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Bahrain royal has more than riots on his plate

 

The Telegraph

By Jonathan Russell, Dashwood Editor, 10:00PM GMT 19 Feb 2011

While Bahrain threatens to burn, a member of the country’s ruling family is facing his own problems.  As reported last week, Sheikh Abdulrahman Mubarak Hamad Al Khalifa is on the hook for £270,000 in gambling debts. His bookie – or I think I can confidently say, his former bookie – Spreadex, revealed it had got two judgments against the businessman, one in the UK, the other in Bahrain. It hasn’t got its money back yet. I asked Spreadex how the Sheikh had lost all that money. Read the rest of this entry

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UN human rights chief voices deep concern about Bahrain crackdown

UN News Centre

Navi Pillay – High Commissioner for Human Rights  – 5 May 2011

The United Nations human rights chief today voiced deep concern about the continued detention of hundreds of activists in Bahrain, the prosecution of scores of medical professionals, and the sentencing to death of four protestors after a closed-door military trial.

“The trial of civilians before military courts is always a cause of concern. The application of the death penalty without due process and after a trial held in secrecy is illegal and absolutely unacceptable,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stated in a news release. Read the rest of this entry

Bahrain can achieve stability without a king

By The Washington Times   7:47 p.m., Thursday, April 28, 2011

In his April 20 Commentary article, “Stability is prerequisite for progress,” King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain addresses America’s interests in an effort to gain favor with the American public.

This strategy is a desperate one because Bahrain’s relationship with the United States is crucial to the 220-year-old regime’s survival. It cannot have gone unnoticed by the king that last Friday, as thousands of Americans marched around the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington and then made their way to the White House to protest the government of Bahrain’s disregard for human rights, political participation and freedom of speech. Read the rest of this entry

Crown Prince of Bahrain politically sidelined by senior royal advisers

The Telegraph:

By Richard Spencer, Middle East Correspondent 6:07PM BST 25 Apr 2011

The Crown Prince of Bahrain, who refused an invitation to the royal wedding, has been politically sidelined by a hardline trio of senior royal advisers.

 Although his invitation was criticised as rewarding a “tyrant”, Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa was seen until recently as a reformist. Read the rest of this entry

Bahrain seeks death sentence for protesters on trial

MANAMA | Mon Apr 25, 2011

(Reuters) – Bahrain is seeking death penalty for a group of protesters accused of killing two policemen during anti-government demonstrations in the Gulf island kingdom, state media reported on Monday.

The government has stamped the demonstrations in a security crackdown since February when mainly Shi’ite protesters took to the streets demanding more say in the Sunni-ruled country’s affairs. Read the rest of this entry