Bahrain

Why Did the British Authorities Treat This Bahraini Rights Activist So Badly?

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

It is undoubtedly true that there are some barbaric extremists who pervert the meaning of Islam - many of whom may now be associated with ISIS in Iraq and Syria. All the more reason, then, for us to identify our friends in the Islamic world, and treat them well. Why, then, did the British authorities treat my friend Nebeel Rajab, his wife, his 16-year-old son, and his 12-year-old daughter so badly?

Business Interests Are More Valuable to Bahrain's Western Allies Than Democracy and Human Rights

Nabeel Rajab | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nabeel Rajab

The reality Bahrain's situation has not improved. Like most countries which saw uprising and revolution in 2011, it has only worsened. I am happy to say that the United States, one of Bahrain's closest allies and whose Fifth Fleet is station in my country, is keenly aware of these problems, though whether they will pressure the government to improve the situation remains to be seen. More concerning - and infuriating - is the British response to Bahrain's crisis.

Disarming Our Culture: Why the Science Museum Must End Its Support for the Arms Trade

Andrew Smith | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

The Science Museum in London is among the most popular tourist attractions in the country, but on Monday 14 July it will be opening its doors to some of the biggest arms companies and most oppressive regimes in the world.

Will There Be a Shi'a-Sunni War in the Middle East? Not Likely

William O. Beeman | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
William O. Beeman

If it is possible for the government of Iraq to repel and contain ISIS with Iran's help, the United States should definitely support such an action. There need be no real fear at this time that either the Shi'a or Sunni forces will evolve into a kind of World War III in the Middle East...

The UK Is Betraying the People of Bahrain

Andrew Smith | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Without justice there can be no peace in Bahrain, and that won't change as long as the UK is happy to promote and provide political cover for an illegitimate government that is inflicting untold misery on its own citizens. Only by ending the political and military support that is strengthening the regime can the UK ensure that it is promoting human rights and acting the best interests of the people of Bahrain.

Jessica Elgot

Protest Planned Ahead Of Windsor Horse Show Visit By Bahrain Royals

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK

Families of Bahrain's political prisoners have claimed Britain is ignoring the brutal oppression in that country and actively opposing democracy effor...

Bahrain Conference Can't Gloss Over Reality of Torture and Oppression

Dr Patrick Roach | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Patrick Roach

On Friday, HRH the Duke of York is expected to open a conference in London which will highlight what is claimed to be the "mutual respect and tolerance" enjoyed by those who live in Bahrain. We ask that he thinks again and do the right thing by withdrawing from the event.

Inside Europe's Biggest Arms Company

Andrew Smith | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Upon leaving the meeting and re-entering the real world we were treated to a sub-standard packed lunch and a shuttle bus back to the train station. What is clear is that Carr and the rest of the board has bought into their own propaganda and a dystopian world-view in which strengthening tyrants is a way to bring peace and stability, and where the human consequences of war have nothing whatsoever to do with those who provide the weapons.

LOOK: Hamilton Completes Back-To-Back Wins In Bahrain (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Sport

Lewis Hamilton knows he has to improve despite conjuring a victory to savour at the end of one of the Bahrain Grand Prix. One of Formula 1's grande...

The Chain That's Throttling Bahrain

Neil Durkin | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Sport
Neil Durkin

As Bahrain's protests rumble on year after year, and as the authorities continue cracking down on street protests with mass tear-gassings and violent arrests, the F1 bubble-world seems never more vulnerable to bursting than when it's about to be staged in Manama.

F1: Change Is For the Better

Tim Goodchild | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Sport
Tim Goodchild

We are at the beginning of a new era. In each of the time periods above, F1 has been the star of the show and even in moments of domination the sport has grown from strength to strength. What other sports out there have such huge rule changes year to year?

Why Is the UK Facilitating Oppression in Bahrain?

