Friday, November 26, 2004

Here I lay in a Bahrain Jail...

Prisoner of Conscience
by Terry Mitchigen

Here I lay in a Bahrain Jail.
My Bones grow weak, my skin grows pale
I cannot break my iron chains
But freedom runs within my veins
I do not seek this life of pain
But Rulers cannot rule my brain
All I ask is, set me free
And try and see what I do see.
I see a Land where brothers dwell
Where Sunni and the Shia tell
Their Children, not to wear the past
but follow their own star at last.
I see the marks upon the walls
Where human blood before me falls
and I am one with all who lasts
From images of memories past
You outside, in cars so cool
Think of me beneath the rule
Of power without pity men
Who keep their dark deeds from your ken
While you eat and drink in clubs.
Hoses, fists descend on us
Undefended I must sink,
Down to the floor, with brain like ink
Black and dark, until they go,
I try and keep my spirits low
Lest hired men, not from this land
Bury me beneath the sand
Oh World, do not abandon me
Do not pass by, while I can't see
The daily life you hold so dear
Inside my darkest prison here
Use your emails, use your pen,
To stop them brutalizing men
To say the world has had enough
Of Bahrain lies and other stuff
In Sydney, New York, London too
Remember me, I ask you
To free me from this life of pain
So we can both live free again

Posted by BB @ 11/26/2004 04:55:00 PM

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Who's this poem about because with Khawaja's release there aren't any political prisoners in Bahrain - but there are plenty of rapists, murderers and child abusers. Is this who he's talking about?

But if Terry Mitchigan wants a place where there are tens of thousands of political prisoners (including many women who haven't covered up sufficiently), then he might want to pen his next poem about Iran. Incidentally, Iran's the model state for Al Wefaq, the Islamist political party you're an activist with Bahrania.

Posted by Blogger Scorpio @ 11/26/2004 06:07:00 PM #

nice verses... swell flow of thoughts...... :D
Err..... Al Wefaq Society? BCHR? can someone please enlighten me as to what Al Wefaq's stance is on human rights, more specifically womens' rights in Bahrain & the Arab World? I remember someone bringing up these names in one of our Womens Studies class discussions last month, i'm not quite sure if i heard right when it was said that the bchr turn a blind eye towards Al wefaq's backward ideologies about womens' rights and the family law (excample: divorce issues, etc.). I'd be glad to learn more about Al Wefaq's relationship with the BCHR in a transparent manner. Thanks Scorpio for bringing that up and Bahraniat for the poem :)

Posted by Blogger Angelo Embuldeniya (Strav) @ 11/26/2004 06:16:00 PM #

I forgot to add, whats Al Wefaq's opinion about the segregation of genders in Bahrain's educational insitituions & university's? >Hint..Hint... their activists might be interested in attending a open discussion on it hosted by the Al Montada Society @ Gulf Hotel @ 7pm on December 4th (next month). More info can be found on my blog (, Chanad's blog ( & UCBForums( You're more than welcome for this event Bahraniat :-D... looking forward to seeing you there and most importantly your views on the topic are appreciated.

Posted by Blogger Angelo Embuldeniya (Strav) @ 11/26/2004 06:25:00 PM #

Thanks Strav. Very true about BCHR and Al Wefaq - you'll never find any criticism of Al Wefaq's various activities from the BCHR despite the obvious infringements of human rights when their brownshirts attacked Le Terresse, went on the rampage against third world nationals in Manama or when Al Wefaq head of Manama Council, Murthader Bader, calls for the removal of the city's Asian residents.

The BCHR/Al Wefaq approach to human rights seems to depdend on the background of the perpetrator and victim, particular where ethnicity is concerned. I remember a post on Chan'ad's by someone from the Migrant Workers Group who said that when they were under the BCHR's wing their activities were curtailed because they kept on coming up against the BCHR's relations with Al Wefaq. This was particularly problematic when the MWG wanted to create a shelter for abused maids.

Although Al Wefaq's definitely anti women's equality, I don't think they want to formally segregate Bahrain University like the Dawg. They control the student union, and if they'd wanted to push for segregation in the classroom they could have done so. Instead I think they want to use the campus security as Vice and Virtue squads checking girls' clothes and looking out for 'immorality'.

