Saturday, May 12th
LAVA - 4134 Lancaster Avenue
While claiming to support the Arab spring, the U.S. and its mainstream media puppets have mostly turned a blind eye to the uprising in Bahrain, a small but very strategic island nation in the Persian Gulf. Despite its significance, most people you encounter on the street will have never heard of this country. Yet not only does Bahrain host the Fifth Fleet, the nerve center of U.S. naval power in the middle east, it is also located within almost a stones throw of Saudi Arabia's major oil fields, the largest in the world.
Despite the ongoing brutal repression in Bahrain, just the other day, on May 9th, 2012, Hillary Clinton invited the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Sheikh Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, to the Department of State in Washington, D.C.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTS9T_EFMPk Why does the U.S. continue to support brutal regimes while at the same time claiming to care about human rights and democracy?
Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark (55 minutes, with time for discussion afterward)
February 2011, and the Arab Spring is in full swing. International TV cameras are lapping up events in Cairo and Tunis, celebrating the overthrow of one despotic regime after another. But out of sight, in Bahrain, another uprising is underway. Foreign journalists are banned from this island kingdom, but unknown to the ruling Khalifa family, one undercover crew were capturing the horrific carnage of a revolution forgotten by the world.