If you missed it, this is totally worth the watch. My friend Seb Walker traveled to Bahrain for Fault Lines to ask what’s more important to the US: Human rights or a strategic base? It’s produced by friend and foodie Jeremy Young and filmed by Ben Foley, both of whom you’ll find frequent references to on this blog.
Fault Lines’ Seb Walker travels to the Perisan Gulf to look at US policy in the region, and to explore why the United States has taken an interventionist policy in Libya, but not in Bahrain, where there has been a brutal crackdown on protesters. Why does the White House strongly back democracy in one Arab country, but not another?
Fault Lines travelled to Bahrain to hear from those who had been protesting, to ask them what they think about the lack of real US pressure on their country’s rulers. The country is also home to the US 5th Fleet, where Fault Lines gained exclusive access to the USS Ronald Reagan, an American aircraft carrier deployed in the Arabian Gulf.
The film traces America’s response to the protests in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, and examines how the stability of oil prices, the steady supply of crude, and concerns over Iran have affected America’s response.
This episode of Fault Lines, “The US and the New Middle East: The Gulf,” first aired on Al Jazeera English July 25, 2011 at 2230 GMT.
Livetweets during last night’s first episode airing from the program staff appear at @AJFaultLines
Via Flickr: I’m heading to Iraq today for two special days of coverage of the six-month milestone before the US withdrawal. Watch for it on Al Jazeera English all day June 30th and July 1st. Above is a photo from my trip to Iraq last August.
This soldier and Stryker were part of what the Army billed as the last combat brigade in Iraq. When 4th ID pulled out of Iraq last summer Operation Iraqi Freedom morphed into Operation New Dawn with the Iraqis in charge of security for the first time since the US invasion. This Stryker stopped for a break as it was crossing the desert in southern Iraq enroute to Kuwait. It was part of the final convoy exiting the country.