23 Oct 2011
TEHRAN – Saudi Arabia’s decision to send troops to Bahrain to crack down on pro-democracy protesters was a strategic mistake, according to the Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs.
“The deployment of Saudi military forces in Bahrain, which took place under the aegis of the Peninsula Shield Force, was a strategic mistake that has not only not helped resolve a problem but has also complicated the situation day by day,” Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told the Fars News Agency in an interview published on Sunday.
Bahraini regime forces have attacked and arrested several peaceful anti-regime demonstrators in a number of villages on the island of Sitra, Press TV has learned.
22 Oct 2011
Activists said that some eight people were detained and many more were injured after protesters took to the street across Bahrain as part of the so-called “Arrows of Dignity” event on Saturday.
Arrows of Dignity has been organized by activists to show solidarity with an unknown number of female prisoners behind bars in the Persian Gulf sheikdom.
The United States has its interests to protect. But it’s not being hypocritical about it.
By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, 19 Oct 2011
Critics have often argued that Western nations — the United States in particular — have been hypocritical in their policies towards Bahrain. Is this claim accurate? Too often, no full overview has been given on what is going on in the country. Who precisely are the predominantly Shi’a protestors? What is at stake? Most importantly, which outside nations can influence the situation?
17 Oct 2011
Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have fired tear gas at peaceful female anti-government protesters near the capital, Manama, Press TV has learnt.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or arrests during the violence in the town of Eker on Monday. According to witnesses, the women were attacked for chanting anti-regime slogans.
15 Oct 2011
Saudi-backed regime forces in Bahrain have arrested at least 10 anti-government protesters in several cities across the US-sponsored Persian Gulf kingdom, Press TV has learnt.
The clashes erupted Saturday as demonstrators took to the streets to renew demands for the ouster of the despotic Bahraini regime.
At least five of the protesters were arrested in the northwestern village of Bani Jamrah, where they had gathered outside the house of a detained opposition leader.
By Andrew Hammond, 13 Oct 2011
DUBAI (Reuters) - In a defiant show of unity, Bahrain opposition parties have jointly denounced the Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab island as a police state and demanded a transition to a constitutional monarchy.
Five groups, including the main Shi’ite party Wefaq and the secular Waad party, vowed to keep up a pro-democracy campaign with peaceful rallies and marches — despite a Saudi-backed government crackdown that crushed similar protests in March.
12 Oct 2011
Saudi Arabia is likely to step in and help Bahrain plug a budget hole next year if oil prices keep falling, as ratings downgrades in the wake of social unrest make it costly for the island state to issue foreign debt and the Saudis seek to keep restive elements in the region in check.
10 Oct 2011
Saudi Arabia has reportedly dispatched more troops and military equipment to its Eastern Province in a bid to quell anti-government protests, Press TV has learned.
Activists said on Monday that dozens of military vehicles, including tanks, have left an army base in the center of the country for oil-rich Eastern Province as anti-government protests in the region show no sign of petering out despite a heavy government crackdown.
6 Oct 2011
(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is likely to step in and help Bahrain plug a budget hole next year if oil prices keep falling as ratings downgrades in the wake of social unrest make it costly for the island state to issue foreign debt and the Saudis seek to keep restive elements in the region in check.
Saudi troops have already been brought in this year to help quell Bahrain’s worst social revolt since the 1990s, which left at least 30 dead and pushed Bahrain’s economy to its first quarterly contraction in January-March since the global financial crisis in 2008.
5 Oct 2011
Saudis have held a protest rally in the eastern city of Qatif to protest against the role of the Kingdom’s troops in a deadly crackdown on anti-regime protesters in Bahrain.
Expressing solidarity with protesters in Bahrain, Saudi demonstrators called for the immediate withdrawal of KSA troops from the neighboring country. They also chanted anti-government slogans.
4 Oct 2011
The Bahraini regime’s brutal crackdown on the popular uprising in the Persian Gulf kingdom continues, not just on the streets but also in the country’s courts.
Bahrain’s military tribunal has sentenced dozens of protesters to up to 25 years in jail for taking part in anti-regime demonstrations.
There is an interview with Rodney Shakespeare, head of the Committee against Torture in Bahrain, to shed more light on the atrocities committed by Saudi-backed forces against Bahraini protesters.
The video offers the opinions of two additional guests, Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights in Manama and Daoud Khairallah professor of law at Georgetown University.
3 Oct 2011
Security forces have clashed in Saudi Arabia with pro-reform protesters in the Qatif Governorate in the Eastern Province of the country, Press TV reports.
The Saudis had gathered in an anti-government demonstration in the province’s Awamiyah village, a Press TV correspondent reported. They chanted slogans against the province’s governor, Prince Mohammed bin Fahd, — the son of the late King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.