Obama and Clinton Resume Arms Sales to the Torturers of Bahrain

By: Saturday May 12, 2012 1:00 pm

The Obama administration. After all, they have now resumed arms shipments to the Bahrain monarchy at the very moment when Al Khalifa announced an even sharper crackdown on pro-democracy protestors.


Obama Still Silent on Civil Rights Activists Dying in Bahrain

By: Tuesday April 24, 2012 10:00 am

Thousands mourn Salah Abbas Habib who was killed by Bahrain security forces while court delays Al Khawaja appeal on the 75th day of his hunger strike. Meanwhile Obama ignores the monarchy’s attacks on civil rights activists.

Racing in the Blood of Bahrain

By: Sunday April 22, 2012 5:42 am

As I write this, the F1 teams are preparing to go ahead with their Grand Prix in Bahrain. The race begins at 1200 GMT with activists promising to try to disrupt it. From outside Bahrain, Anonymous is also going after Bahrain as seen in twitter comments at #OpBahrain.

The Torture of Al Khawaja by American-Backed King of Bahrain

By: Monday April 9, 2012 8:10 am

Last summer, the King of Bahrain funded the “independent” Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry to review human rights issues in the country. The report was praised by the King’s American friends – and presented as justification for continued American support of the monarchy.

AngryArabiya Arrested at Jail Where AlKhawaja Is Dying

By: Friday April 6, 2012 6:00 am

This photo shows Abdulhadi Al Khawaja in his 57th day of a hunger strike, on this his 51st birthday. Protests across Bahrain calling for his release have been put down with considerable violence on the part of the US backed Bahrain government.

Obama Silent While Doctors, Teachers, and Bloggers Tortured in Bahrain

By: Monday May 9, 2011 6:01 am

Today Bahrain began a “trial” for 21 opposition leaders, seven of them to be tried in absentia. The trial was suddenly announced on Saturday following public attention on Friday – including an urgent appeal by Amnesty International – when word spread that human rights leader Abdulhadi Alkhawaja had been taken from jail to a hospital for surgery for injuries caused by torture. (Alkhawaja is known to many FDL readers as the father of @angryarabiya)

One Reason Obama’s Not Supporting Civil Rights In Bahrain – It’s Spelled FTA

By: Sunday April 10, 2011 6:00 pm

As of tonight, there is still no word on AngryArabiya’s father, brother-in-law and husband –or her uncle who was arrested three weeks ago. She wrote last night: This will b one of the most difficult nights of my life, wat condition is my wonderful & kind husband in. I close my eyes & I see [...]

“I Kissed the Spot Where I Saw Them Beat Him”: Human Rights Hero Arrested in Bahrain

By: Saturday April 9, 2011 7:40 am

One of the clearest voices in the call for the most basic civil rights for all Bahrainis has been a young woman who writes on Twitter as @angryarabiya. She has been keeping the world informed of the shootings and beatings by the US supported government and about the overnight raids during which crowds of hooded “security” forces storm the homes of human rights workers and bloggers, breaking down doors, threatening their families and dragging away these peaceful activists to detention or worse.

We’ve learned that her father, husband and brother-in-law have been taken.

Bahrainis March Again Despite Brutal Crackdown; Demand Civil Rights, Democracy

By: Friday March 25, 2011 6:07 am

Bahraini civil rights activists plan to march again on Friday in defiance of monarchy and continuing brutal crackdown.

Bahrain Hospital Still Under Siege, Journalists Kicked Out of Country

By: Wednesday March 16, 2011 4:00 pm

Bahrain forces continue to hold the Salmaniya Hospital under siege with doctors and nurses beaten if they try to leave or take ambulances out. At the same time, journalists are being refused entry to the country and several have been deported.

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