Glad to See Obama Go, Gulf Arabs Expect Trump to Counter Iran
Gulf Arab states are quietly applauding the arrival in the White House of a hawkish leader opposed to their adversary Iran, even if they suspect Donald Trump's short temper and abrasive Tweets may at times heighten tensions in the combustible Middle East.
Diraz Marks over 200 Days of Siege, Route to Health Center Blocked Increasing Residents’ Suffering
More than 200 days have passed since Bahraini authorities imposed siege on Diraz. Causing further suffering, the regime blocked route leading to health center with cement barriers.
AFP: Bahrain Looking for Four Suspects behind Prison Break
Bahrain is hunting four suspects wanted for their alleged involvement in a deadly attack on the central prison and a jailbreak earlier this month, the interior minister said on Sunday.
AFP: 10 on the Run after Attack on Bahrain Jail
Armed men on Sunday attacked a prison in Bahrain where Shiites convicted over anti-government protests are held, killing one policeman and allowing 10 inmates to escape, the interior ministry said.
Bahraini Clerics Deem Upholding Sheikh Ali Salman’s Sentence “Imprisonment of Political Work”
Bahraini clerics deemed the verdict that upheld the 9-year jail term against opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman an imprisonment of opposing political activism and condemnation of national peace, bearing the British government “responsible for supporting the Bahraini regime in delving into the security option.”
End of Shia Mourning Season: Why Does US Embassy Monitor Ashura in Bahrain?
In seven episodes, Bahrain Mirror presented a reading research on the cables sent by US Embassy in Manama to US State Department about Ashura commemoration. Why is US diplomacy so interested in Bahrain’s Ashura?
Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim’s Trial Adjourned until Next January
Bahraini court adjourned case raised against Bahraini Shia spiritual leader Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim until January 5, 2017.
AFP: Bahrain Jails Journalist over Tweet
A Bahraini court has jailed a journalist for three months over a tweet deemed insulting to religion, Reporters Without Borders said Wednesday.
Journalist Faisal Hayyat Receives 3-Month Jail Term over Tweet
Bahrain's court sentenced on Tuesday (November 29, 2016) journalist Faisal Hayyat to 3 months in prison.
Iraqi Parliament Passes Contested Law on Shi'ite Paramilitaries
Iraq's parliament approved a law on Saturday that will transform Popular Mobilization forces, a mostly Iranian-backed coalition of Shi'ite militias that played a role in fighting Islamic State, into a legal and separate military corps.
BBC: Car Bomb Explodes Near Baghdad Leaving Dozens Killed, Mostly Iranians
BBC said that a car bomb targeted Shia returning from the Arbaeen pilgrimage at a checkpoint near Hilla, south of Baghdad.
Bahrain's Ruling Family: There’s No Shame in Insulting Our People
Deputy Public Security Head Khalifa bin Ahmad Al Khalifa decided to deactivate his Instagram account, following scandal that involved him insulting Shiite citizens of his country.
Wikileaks: 2007-2008 US Embassy Cables: Ashura in Bahrain, Desire to Express Shi'a Identity to Fullest (Part 4)
The US keen interest in following the commemoration of Ashura in Bahrain continued to be reflected in the Embassy’s annual reports.
WikiLeaks: US Embassy's Report on Ashura Chest-Beating, Bloodletting and Mourning Processions in Manama (Part 2)
During the Ashura photos and flags crisis in 2005, US Embassy in Manama released a detailed report on Shiite religious holiday of Ashura in just a few days.
WikiLeaks: US Embassy and Ashura in Bahrain, Crisis of Photos and Flags in 2005 (Part 1)
Number of cables leaked by WikiLeaks revealed US Embassy in Manama annually sends confidential report on Ashura commemoration in Bahrain to US State Department.
Bahrain’s Top Shia Clerics: Jaafari Personal Status Law Won’t Ensure Abiding by Shia Tenets
Prominent Shia clerics in Bahrain strongly criticized issuance of personal status law for followers of Shiite sect without approval of Shia religious authority.
AFP: Bahrain to Auction Banned Opposition's Seized Assets
Bahrain will auction the confiscated assets of the main Shiite opposition in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom after it was dissolved over terrorism-related charges, a judicial source said Saturday.
Bahrain’s King Follows Al-Gaddafi's Suit: “If [Imam] Hussein were Here He’d Stand by Me”
Bahrain’s King, who continues to violate Shiite Bahrainis’ right to freely practice religious rituals, claimed that the third Shia Imam would have stood by him.
Faisal Hayyat Arrested Few Days after his Reply to FM about Torture in Bahrain
The Bahraini authorities arrested on Sunday (October 9, 2016) journalist Faisal Hayyat, few days after writing an open letter to the Minister of Interior Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa related to torturing in the Bahraini prisons.
Kuwait Arrests Suspected Islamist after Truck Attack on Americans
Kuwaiti security forces have detained a suspected Islamist militant who rammed a truck believed to be carrying explosives into a car carrying five Americans, state news agency KUNA reported on Saturday.