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Bahrain denounces interference after Washington criticizes arrest

Bahraini authorities denounced what they called foreign double standards and interference on Friday, days after their main Western ally Washington criticized the detention of the head of the main Shi’ite Muslim opposition group.

Sheikh Ali Salman, head of the al-Wefaq Islamic Society, was arrested on Sunday after leading a protest rally against elections in November which his party boycotted.

The U.S. State Department expressed deep concern over the detention on Wednesday, saying it would further inflame tensions in the island kingdom off the coast of Saudi Arabia.

An update on Sheikh Ali Salman…

The Public Prosecution Office in Bahrain rejected the appeal of defense lawyers of Sheikh Ali Salman, the key opposition party Al-Wefaq leader, Salman’s lawyer Abdulla Shamlawi said.

“We demanded the release of Sheikh Ali Salman on bail, which prosecutors would deem acceptable, but they decided to extend his detention,” Shamlawi told reporters Sunday.

Sheikh Ali Salman was arrested on December 28, in Bahrain. On Monday, December 29, charges of “inciting violent change of regime through threats and illegal practices,” as well as “public insult of the Interior Ministry” were brought against Salman. The move aroused concern of the United Nations, the European Union and the United States.

After Salman’s arrest, Shiite opposition supporters gathered during an unauthorized rally to demand his release. Bahraini police dispersed the demonstrators with tear gas on January 4.

From Press TV… Public prosecutor resumes interrogation of Bahrain’s opposition leader Sheikh Salman

Moving along to the I/P…

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MENA Mashup: Bahrain, I/P, Iran, and ISIS

http://youtu.be/DxaLbVXxQ9g

Also from Reuters…

Bahrain denounces interference after Washington criticizes arrest

Bahraini authorities denounced what they called foreign double standards and interference on Friday, days after their main Western ally Washington criticized the detention of the head of the main Shi’ite Muslim opposition group.

Sheikh Ali Salman, head of the al-Wefaq Islamic Society, was arrested on Sunday after leading a protest rally against elections in November which his party boycotted.

The U.S. State Department expressed deep concern over the detention on Wednesday, saying it would further inflame tensions in the island kingdom off the coast of Saudi Arabia.

An update on Sheikh Ali Salman…

The Public Prosecution Office in Bahrain rejected the appeal of defense lawyers of Sheikh Ali Salman, the key opposition party Al-Wefaq leader, Salman’s lawyer Abdulla Shamlawi said.

“We demanded the release of Sheikh Ali Salman on bail, which prosecutors would deem acceptable, but they decided to extend his detention,” Shamlawi told reporters Sunday.

Sheikh Ali Salman was arrested on December 28, in Bahrain. On Monday, December 29, charges of “inciting violent change of regime through threats and illegal practices,” as well as “public insult of the Interior Ministry” were brought against Salman. The move aroused concern of the United Nations, the European Union and the United States.

After Salman’s arrest, Shiite opposition supporters gathered during an unauthorized rally to demand his release. Bahraini police dispersed the demonstrators with tear gas on January 4.

From Press TV… Public prosecutor resumes interrogation of Bahrain’s opposition leader Sheikh Salman

Moving along to the I/P…

Never wont to punish the Palestinians…

From Xinhua…

Current disputes with Israel may lead to collapse of PNA

Palestine’s current conflict with Israel, mainly after the move to join the International Criminal Court, may heat up and lead to negative consequences, including the dissolving of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), analysts told Xinhua.

Israel on Saturday unofficially announced that in return to the Palestinian move of joining 20 international agencies and treaties, it will freeze transferring 128 million U.S. dollars tax revenue dues. Israel Radio also reported that Israel may take other punishment against the PNA.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed 20 international treaties and agencies after the Palestinians failed last week to get the approval of the UN Security Council of a draft resolution which calls for ending the Israeli occupation and establishing a Palestinian state within two years.

Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told Xinhua earlier that holding the money of taxes “is a punishing measure which aims at undermining the Palestinian National Authority,” adding that “this means that the PNA won’t be able to run hospitals, schools or pay the monthly salaries of its employees.”

He warned that in case Israel carries on with these measures, “the Palestinian leadership will have no choice but to call on Israel to bear its full responsibility towards the Palestinian territories and the Palestinian people as an occupation authority.”

Israel controls all Palestinian crossings and collects tax revenues from the Palestinian imports. Those tax revenue dues represent two third of the Palestinian budget. Israel collects the taxes and pays it back to the PNA, which are more than a billion U.S. dollars every year.

Samir Awad, the political analyst from the West Bank, told Xinhua that dissolving the PNA “is a choice that Israel doesn’t want since it means a high cost of expenses and a political responsibility to the Palestinians.” {…}

The current escalation of conflict between the two sides took place as the direct peace talks had been stalled since April last year.

“Israel apparently practices pressure on the Palestinians to oblige them to regret joining the international agencies and treaties, mainly the Rome Statute,” said Ahmed Rafeeq, a scholar from a Ramallah-based think-tank. Palestinian officials also warned that the sanctions on the PNA will lead to its collapse.

“Israel not only wants the Palestinians to withdraw joining the agencies and treaties, it also wants them to unconditionally resume the direct peace talks. This means that Israel wants the Palestinians to be weak and humiliated to any future solution,” said Ahmed Rafeeq.

However, Rafeeq believed the PNA will not succumb to Israeli threat. “I don’t think the Palestinians would accept to resume the peace talks with Israel before ending or freezing settlement activities in the West Bank and east Jerusalem,” he said, adding that “if the PNA accepts unconditioned resumption of the talks, it will lose its credibility among people.”

The Palestinians are raring to go… First Palestinian ICC case on Gaza war

A great Op-Ed from the region… Israel’s ICC Embarrassment

Feedback loop: for Israel isolation begets isolation

Moving along to Iran…

From the IB Times…

US And Iran Clinch Tentative Deal In Nuclear Talks: Iran Advised To Export Fissile Material To Russia

The nuclear talks between Iran and the United States have reportedly clinched a primary deal. The new formula is expected to reduce Tehran’s ability to make nuclear arms and requires Iran to ship the processed uranium to Russia.

However, Iran denied the news of any preliminary deal. A report by the Associated Press had quoted a few diplomats closer to the negotiators, who said a marginal breakthrough is in sight, after Iran agreed for drawing up a catalogue, for the first time, despite many pending disputes. The preliminary deal looks like a milestone as the procsss of making a to-do list was difficult so far, because of wider gaps between the two sides. That hurdle is over now, reported Haaretz. The areas of differences will come into focus at the next round of Iran and six power talks scheduled on Jan 15 at Geneva.

In wrapping up…

Great analysis from Col. Wilkerson… Israel, Iran, and ISIS – U.S. Policy Towards Syria is Wrong

Al Jazeera on our failed FP… The bipartisan war consensus

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