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Clashes continue in Bahrain | Al Jazeera

Bahraini security forces have dispersed several hundred Shia demonstrators who gathered outside the capital Manama for the fourth day in a row, the AFP news agency reported. Riot police stormed a roundabout on the Budaiya highway on Sunday where men and women had gathered and chanted slogans against the government of the Sunni-ruled kingdom. Police fired tear gas on Sunday ...

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In Bahrain, Protests and Police Action | The New York Times

The Op-Ed columnist Nicholas D. Kristof returns to Bahrain to witness the protests against the dictatorship there. At one point, he is briefly detained by the police. From a Kristof post on Facebook: “One of the most articulate advocates of democracy in my video from Bahrain today is Zainab al-Khawaja. In flawless English, she argues passionately that our ally Bahrain ...

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UK urges Bahrain to embrace reform after protests | The AP via Yahoo! News

LONDON – British Prime Minister David Cameron urged Bahrain’s king on Monday to quickly implement reforms recommended in a scathing report into human rights abuses during the Arab nation’s uprising. A special commission, authorized by Bahrain’s Sunni rulers, last month outlined the harsh treatment of anti-government protesters as state security forces tried to put down the largest of the uprisings ...

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The Demonization of Iran: Hidden Hand Syndrome | Counterpunch

Iran has long been denounced in Washington as the source of much of the evil in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies see the hand of Tehran behind protests in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province. As the last US forces leave Iraq by the end of the year, there are dire warnings of Iraq becoming ...

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The Bahrain Arms Deal: Another Oops Moment | Counterpunch

Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice. – Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man The question is why the United States was even thinking of selling arms to Bahrain. The answer can be found in the fact that the United States is the number one arms supplier in the world and to ...

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Bahrain inquiry accuses security forces of brutality and torture | guardian.co.uk

Bahrain’s western-backed security forces used “excessive force” and torture during the crackdown on the Pearl revolution this year, according to an official report [PDF] published as new protests erupted. King Hamad Al Khalifa welcomed the report by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry and pledged reforms. However, he ignored its finding that Iran was not involved in unrest in the ...

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Bahrain braced for trouble over Pearl revolution report | The Guardian

Bahrain’s government and opposition are braced for trouble as they await publication on Wednesday of a potentially explosive report on the Gulf island state’s Pearl revolution earlier this year. Reports from Manama on Tuesday described mounting tension as police fired teargas to disperse protesters at a funeral procession in Sitra, a Shia village and regular troublespot near the capital. But ...

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Arms trade: Business before human rights? | Inside Story, Al Jazeera

According to an Amnesty International report, the US, Russia and a number of European countries supplied large quantities of weapons to repressive governments in the Middle East and North Africa before this year’s uprisings. The report says that these arms deals were signed despite evidence of a substantial risk that they could be used to commit serious human rights violations. ...

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Bahrain to retry medics jailed for treating protesters | The Guardian

A Bahrain prosecutor has ordered retrials in civilian courts for 20 medics sentenced under martial law for crimes they were accused of committing while treating victims from anti-government protests earlier this year. The announcement followed condemnation from the US and European states as well as global medical bodies and rights groups at the sentences of 5-15 years handed down by ...

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William Hague condemns sentencing of Bahrain medics | The Guardian

William Hague has described the sentencing of medics by a Bahraini military tribunal as “disproportionate” and called for their cases to be transferred to the civilian courts. The foreign secretary said the sentences handed out by the special tribunal to doctors who treated injured protesters were “worrying developments that could undermine the Bahraini government’s moves towards dialogue and the reform ...

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