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Opinion

Libya and Bahrain: contrasting Western attitudes

Zafar Bangash

Rabi' al-Thani 27, 14322011-04-01

The West’s hypocrisy stands exposed yet again in the contrasting policies toward uprisings in Libya and Bahrain. The US and allies Britain and France pressed the UN Security Council on March 17 to impose a no-fly zone on Libya.

News & Analysis

Saudis invade Bahrain to crush aspirations for freedom

Yusuf Dhia-Allah

Rabi' al-Thani 27, 14322011-04-01

In characteristic arrogance, the Saudi regime sent in its army backed by tanks and armored personnel carriers to the tiny island of Bahrain on March 13 to crush the people’s movement for freedom and dignity. Some 2,000 troops from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) including 1,000 Saudis were rushed to Bahrain to attack protesters that had peacefully rallied in Manama’s Pearl Square for a month.

Occupied Arab World

Sectarian friction mars Islamist success at Bahrain elections

Abbas Fadl Murtada

Dhu al-Hijjah 11, 14272007-01-01

It could have been an opportunity for Bahrain to set into motion a policy inspired by the Shari‘ah. But when prominent Sunni and Shi‘a Islamic groups won most of the seats in the second parliamentary elections in Bahrain in more than three decades, sectarian friction stoked the discord between the two communities. The election for the 40-member lower house ofBahrain’s Council of Representatives was marred by campaigning that brought tensions into the open.

Occupied Arab World

Bahrain experimenting with hollow democracy the West advocates for Arab countries

Abul Fadl

Muharram 02, 14232002-03-16

Shaykh Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifah, Bahrain's emir, proclaimed himself king on February 14, declaring the emirate the Kingdom of Bahrain and adding a crown to its flag. At the same time, he also conferred assent on constitutional amendments, and called for municipal and legislative elections in May and October respectively.

Occupied Arab World

Cosmetic reforms unlikely to change realities of despotic rule in Bahrain

Abbas Fadl Murtada

Shawwal 21, 14212001-01-16

The Emir of Bahrain, Shaykh Hamad bin ‘Issa al-Khalifah, announced in a speech marking the country’s National Day on December 16 that he will be taking the country another step towards democracy. But, like everything about politics in the Gulf Arab states, the Emir’s notion of political reform is of a controlled process in which freedom and participation are not rights of the citizenry but rather favours granted by the ruler.

Occupied Arab World

Emir’s death tests the west’s plans

Crescent International

Dhu al-Hijjah 14, 14191999-04-01

The Arab world is often commented on for the longevity and durability of its leaders. However, the result (from the western perspective) is a set of aging allies for whose deaths contingency plans must be made

Occupied Arab World

‘We want a comprehensive political change’

Crescent International

Dhu al-Qa'dah 12, 14161996-04-01

Ahmad Mazhar Sa`du interviews Muhammad Ali al-Mahfuz, the secretary-general of the Bahrain Islamic Front, the organisation at the forefront of the uprising against the Bahraini regime.

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