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Bahrain

Suppressing Dissent and Sustaining Impunity: Torture in Bahrain 2015-2016

[Bahrain Center for Human Rights logo. Image from bahrainrights.org]

[The following report summary was published by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 10 April 2017. For the full report, click here.] In light of Bahrain’s upcoming review by the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT), the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) has produced a shadow report demonstrating Bahrain’s continued use of torture. BCHR has documented and reported allegations of torture in the past year, and strongly condemns the alleged use of torture by the Bahraini government. The report highlights the cases of individuals including Hasan Jassim Hasan Al-Hayky, who died in custody on 31 July 2016, from, according to his family, injuries sustained ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 22)

[A cache of weapons seized off the coast of Yemen by the coastal patrol ship USS Sirocco on March 28, 2016. US Navy photo uploaded via Flickr.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations  Saudi deputy crown prince, Trump meeting a 'turning point': Saudi adviser A main topic of the meeting would be Saudi investment in the United States, which could help Trump fulfil his promises of job creation. Trump's Yemen Policy Serves Saudi Royals Better Than ...

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Press Release: Bahrain Executes Three Men

[The following press release was issued on 15 January 2017 by Reprieve] Three men were executed by firing squad in Bahrain this morning (15th) according to the Attorney General. The three men executed were Ali Al-Singace (21), Abbas Al-Samea (27) and Sami Mushaima (42). Commenting, Maya Foa, a director of international human rights group Reprieve, said: It is nothing short of an outrage – and a disgraceful breach of international law – that Bahrain has gone ahead with these executions. The death sentences handed to Ali, Sami and Abbas were based on ‘confessions’ extracted through torture, and the trial an utter sham. . . . It would be shameful if the UK ...

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New Texts Out Now: Nelida Fuccaro, Violence and the City in the Modern Middle East

Nelida Fuccaro, ed. Violence and the City in the Modern Middle East (Stanford University Press, 2016). Jadaliyya (J) What made you write this book? Nelida Fuccaro (NF) This edited volume is the result of a long-standing collective effort. It arises form a conference held at SOAS in February 2013 which I organised with Rasmus Elling as part of an international collaborative project on urban violence in the modern Middle East. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Deutsch Forschungsgemeinschaft this project ran between 2011 and 2014 and was led by myself and Ulrike Freitag. It supported a team of researchers based at SOAS and the Zentrum ...

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Press Release: Family Has Not Heard from Dr. Abdul Jalil al-Singace in A Week; Fear for His Health

[The following press released was issued by Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) on 1 July 2016]  1 July 2016- The daughter of Dr. Abdul Jalil al-Singace, a prominent human rights activists in Bahrain, has not heard from him since last Friday 24 June 2016. Bahraini security forces have failed to provide Dr. al-Singace with his medications or adequately tend to his medical needs. Dr. al-Singace has been imprisoned in Jau prison since 2011 and has numerous health conditions. Dr. al-Singace suffers from post-polio syndrome, is disabled, and can only stand on one leg. Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) received ...

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An A-Z of Arabic Propaganda: The British Government's Arabic-Language Output during WWII

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Throughout the Second World War, Britain’s Ministry of Information (MOI) produced and disseminated a remarkable assortment of propaganda material in Arabic. The material that it produced was intended to counter pro-Axis sentiment in the Arab World and bolster support for Britain and its allies. This propaganda effort arose largely in response to the German and Italian Governments’ own large scale propaganda campaigns that, with some success (more so Germany than Italy), targeted the Middle East and North Africa from the 1930s onwards. The German Government broadcast Arabic language radio programs to the region seven days a week before and throughout the duration of the ...

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Sectarianism in the Gulf - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Toby Matthiesen

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Mona Kareem speaks with Toby Matthiesen about sectarianism in the Gulf after the Arab uprisings. Toby Matthiesen gained his doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 2011. He is the author of Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring That Wasn’t (Stanford University Press, 2013), and The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism (Cambridge University Press, 2015). The interview is divided into three parts which you can click on separately. Please find a transcript of the interview below the player. 

