Bush Administration's Actions Don't Match Ms. Rice's Words

Anna Day: In an interview, renowned Bahraini opposition leader, Matar Ibrahim Mattar, mentioned that, when he confronted Rice during her term about his government’s abuses, he “at least appreciated her honesty” when she responded: “America has its own interests in this region.” He, like many Bahrainis, was kidnapped, held in solitary confinement for weeks, beaten, and faced threats to his family’s safety. He, like many Bahrainis, still refuses to believe that America’s economic and security interests are best served by supporting undemocratic regimes. While I agree with her op-ed, why didn’t she apply these principles to the people of Bahrain? Moreover, why didn’t the administration of which she was a part apply these principles in Egypt, in Yemen?

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Anna Therese Day

Anna Therese Day is a freelance journalist, producer, and fiction writer. She is a 2013 Fulbright Fellow, a 2012 UN Press Fellow and was named one of Google Zeitgeist’s top 30 Great Young Minds of Our Time in 2011. On the ground in Bahrain, Brazil, Egypt, Gaza, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mexico, the Palestinian Territories, Syria, and Turkey, her coverage focuses on American foreign policy, women’s issues, and youth organizing. Her work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including CNN International, the BBC, Al Jazeera English, and numerous print outlets, translated into Arabic, English, Hebrew, and Spanish. Day is a founding board member of The Frontline Freelance Register, a representative body for freelance conflict journalists, by freelance conflict journalists. You can follow her on-the-ground at @AnnaOfArabia on Twitter or at www.AnnaThereseDay.com.

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