Iran has strongly denounced the detention of a prominent Shia cleric and the brutal crackdown of anti-regime protesters in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, which has been a major scene of protests over the past months. Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Tuesday voiced Tehran’s deep concerns over acts of violence against clerics and the brutal suppression of anti-government protest ...Read More »
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By targeting us doctors, Bahrain’s state shows no one is beyond its grasp | Nada Dhaif, guardian.co.uk
I went to Bahrain’s Pearl roundabout out of curiosity – then my nightmare began. For so many others, the nightmare continuesmany Nada DhaifIt was curiosity that drew me to the Pearl roundabout in central Manama in February last year. If I’m honest I thought offering medical help to the protesters, set upon by armed government troops and neglected by Bahrain’s ...Read More »
Out of Jail, Bahraini Activists Nabeel Rajab and Zainab Alkhawaja Urge End to U.S.-Backed Crackdown | DemocracyNow!
We go to Bahrain to speak with two recently released political prisoners, Zainab Alkhawaja and Nabeel Rajab, both jailed for protesting the U.S.-backed monarchy. Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was released on bail after being held for nearly a month. “We always thought the American base here, the American-Bahraini good relation will benefit our fight ...Read More »
Human Rights Watch has accused Bahrain’s police of continuing to beat and torture detainees, including minors. The report comes nearly six months after an independent inquiry prompted the government to pledge reforms. The country insists it is committed to putting the recommendations of its own report into the handling of protests in 2011 into practice. More than 40 people died ...Read More »
Double standards have notoriously marked Britain and America’s response to the Arab Spring. But nowhere is the hypocrisy more glaring than in their reactions to the uprisings in Bahrain and Syria, where both countries’ governments have used the full might of their security forces to crush peaceful protests and jail and torture their opponents. When it comes to Syria, Barack ...Read More »
Within the first few months of 2011, the U.S. and its allies lost three loyal “friends”: Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Zine el-Abbidine Ben Ali in Tunisia and Saad Hariri in Lebanon. While Mubarak and Ali were driven out of power by widespread popular uprisings, Hariri was ousted by the parliament. Inspired by these liberating developments, pro-democracy rebellions against autocratic rulers ...Read More »
Bahrain: Violence grows with mob attacks: Gran Prix gets green flag | NZ Herald News, guardian.co.uk
Mobs with iron rods and sticks ransacked a supermarket belonging to a major Shiite-owned business group, as part of a spike in violence in the Gulf nation in retaliation for a bomb attack on police. The attack appeared linked to a wave of reprisals and intimidation by suspected Sunni groups angered by the 14-month-old uprising by Bahrain’s Shiite majority seeking ...Read More »
Bahraini Hunger Striker’s Life in Peril as U.S.-Backed Forces Continue Anti-Democracy Crackdown | Democracy Now!
The U.S.-backed monarchy in Bahrain continues the crackdown on protesters, with reports of many injuries and at least one death over the weekend. We speak to Zainab Alkhawaja, the daughter of jailed human rights leader Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, who is now on the 54th day of his hunger strike. Doctors say her father could go into a coma at any point, ...Read More »
Cairo – Bahrain has spiraled into escalating violence on the streets in recent days, several weeks after an independent commission report into last year’s violence was released in November. On Saturday police and pro-government supporters clashed with hundreds of mourners in Muharraq, north of the Bahraini capital Manama, as they marched in the funeral of 24-year-old Yousif Muwali, who died ...Read More »
Sipping tea in a smoky Damascus cafe, Adnan and his wife, Rima, look ordinary enough: an unobtrusive, thirtysomething couple winding down at the end of the working day in one of the tensest cities in the world. But like much else in the Syrian capital, they are not what they first seem: normally, he is a software engineer and she ...Read More »
Since the beginning of the Arab uprising Turkey has been held up as a blueprint for the emerging Middle Eastern democracies to copy. But many observers question whether its treatment of its Kurdish minority gives it the right to be treated as a role model. This year more than 4,000 people have been arrested under arbitrary terrorism charges, including dozens ...Read More »