Amelia Amin | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Politics
Amelia Amin

The future for Bahrain is uncertain. However, one certainty amidst the chaos, is that change is Bahrain will remain a mirage so long as the king is bolstered by so much international support. Let's not beat about the bush, the British government is publicly supporting a oppressive and undemocratic government in Bahrain.

Do Protests In Bahrain Really Matter?

The Huffington Post UK | Amelia Amin | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK

After hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in Bahrain and fought with security services to mark the third anniversary of the Arab spring-insp...

Which British Sports Star Has Got Engaged?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Sport

Formula 1 driver Jenson Button and his model girlfriend Jessica Michibata are engaged after dating for five years. Michibata, sporting her engage...

Understanding Social Media in the Middle East

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

In my part of the world, the Middle East, Facebook is equally popular. In fact there are those who have argued that Facebook played a fundamental role in some of the political changes we have seen in the past couple of years.

Backing Bahrain: Britain Can't Promote Human Rights While Simultaneously Arming Dictatorships

Andrew Smith | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

There are few countries where human rights mean as little as they do in Bahrain. Torture and repression are practised regularly by a government that has been suppressing debate and has only intensified its systematic crackdown on opposition voices since the Arab Spring.

Fast Cars - Bahrain's Response to the Protest Movement Is the Equivalent of a Reckless Joyrider

Neil Durkin | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Bahrain has become trapped in an endless circuit of protest-clampdown-further protest-further clampdown. The way out was apparently missed by the authorities long ago and instead we've had police officers acquitted of murder and torture charges (or given lenient sentences), and protesters - including children - given very long prison sentences.

'Activism', For Better or for Worse?

Salman Al Jalahma | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Salman Al Jalahma

'Activism' is a funny little thing. A word that by definition means an action to bring a social or political change. However, most define the word as helping the greater good by rebelling against an establishment of some sort. And everyone is aroused by a little rebellion.

650 Indian Marshals, One Race Weekend

Todd McCandless | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

The Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) may be struggling to stay on the Formula 1 calendar beyond 2013 but that hasn't dampened local interest in becoming a marshal for the race in October.

Bahrain: Power to the People... But Where Are They?

Salman Al Jalahma | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Politics
Salman Al Jalahma

The calls for 'Tamarrod' in recent months hoped to mimic the immense support the 'Rebellion' movement received in Egypt, consequently reigniting the m...

The 'Arms for Dictators' Scandal Isn't New - It Is Cross-Party, Well-Established and Has Been Going on for Too Long

James Elliott | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Politics
James Elliott

The fringe issue of arms export criteria became headline news today, with the Independent's splash on an 'arms for dictators' scandal. A parliamentary...

Mercedes, Pirelli Argue Case at FIA Tribunal

Todd McCandless | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

Mercedes feel they've done nothing wrong but Red Bull and Ferrari have a differing opinion of the situation. In a bit of a twist, Red Bull's team boss Christian Horner appeared at the hearing and it is unknown whether he will testify or is present as an observer.

The Crimes of Our Fathers - From Kenya to Bahrain

John Lubbock | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK
John Lubbock

I don't think this can be said loudly enough because it should be big news. The UK government has decided to pay compensation to over 5,000 people it tortured and kept in concentration camps in Kenya 60 years ago. It has, however, refused to accept legal responsibility for the crimes committed, or to use the word 'sorry'.

Formula for Disaster

James Elliott | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Sport
James Elliott

Beneath the royal weddings, Formula One races and other events that bore many normal people (myself included), the Anglo-Bahraini relationship is purely material. Bahrain has at least ten years of oil reserves left, and produces 40,000 barrels a day, representing a serious resource pool for British energy needs.

Bahrain: The Bigger Picture

Salman Al Jalahma | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Politics
Salman Al Jalahma

In reality, Bahrain has an extremely complex political and societal fabric that needs to be understood. The vast spectrum of opinions consequently led to the formation of 21 political societies, all whose voices need to be considered to ensure change by consensus.