street Millionaire Congress are doing in regard to their fake debt ceiling deal any different from the fake discussion groups that the minority leadership of Bahrain have set up?
Think about. Our government is not really that different from the minority government that rules Bahrain–not in the way they manipulate the majority.
MORE FROM BAHRAIN: President of Bahrain Center for Human Rights was beaten, blindfolded and detained.
To the left archived photo and to the right recent photo of the attack on Nabeel’s house
March 20, 2011
(Reuters) – Bahraini security forces briefly detained the outspoken head of the country’s main human rights group on Sunday, days after a crackdown that drove mainly Shi’ite protesters off the streets.
“At around 1:30 a.m., around 25 thugs wearing civilian clothes came inside the house and were running from room to room, while around 20 more in security forces’ uniforms waited outside,” Nabeel Rajab told Reuters by telephone. MOREPr