In Bahrain, An Uprising Unabated

In Bahrain, An Uprising Unabated

More than two years after peaceful demonstrators took to the streets to demand reforms, Bahrain’s uprising has not abated. Activists and opposition groups continue to demand the basic human rights and political reforms promised to them by their government....

Bahrain Sought to Divide and Conquer Protestors by Blaming Shias

Cross-posted from the Arabist. “The Uprising is Over. But What Is the Price of Bahrain’s Victory?“ So asks Bahrain watcher Justin Gengler in a post at Religion and Politics in Bahrain on September 30 regarding the state of the protests there that...
Bahrain: the Tear Gas Regime

Bahrain: the Tear Gas Regime

Cross-posted from Scramble for Africa. Physicians for Human Rights just released a report on the Bahraini government’s pervasive use of tear gas to repress its restive civilian population. Bahrain has raised the global bar on the usage of tear gas to...
Review: Bahrain, Shouting in the Dark

Review: Bahrain, Shouting in the Dark

During the democratic uprisings that began in the Arab world in 2011, the entire world has focused on Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and now Syria. On February 16, Bahrainis participated in what the Qatar-based television station Al Jazeera has called a “secret...
The United Nations is Failing Syria

The United Nations is Failing Syria

Over the past year, more and more citizens around the world have been standing up for their freedom. Sadly, as chronicled in Amnesty International’s 2012 annual report, leaders everywhere have failed to mirror the courage shown by millions of peaceful...
Operation Lip Service

Operation Lip Service

The popular uprising in Bahrain shows no signs of going away. The royal family tried crushing the revolt, importing shock troops from Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. It tried jailing important figures in the opposition, such as human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja,...
Bahrain : United States :: Syria : Russia

Bahrain : United States :: Syria : Russia

A world power equips a dictatorship that kills, tortures, and imprisons unarmed protesters. No, it’s not only Russia’s relationship to Syria. It’s also the United States when it comes to Bahrain. Two days after a U.S. coalition of national groups...

Swift Boat to Bahrain

If it looks like an arms deal, walks like an arms deal and quacks like an arms deals, is it an arms deal? The State Department says no: Today, officials from the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs and State’s Legislative Affairs office...
Timoney Time in Bahrain

Timoney Time in Bahrain

Cross-posted from the Arabist. I missed this, but it turns out that in addition to a bevy of lobbying – much of it centered on English-language media management – before and after demonstrations peaked, Bahrain’s government was also quick to tap...
Bahrain’s Courageous Doctors

Bahrain’s Courageous Doctors

The United States continues to ignore the thwarted Arab Spring in Bahrain. Recently, a quasi-military court in the small Gulf state sentenced 20 doctors and nurses to up to 15 years in jail. The charge against them? Treating injured demonstrators opposing the regime....
Poets Stand Up

Poets Stand Up

In Paris, poets staged a flash mob outside the Louvre Museum. In North Carolina, they sent poems to their state legislators, calling on them to restore arts education funding to the decimated state budget. In Vancouver, BC, poets cleaned up a beach before their...