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Happy to announce that my article in IJMES is now open access (free to read). Digital De-Citizenship: The Rise of the Digital Denizen in Bahrain cc @QNLib @HBKU @CHSS_HBKU #Bahrain
"Beyond autocratic Bahrain, democratic states such as the UK & the US enable and abet the erosion of digital citizenship. The global surveillance industrial complex, less regulated than the arms trade, although no less insidious, has profited enormously from the Bahrain uprising"
"Perhaps the most striking notion of this is the dystopian potential of a civil society simulacrum, one in which online performances of citizenship are neatly orchestrated by autonomous accounts to give the illusion of a functioning and healthy public sphere" #disinformation
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Hello! It's a super sunny Sunday in (almost) all of #UK, enjoy the BBQ & don't worry too much about #Covid19

This is the daily #Coronavirus megathread and soon I'll make my predictions about🚦travel review.

To my anonymous donors💚just sorry I can't thank you personally.
Late on yesterday's thread some alarming news from #Bahrain, and also on there data from #Argentina and #Brazil

But today in the next 2 tweets, I'll start by taking a look at the infection situation which can go a long way to determining🟢🚦countries

Europe's most #Covid19 infected nations (7-day rate AD/M)
Same top 10. NL slow getting cases down

1 #Sweden 188
2 #Netherlands 182
3 #Lithuania 177
4 #Latvia 168
5 #Denmark 167
6 #Belgium 164
7 #Greece 154
8 #Andorra 148
9 #France 139
10 #Slovenia 135

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Are these vaccines really able to end this pandemic? It's counterintuitive, but it's possible that they actually might be making it worse - by imposing evolutionary pressure in infected vaccinees that selects for more infectious & ultimately resistant variants of the virus. Image
"Some countries with the world’s highest vaccination rates are also battling devastating surges of Covid-19 and the highest death tolls, a worrying trend ... "…
"U.K. hospitalization numbers have ticked up and case numbers have risen 20% in the past week—though from a low base—as the variant takes hold in parts of the country, largely among younger people who haven’t yet received two vaccine doses."… Image
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Saturday's #Coronavirus megathread starts here.

Thanks so much for everyone who contributed yesterday, if you have no idea what I'm on about here's another sneaky link to my crowdfunder!

It's a quite start today following the flurry of news last night..…
So a lot of data and a couple of new stories came in during the last hour or so of Friday, including South America data.

You can catch up on #Argentina #Brazil #Colombia #Bulgaria #Norway stats, and some #OlympicGames news by clicking and scrolling ⬇️

Now more very concerning news from #Bahrain, one of the most vaccinated territories on the planet.

#Covid19 cases are still rising there - more worrying is the real increase in deaths too.
Second highest daily number of new cases & deaths in the latest update
graph @Worldometers Image
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#Portugal: "The message coming loud and clear is that the Lisbon/ Vale do Tejo area is the one where active infections are on the rise."… Image
"#Bangladesh authorities on Thursday imposed a lockdown in five Rohingya refugee camps in the country's southeast after a spike in coronavirus cases in recent days"… Image
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42% of COVID cases in #Bahrain are now children.

With 75% of the eligible population (18+, all residents) having received one shot and almost half the pop boosted, it's spreading in the unvaxxed adults and in kids.

Pfizer now approved for under 18's.
Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approved for 12-17 in Bahrain.
Adults have the choice of Sinopharm, $PFE $BNTX, Astrazeneca + Sputnik V.
Vaccination has been very effective in reducing disease, but despite 1 in 8 having been infected (PCR+, serology prolly much higher), and 57% of the population vaxxed once, cases are at an all time high.

No breakdown by vax (Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Sputnik, Sinopharm) however...
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"Say his excellency. How dare you say #Aoun is behind #Lebanon's 🇱🇧 collapse? OK tell me who killed Khashoggi?"

Michel Aoun dismissed remarks made by caretaker Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe about Gulf countries, “do not reflect my stances nor the stance of the Lebanese state."
#Lebanon's 🇱🇧 @Mofalebanon caretaker Foreign Minister Charbel blames #Saudi 🇸🇦 & the GCC for #ISIS in #Syria 🇸🇾 & #Iraq 🇮🇶, defends #Iran 🇮🇷 & #Hezbollah

President Aoun rushes to clean Wehbe’s mess, says "his remarks don’t reflect the state’s position"
#Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 condemns Lebanese foreign minister @Mofalebanon comments, summons #Lebanon 🇱🇧 ambassador to express condemnation of comments made by Lebanese foreign minister Charbel calling Saudis "a bunch of Bedouins & #ISIS backers etc"
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Mounting evidence suggests that vaccines might not end this pandemic. In fact they might be making it worse. Much worse. Image
"Countries with the world’s highest vaccination rates ... are fighting to contain coronavirus outbreaks that are, on a per-capita basis, higher than the surge devastating India"…
Bolton #UK: "rocketing Covid-19 infection rates [linked] with an increase in cases among the borough's young people. The number of new cases per 100,000 people is nearly twice as high in those aged between 10-19 compared to the rest of the population"

