Sunday, March 27, 2011

Video Round-up (Sermon Edition)

The last month in Bahrain has produced no lack of videos. There are videos of riot police, videos of Pearls being besieged, videos of Pearls being demolished, videos of students fighting at Bahrain University, videos of people carrying dead bodies, videos of "Gulf Shield" generals reciting poems to King Hamad--you get the idea.

Below I offer a choice round-up of the best ones I have found and have been sent in just the past few days. Note that I am not endorsing anything said in them--just interested in what they say.

This week is Sermon Edition.

#1. First, Ayatallah Hadi al-Mudarrasi gives a sermon called "The Fall of 'Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Demise of the Al Khalifa." This combines two of my favorite topics, so it's hard to go wrong there. The basic gist is that Bahrains should follow the perseverance and sacrifice of the Yemenis, who succeeded (or will shortly) in bringing down 'Ali Abdullah Saleh. It's ironic that the Yemenis, almost always the object of scorn in the Gulf, are now being lauded as a model for Bahrainis.

#2. What can only be described as a calm and collected sermon by former Bahraini MP Sh. Muhammad Khalid titled "The Crimes of the Rejectors [i.e., Shi'a] of Bahrain." This one is so good it comes in two parts, though it is fairly old (from March 3). You may want to turn your volume down.

Part 1:

Part 2:

#3. The sermon that did in Sh. 'Abd al-Jalil al-Miqdad. Shortly after this he was arrested in his home at 2:30am, one of the last remaining opposition figures to be brought into custody. It's a bit hard to hear, but you get the idea.

#4. Ok, this one's not a sermon per se, but a speech anyway. We've linked to this earlier: here we have MP Sh. Jasim al-Sa'idi exhorting those gathered in al-Rifa' on the day of the huge confrontation between those attempting to march on the Royal Court and those defending it. This is one is especially nice because you get to see up close the various make-shift weapons people are holding to use against protesters--I think I can make out PVC pipe, 2x4s, and more. See if you can name all 10!

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