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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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Bahrain’s Freedom Fighters

THE LEVANT – As she rushed to her father’ side as he’s been taken ill, Maryam Al Khawaja, daughter of prominent rights activist and main figure of the opposition in Bahrain – Abdel Hadi Al Khawaja, was once again confronted with the reality of state-run oppression. A pariah in her …

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Maryam Al Khawaja is denied entry to Bahrain

THE LEVANT – Leading Maryam Al-Khawaja, a Bahraini citizen and the Co-Director of the Gulf Center For Human Rights, was denied entry to her country today [August 30, 2014]. According to the organisation, she was planning to visit her father, prominent human rights activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who is in prison and on his …

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Bahrain activist in a coma

THE LEVANT – Less than a week in to his new hunger strike, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja has reportedly fallen into a coma. The family plans to appeal to Denmark for help. Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, the jailed Danish-Bahraini activist who began a new hunger strike on Monday, is in a coma according to …

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Campaign is launched in Bahrain to free blind detainee

THE LEVANT – Nine Bahraini human rights organizations, along with human rights activists in Bahrain, have launched a campaign for the release of the blind Bahraini detainee Jafar Matooq, who is in urgent need of medical treatment. This campaign was launched as a result of the deteriorating situation in general, found …

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US diplomat condemns Bahrain regime

A US diplomat ordered to leave Bahrain on Monday after meeting members of a leading Shia opposition group has spoken out against the move on Twitter. Tom Malinowski, US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, said the decision was “about undermining dialogue” in the country. The …

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