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US Seeking Regime Alteration in Bahrain

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TEHRAN, July 6 (ICANA) – The US is striving to maintain its hegemonic power in the Middle East by supporting the 'national dialog' between Bahraini rulers and the opposition leaders, says a political observer.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 11:46:51 PM
US Seeking Regime Alteration in Bahrain

“What it is looking for is to maintain its hegemonic control of the region [the Middle East] and in order to do that it has to replace the autocratic leaders [in Bahrain] ... with a new generation of leaders,” Collin Cavell, a professor at Holyoke Community College, told Press TV on Tuesday.

Cavell suggested that the United States has asked the Al Khalifa regime to allow Bahrain's largest party in the National Assembly to appoint the prime minister in order “to make some minimal window-dressing with democratic appendages to make it [Manama's regime] appear... popular [in the eyes of Bahrainis].”

The analyst also noted that the so-called national dialogue between the Al Khalifa regime and the opposition is in fact a “national monologue” due to the regime's continuing brutal crackdown on its people.

Talks between Manama's regime and the country's opposition started Saturday, with the opposition expressing doubts about whether the negotiations would have any accomplishments.

Leaders from only two of the opposition groups, al-Wefaq and al-Waad, are participating in the negotiations since other opposition leaders are in custody.

The talks come after Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa called for a national dialogue on reform and announced an investigation into the handling of the uprising by the Saudi-backed regime forces.

Bahraini Parliament Speaker Khalifa Dhahrani said on Saturday that the dialogue aims at drawing up “common principles for the re-launch of the political reform process” with “no preconditions and no ceiling.”

Since the beginning of anti-government protests in Bahrain in mid-February, scores of people have been killed and many more arrested for demanding the ouster of the Al Khalifa family.

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