Blog archive: Bahrain

  • 21st February 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Sheikh Nasser, the controversial son of the king of Bahrain, is organising an equestrian event in Britain, to be held next May in the grounds of Windsor Castle, Bahrain's government news agency (BNA) reports. BNA says the event – an "international endurance horse ride" – will take place "on...
  • 13th February 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A retired US admiral has joined those calling for the Fifth Fleet to pull out of Bahrain. Dennis Blair, a former chief of the US Pacific Command who also served as Director of National Intelligence in the first Obama administration, complains that American support for democracy and human dignity...
  • 10th February 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A new round of political dialogue is due to start in Bahrain today amid generally low expectations. The last such talks, in the middle of 2011, collapsed quickly. However, the Bahraini government has faced growing diplomatic pressure to talk to the opposition and the latest talks may...
  • 9th January 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    You couldn't make this stuff up. The Bahrain News Agency reportsthat King Hamad of Bahrain "won the title of Humanitarian Personality of the Year with absolute majority of votes" in a recent poll conducted by a Kuwaiti newspaper, al-Sharq. Apparently, "tens of thousands of personalities...
  • 8th January 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There's an interesting article – for once – in today's Gulf Daily News (GDN), a generally pro-government newspaper which bills itself as "the voice of Bahrain". The article is an extraordinary attack on what its headline calls "PR mercenaries" – British and American "reputation...
  • 4th January 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Bahrain's habit of excluding foreign journalists, NGO representatives, politicians and others whose work it dislikes has long been common knowledge – though the government denies it. Persisting in that denial may become more difficult following the publication of a report by Bahrain...
  • 21st December 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Bahrain has violated the terms of its free trade agreement with the United States by failing to protect workers' rights, according to a US government investigation. In a report published yesterday, the US Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA) found that trade unionists and leaders...
  • 1st December 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Kuwaitis were out on the streets again yesterday – thousands of them protesting against corruption and calling for a boycott oftoday's election, while others were merely trying to catch a glimpse of Kim Kardashian, the ubiquitous American publicity-seeker. Judging by some of the "...
  • 27th November 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Dining companions: The king of Bahrain visits Sandhurst Britain's top military academy, Sandhurst, held a banquet last week to honour its graduates from the Middle East. Prominent among the guests was King Hamad of Bahrain who once trained at Sandhurst (as did nine other members of...
  • 26th November 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There was a time when government media in the Arab countries could publish dishonest or misleading reports and expect to get away with it. Readers inside the country, having little access to information from outside, would be none the wiser. That changed years ago with the arrival of satellite...
  • 23rd November 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It is exactly one year today since the report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) was published. The anniversary has brought a deluge of criticism from NGOs – all basically saying the government has done far too little during the last 12 months to implement the BICI's...
  • 8th November 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Bahrain's decision to revoke the citizenship of 31 men – all of them reported to be Shia Muslims – is just one side of a discriminatory policy operated by the kingdom's Sunni rulers. The other side is that they readily grant citizenship to Sunni Muslims from a variety of...

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