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Joint Letter to the King of Bahrain on the Arrest of Zainab al-Khawaja

[Zainab al-Khawaja. Image by Conor McCabe via Wikimedia]

[The following letter to the king of Bahrain was issued by the below signatories and published on Civicus on 19 April 2016.] Dear King Hamad, We, the undersigned Bahraini and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), would like to unequivocally condemn your government’s arrest of human rights defender Zainab Al-Khawaja along with her infant son. The implementation of Ms. Al-Khawaja’s prison sentence for merely exercising her right to free expression and assembly amounts to arbitrary detention is wholly unacceptable. While Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa indicated an intention to release her, she has not yet been freed from prison and we ...

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Manifesto Against the Woman

[Image by Rana Jarbou.]

Weeks before the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, Indian theorist Chandra Talpade Mohanty published her book, Feminism without Borders, in which she discusses the hegemony of Western feminism and its deadly transnational effects. In doing so, Mohanty did not reveal a truth that other feminists had somehow missed. She did, however, theorize what she called “third world difference”–that brute pedestal upon which western feminists stand as they survey the world. Mohanty uses the term to critique the problematic practices and relationships through which western feminism purports to speak for third world women. Mohanty describes this “difference” as “that stable, ahistorical ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 29)

Emergency services during the stampede in Mina during the Hajj. image from Hecham Messoudi via twitter

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations France urges Saudi Arabia to cancel death penalty for young Shi'ite France calls on Saudi Arabia not to execute Ali Mohammad al-Nimr. Is the U.S. drone program in Yemen working? Jillian Schwedler provides a critical analysis of the US drone program in Yemen. Gulf Arabs oppose Russia ...

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Migration and Exclusion in the Gulf: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Omar al-Shehabi

In this interview, Omar al-Shehabi discusses his new co-edited book, Transit States on Immigration in the Gulf, expanding on issues of migration, exclusion and co-optation.  Omar al-Shehabi is the director of the Gulf Centre for Development Policies. His current research interests lie in the demography and political economy of the GCC and the modern history of Bahrain.  The interview below includes three parts that you can click on separately. Please find the transcript of the interview below the player.

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 8)

[Airstrike in Sanaa, 5 May 2015. Image by Ibrahem Qasim, via flickr.com]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com  by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Egypt summons UK ambassador over al-Jazeera trial remarks Egypt summons the British ambassador over his “unacceptable interference” following the trial of the three Al Jazeera journalists. Our Radical Islamic BFF, Saudi Arabia Thomas Friedman reflects on Saudi Arabia’s support of ...

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Torture, Physical Coercion, and Reprisals in Bahrain Belie Commitment to Reform

[The following report summary was published by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 20 March 2017. For the full report, click here.] Impunity for torture and other abuses against human rights defenders continues in Bahrain, according to a new report by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) prepared with the assistance of Dorsey & Whitney LLP, an international law firm. The report is being submitted to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) and will be launched in Geneva during the 34th ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (January 26)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations  Saudi inflation plunge aids government in fight to tame deficit  “While inflation could fall a ...

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The IISS: The Myth and Ethics of Think-Tank Independence

Last week, Bahrain Watch published an investigation into the secret funding of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), ahead of its annual Manama Dialogue. The investigation demonstrated that one third of the think-tank’s funding was coming from the Bahraini ruling family. In this article, the investigative researchers behind these revelations delve into the activities and role that the IISS has played over the past twenty-five years—critically questioning the IISS claim of ...

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الهيمنة البريطانية على الخليج: استعمار أم صداقة؟

منذ أيّام، وبمناسبة ذكرى استقلال الهند (في 15 آب/ أغسطس)، أرسل كلٌ من ملك البحرين وعمُّه رئيس الوزراء، رسالتيْ تهنئة إلى رئيس جمهورية الهند. وكذلك أرسل ولي عهد البحرين ورئيسا مجلسي الشّورى والنوّاب برسائل تهنئة إلى عددٍ من المسئولين الهنود. لم تُشِر تلك الرسائل، ولا وكالة أنباء البحرين ووسائل الإعلام المحلّيّة، إلى أن ذلك اليوم يصادف أيضاً الذكرى الخامسة والأربعين لإعلان استقلال البحرين. فالعائلة الحاكمة هنا لا تحتفل بذكرى الاستقلال وتصر على أنّ العيد "الوطني" الرسمي هو في 16 كانون أوّل / ...

