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Stories about Bahrain

12 May 2015

Open Letter to President Obama From a Bahraini Human Rights Defender

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AlMahafdah, a former political detainee in Bahrain, asks President Obama to "be the voice of the people of Bahrain" when he meets the crown prince of the kingdom on Wednesday.

Human Rights Defender’s Hunger Strike Protests Torture in Infamous Bahraini Prison

Abulhadi Al-Khawaja has been on hunger strike for more than three weeks to call attention to the continuing violations and torture of inmates in Jaw prison.

6 May 2015

Who Says Desert Climates Can’t Rock Agriculture? Check Out the Gulf Nations at EXPO 2015

Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE participate in Milan's Expo 2015 with well designed pavilions to introduce the world to their agrarian and food culture.

5 May 2015

The Dilemmas of Bahrain's Opposition Group Alwefaq: Between Fragmentation and an Underground Movement

The largest opposition group in Bahrain is on the verge of being shut down. Alwefaq Society members are expressing contradicting opinions on the the implications of its closure.

27 April 2015

Understanding Copyright in the Arab World

Arab countries should not extend the length of their copyright term without thinking of the consequences that this will have on the ability of society to access knowledge and culture.

16 April 2015

Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia Silence Anti-War Voices on Yemen

Gulf Arab countries are stepping up the war on anti-war activists in the region. Both Kuwait and Bahrain have jailed activists for speaking up against the Saudi-led war on Yemen.

2 April 2015

Bahraini Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Arrested Again for Tweets

Global Voices Advocacy

Leading Bahraini human rigts activist Nabeel Rajab was arrested from his home today, allegedly over tweets he shared on the microblogging site regarding the situation of prisoners in Jaw Prison.

1 April 2015

Dust Storm Hits Saudi Arabia and its Smaller Neighbours

Some schools and universities will be closed in Saudi Arabia tomorrow as a major sandstorm hits the kingdom.

18 March 2015

Wife of a Former World Champion Speaks Out in Bahrain: ‘He Was Arrested for Buying Cigarettes and Milk’

Former Bahraini gold medal holder in Brazilian jujitsu Mohamed Mirza was sentenced to 10 years in prison "for going out to buy cigarettes and milk," tweets his wife.

14 March 2015

Bahrain's Leading Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Faces Prison for ISIS Tweets

Global Voices Advocacy

As life grows increasingly intolerable for the country's Shia majority, one of the few people prepared to defend their rights faces jail.

Bahraini Human Rights Defender Awaits Sentence

3 March 2015

John Legend Tells Bahrain's Peaceful Protesters: I Stand With You

"A just society is one built not on fear or repression or vengeance or exclusion, but one built on love." - John Legend.

27 February 2015

Why John Legend Should Perform In Bahrain

The Bridge

On the eve of John Legend's concert in Bahrain, a former Bahraini torture victim now living in exile asks the US singer to spare a thought for the country's persecuted.

20 February 2015

Ali Abdulemam: ‘I Have Not Lost My Identity. I Am Bahraini.’

Global Voices Advocacy

In late January, the government of Bahrain revoked the citizenship of blogger Ali Abdulemam, along with that of 71 other Bahrainis, many of them journalists and activists.

14 February 2015

Teddy Bears Face Off with Police as Bahrain Marks its Fourth Anniversary of Anti-Regime Protests

Copycat teddy bears soon popped up across villages in Bahrain, and were placed at barricades put up by the protesters to protect themselves from police attacks.

13 February 2015

Could Bahrain’s Student Movements Find a Solution for the Country’s Political Problems?

Bahrain Debate looked at alternative solutions for the political crisis in Bahrain. Mohamed Hassan takes a look at the student movement in Bahrain and the role it plays.

9 February 2015

Bahrain Shuts Down Al Arab TV, Saying it Does Not Have “Necessary Permits” to Operate

Bahrain today officially announced the suspension of Al Arab satellite channel, which went off air hours it was launched, nine days ago. Netizens lament free speech in the country.

11 January 2015

They Are Not Charlie: They Torture, Jail and Kill Journalists in Their Own Countries

The presence of world leaders at the forefront of the Paris rally drew much criticism online, especially since some of those leaders were among the world's worst free speech offenders.

10 January 2015

The Spirit of Henri Young: A Bahraini Prisoner Tries To Take His Own Life

The Bridge

Bahraini Ali Altaweel, 25, has been in solitary confinement for over three years. He attempted suicide twice: once by cutting his veins, and more recently by trying to hang himself.

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