Blog archive: Bahrain

  • 21st May 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Bahrain has "temporarily frozen" the activities of al-Jazeera television inside the country for "breaching professional media norms and flouting the laws regulating the press and publishing".  The ban came to light on Tuesday when a team from al-Jazeera were prevented from...
  • 9th May 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Bahrain's unelected upper house of parliament has blocked a move by the lower house (elected and Islamist-dominated) to impose a total ban on the public sale and consumption of alcohol. With backing from Bahrain's Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Shura Council last week ...
  • 8th August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    At long last, the system of employers’ sponsorship for foreign workers – a major cause of exploitation in the Arab Gulf states – seems to be coming to an end. Sponsorship, in effect, ties foreign workers (and their continued residence in the country) to a single employer, often with dire...

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