Blog archive: Bahrain

  • 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...
  • 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...

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