Gene Baur was hailed by Time magazine as “the conscience of the food movement.” Gene is president and co-founder of the group Farm Sanctuary and author of Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food.
Bahrain has been in the news recently for calling in Saudi Arabia and other regional troops to help crush democracy protests last month. The U.S. reaction to the violence has been tempered. Observers who criticize recent U.S. and NATO interventions in the Middle East point to the U.S.
For awhile, it looked like Bahrain’s Sunni minority government might negotiate with the Shiite protesters camped out in the capital city Manama. That window of possibility closed after security forces fired on a crowd of demonstrators in March.
Not unlike in Libya, the monarchy in Bahrain has cracked down on protestors with foreign fighters. King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa has invited in troops from Saudi Arabia and imposed three months of martial law.
Despite his son's early morning address threatening civil war, Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi appears to be losing his grip on power. Protesters claim they have control of Libya's second city, Benhghazi. And demonstrators clashed with government forces in Tripoli.