Blog archive: Bahrain

  • 20th November 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Foreign Policy Blogs boasts that it is "the largest network of global affairs blogs online", staffed "by scores of professional contributors from the worlds of journalism, academia, business, non-profits and think tanks". Plus the occasional public relations man working for a repressive...
  • 5th November 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It's not every day that the President's Office of the Bahrain Information Affairs Authority of goes to the trouble of sending me an email informing me that one of the kingdom's more elderly citizens has died of a heart attack – but it happened yesterday. Ali Hassan Al-Daihi, aged 78, "had...
  • 30th October 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Bahrain-based Gulf Daily News has finally got around toreporting the arrest of a businessman in Britain, in connection with a $6m bribery case involving Bahrain's government-controlled aluminium company, Alba. The Gulf Daily News says the alleged recipient of the bribes "cannot be named...
  • 23rd October 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    What on earth is going on at Huffington Post? Hot on the heels ofTom Squitieri's articles presenting a sympathetic view of Bahrain's repressive regime (September 21, October 2 and  October 5), we now have Rob Sobhani scaremongering about Iranian designs on Bahrain...
  • 17th October 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The government of Bahrain is desperately seeking international support for its repressive policies – so desperately, in fact, that if the support doesn't exist it's happy to invent it. In April, it claimed that Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, had expressed support for...
  • 9th October 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In an article for Huffington Post on September 21, Tom Squitieri began: "The rubber stamp storyline out of Bahrain is that it is the latest chapter of the people rising against the evil rulers in the 2011 drama of the Arab Spring. Spend a few days and nights away from the hotels and...
  • 30th September 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Good news from Bahrain where the American PR firm Qorvis was recently hired at $40,000 a month to polish up the kingdom's image. An announcement via PRNewswire reveals that Bahrain is to fund "a state of the art special hospital in Somalia as well as a nursing school to train...
  • 27th September 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Something is going on at the official government news agency in Bahrain. Normally it churns out dull and unilluminating reports about royal comings and goings, such as this one: "His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa today received Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, who...
  • 11th September 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It emerged last month that the American public relations firm, Qorvis, has signed a $40,000-a-month contract with the government of Bahrain to spruce up the kingdom's tarnished image. Heading the firm's Bahrain operation is Matt Lauer, listed by Washington Life magazine earlier...
  • 4th September 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The government of Bahrain is developing quite a reputation for lying – in particular, by circulating false claims of international support for its repression. Last week, Amnesty International issued a statement about the 14-year-old boy who died during a peaceful demonstration in the kingdom –...
  • 6th August 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Mystery continues to surround Liliane Khalil, the "veteran investigative journalist" who last month became "North America bureau chief" for the Bahrain Independent and formerly held the title of contributing editor for the Bikya Masr website. Earlier this week, questions were...
  • 30th July 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Bahrain on Friday, protesting at the outcome of the government's "national dialogue" which they say will not deliver far-reaching reforms. For news reports, see al-Jazeera, the Daily Star and the Financial Times. The...

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