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Bahrain bars opposition from parliamentary elections

Bahrainis vote on Saturday in a parliamentary election from which opposition groups have been barred, in a crackdown on dissent in the small Sunni-led, Western-allied kingdom. Activists have called for a boycott of the vote, which they say is a “farce”. The government says the election is democratic. The Sunni …

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Qatar denies claims of interfering in Bahraini affairs

Qatar rejects accusations of meddling in Bahrain’s internal affairs, Qatar’s foreign ministry said in a tweet. “The State of Qatar condemns that its name was mentioned in Bahrain’s internal conflicts,” the ministry said. A Bahraini court on Sunday ordered life sentences for three senior opposition members, overturning a previous acquittal …

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UAE Defence Ministry participates in Manama Dialogue

A delegation of the Ministry of Defence participated in the Manama Dialogue 2018, running in the Bahraini capital on October 2628. The annual event brings together scores of eminent security, military and political figures and intellectuals from Asia, North & Latin America, and Europe to exchange insights into global security challenges and …

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Bahrain parliament approves VAT agreement

Bahrain is set to become the third Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to implement the unified agreement on Value Added Tax (VAT) on goods and services. On Sunday, the kingdom’s bicameral parliament, holding an extraordinary session upon a royal order issued last week, approved VAT at the rate of five per …

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UAE offers Dh12.5b support to Bahrain

The UAE has signed a financial cooperation agreement worth Dh12.5 billion with the government of Bahrain to support the country’s financial stability and stimulate economic growth. The contribution will be managed by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). The Dh12.5 billion from the UAE is within the framework of …

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Moody’s downgrades Bahrain to B2

Moody’s has downgraded the Bahrain government’s long-term issuer ratings to B2 from B1, and maintained its negative outlook. The ratings firm said on Thursday evening that the new rating assumes Gulf Cooperation Council members will provide some financial support to Bahrain, but the negative outlook reflects the risk that the …

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Bahrain to expedite new oil operations

International companies will be selected to partner with Bahrain for the oil production phase in December 2019, Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa has said. He said that in line with King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa’s directives to prioritise oil exploration, operations should be expedited and the necessary …

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Bahrain to issue 10-year self-sponsorship permit

Bahrain is to issue a ten-year renewable residency permit on a self-sponsorship basis to foreign investors. Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa on Tuesday evening instructed the Minister of Interior to prepare a draft edict to create the self-sponsorship residency permit for foreign investors. The new system is designed …

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UAE denies it violated Qatari airspace

The UAE has denied a Qatari claim that its airspace was violated by an Emirates’ military aircraft in December. UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash tweeted on Friday: “The Qatari complaint about the UAE’s violation of its airspace is untrue and confused; we are working to …

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Oman’s economy seems to be in correction mode

Jasim Ali, Special to Gulf News The Omani economy is doing fine in the ongoing environment of continuing socioeconomic challenges. What’s more, multinational agencies are projecting improved performances in the medium-term for the sultanate on the assumption of stronger oil prices. Also, the preliminary projections for 2018 budget assume stronger …

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U.N. experts urge Bahrain to halt “persecution of Shi’ites”

The Levant News — Bahrain is targeting its Shi’ite Muslim community through arrests and prosecutions of clerics, activists and entertainers, a group of United Nations-appointed independent experts said on Tuesday. In a statement, the experts urged Bahraini authorities to halt what they said were “arbitrary arrests” based on religion and …

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Bahrain suspends leading opposition

The Levant News — A court in Bahrain suspended the country’s main Shiite bloc, Al-Wefaq, pending a verdict on dissolving it altogether. The group is led by cleric Ali Salman, currently serving a nine-year term jail on charges of inciting violence. Al-Wefaq’s offices have been closed and its assets frozen. …

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Bahraini FM described Hezbollah Chief as a ‘terrorist spy’

Source: The Daily Star- Lebanon is controlled by a “terrorist agent,” Bahrain’s Foreign Minister said Friday in reference to Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah, while criticizing the country’s “fake unity.” “Lebanon is a great country that was ruled by respectful men and sheikhs such as Bechara al-Khoury, Camille Chammoun, Saeb Salam …

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Bahraini forces attack Imam Hussain mourners

THE LEVANT – Bahraini regime forces have attacked Shia mourners commemorating the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him), the third Shia Imam. Security forces targeted the mourners in several villages across the country on Saturday. They destroyed and removed all banners, flags and black cloths commemorating the Ashura …

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Bahrain and Islamist Extremists

By Ala’a Shehabi for Foreign Policy – summarized by Julia Lugovska – After the recent uprisings in Bahrain Bahraini government was working on confronting and crushing pro-democracy activists, but what about the supporters and followers of the Islamic State? IS becomes very active in their online and video campaigns, trying …

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Turkey and KSA continuous challenges

THE LEVANT –  By Dr. Amer Al Sabaileh – Across the region, some of the more stable countries continue to face political and military challenges. Of particular note at this point in time is Turkey and Saudi Arabia, for very different reasons. Turkey is currently mired in a dilemma triggered …

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Our Friends in Riyadh

By Toby C.Jones  for www.jacobinmag.com –   Last Wednesday, a criminal court in Saudi Arabiasentenced Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, one of the kingdom’s most visible political dissidents, to death. Saudi authorities have justified the verdict in terms of national security. Convicted on vague charges of sedition, Al-Nimr was tried in …

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Nabeel Rajab is back behind bars – Bahrain

THE LEVANT – Leading rights activist Nabeel Rajab is to remain in custody and go on trial from October 19 on charges of posting tweets deemed insulting to authorities, prosecutors said Thursday. A general prosecutor, Hussein al-Buali, said Rajab was charged with “publicly insulting government institutions,” after the defence and …

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Bahrain’s government is openly hostile to Qatar

THE LEVANT – Since Qatar has failed to answer calls for Bahrain government to put an end to its aggressive naturalization policy toward Bahraini nationals, Manama has significantly hardened its toward Doha, appearing decisively hostile. Bahrain warned on Wednesday it was ready to take serious counter-measures against Qatar over Doha’s …

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Khalil Halwachi is arrested in Bahrain

THE LEVANT – Fears over the safety of Mr. Khalil’s Halwachi, father of the Head of monitoring and documentation of EBOHR, after raiding his home at dawn and arresting him. The European- Bahraini Organisation For Human Rights expresses its deep concern over the  arrest of 57-year-old Mr. Khalil Halwachi by the Bahraini …

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