19 April 2012
Apr.19 (GMM) A support-race team and a respected journalist have become the next to pull out of this weekend’s highly controversial Bahrain grand prix.
The Porsche Supercup team MRS said its decision to skip the support race in the divided island Kingdom is the “first time in our history that we have had to cancel”.
“In the end we have the responsibility for our employees,” said team boss Karsten Molitor, citing security concerns.
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.
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.
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.
International panel postpones probe into incidents that rocked Bahrain in February and March.
By Habib Toumi, Bureau chief, 21 Oct 2011
Manama: An international panel investigating the incidents that marred Bahrain in February and March and their consequences has postponed the release of its much-awaited report to November 23.
The Bahrain Independent commission of Inquiry (BICI) on Thursday attributed the postponement to “the substantial number of testimonies presented by Bahraini citizens and foreign nationals and the large amount of information presented to the BICI from political activists, civil society organizations, and governmental agencies.”