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Repressing Democracy, With American Arms

Repressing Democracy, With American Arms | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Should President Obama sell $53 million worth of arms to Bahrain when it continues to violently repress its citizens?
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Bahrain urged to deliver human rights reforms as king visits London

Bahrain urged to deliver human rights reforms as king visits London | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
David Cameron offers Britain's help in implementing changes recommended in scathing report on abuses of freedoms...
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Bahrain Said to Use Excessive Force and Torture in Protests

A report released on Wednesday is the most comprehensive document on security force actions during the revolts that have roiled the Arab world.
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Arab freedom vs geopolitics: a time of risk | openDemocracy

The Arab spring of 2011 has entered a new phase. In this period, the emerging dangers to the fulfilment of its promise of transformation include the dynamics of inter-state power in the region, says Tarek Osman.

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Top Bahrain activist 'on trial'

Top Bahrain activist 'on trial' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A leading Bahraini human rights activist, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, is standing trial in a military court, his daughter Zainab believes. She said he told her the date, time and place of the trial, but when family members came to the court officials denied any knowledge of the case. Mr Khawaja had called for the country's leaders to be held to account after a brutal crackdown on recent protests. He was seized from his home with two sons-in-law earlier this month.
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Bahrain: The Quiet Crackdown

Bahrain: The Quiet Crackdown | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Bahrain has stepped up the arrests of Shia Muslims, including many cyber activists, with more than 300 detained and dozens missing since it launched a crackdown on pro-democracy protests, the opposition has said.
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Bahrain Opposition Faces Uphill Effort

Bahrain Opposition Faces Uphill Effort | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Bahrain's Shiite-led opposition movement, which at one stage had a chance to topple the ruling al-Khalifa family, faces a struggle to regain momentum following a violent government crackdown and the arrest of key leaders and activists.
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Protests planned for Bahrain despite ban

Protests planned for Bahrain despite ban | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Critics of the Bahrain government have called for widespread rallies Friday in defiance of the country's recent imposition of martial law, raising the possibility of further violence nine days after a bloody crackdown on protesters and opposition leaders.
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U.S. wants political solution in Bahrain

U.S. wants political solution in Bahrain | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
There must be an end to the violence in Bahrain as there is no security solution to the country's political crisis, the U.S. State Department said.
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Why isn’t the world intervening in Bahrain as it did in Libya?

Why isn’t the world intervening in Bahrain as it did in Libya? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The international community is intervening to stop killing in Libya. But it is standing by as the Bahraini government - aided by the Saudis and broader Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) - suppresses its own people with brutal force.
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Bahraini protester found dead after government crackdown

MANAMA (Reuters) - A Bahraini protester has been found dead after he went missing for days following a crackdown by security forces on mainly Shi'ite Muslim demonstrators last week, a member of an opposition
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Bahrain's king thanks Saudi troops for thwarting 'external plot'

Bahrain's king thanks Saudi troops for thwarting 'external plot' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The remarks by Bahrain's king reflect an effort to pin his country's recent Shiite-led protests on interference by the Gulf states' regional adversary, Iran.
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In Bahrain, Many Sunnis Say Crackdown Was Only Option

In Bahrain, Many Sunnis Say Crackdown Was Only Option | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Defenders of the government and its crackdown say urgent measures were needed to prevent economic calamity.
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Bahrain police 'detain blogger'

Bahrain police 'detain blogger' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Police in Bahrain detain prominent blogger and rights activist Zainab al-Khawaja during a protest near the capital Manama, reports say.
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The Bahrain ‘Spring’: the revolution that wasn’t televised

Bahrain needs to set about the hard work of healing societal cleavages, to build the truly sovereign and democratic country which the majority of its citizens appear so determined to achieve. If their much-touted ‘democracy promotion’ rhetoric is to have any real significance, western governments must help rather than hinder this process.

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Simmering Bahrain marks time

Simmering Bahrain marks time | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Frank Gardner returns to Bahrain to find a country in the midst of allegations of murder, beatings and torture.
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Bahrain government accuses Hezbollah of aiding opposition groups

Bahrain government accuses Hezbollah of aiding opposition groups | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The militant group Hezbollah is actively plotting with the opposition in Bahrain to overthrow the country's ruling family, the government said in a confidential report to the United Nations.
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Is Iran ‘sectarianizing’ Bahrain conflict?

Is Iran ‘sectarianizing’ Bahrain conflict? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Observers who have been closely watching the unrest sweeping Bahrain argue that Iran is bestowing a sectarian aura on the protests calling for political reform in the Gulf nation in order to serve its agenda. They ask if the Iranian media are deliberately inciting anti-Bahrain sentiments.
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Eleven more opposition members quit Bahrain parliament

Eleven more opposition members quit Bahrain parliament | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The parliament of Bahrain has accepted the resignations of eleven Shia opposition politicians, thereby widening the gulf between the Sunni ruling elite and the largely Shia protest movement in the tiny kingdom.
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Protesters in Bahrain defy ban on rallies

Protesters in Bahrain defy ban on rallies | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Bands of protesters in more than a dozen villages Friday defied Bahrain security forces and the government's ban on demonstrations to press for the ouster of the country's ruling family.
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Are Bahrain's Medical Workers Being Persecuted?

Are Bahrain's Medical Workers Being Persecuted? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The opposition as well as doctors, nurses and other medical staffers, say hospitals and hospital worker are being harassed — or worse — by the regime
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The Bahrain crisis and its regional dangers

The Bahrain crisis and its regional dangers | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
While US and international attention is focused largely elsewhere in the region, especially Libya, the violent crackdown against protestors in the tiny island kingdom of Bahrain may well pose a bigger threat to the entire region's stability. The Bahrain situation is exposing long simmering tensions and rivalries between Saudi Arabia and Iran and carries the danger that it will trigger the next regional war.
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Thuggery: Who Is in Charge of Bahrain's Street Gangs?

Thuggery: Who Is in Charge of Bahrain's Street Gangs? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The opposition accuses the government of hiring civilian thugs to intimidate protesters and foreign journalists. The government dismisses the charges
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Many Bahraini Protesters Angry With United States

Many Bahraini Protesters Angry With United States | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Some say they believe the White House tacitly approved the attacks on demonstrators last week — and put its strategic interests over democratic principles.
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Bahrain and Iran expel diplomats

Bahrain and Iran expel diplomats | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Iran has expelled a Bahraini diplomat in a retaliatory move, amid an ongoing dispute linked to anti-government protests in Bahrain. Earlier, Bahrain had expelled the Iranian charge d'affaires.
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