Over the course of an average week (26 August-2 September), the leading figure from Human Rights First, Brian Dooley, sent 23 tweets and 25 retweets (@Dooley_Dooley). All but three of these Tweets concerned a single country.
You may have guessed that this offending country that deserved so much attention was perhaps the Syrian regime; or Russia for its abuses in Ukraine. Perhaps you may have guessed he was referring to atrocities in Iraq; or a rogue state like Iran or North Korea.
In actual fact, more than 95% of Mr. Dooley’s Tweets concerned the tiny Kingdom of Bahrain. This is not an anomaly. If you google Mr. Dooley’s media articles and public appearances; you’ll find that his activity is almost exclusively dedicated to Bahrain. If you read his published output, you’ll find him talking endlessly about events that happened more than three years ago and continual calls for the US to take harsh action against Bahrain.
It is reasonable to ask whether this obsession with a single issue by a human rights official responsible for covering the globe is healthy, balanced or normal. Of course it isn’t....