Blog archive: Bahrain

  • 20th April 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Two versions of the same meeting. First, from the UN News Centre: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his concern to Bahrain’s Foreign Minister about the violence in the country in which demonstrators have been killed or injured, and called for maximum restraint and caution....
  • 17th April 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Following the regime's harassment of al-Watan newspaper in Bahrain, the Committee to Protect Journalists reports that one of the paper's founding board members has died in state custody. Karim Fakhrawi, who died last Tuesday, was apparently arrested after going to a police station...
  • 12th April 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    More details have emerged in another "publishing false information" case – this time in Bahrain, where Mansoor al-Jamri, founder/editor of al-Wasat – the kingdom's only independent newspaper – wasforced to resign earlier this month. Since then, al-Wasat's content has become barely...
  • 4th April 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The authorities in Bahrain have ousted the editor of the kingdom's only independent newspaper, along with two of his senior colleagues. Al-Wasat newspaper was not allowed to publish on Sunday and access to its website has been blocked inside the country. The paper has also been suffering...
  • 19th March 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Gulf's dinosaurs continued their battle for survival yesterday. In Bahrain they demolished the monument on the Pearl Roundabout which had been cleared of protesters on Wednesday. The official reason was to give the area a facelift and "boost the flow of traffic", though the foreign...
  • 16th March 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Writing in the Crossroads Arabia bog, John Burgess discusses the Saudi military intervention in Bahrain and concludes: Once again, the Middle East demonstrates its problem with missed opportunities. Had Bahrain not treated its majority Shi’ite population less well than its Sunni minority...
  • 16th March 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Reports from Bahrain say that security forces launched an attack on the camp at Pearl Roundabout early this morning and cleared it of protesters (photographs here). Helicopters were reported overhead and tents were set on fire. It is unclear whether the attack involved any of the Saudi...
  • 8th March 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Amid all the political turmoil in Bahrain, there hasn't been much coverage of a court case last week in which 49 men were given jail sentences ranging from one to six months, in connection with a gay party. About 200 people were initially arrested "due to immoral activities" on...
  • 21st September 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In the continuing crackdown in Bahrain, Ayatollah Hussein al-Najati – a prominent Shia religious figure – has been stripped of his citizenship. The passports of his wife and three children have also been revoked. Najati is the local representative of the Iraqi grand ayatollah, Ali al-Sistani...
  • 8th September 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Gulf Cooperation Council – of which Bahrain is a member – has called on Britain to expel two Bahraini Shia opposition figures. The pair – Hassan Mushaima of the Haq movement and Saeed al-Shehabi of the Bahrain Freedom Islamic Movement – are among 23 activists who were...
  • 7th September 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Tension in Bahrain ahead of the elections scheduled for next month.  Twenty-three people, reportedly Shia activists, have been accusedof "forming an illegal organisation" aiming to "overthrow the government and dissolve the constitution", inciting people to "overthrow and change the...
  • 27th May 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Khadija Ahmed, a 32-year-old mother who owns what is thought to be Bahrain's first sex shop (discreetly known as "Khadija Fashion House"), was up in court on Monday, accused of insulting a customs officer during a dispute over the types of items she is allowed to import. The case was...

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