Read 42 tweets is deeply concerned that the owner of Fundament SPC construction, Ali Al-Derazi, has been officially appointed as the new president of #Bahrain’s National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR).…
As MR reported last year, Fundament SPC, the company Al-Derazi presided over, left several hundred workers unpaid for up to 8 months, confiscated their passports, and pushed them into despair.
After weeks of protests and demonstrations at the Ministry of Labour, the company finally agreed to pay 35% of owed wages and return flights, with the remainder to be paid in 3 months.
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Today's #ArabianStorms were mainly over the Arabian Gulf. #Qatar #Bahrain and the in the middle of the gulf. And the day also saw a storm begin before dawn.

Today's #Ethiopia and #MiddleEast forecasts follow:
The latest CMC and GFS North Africa 10-Day Rain forecasts.
Today two streams of monsoon energy appeared to come together over the south end to send a stream of atmospheric moisture to Oman and on to India.
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1/ Important #COVID19 vaxxine data thread. I have avoided tweeting about the vax issue as it’s become an immensely toxic topic. But there are some extremely worrying trends emerging between CV19 cases, deaths, & vaxxine administration.
#cdnpoli #onpoli #Canada #science #data
2/ Here, I will share publicly available data for #COVID19 vaxxinations, cases, & deaths in 17 countries + #Ontario & ask questions, as per the scientific method. You are free to make up your own mind regarding the trends shown.
#cdnpoli #onpoli #Canada #science #data
3/ #Israel was the one of the first countries to start CV19 vaxxinations (19-Dec-2020). Since vaxxinations began, both CV19 cases & deaths continued to increase for ~5 weeks. It took 3 months for cases+deaths return to pre-vax levels.
#cdnpoli #onpoli #Canada #science #data ImageImageImage
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Vaccine Death Coincidence Thread
#Mongolia 🇲🇳

How many of these do you need to see?

There are dozens of countries that show a huge spike in deaths just after the introduction of a #COVID19 vaccination program.

Wake up. Image
Vaccine Death Coincidence Thread
#India 🇮🇳

How many of these do you need to see?

There are dozens of countries that show a huge spike in deaths just after the introduction of a #COVID19 vaccination program.

Wake up. ImageImage
Vaccine Death Coincidence Thread
#Hungary 🇭🇺

How many of these do you need to see?

There are dozens of countries that show a huge spike in deaths just after the introduction of a #COVID19 vaccination program.

Wake up. Image
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It’s 2 am in #Bahrain:

JUST CAME! They took my dad, my dads blood is still on the stairs! They hit my dad so much! They beat him and he cudnt breath
they broke the doors, all wearing masks. They took my father and husband and brother in law.
they beat up my other brother in law mohammed almaskati, and then threw him in a room and told him not to come out
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1/. QUESTION: What’s the worst day of the year for dictators, despots & populist autocrats?

ANSWER: April 7

Tomorrow, @amnesty release our annual 2020/21 report covering the state of #HumanRights in 149 countries

JOURNALISTS: For a copy or to an interview👉
“How's life in your country?"
"We can't complain"

This cartoon was about #Turkey but it also applies to:
#Somalia etc.
“I don’t care if they respect me, so long as they fear me.” (Caligula)

At @amnesty we don’t respect dictators, autocrats & human rights abusers

We don’t fear them either

As we publish Annual Report, here’s a guide for dictators human on ‘how to respond’…
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1/. Some people just can't take criticism

Did you know that it's illegal to insult a leader in more than a dozen countries

In Poland, a journalist faces up to 3 years in prison for calling President Duda a "moron" in a Facebook post in November

Lighten up Duda, you d******d! Image
2/. Insulting leaders could land you in jail for 3yrs in #Venezuela, 4yrs in #Turkey, 5yrs in #Netherlands, 7yrs in #Bahrain & 15yrs in #Thailand

In #Spain, you can go to jail for insulting the King or the police as rapper @PabloHasel found to his cost
3/. In America, insulting Donald Trump became a national pastime

In Britain, Boris Johnson plays up his “loveable buffoon” image as he clowns around on zip wires & in hard hats

