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.
18 Dec 2011
Bahraini protesters have been continuing with their daily protests despite a government crackdown, from a government that tells the world that it is implementing reforms and not involved in the killing of innocent people. This none forceful confrontation with protesters has resulted in two deaths and countless injuries since Thursday.
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.
18 Dec 2011
Immediately after the huge waves of public demonstrations started in Bahrain in February 2011, the government resorted to violence to stop the unrest. However, the protests continued to spread and people never hesitated to express their legitimate demands openly.
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.
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.
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.
27 Oct 2011
IT IS not surprising that Afghanistan’s security forces, still reeling from allegations of rape and torture, need more training.
Few, though, would have guessed that Bahrain’s soldiers or police were qualified to give it.
At least 35 protesters have died in violent clashes in the tiny Gulf kingdom since February, drawing widespread criticism of security forces from human rights groups.
Yet despite the condemnation, Bahrain is preparing to send an unknown number of trainers to Afghanistan as part of Nato’s International Security Assistance Force (Isaf).
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.