Bahrain

When the Pope Met the Grand Ayatollah, History Was Made

Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi

Last week, with little fanfare and under heavy security, an historic meeting took place in Rome which marked a turning point in interfaith relations. Inside the 16th century Casina Pio IV villa, home to the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences, seven clerics representing over five billion people overcame lingering traditions of suspicion to commit to the eradication of modern day slavery by the year 2020.

Detained for a Tweet, But We Have No Fear to Speak Out!

Nabeel Rajab | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Politics
Nabeel Rajab

Human rights defenders are not against the British, European, or American interests in Bahrain. Their interests align with a democratic Bahrain, and we should strive to have business relations which take into account human rights. We would just like these countries to hold Bahrain accountable for human rights violations and to urge the Bahraini government to reform and adhere to democratic ideals.

No Moral Nation Can Ally With Assad

James Snell | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Allying with Assad would be worse than poor strategy; it would be morally unacceptable to anyone with an ounce of decency, and to anyone with the slightest stake in identifying and punishing his crimes.

Is Bahrain a Model of an Ally?

Sayed Alwadaei | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
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Sayed Alwadaei

The Bahraini regime takes particular issue with citizens who freely express themselves via Twitter, as security forces have arrested a number of Bahrainis in recent years for various tweeting offenses.

Human Rights Are Not for Sale: Why the UK Must Stop Arming Bahrain

Andrew Smith | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Arms sales are not apolitical acts. On one hand, they bolster the buyers by giving them a British endorsement as a fig-leaf of respectability, but they also buy the UK government's political support and compliance. As the crackdown continues to escalate it is becoming increasingly clear that decisions being made in support of arms sales are having serious consequences for the victims of state repression.

Jessica Elgot

Arrested For Sending A Tweet, Bahrain Activist Says Britain Ignores Human Rights To Get Gulf Trade

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK

A Bahrain human rights activist currently awaiting trial has told HuffPost the British government bear some of the blame for allowing the repressive B...

The UK Has Picked the Wrong Friends in Bahrain

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

Perhaps it is too much to expect that the British should adopt an "Ethical Foreign Policy", as once they promised, but please let us not choose the most immoral alternative. The government must intervene at once to insist that Nabeel's exercise of his right to free speech while he was our guest in Britain cannot form the basis for his detention upon his return home.

US Launches Strikes On Islamic State In Syria, Along With Arab Nations

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK

The US, alongside five Arab nations, has launched airstrikes against key Islamic State targets in Syria, stepping up the offensive to stop the terror ...

Maryam al-Khawaja - A Princess of Democracy Imprisoned in Bahrain

Alastair Sloan | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK
Alastair Sloan

The news is worrying. Maryam faces charges of insulting the King, assaulting an official (authorities say there was a scuffle when they took Maryam's phone, from which she was tweeting her experience), and running an organisation which named officials who had tortured political prisoners. She could face a long sentence.

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

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 04.11.2014 | 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 17.10.2014 | 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.