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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-12-12 01:36 AM
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U.S. resumes Bahrain arms sales despite rights concerns
U.S. resumes Bahrain arms sales despite rights concerns

WASHINGTON | Fri May 11, 2012 8:05pm EDT

(Reuters) - <snip>

The Obama administration notified Congress that certain sales would be allowed for Bahrain's defense force, coast guard and national guard, although it would maintain a hold on TOW missiles, Humvees and some other items for now, the department said in a statement.

"We have made the decision to release additional items to Bahrain mindful of the fact that there are a number of serious unresolved human rights issues that the government of Bahrain needs to address," the statement said.

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Bahrain has been the host of U.S. naval headquarters in the Gulf for more than 60 years and is seen as a central bulwark for U.S. efforts to deter Iran.

Human rights advocates have criticized Washington for its muted response Bahrain's crackdown contrasted with strong U.S. public support for popular protests in Egypt, Tunisia and Syria.

<snip>

The Obama administration has been under pressure to stick by Bahrain's ruling family, notably from Sunni-led Saudi Arabia and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, in the face of protests by the country's Shi'ites.

The original $53 million sale proposal included 44 Humvee armored vehicles and several hundred TOW missiles along with associated equipment. Prime contractors would be privately held AM General and Raytheon Co.

(Reporting by Andrew Quinn; editing by Doina Chiacu, Bill Trott and Mohammad Zargham)


http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/12/us-usa-bahrai...

See, we still manufacture stuff for export. And we've told them not to use the latest batch for crowd control.

Meanwhile, in a related story, demonstrators are back on the streets in Bahrain. http://www.reuters.com/video/2012/05/11/back-on-the-str...
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