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The story of Sitra’s martyrs

We visited a grave yard in Sitra where martyr Ali Alshaikh is buried next to other martyrs.

Zainab Alkhawaja told us their stories, what happened and how they died.

Ali Alshaikh’s house was filled with his pictures, his mother remembers how active he was and kind to others. It was the third day of Eid in 2011 and he was only 14 when he got shot during a protest close to his Sitra home. He told his family he can’t celebrate Eid while there are political prisoners in Bahrain.

Bahrain is the focus for Monday’s edition of The Stream

Bahrain will be the focus of Al Jazeera English‘s innovative “social media” television show, The Stream, this Monday, June 4, at 3:30 p.m. EST (19:30 GMT), 10:30 p.m. Bahrain time. The guests are President of Bahrain Center for Human Rights Nabeel Rajab (@NABEELRAJAB) , former Member of Parliament for Al Wifaq and political activist Matar Ebrahim Matar (@Matar_Matar) , and an IAA spokesperson.

The host and guests will discuss such questions as

  • Is reconciliation between the opposition and the government still possible?
  • What are the prospects for constructive reforms and reconciliation?
  • What steps need to be taken?

This edition of The Stream will be produced by Aws Haidari.  You can follow him on Twitter @awshaidari and tweet him and @ajstream your thoughts and comments before the show.  Alternatively, you can follow this link to upload a video or record your questions and comments. If you your comment doesn’t fit in a tweet, you can leave one on their Facebook page here

During the live show on Monday, you can use Twitter hashtag #AJStream , and tweet The Stream host Imran Garda (@ImranGarda) and the digital producer Malika Bilal (@mmbilal) to share your thoughts and questions.

The Stream is a half-hour television show, is broadcast in English, and is live-streamed online.  Watch The Stream live online for free.

In the DC area, The Stream and other Al Jazeera programs appear on Cox cable channel #474 and on Comcast #275, as well as on other television channels.

The Stream, which features stories that are topical on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and even Pinterest, appears on Al-Jazeera English Monday – Thursday, and has gained popularity since its launch in April 2011.

“The idea is to tap into conversations that are already happening around the world from people who understand the issues but don’t have the opportunity to participate in mainstream media, ” said former The Stream host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin.

Thanks for sharing the news of this television program and important discussion with your friends.

Dan Rather Reports: Excessive Tear Gas Used in Bahrain (video)

New video shot by CBS photojournalist Mark Laganga (on assignment for Dan Rather Reports) documents allegations of excessive force and tear gas being used indiscriminately by Bahraini police and security forces.

Compelling video footage and commentary by Mark Laganga and Dan Rather about the real and current situation in Bahrain.

More than 30 fatalities (including an infant) are associated with the use of tear gas. As stated in the video, people who cannot leave their homes (e.g., the elderly and young children) are especially vulnerable to the government’s daily tear gas attacks.

YouTube description:

Behind the scenes at Dan Rather Reports as we explore the “Arab Spring” uprising in Bahrain. The ongoing uprising pits the United States’ democratic ideals against the cold, hard reality of oil-driven politics. Dan Rather Reports airs Tuesdays at 8pm ET on HDNet.

Bahrain protests take place today (video)

Friday, March 23 – Al Jazeera reports that there has been more dissent in Bahrain, with protests calling for reform.  The demonstrations were largely peaceful but there were clashes with police in some parts of the capital.  Al Jazeera’s Mohamed Vall reports from Manama.