Category: Bahrain

Pro-democracy activists protest against king Hamad UK visit

Prince Andrew has withdrawn at the last minute from a controversial Bahraini-funded promotional conference in London promoting the Gulf Kingdom as a place of freedom and tolerance. The Duke of York, who has maintained good relations with the Bahraini regime with frequent visits as Britain’s former special representative for trade and investment, caused a controversy […]

The UK arms Yemen, Libya, other ‘human rights abusers’

Arms dealers in Britain have signed billions of pounds in contracts with countries the Government says abuse human rights and harbour fanatics. Of 28 countries on the Foreign Office’s list “of concern”, 23 have deals to buy arms from the UK. Examples include Saudi Arabia, listed for “human rights abuses”, which has signed £1.9billion in […]

Bahrain: US foreign policy pushing Arab states toward Russia

America’s “schizophrenic” approach to the Middle East could result in many key Arab states deciding to align themselves more closely with Russia, the rulers of Bahrain warned on Sunday. In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, warned that Barack Obama’s administration would lose influence in […]

Bahrain charges opposition leader with `insults’

A legal adviser for Bahrain’s main opposition group says its leader has been charged with insulting authorities through an exhibition that showed alleged abuses against anti-government protesters in the Gulf nation. It’s unclear whether Ali Salman, the head of the Shiite bloc Al Wefaq, will face trial, which could touch off wider clashes between Shiite-led […]

Bahrain FM openly calls for assassinating Nasrallah

Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, urged on his Twitter account the assassination of Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, calling it “a national and religious duty.” According to the Tweet inconsistent with all international norms, Al-Khalifa’s minister said that Sayyed Nasrallah “is terrorist and declares war on his nation,” the official Bahrain […]

Britain to sell Typhoon jets to Bahrain
– despite human rights record

The proposed deal with the Gulf monarchy rocked by protests in 2011 is thought to be worth more than £1 billion and is part of a concerted effort by Gulf countries to strengthen military ties with Britain. The highly political deal was one of the main agenda items in a Downing Street meeting between David […]

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