Washington has resumed military aid to the Bahraini government. The move was criticized by human rights groups, which say it takes place “in the absence of any real or meaningful political reforms” and amid numerous human rights abuses.
On June 16, Sheikh Ali Salman, a leading opposition figure in the Saudi-dominated monarchy of Bahrain, was condemned to four years in prison. His sentence threatens to turn Bahrain’s “quiet” revolution into a torrential wave, reshaping the region forever.
A court in Bahrain has sentenced Shiite opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman to four years in prison. He was convicted of insulting the Interior Ministry and of inciting others to break the law in the aftermath of the 2011 uprising.
With over 30,000 political prisoners languishing in prison, Saudi Arabia has become the epitome of oppression. Now, newly crowned King Salman is set to paint the Kingdom red with the blood of Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, a prominent Shia cleric.
Iran will protect oppressed people in Yemen, Palestine and elsewhere in the region, Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said, again slamming Tehran’s main geopolitical rival, Saudi Arabia, for its aggressive policies.
The monarchs of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have chosen to send deputies to the US-Gulf Arab summit. With two other leaders too ill to travel, this means only the Qatari and Kuwaiti heads of state will be at the Camp David meeting later this week.
The BBC must not be used as a vehicle to legitimize the arms trade, a charity warns. It is calling for newly-appointed Vice Chairman Roger Carr to resign, citing conflict of interest with his role as chairman of Europe’s largest arms firm BAE Systems.
Saudi Arabia and its allies have launched airstrikes in Yemen against rebel Shiite Houthi forces gaining more ground. The mainly Gulf coalition, which also includes the US, is trying to help embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
Saudi Arabian forces, joined by nine other countries, have launched a military operation in Yemen against Shiite Houthi rebels, the Saudi ambassador to the US said. The offensive, which started with airstrikes, will also involve “other military assets.”