But whilst Trump & Johnson may be very different animals, they both fulfil a very similar function. Image
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Today, #Israel🇮🇱 has more #Arab allies than #Turkey🇹🇷 or #Iran🇮🇷. Premature to write off moderate Arabs. That could be what #Obama administration wanted by supporting extremist takeover in Middle East. The opposite has happened. Now there is a push back. Israel & Arabs favor it.
Erdogan's charisma, Islamist allies, & Turkey's soft power make him a key player. Iran's expansionism is based on weaponizing non-Iranian Shia communities. Both examples represent forms of religious extremism. Israel & Gulf offer a new model for the future of the Middle East.
#Turkey is a #NATO ally, a leading #Muslim success story as long as it steers clear of extremism. Half of #Iran cabinet are #US graduates, but it's model is not attractive in the Middle East, promoted by shady money and guns. A third model is presented by #AbrahamAccords.
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Ten years ago I started my PhD about #Bahrain. I started it at the beginning of Bahrain's Uprising, and it profoundly changed my life. Seeing your home, and the place you grew up in, gripped by a moment of sheer political optimism, followed by crushing police brutality, is an
experience that changes you as a person. I was fortunate to meet so many wonderful people; academics, activists, artists, writers and politicians either from or passionate about Bahrain. I have not been allowed back since 2012 and of course miss it. My thoughts as always
today are never about Valentines, but the first day where people marched to the Pearl roundabout (that was then destroyed by the regime) in 2011 . Bahrain will always be in my heart, especially those who sacrificed their life and freedom to try and improve their lot. The struggle
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1/. "We now have a weapon. It’s called Tahrir Square"

An activist told me this in 2011, after the #ArabSpring had spread there from Tunisia

It was a heady time

It that felt change was possible

10 years on, it's hard not to look back on those times without a painful nostalgia
2/. Over the last decade, I've watched as the #ArabSpring turned quickly into the #ArabWinter & the dreams of so many turned sour or were crushed

The civil war in Syrian for has cost 590,000 lives & displaced millions of people

And yet the hope lives on…
3/. The energy of the #ArabSpring spilled around the world

People were thinking about alternatives

The Occupy Movement attempted to give space to that thinking

Jefferson wrote “A little rebellion is a good thing”

But maybe "a little" isn't quite enough…
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#Morocco Joins The Treachery Of #Normalisation

Morocco Becomes The 4th Country In The Last 4 Months To Normalise Ties With " #Israel " In A Deal Brokered By #US , Joining #UAE , #Bahrain & #Sudan .
As Part Of The Agreement , US Agreed To Recognise #Morocco’s Sovereignty Over The #WesternSahara , Where There Has Been A Territorial Dispute Between Morocco & The #Algeria-Backed #PolisarioFront , A Breakaway Movement That Seeks To Establish An Independent State .
#US Has Made A Number Of Economic & Political Concessions In Order To Entice Nations To #Normalise Their Ties With The Usurping Criminal Entity Of " #Israel " .
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Global Militarisation Index 2020 #GMI \ Worldwide trends in militarisation and what they may mean for trends in health security. Image
#GMI 2020 focuses on the link between militarisation and health security. “It cannot be excluded that the high level of resources invested in the military in countries with a particularly high level of militarisation is at the expense of health provision”, the authors explain. Image
#Israel, #Armenia, #Oman, #Bahrain, #Singapore, #SaudiArabia, #Brunei, #Russia, #Kuwait and #Jordan are the Top 10 in militarisation. All countries in the Middle East are highly militarised by global comparison—six countries are from this region. Image
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Khalifa Salman Alkhalifa died today, he was the worlds longest unelected Prime Minister, having been for 50 years and would have continued being PM for as long as he’s alive. So who was he? #Bahrain
Khalifa was known as the person responsible for many of the crackdowns in #Bahrain, and was known for being close to the #Saudi’s. People even had a prayer they would say without mentioning his name, wishing for his demise because of how cruel he was known to be
He was known for saying: “Shia’s are like an Iranian rug, the more you step on them the better they become”. Popularly, he was considered the actual ruler of #Bahrain, and was known as someone who always pushed for ruling with an iron fist.
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The Bahrain Royal Court report that the Prime Minister of #Bahrain, Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the longest serving Prime Minister in the world, has passed away…
Since Bahrain's Independence in 1971, Khalifa bin Salman has been one of the key driver's of political developments in Bahrain. Regarded as intelligent, shrewd and competent, KbS was also a ruthless defender of the status quo in Bahrain. His influence really increased
post-Independence, especially in regards to internal security, where he advocated for the demise of Bahrain's National Assembly in 1975, and drove much of the repression of Bahrain's opposition movements, and especially the Shia population
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1/4 At the 1967 #Arab League Summit in #Khartoum, there were 3 nos - no peace with #Israel, no recognition of Israel and no negotiations with Israel.
In a speech at the 13th Annual Saban Forum in December 2016, John Kerry added a 4th:⏩⏩⏩⏩
2/4 ⏩Kerry: "I've heard several prominent politicians in Israel sometimes saying 'well, the Arab world is a different place now, we just have to reach out to them and we can work some things out with the Arab worldand we'll deal with the Palestinians.' No, no, no and no."⏩⏩⏩
3/4 ⏩⏩What we know now is that Kerry got it wrong, not once, but several times.
Whether he (and his boss) had an alternative agenda or simply misread the evolving mood in the Middle East we'll never know.⏩⏩⏩⏩
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