False claims of reform by the Bahrain government are exposed by its continuing failure to hold its torturers to account. As political polarization increases, its economy weakens, and its protests become more violent, Bahrain appears to be sliding towards greater instability.
In Bahrain, physicians remain imprisoned during the holidays simply for doing their job. Turkey is considering a bill that seeks to criminalize emergency medical care. And in Syria, the attacks against physicians have reached such epidemic proportions as to constitute war crimes, exacerbating an already massive humanitarian and human rights crisis.
Gulf states are lining up as targets for criticism by international trade unions and human rights groups for their treatment of foreign workers.
The Iran threat might not disappear but it might just matter less, taking away a trump card for Bahrain. This in turn could encourage the State Department to take a more vigorous diplomatic approach in pushing for reform in Bahrain. The Bahrain regime could turn out to be a major loser from a thaw with Iran.
The first blow came with news Jan Keulen, director of the Doha Center for Media Freedom (DCMF), was told he was canned, with no reason given for his d...
As the eulogies for Nelson Mandela begin to appear, it's the perfect moment to reflect on how the U.S. responded to his calls to end apartheid. Today, just as during the bleak days of apartheid, oppressive regimes imprison and harass human rights activists, Mandela's spiritual heirs.
Repeated claims by the Bahrain government that it is on the path to reform and stability don't match the reality of a regime that is taking increasingly repressive measures, including new targeting of human rights defenders.
So what's the Saudi leadership so apprehensive about? Lots of things, as it happens, even though none presages revolution, or even upheaval.
Unfortunately, the eloquent posturing of the Bahrain government following the release of the BICI report has only served to mask the increasingly desperate situation on the ground.
Secretary of State John Kerry has attempted to pacify the angry royals. Instead, the Obama administration should tell America's foreign "friends" that Washington acts in the interests of the American people, not corrupt dictators.
Saudi Arabia's declared intention to pivot away from the U.S. in foreign policy implies a shift toward Beijing, which predates both the Obama presidency and the Arab Awakening.
Although it is not widely recognized as such, Japan is one of the most influential economic actors in the Persian Gulf -- something that is unlikely to change in the near or medium term.
Sectarian divisions fueling conflict across the Middle East have spilt on to the soccer pitch with Iraq's decision to boycott the Gulf Cup and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) warning the Iraqi government not to interfere in the game.
Bahrain is acting as if it has a free pass to use political prosecutions as a means to silence dissent. It's time for the United States to make clear that no ally -- even one that hosts a naval fleet -- is above the rule of law.
Repressive governments too often target health systems, including doctors, hospitals, and ambulances, as part of a larger crackdown on a civilian population.
Middle Eastern investors have adopted a new strategy of buying low and selling high with a series of acquisitions of second and third tier European soccer clubs.