22 April 2012
LONDON — A team of journalists for Britain’s Channel 4 News was arrested Sunday after covering Bahrain’s Grand Prix race, which went ahead after a week of angry protests away from the F1 desert circuit.
“We can confirm that our foreign affairs correspondent Jonathan Miller and his team have been arrested whilst reporting for the programme from a village in Bahrain,” a Channel 4 News spokesman said.
17 April 2012
Two F1 journalists tried their hands at war reporting after touching down in Bahrain ahead of this weekend’s controversial grand prix.
“I had a duty as an experienced journalist to see such an incident with my own eyes,” said PA Sport’s Ian Parkes, who filed a detailed account of a protest about ten kilometres from the capital Manama on Monday.
Bahrain’s foreign minister has asked the British Government to get Denis MacShane to shut up about its human rights record. Here he explains why he will not be silent
I am used to endless lies and criticism from the British National Party and its favourite blogger, as well as the Islamist ideologues who hate my work on anti-Semitism, and the offshore-owned press obsessed about Europe. But this is the first time that a government, Bahrain, has written to the British Government asking the Foreign Secretary to shut me up.
Thousands of protesters have been staging regular rallies in Bahrain since mid-February, calling on the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.
18 Dec 2011
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Bahraini regime forces, backed by troops from Saudi Arabia, have killed scores of people since the beginning of the anti-regime demonstrations and have used excessive force, including torture, against protesters.
Bahraini regime forces have attacked thousands of mourners attending the funeral ceremony of an elderly man in a village near the capital Manama, Press TV reports.
18 Dec 2011
Saudi-backed regime forces attacked the gathering on Sunday.
The mourners chanted slogans against the Bahraini regime and called for “the downfall of the ruling Al Khalifa family.”
Earlier in the day, 73-year-old Ali Ali-Ahmad was killed after he was targeted by tear gas in an attack by regime forces on a demonstration in the village.
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.
The latest protests were held despite ongoing crackdowns by the Saudi-backed regime forces, who have killed scores of peaceful protesters and arrested hundreds of others since the start of the country’s popular uprising in February.
26 Oct 2011
Bahrain has sentenced 13 more people, including a Kuwait-born Canadian citizen, to prison for their alleged involvement in pro-democracy protests that have been sweeping the country since February.
Mohsen al-Alawi, a defense lawyer in the Persian Gulf kingdom, announced a civilian court on Tuesday sentenced Canadian Nasser al-Ras to five years in prison on charges of participating in anti-regime demonstrations, the Associated Press reported.
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.