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Bahrain's Money Talk

Brian Dooley | Posted 08.10.2016 | World
Brian Dooley

Money talks in Bahrain. In fact it never really shuts up. The ruling family continues to splurge on a series of vanity projects despite a growing clamor of alarm from international analysis warning that the tiny island kingdom's finances are fast swirling down the toilet.

Seven Things to Watch For in Bahrain's Upcoming Elections

Brian Dooley | Posted 01.18.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

Up for a vote are candidates for the 40 seats in the lower house of parliament, while the 40 seats in the upper house remain appointed by the king.

Bahrain Regime Targets Opposition -- and the United States

Brian Dooley | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Brian Dooley

Washington needs to take a hard look at why it continues to arm and train Bahrain's military, and whether it's finally time to fundamentally change its relationship with the country's ruling family.

Three Years Later, Reform in Bahrain Is Nowhere to be Seen

Brian Dooley | Posted 05.25.2014 | World
Brian Dooley

Bahrain is adopting a version of the old Cold War tactic: cast democracy activists as "Communists," and force the Unites States to choose between loyalty to repressive regimes or alignment with a movement for rights with suspect friends.

Bahrainis Take to the Streets on 3rd Anniversary of Uprising, as John Timoney and U.S. Government Continue Their Role in Violent Crackdown

Kris Hermes | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Kris Hermes

Unfortunately, it is less a celebration than an ongoing struggle to resist the oppressive regime of King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, whose family has ruled the small Persian Gulf Island of one million people for more than 200 years.

David Wood

Cheap and Deadly: Iran's Sea Mines May Pose Challenge To U.S. Navy | David Wood | Posted 02.28.2012 | World

If the tense confrontation with Iran ignites into war, strategists say they expect Iran will strike with thousands of deadly sea mines to try to halt ...

Iran Is Threatening to Block the Strait of Hormuz -- Don't Call Its Bluff

Madison Schramm | Posted 02.29.2012 | World
Madison Schramm

Threatening the Strait, which flows north of Oman and south of Iran and moves approximately 40 percent of the world's oil, seems like a pretty great hand. But oil accounts for 80 percent of Iranian exports, and blocking the Strait would hit their economy hard.

Samuel Haass

US Denies Reports Of Fifth Fleet Leaving Bahrain | Samuel Haass | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- American officials are denying press reports that the Navy’s Fifth Fleet, based in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain, was considering...

The Fabrication of Bahrain's Shiite-Sunni Divide

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

The so-called sectarian divide of Bahrain is a manipulative simplification of a far greater divide: that of the colonially-installed government that has no connection with or compassion for the people of Bahrain.

Revolutionary Thoughts

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

Don't expect an outcome equal to the (mostly) peaceful overthrows in Tunisia and Egypt in every single country now affected by this "people power" movement. There are major differences from country to country.