Posted by Blogger Scorpio @ 11/26/2004 08:24:00 PM #


Thanks for posting this poem...even if we look at it from a historical perspective, poems try and capture the feeling under certain circumstances. Just because circumstances change, a poem that captures a certain feeling can live on forever. If that makes sense?!

Where do u find this stuff about Bahrain, its great, keep it up.


Posted by Anonymous Anonymous @ 11/27/2004 02:26:00 AM #

oi.. scorpio.. what's your problem man? Why does everything with you have to go back to Al Wefaq? have you been abused by one of their members as a kid or something? I don't recall Bahrania ever saying she was an Al Wefaq supporter, just an opposition supporter, unless you're making the racist assumption that since she's bahrania she must be an Al Wefaq supporter? We're getting tired of your rhetoric repeated over and over again.

sit down.. take a deep breath.. and try.. just try (I know it's hard for you) to think of something other than your usual propagandist shit.

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous @ 11/27/2004 03:55:00 AM #

Whoops! Someone touched a raw nerve.

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous @ 11/27/2004 07:12:00 AM #

Come on children, children please,

I don't appreciate the elements that are trying to use this blog to digress the discussion off on tangents completely unrelated to the main topic of the post. There are other bloggers who are discussing these topics, your comments would be more welcome there.
I will also post my views on these blogs, but not here, and not right now, unless I CHOOSE to blog about it.

Otherwise your comments that can further enhance the discussion to higher levels are more than welcome.

Cheerz. Bahrania

Posted by Blogger Bahrania @ 11/27/2004 05:24:00 PM #

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Posted by Blogger Scorpio @ 11/27/2004 06:45:00 PM #

Don't look at me!!! I was only responding to a specific question from the Strav.

Actually, that's a fair point you make Bahrania - it's your blog and we're all guests here. It's like going round someone's house, sitting on their sofa with your feet up on the coffee table, and then saying "Hmm, nice place you've got here but I don't think much of your views." And then not leaving.

But you've got to admit it is tempting to try and wind you up. And what I'm saying isn't untrue, but I respect that it's your blog and I will curb my excesses from now on (as best I can).

And as for the guy who accused me of racism - you can withdraw that statement as I've never uttered an anti Shia word in my entire life.

Posted by Blogger Scorpio @ 11/27/2004 07:56:00 PM #

Nice going scorpio :D ... i only posed that q becaused you mentioned somewhere on this post that bahraniat was an Al Wefaq activist... something i didn't know about before.. and i was just wanting to know both sides of the coin story....Appologies to Bahraniat for blogging about the gender segregation topic.... that was just my interest in knwing your views, given the whirl that scorpio had created, "accidentally' i suppose.... Anywayz.. u're rite its yo blog and u're free to do whateva u wanna do with it..... So where may i find the author/poet fo this poem - would luv to chat him/her up :)

Posted by Blogger Angelo Embuldeniya (Strav) @ 11/27/2004 10:22:00 PM #

Scorpio, the house analogy is an understatement, hell i would lock my door and not let u near me with a barge pole.

I have to say you come across very bigoted. Although I will save you the humiliation of posting the post that initially edited above, the way you attack Wefaq (whether I support them or not) is totally wrong. It shows that there is a big failure of understanding on your part and no objectivity at all. This is not in defence of Alwefaq, but in attack of your approach. You've made it obvious that you have a vendetta- please dont use my blog for it.

I dont want to take this debate further. Please dont feel obliged to respond as no amount of grovelling can alter the image you have given of yourself.

Strav, no worries... but I urge you to check out any facts that you may read in any blogs (including mine) before you take our word for it.

As I always say, when you want to know something about somebody, there is nothing better than a direct approach-email, phone or face-to-face. Its a small country, its not hard to get around.

I would like to find out more about the Author of the poem too.

Posted by Blogger Bahrania @ 11/27/2004 11:41:00 PM #

'strav'... ese - for future reference - to 'chat up' is to hit on, make a play at... but whatever, if you want to chat him/her up w/ equal enthusiasm, power to you!

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous @ 11/28/2004 02:47:00 AM #
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