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Mountaintop Diplomacy

Charles Kolb | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Charles Kolb

Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama has demonstrated tact and sensitivity in some areas, most notably when it comes to dealing with the U.S. Congress -- both Republicans and Democrats in his own party. Why should things be any different when it comes to foreign leaders?

Activist: Journalist Tortured In Bahrain

Huffington Post | Alexandra Schuster | Posted 08.07.2013 | Home

Bahrain human rights activist Maryam Al-Khawaja says the government there is escalating its crackdown on protests in advance of a major opposition ral...

John Timoney and the Kingdom of Bahrain: White-washing Human Rights Abuses and Suppressing a Popular Revolution

Kris Hermes | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
Kris Hermes

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.

Why Have the Arab Monarchies Survived?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.03.2014 | Home
Daniel Wagner

To date, only presidents have fallen from power during the Arab Awakening -- no king has fallen from his throne. Arab monarchies are of course not immune to the forces that brought down some of their republican counterparts, so why have they all thus far survived?

4 Arrested For Tweeting Insults @ King

Reuters | Posted 12.18.2012 | Technology

DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahraini authorities have detained four men on charges of defaming the Gulf Arab country's king on Twitter, according to the state n...

Bahrain's King Hamad Mocks Protesters' 'Bad Manners' Amid Violence

Reuters | Posted 04.13.2012 | Home

By Andrew Hammond MAMAMA, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Bahraini riot police engaged in pitched battles with petrol-bomb throwing youths on Sund...

One Word: Obama's Nightmare Scenario, and Why It Hasn't Happened (Yet)

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
William Bradley

Poor Barack Obama. If it weren't for all these geopolitical crises, he'd have some fairly decent-sounding news to spin.

Bahrain: Two Seas, Two Sects

Lauren Vriens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lauren Vriens

Some observers say this clash has its roots in a geo-religious power struggle between Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia; the more likely story is one of tension between the "haves" and the "have-nots."

Bahrain Protesters "Determined as Ever" Despite State Violence

Meedan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Protesters built a stage in the middle of the roundabout. Tents soon followed. By nightfall, thousands were chanting "we will not leave before he leaves." He is Bahrain's Prime Minister.