Obama holds up arms sales to Bahrain

The Obama administration announced it would delay a planned $53 million arms sale to Bahrain, after an international outcry against human-rights abuses by the Bahraini government, which had engaged in a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy activists, including long prison terms for doctors who treated injured protesters. The arms sale, which the group Just Foreign Policy described as a " U.S. seal of approval on [Bahrain's] anti-democracy crackdown," was the subject of a recent WNPJ Action Alert. Human rights advocates won't be resting, however, because the Obama administration may resume arms sales after the completion of an "Independent Commission of Inquiry" set up by Bahrain's own government. Take Action: Representatives Jim McGovern and Senator Ron Wyden have introduced a joint resolution to block the arms sale (House resolution, Senate resolution)  Ask your Representative and Senators to add pressure on the Obama Administration to change its policy on Bahrain by signing the McGovern-Wyden resolution. Online form letter here...