From the Editors
The day the Bahraini authorities demolished the Pearl monument at the center of Bahrain’s ‘Tahrir Square’ on March 18th, the state-run Bahrain News Agency announced to a puzzled public that the “GCC monument” had been removed for a “facelift” in order to get rid of "bad memories.” Amidst the rubble, it came to light that the symbol known locally as the ‘Pearl roundabout’ in reference to Bahrain’s pearl diving and trading history was in fact officially known as the “Gulf Cooperative Council roundabout”—with each pillar of the now-destroyed structure representing a member state of the “cooperative” council. Meanwhile in the areas of Sitra and Karranah, 29-year old Ahmed Farhan Ali and 40-year old Mohammed Abd’ali were buried by throngs of enraged mourners after being shot by troops in the head and chest respectively earlier in the week.
Now that the dust has settled in the grim light of a demolished social movement, the equation seems all too obvious. If recent events have shown anything, it is that any movement for social change in Bahrain not only has to take on the bulwarks of its own regime, but the entire matrix of power that maintains the status quo in the Gulf, with Saudi Arabia at its apex (and the United States on the other end of the phone). The deaths of Ahmed Farhan, Mohammed Abdali, and the twenty-four others who were killed as well as the hundreds detained since the beginning of the uprising are the heavy price of maintaining that decaying status quo.
Kuwaitis protest in solidarity with peaceful protesters in Bahrain
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