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رسامة الكاريكاتير البحرينية سارة قائد

[هذه المساهمة ضمن ملف خاص حول رسامي كاركاتير عرب في زمن ما بعد موجة الثورات الأخيرة .انقر/ي هنا للاطلاع على جميع مواد الملف، الذي أعده لـ”جدلية“ أوس داوود يعقوب.] الكاريكاتير (بشكل عام) محرك! أحياناً بالمعنى اللطيف يحرك مقلة العين فتدمع، أو يحرك فمك فتبتسم، يدخل إلى أعماقك، قلبك بالتحديد، يتحرك فيه شيء ما، وأحياناً أخرى يكون الكاريكاتير محرك بمعنى أخشن، أي يحرك أعضاءك جميعها ويستجيب كيانك بأكمله للرسمة، فيخرج الإنسان للشارع كما في حالة الربيع العربي، هذا لو أردنا تطبيق مثال حي على التوصيف السابق. ...

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Rayhana Al-Musawi Talks to Bahrain Mirror about Her Prison Woes (Part 1)

[The following introduction by Bahrain Mirror and personal narrative by Rayhana Al-Musawi was published on Bahrain Mirror on 10 May 2016] Bahrain Mirror (Exclusive): She is calm enough for one to think that she is shy and easy to break, and strong enough for one to be shocked by the first impression. When she was taken to the Isa Town Police Station, one of the policewomen told her: "We used to hear your name and hear about your charges and thought that they were going to bring a big (body) woman ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ala'a Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones, Bahrain's Uprising: Resistance and Repression in the Gulf

Alaʾa Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones, editors, Bahrain's Uprising: Resistance and Repression in the Gulf. London: Zed Books, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Alaʾa Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones (AS & MOJ): Bahrain is small, but significant. Sadly though, it is often overlooked when it comes to writing on the region. We wanted to address the relative gap in the literature on Bahrain, and write a book that analyzed the recent uprising from multiple points of view, yet ...

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الشيعي والشاعر والأستاذ

ثلاثة مشاهد... ثلاثة عناوين أزمة... ثلاثة رموز لمقياس واحد هو معضلة المؤسسة والفاعل، والأدهى علامات الخور والحول الحضاري. أعدم شاعر لقصيدة، وأعدم داعية لفكرة وهشم رأس أستاذ لطلب حق، المضمون سنابك خوف ورهاب تتوسل بالسيادة المزعومة والوحدة المنشودة، وتستجدي كل معاني البطولة على الفكرة والرأي والاختلاف، إنها بحق المشهد الحضاري المعبر عنه "أسد علينا وفي الحروب نعامة " . إن طرح السؤال في هذا المقام والبحث عن جوابه أشبه بحلم وتيه وضلالة وغي، بل و تعبير يجد في الإمعان في أزمته، ما دامت البنية ...

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Fact Check: The Truth About Shaykh Nimr al-Nimr

[The following resource was published by Americans for Human Rights and Democracy in Bahrain on 29 December 2015. Shaykh Nimr al-Nimr was a leading opposition figure who was the Saudi regime executed on 2 January 2016 along with forty-six other detainees.] Since arresting leading Shia cleric Shaykh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr in July 2012, the Government of Saudi Arabia has worked to propagate a series of misperceptions aimed at degrading Sheikh Nimr’s record as a peaceful opposition figure. ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 22)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations  Hostile BBC Interview of a Saudi Loyalist Shows Prime Journalistic Duty: Scrutiny of One’s Own Side Glenn Greenwald ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 15)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Saudi diplomat 'raped Nepali maids' in India Police in India are investigating allegations that a Saudi diplomat raped two ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 2)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.]   Regional and International Relations  Drone strike kills five in al Qaeda stronghold in Yemen: residents A US drone strike kills ...

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