Comments under the recent article about my trip to Bahrain and Abu Dhabi alerted me that I had severely overpaid for my Bahrain eVisa. The $170 fee se...
Legend says he knows about human-rights issues in the kingdom but that because part of his "mission in life is to spread love and joy to people," he intends to play in Bahrain "regardless of my disagreements with some of their governments' policies and actions." As he mulls the best way to spread the love during his time in Bahrain, he might want to consider a few things.
If President Obama's words on terrorism are to be anything more than rhetoric, the U.S. government needs to speak out about Hussain Jawad's case and remind its military ally that when dissent is silenced, it feeds violent extremism.
There is a valid concern that the countering violent extremism initiative could provide justification for governments to broaden surveillance online and use it to curb human rights and civil liberties.
Despite playing a role in the anti-ISIS coalition -- by joining bombing raids in Syria and hosting an international conference on cutting funding to ISIS -- a failure to reform the security services foments the sort of sectarianism that helps fuel ISIS. Yet the U.S. continues to train the Bahraini military while not using its power to insist that civil and human rights be respected.
The principal goal of these programs is to bolster allies and promote stability. But done poorly, it can fuel conflicts, enable human rights abuses, and draw the United States into unnecessary wars. Unfortunately, U.S. military aid programs perform poorly far too often, and they are growing rapidly without adequate congressional or public scrutiny.
The king has died. Long live the king. Saudi Arabia today is a medieval system whose horrid human rights practices match its antiquated political system.
Leading opposition figures were jailed with long sentences following the widespread 2011 popular uprising, but the main group--Al Wefaq--was allowed to exist and its leadership largely spared prison. It was harassed in the courts and vilified in the state press, yes, but its senior leadership had not been subjected to long-term detention. Until now.
Last October, Saudi Arabia's Special Criminal Court sentenced Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr -- a popular Shi'ite cleric and outspoken political dissident -- to death.
Iran can replace American efforts in the region with informed and constructive policies that define Tehran as a benevolent regional power. The Islamic Republic can also take the path of investing in some religious and political groups while excluding others.
Bahrain must tread carefully. The ruling monarchy finds itself vulnerable to a resilient Shi'ite opposition and a growing current of pro-Daesh elements within the monarchy's political and security structures.
If Bahrain really wants to show it values freedom of expression, as well as sending its foreign minister to join the Paris march it will stop targeting its peaceful dissidents and drop the charges against Jawad, the other human rights defenders, and everyone else jailed in Bahrain for expressing their opinions.
Kuwait may have scored the first goal against Australia in the opening match of the Asian Cup but when the match ended 4:1 in favor of the Australian hosts the message was not simply a defeat on the pitch. It highlighted the importance/impact of Middle Eastern politics on the region's game.
A Saudi-led proxy war against Iran playing out in Syria and Iraq has expanded onto the soccer pitch with a last minute decision by the Palestinian national team to cancel a friendly against Iran.
Mobility for physically and mentally challenged people in Northern Uganda. Widespread humane education in Australia. Community gardens for all in Chico, California.
When we asked citizens in Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and UAE whether they believed the Middle East was better off or worse off as a result of the Arab Spring the responses were largely divided.