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Paul Pless
06-06-2011, 09:50 PM
For the most part The U.S. already does, as we are ill served by the world feed . . . . . . but that's another story.


The Bahrain Grand Prix will return to the Formula One calendar on 30 October.
The race, originally due to be held on 13 March, was called off in February because of pro-democracy protests in which more than 20 people have died.

The sport's governing body, the FIA, said last week that the unanimous decision, made at a meeting of its World Motor Sport Council, "reflects the spirit of reconciliation in Bahrain".

A state of emergency in the Gulf kingdom was lifted last Wednesday, but there have been reports of further violence in the capital Manama.

ALDE group leader Guy Verhofstadt reacted angrily to the news, saying, "Allowing the Bahrain grand prix to go ahead despite the regime's brutal crackdown of peaceful protests earlier this year sends out the wrong message to all those people willing to stand up and risk their lives for democracy and human rights in the Arab spring.

Adding his support to Australian driver Mark Webber's call to boycott the re-instated Formula One race in October this year, Verhofstadt continued:

"We cannot return to business as usual in Bahrain and lend support to a government that has gone so far as to invite neighbouring troops onto its territory in order to crush peaceful demonstrations.

"Protestors were killed, tortured and imprisoned. These incidents need to be properly investigated and brought to justice - not swept under the carpet.

"Until this has happened, I fully agree that the Formula One Grand Prix should not return to Bahrain and call on all teams to boycott the race if necessary."I heard today that Ecclestone stands to make $35 Million off the race. It'll be interesting to see if any of the teams might choose take a stand. Even more interesting if any leading teams do so. I suspect sponsorship pressure may enter it, before its all over. . .

seanz
06-07-2011, 12:06 AM
For the most part The U.S. already does, as we are ill served by the world feed . . . . . . but that's another story.

One day, you'll have freedom and democracy too.

The Bigfella
06-07-2011, 12:55 AM
.... and happiness.

Meanwhile.... Mark Webber may be a bit unpopular after that eh?

Of course they should skip Bahrain this year.

skuthorp
06-07-2011, 02:38 AM
Well they bought the world cup football and Blatter won't go near it again, so now they've bought the F1 GP. One could argue that neither even could be classed as "sport" any longer anyhow.

The Bigfella
06-07-2011, 03:19 AM
Well they bought the world cup football and Blatter won't go near it again, so now they've bought the F1 GP. One could argue that neither even could be classed as "sport" any longer anyhow.

Not quite. F1 = Bahrain. Football = Qatar

delecta
06-07-2011, 04:38 AM
They race in China, I don't see a difference.

skuthorp
06-07-2011, 06:42 AM
Ooops! Next door..........................

John Meachen
06-07-2011, 05:51 PM
I would recommend two articles from Pitpass;one explains the business case and one gets to the point.http://www.pitpass.com/43819-Why-is-Bahrain-back-on-the-calendar-follow-the-money http://www.pitpass.com/43837-Time-to-show-who-really-is-important-in-Formula-One.Mike Lawrence's articles are worth taking the time to read,whatever the topic.The Indian GP organisers have demonstrated remarkable flexibility for some reason.

yzer
06-07-2011, 11:57 PM
Formula 1 Teams Association opposes bumping the first Grand Prix of India for Bahrain. They suggest scheduling Bahrain on a provisional basis for December dependent upon the human rights situation. That could mean the last race of the season happens in Bahrain. If things go for the rest of the year as they have for the first six races, Red Bull will win the championship long before December, anyway. If any team can afford to sit out a race this year, it's certainly Red Bull.

http://www.sportinglife.com/others/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=others/11/06/08/AUTO_Bahrain_FOTA.html&BID=678

varadero
06-09-2011, 02:09 AM
Why separate sport and politics?

Doctors and nurses ‘tortured with wooden boards studded with nails’ in barbaric crackdown on protests in Bahrain



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Doctors and nurses who are on trial before a military court were 'sleep deprived beaten with rubber hoses and wooden boards studded with nails' before being 'made to sign false confessions' Amnesty International has claimed.

Dozens of medical workers, who were arrested weeks ago, face a range of charges arising from their involvement in treating people injured when security forces violently crushed mass pro-reform protests in February and March.
They are accused of misusing their positions at Salmaniya hospital to make false allegations of security force violence, to have operated on some patients unnecessarily causing their deaths and to have denied medical treatment to others for sectarian reasons, as well as a string of related offences.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/06/08/article-0-0C64B2B300000578-129_468x286.jpg Anger in the streets: The healthcare workers are charged for their involvement in helping people in the protests in Bahrain

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Paul Pless
06-09-2011, 05:26 AM
I would recommend two articles from Pitpass;one explains the business case and one gets to the point.http://www.pitpass.com/43819-Why-is-Bahrain-back-on-the-calendar-follow-the-money http://www.pitpass.com/43837-Time-to-show-who-really-is-important-in-Formula-One.Mike Lawrence's articles are worth taking the time to read,whatever the topic.The Indian GP organisers have demonstrated remarkable flexibility for some reason.Thanks for those links John.