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Bahrain Crackdown

The Predictable Blowback From Supporting Sectarian Authoritarianism in Bahrain

Jeff Bachman | Posted 04.17.2015 | World
Jeff Bachman

Where does that leave the U.S.? The Obama administration is supporting an anti-democratic monarchy in Bahrain that institutionally discriminates against its Shia population, hires Sunni police officers from hotbeds of ISIS support and awards them citizenship in order to decrease the level of Shia majority.

Bahrain Urgently Needs Real Negotiations

Brian Dooley | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Brian Dooley

Bahrain needs to drop politically motivated charges against opposition figures, include jailed leaders in negotiations, and hold to account those responsible for torture and other human rights violations.

How Bahrain Lost the Propaganda War

John Lubbock | Posted 02.03.2013 | World
John Lubbock

While some commentators have recently been ringing the death knell of the Bahrain uprising, there is one place where the Bahraini government and their apologists have entirely failed to impose their authority: online.

WATCH: Daughter Of Torture Victim vs. Government Doctor Over Father's Torture

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 11.07.2012 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Bahrain, ruled by a Sunni minority and home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, is the Arab world's forgotten revolution. Despite the governments use of torture and brutal crushing of the popular uprising, America continues to sign weapon deals and the Ryan-sponsored trade agreement.

We're Still Arming the King of Syria? There Oughta Be a Law!

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.10.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

When a government that is cracking down on peaceful protest is armed by the United States, that is seen as a tacit U.S. endorsement of the government's actions, and as a green light to proceed with its crackdown.

What I Learned at the Airport in Bahrain

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

The U.S. government could speak openly and directly about what is going on in Bahrain, and the sky wouldn't fall. But it might be "inconvenient." So the U.S. government is not going to speak openly and directly, unless there is some real public pressure.

U.S. Giving Undue Deference to Bassiouni Commission Report

Brian Dooley | Posted 01.23.2012 | World
Brian Dooley

The U.S. Government appears to have too many eggs in the Bassiouni basket. It's the standard the Bahraini Government wants to be judged by, and the U.S. should not so readily agree.

In Praise of a Bahraini Police Officer

Brian Dooley | Posted 01.04.2012 | World
Brian Dooley

In Bahrain, an unknown number of the security forces have been detained for joining the calls for democracy and refusing to join the regime's violent crackdown.

Bahrain's Youth Crackdown: Hard Lessons in Democracy Building

Brian Dooley | Posted 01.01.2012 | World
Brian Dooley

The Bahraini government's inept handling of its students is a great example of why the kingdom is increasingly seen as a pariah state.

Activists Continue to Take Stand in Bahrain Despite Hostile Crackdown

Brian Dooley | Posted 12.20.2011 | World
Brian Dooley

Bahrainis who stand up publicly to promote human rights risk harassment and arrest. Human rights defenders remain in constant jeopardy from the Bahraini dictatorship. Despite those threats, they continue to document human rights abuses and work for political freedom.

Bahrain Boils Under The Lid Of Repression

New York Times | Anthony Shahid | Posted 11.16.2011 | World

MANAMA, Bahrain — The battle began soon after sundown. And for the next six hours, in air heavy with heat and tear gas, phalanxes of police officers...

Shouting In The Dark: The Dark And Bloody Legacy Of Bahrain's Facebook Revolution

Posted 10.05.2011 | World

On February 16, 2011 thousands of demonstrators hit the streets of Bahrain to protest against the ruling Khalifa family. In the wake of protests in Tu...

Bahrain Tourism Industry May Suffer From Crackdown On Alcohol, Prostitution, Drugs

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Every weekend, bumper-to-bumper traffic blocks the causeway into this small island nation as visitors from nearby Saudi Arabia flock to delights unava...