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Bahrain Opposition Activist Al-Khawaja, 20 Others Get Retrial

Prominent Bahrain opposition activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, along with twenty of his co-defendants, will receive a retrial, an appeals court has ruled. All were convicted last year by military tribunals on charges of attempting to overthrow the government of the tiny island kingdom. Their trials were widely seen as part of a crackdown designed to end More »

Bahrain Grand Prix Not All Glitz, Tweets and Facebook Posts Reveal

Sebastian Vettel wins the Grand Prix, the Bahrain secret police comes in second, government spin doctors – third, democracy retires with engine trouble – this is how one tweet summed up the results of this year’s prestigious race. Although hailed by many as a success, posts on social media have highlighted another side of the More »

Tensions Rise Ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix

This is our ongoing coverage of the events surrounding this week's Bahrain Grand Prix Formula One race. Team bosses continue to insist the course is safe, but the Force India team skipped the second practice session so its people would not have to travel to their hotel after dark. An open letter declared support for the race and the Bahraini government, but thousands of protesters turned out in a rally against the race and the ruling family. Meanwhile, drivers continue to stay mostly close-mouthed about the political conflict, insisting on focusing on the race only.  More »

Agree? Bahrain Citizens Group Letter Welcomes Formula One, Condemns Protesters

Two days ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix Formula 1 race in Bahrain, a group calling itself Citizens for Bahrain has written an open letter to the world, welcoming the fact that the planned race will go on as scheduled and expressing hope that “the worst is over” and criticizing anti-government protesters for “acts More »

SPECIAL COVERAGE: Countdown to Bahrain F1: Will Protests Derail It?

This is a special live blog of the ongoing controversy surrounding the Bahrain Grand Prix. The teams and drivers have arrived in Manama, but two Force India team members left after their vehicle was caught in a traffic jam caused by a clash between police and demonstrators. Meanwhile, Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has called for a boycott of the race. Meanwhile, some Bahrainis are voicing support for the race, and the head of the Bahrain Circuit says there is no reason to cancel the competition. More »

WATCH: Bahrain Protesters, F1 Grand Prix On Collision Course

The motor racing Formula One Grand Prix heads to Bahrain this weekend, a year after it was canceled because of violent anti-government protests and a government crackdown. Bahraini authorities insist the situation is now stable – but protesters say human rights abuses are continuing on a daily basis and have vowed to do all More »

World Criticism of Bahrain Mounts, But Is It Fair?

Bahrain is preparing for a roaring sporting event – the Formula One Grand Prix race – but the spectacle is suddenly being overshadowed by a barrage of criticism challenging any notion that the country’s government has adequately handled last year’s opposition protests and their aftermath. Gripped in February and March of 2011 by Arab Spring-inspired More »

Formula One Grand Prix Is On, Bahrain Protesters React

After much  deliberation over safety concerns, the International Automobile Federation has given the green light to move ahead with the Formula One Grand Prix which is scheduled to take place in Bahrain on April 22. Giving a statement in Shanghai at the Chinese Grand Prix, F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone said, “All the teams are happy More »

If Bahrain's Al-Khawaja Dies From Hunger Strike, Who Is to Blame?

If Bahrain's Abdulhadi Alkhawaja dies, who is to blame? Part of the Bahrain coverage on MiddleEastVoices.com  More »

Bahrain Grand Prix 2012: Damon Hill Says Formula One Should Reconsider

Bahrain Grand Prix 2012: Damon Hill Says Formula One Should Reconsider

VOA’s Pam Dockins got to speak to Sky Television commentator and former world driving champion Damon Hill about this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix.  Hill had previously said that running the race would be good for Bahrain and Formula One, but now says that FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) should reconsider going.  The transcript is More »

Bahrain Formula One: Why It Might Be Cancelled

Formula One racing teams are asking the sport's governing body to skip the Bahrain Grand Prix because of ongoing unrest in the country. One team principal says teams are hoping FIA 'calls it off' because a 'complete military lockdown' is the only way to stage the race. Meanwhile hunger striker Abdulhadi Al Khawaja languishes in a military hospital.  More »

VIEWPOINT: Obscured Realities of Bahrain's Arab Spring

Bahrain is a multi-ethnic nation whose heritage is built on a seafaring tradition and its accompanying internationalism. But the way Bahrainis responded to the ‘Arab Spring’ was for me, alienating and dangerous. As a member of the medical profession, the last thing I expected to see was the politicization of my colleagues, blatant racism More »

Damon Hill: Bahrain GP Could 'Create More Problems'

The Bahrain Grand Prix is scheduled for later this month. F1 Supremo Bernie Ecclestone says it's a go; leading drivers say they feel safe. But protests against the government continue.  More »

POLL: Does #Bahrain King's Pledge For Reform Put Democracy Issues To Rest?

POLL: Does #Bahrain King's Pledge For Reform Put Democracy Issues To Rest?

Bahrain’s ruler says his country has taken significant steps toward reforms in the months since an independent commission looked into allegations of abuse during the government’s crackdown on Arab Spring protesters.   Now, says King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, all that is needed is for these reforms to be put into place.  His remarks  More »

Middle East Monitor Podcast Archive – March 2012

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Bahrain One Year Later: Images of a Suppressed Revolution

Tensions were high in Manama, Bahrain’s capital, and its outskirts, as the opposition marked the first anniversary of pro-democracy protests, which began February 14, 2011. Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at youths in several villages, who hurled back gasoline bombs and stones. Large parts of Manama were also sealed off to prevent people reaching More »

Bahrain Authorities Move to Block Anniversary Protests

Activists in Bahrain say authorities have made arrests and prevented protesters from gathering at a landmark roundabout in the capital, Manama, on the first anniversary of the country’s pro-democracy uprising. Extra police and military forces were patrolling Manama and its suburbs on Tuesday, while many major roads were shut to prevent activists from marching back More »

BREAKING / POLL: US Blocking Weapons Sales to #Bahrain Over Lack of Progress on Security Reforms

Washington is blocking $53 million in arms sales to Bahrain because of unfulfilled security sector reforms as clashes between riot police and anti-government protesters increase on the eve of the first anniversary of the uprising. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the Obama administration is concerned about security forces breaking up demonstrators trying to More »

Bahrain Tensions Escalate One Year After Unrest

Violence intensifies between security forces, anti-government protesters as first anniversary of country’s uprising approaches More »

#BAHRAIN POLL: Will you participate in the 3-day general strike called on February 14, 2012?

This just posted on our new Bahrain social journalism campaign LULU LIVE: @14FebStrike We call for a 3-day general strike starting on 14 February for justice and democracy in #Bahrain #14FebStrike Will you be participating in the 3-day general strike called for in Bahrain on February 14, 2012?   Submit your photo and video of protests from February 12, More »