Direct targeting of the head and eye is the price of demanding the legitimate rights.
Injured protesters deprived from medical care and arrested from the health centers.
Ahlul Bayt News Agency, 30 Oct 2011
In an attempt to crush pro-democracy protests the Bahraini regime has used brutal force against peaceful protesters. Government forces use different weapons like birdshot gun, tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets in their attacks. At the beginning of the crackdown even live bullets were shot by the army at protesters in the pearl square and in their villages. Although live bullets are not being used often in recent months, the use of other weapons with direct aim at protesters has lead to countless injuries and even killed protesters.
Bahraini authorities cannot afford to overlook continuously adverse reports relating to the performance of the kingdom’s economy.
30 Oct 2011
Bahraini authorities cannot afford to overlook continuously adverse reports relating to the performance of the kingdom’s economy. True, the adverse developments are a consequence of the socio-political pressures in the country since mid-February. Yet concrete steps need to be taken to check the onslaught of negative economic news.
Ashed Al Rashed, leader of the Bahraini opposition, confirmed that the Bahraini system is suffering from a major international and regional siege despite the failed attempts of the king to show that everything is normal and usual. He said that Bahrain is about to witness a great and unique transition in this revolution next Thursday and the subsequent events will show the world surprises that are targeted to shake Bahrain’s economy and force the system to acknowledge the people’s will power.
Ahlul Bayt News Agency, 29 Oct 2011
Rashid said in an interview with the “Al Alam” news station on Tuesday: The monarchy has to review its policies because it failed badly in trying to handle the current situation and was unable to stand up to the originality of the revolutionary youngsters in protests, that will allow for a major and unique change transition in the revolution on Thursday.
Parliament condemns the repression of citizens in Bahrain, which has led to dozens of deaths and injuries, and urges the immediate and unconditional release of all peaceful demonstrators, political activists, human rights defenders, doctors and paramedics, bloggers and journalists. It also expresses its solidarity with the families of all the victims.
29 Oct 2011
Bahrain: halt the violence and release the prisoners
The Bahraini security forces and authorities should stop violence, repression and detention of peaceful demonstrators and show the utmost restraint when attempting to control protests, say MEPs, who urge the authorities to act in strict accordance with their legislation and international obligations.
28 Oct 2011
In Rubble-Strewn Sitra, Faces of the Young Foretell a Grim Future for Bahrain
On a recent night, after clashes that erupt almost daily, one of them entered the house of a relative, squinting as though he had stumbled from a dungeon into the sun. Tear gas. His friend smirked as he showed the smooth scars left by rubber bullets fired at his leg and chest. Another shrugged as he removed his shirt to reveal a back scarred by pellets.
“Sitra,” said the friend, Sanad, “is the crisis.”
JEDDAH: The outlook on Bahrain’s banking system remains negative, says Moody’s Investors Service in a Banking System Outlook published Friday.
The negative banking system outlook expresses Moody’s expectations for the fundamental credit conditions in this sector over the next 12-18 months and reflects the continued challenges facing Bahrain’s operating environment further to the political unrest earlier this year.
“We believe that the unrest and its ramifications will exert negative pressure on banks’ asset-quality performance, and on growth and profitability. However, systemic risks will be mitigated by the domestic retail banks’ healthy liquidity and relatively strong capital positions,” says Christos Theofilou, a Moody’s analyst and co-author of the report.
27 Oct 2011
THE BELEAGUERED reformist faction within Bahrain’s ruling al-Khalifa family has good reason to thank the U.S. Congress. Until this month the Obama administration, which has enormous leverage over the Persian Gulf emirate, was blithely ignoring Bahrain’s crackdown on domestic opposition and its failure to implement promised reforms.
Even as the regime staged unfair trials of peaceful opponents in special security courts, dismissed thousands from government jobs for participating in protests and violently repressed demonstrations in restless villages, the administration notified Congress in September that it intended to sell Bahrain $53 million in military equipment, including 40 armored Humvees.
26 Oct 2011
(Reuters) - The United States pressed Bahrain on Wednesday to make good on its pledges to address any human rights violations committed during a government crackdown on pro-democracy protests earlier this year.
26 Oct 2011
Naser Al-Raas says he’s fearfully awaiting the moment Bahrain police handcuff, blindfold and drag him back to a jail, where he contends, he’ll ruthlessly be tortured for a crime he did not commit.
Al-Raas, a Kuwait-born Canadian citizen, was sentenced this week for breaking Bahrain’s illegal-assembly laws. He and 12 others were sentenced for having links to antigovernment demonstrations.
26 Oct 2011
Associated Press: A U.S. fact-finding team in Bahrain wrapped up talks Wednesday to investigate labor practices that have spurred calls to suspend a key trade pact over the Gulf nation’s crackdown on protesters.
The firsthand inquest by the Department of Labor is in response to efforts by America’s biggest labor group to force a stinging U.S. rebuke of Bahrain’s rulers, who have crushed opposition groups but have avoided serious backlash from Washington because of strategic concerns.
25 Oct 2011
MANAMA, Bahrain — A defense lawyer in Bahrain says 13 people, including a Kuwaiti-born Canadian, have been sentenced to jail terms for links to anti-government protests and unrest in the Gulf kingdom.
Lawyer Mohsen al-Alawi says a civilian court Tuesday sentenced Canadian Nasser al-Ras to five years in prison on charges stemming from the Shiite-led demonstrations for greater rights from the ruling Sunni monarchy.
Lawmakers begin procedures to dismiss another lawmaker for unruly behaviour
By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief, 25 Oct 2011
Manama: Bahrain’s lower chamber on Tuesday started procedures to dismiss a lawmaker for his unruly behaviour and disrespect for fellow MPs.
MP Osama Muhanna waded into controversy last week when in the middle of a heated verbal argument with MP Ganem Al Buaynain he threatened to throw a book at him.
23 Oct 2011
A group of Bahraini doctors and nurses - convicted of trying to overthrow the government - are preparing to appeal their sentences.
23 Oct 2011
DUBAI — Twenty Bahraini medics handed long jail terms for their role during anti-regime protests launched an appeal on Sunday, authorities and a defendant said.
The doctors, nurses, and paramedics were initially tried and convicted in the military-run National Safety Court on September 28 on a raft of charges, including incitement to overthrow the regime.