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Bahrain

​Bahrain to get more US arms as authorities keep cracking down on protestors
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.

30.06.2015 05:22

​The criminalization of democracy in a Saudi vassal state
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.

17.06.2015 16:24

Key Bahraini opposition figure handed 4yr jail term
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.

16.06.2015 19:56

​US relies on French warship amid fears of British military decline
The US is relying on a French aircraft carrier in Gulf operations because the UK currently lacks carrier capacity, according to reports.

08.06.2015 09:56

Saudi Arabia risks revolution with execution of activist Sheikh al-Nimr
​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.

19.05.2015 16:45

Iran will protect ‘oppressed’ in Yemen, Palestine and Bahrain – Khamenei
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.

16.05.2015 18:00

​Obama & Gulf States summit: Party time with Wahhabi Atlanticists
US President Barack Obama’s GCC summit at Camp David this week looked like a better fit for the annals of surrealism than geopolitics.

16.05.2015 17:01

Snubbed: Most Gulf Arab rulers send deputies to Obama summit
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.

11.05.2015 17:09

​Amnesty condemns Bahrain’s ‘rampant’ human rights abuses days before F1 Grand Prix
Amnesty International has published a report condemning Bahrain for its “rampant” human rights abuses days before the country hosts the Formula 1 Grand Prix.

16.04.2015 09:00

​BBC arms trade ties troubling, BAE boss must resign from Trust – campaigners
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.

01.04.2015 08:28

Gulf coalition airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen
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.

26.03.2015 06:51

Saudi Arabia bombs Yemen, launches coalition op against Houthi rebels
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.”

25.03.2015 23:40