Like New York's joyously crowded Grand Central and the Arab world's historic squares, Taksim is a public space that in the minds of nascent autocrats risks not merely to accommodate unrest but actually to kindle it.
While the Saudis are delighted to see Iran's top ally facing a potentially existential threat, Riyadh would be wise to recognize that Iran's loss might not necessarily advance the Saudis' longer term interests in the Middle East.
Mega-events and campaigning for office in international sports associations empower activists and put nations at risk of reputational damage.
To alleviate Russian and other key players' concerns, the U.S. must give them reason to think otherwise. One essential first step to change their opinions would be for the U.S. to re-establish itself as a principled leader on human rights issues in the region, vis-à-vis action in Bahrain.
When I hear Senator John McCain calling for more arms, air strikes, no-fly zones and the like; when I hear the dangerous pronouncements coming from apologists for the various sides, I want to ask "do you know where are you going, and where is this taking Syria, its people and the region?"
In 2011, the Kingdom hired PR wizard and former police chief John Timoney, who is well-known for his repressive police tactics used against political dissidents in the U.S. More than two years after the uprising, Timoney's contract is nearly up and the assessment in Bahrain is bleak.
Next week's Asian Football Confederation presidential elections designed to elect a leader to clean up two years of alleged financial mismanagement and unethical business conduct are increasingly marred by doubts that real reform is on the horizon.
I am not saying that they do not exist, but one may wonder why the UAE, Palestine, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Algeria, and Jordan did not have civil society organization representatives participating.
The Asian Football Confederation has had a foretaste of questions and issues that are likely to be raised if Bahrain Football Association head Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa , widely viewed as a frontrunner, wins the group's May 2 presidential election.
By Sayed Yousif Al-Mahafdah For the second consecutive year, Bahrain will host a Formula One (F1) race despite severe human rights violations docume...
With tension building on both shores of the Gulf, the stakes are high for regional governments as well as the international community as they could threaten shipping in the Straits of Hormuz as well as create domestic turmoil in both the Gulf states and Iran.
This Saturday Manchester United legend Denis Law is going to Bahrain to promote the 2013 Manchester United Soccer School. While Law is there promoting the school, it might be nice if he went to see the family of Ahmad Shams.
Washington has been relatively muted about the Bahrain crackdown. While the United States sent observers to the joint trial of human rights defenders Abu Deeb and Jalila al Salman, it has not publicly stated whether it thinks their trial met international standards.
The 20th century witnessed a string of influential women who have impacted the world of Western art from Gertrude Stein to Peggy Guggenheim. Perhaps unknown to some even in the arts field, a mixture of native and expatriate women across the Arab Gulf States have also played a major role.
Reporters Without Borders has been investigating countries that operate some of the most restrictive and oppressive areas of cyberspace. Syria and Iran join China, Bahrain and Vietnam on top of the list of five spy state. But how do they manage it?
by Daniel Calingaert Executive Vice President Authoritarian regimes around the world are exporting their worst practices and working together to re...