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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.

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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.

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26 Oct 2011

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Bahrain on Wednesday to follow through on an independent probe into a crackdown on anti-regime protests, officials said.

Clinton and Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa also discussed a planned $53 million US arms sale to Bahrain that has been put on hold pending the outcome of the investigation, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

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23 Oct 2011

TEHRAN (FNA)- A Bahraini opposition spokesman blasted the US support for Manama’s suppression of popular protests and Washington’s recent announcement that it will go forward with an arms deal with the Al-Khalifa regime, reminding that the regime will use the US weapons to continue suppressing protesting people.

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20 Oct 2011

It has been reported that a US diplomat confirmed that a 53 million dollar weapons deal between the US and Bahrain had been finalized. Then today the State Department announced that after a number of US Senators had expressed their concern, the weapons deal would be on hold until a special investigation of alleged human rights abuses in Bahrain would be completed on October 30, before a final decision is made. But so how do we look at this postponement? Scott Horton with Harper’s Magazine discusses.

19 Oct 2011

The Obama administration has told U.S. lawmakers it is delaying a planned $53 million arms sale to Bahrain, a key Gulf ally, pending the outcome of a local investigation into alleged human-rights abuses since an uprising in February.

The handling of the issue is sensitive because of U.S. security interests in Bahrain, host of U.S. naval headquarters in the Gulf for more than 60 years and a pivot for U.S. efforts to deter Iran.

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19 Oct 2011

Dozens of people have been killed since protests in Bahrain began in February [Reuters]

The US has said that it will consider a special investigation of alleged human rights abuses in Bahrain before moving ahead with a $53m arms deal to the Gulf kingdom.

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19 Oct 2011

AP, NEW YORK - The United States, Russia and many European countries that have supported the swell of protests across the Middle East and North Africa this year also supplied some of the weapons used against demonstrators, Amnesty International said in a new report Tuesday.

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BY ADAM ENTOUS, 19 Oct 2011

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration won’t proceed with a planned arms sale to Bahrain until it reviews the monarchy’s progress investigating alleged human rights abuses and implementing reforms, the State Department told Congress in a letter.

The decision was a partial victory for human rights groups and lawmakers who argued that it was hypocritical of the U.S. to sell the arms to Bahrain so soon after President Barack Obama condemned the monarchy’s violent crackdown on protesters earlier this year and called for democratic reforms.

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By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press, 19 Oct 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Tuesday it will consider a special investigation of alleged human rights abuses in Bahrain before moving ahead with $53 million in arms sales to the violence-wracked nation.

In a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and public statements, the department said it shared congressional concerns about Bahrain’s treatment of protesters and would await the results of a special inquiry established by Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. That commission’s report to the king is due Oct. 30.

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18 Oct 2011

In this special edition of FirstCast, we interviewed Jaleela Al-Salman just days before she was rearrested. She describes how the Bahraini security forces tortured her while in detention. Subscribe now!

In this special edition of FirstCast, we feature the voices of two brave women who have been detained the longest in Bahrain in connection to the crackdown of pro-democracy advocates. Roula al-Safar is a nurse, a humanitarian, and the head of the Bahrain Nursing Association who was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Jaleela al-Salman is a teacher and vice president of the Bahrain Teachers Association. She was sentenced to three years in prison and was awaiting an appeal under civilian court.

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The deal is part of a move to defend Bahrain from aggression, official says

18 Oct 2011

Manama: Washington has finalised a $53 million (Dh195 million) weapons deal with Bahrain, a top US diplomat has said. “Congress has expressed no opposition to this sale,” said Stephen Seche, Deputy US Assistant Secretary of State for Arabian Peninsula Affairs.

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14Febtv, 15 Oct 2011

On his twitter account, Sayed Yousif Al Mahafdha; a Bahraini human rights activist, commented on the US justifications in selling its arms to the brutal regime of Bahrain that those arms won’t be used to suppress Bahrain protests by posting 2 pictures (out of hundreds available over the net and with human rights groups) showing the truth.. Those 2 images are:

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14 Oct 2011

Despite all calls from human rights groups and organizations, the regime of Bahrain continues to attack peaceful, unarmed protesters using Birds Shotgun. This short video shows some information on this internationally forbidden weapon as well as several pictures of the victims of the regime as a result of the intensive use of ‘Birds Shotgun’ against people.

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