Bahraini PM Dodges Corruption Bullet, for Now


by Emile Nakhleh via IPS News The recent collapse of the British Serious Fraud Office court case against Victor Dahdaleh has left the Bahraini prime minister’s reputation for corruption intact. The case has been widely covered in British media reports,… Continue Reading  

Saudi Anger Masks Concern About Loss of Influence


by Emile Nakhleh via IPS News Saudi Arabia’s public anger against the United States masks the kingdom’s growing concern about its diminishing influence in the Persian Gulf and the wider Arab world. It has nothing to do with U.S. policy… Continue Reading  

Bahraini Opposition Shuns Bogus Dialogue


by Emile Nakhleh via IPS News Bahraini opposition groups announced on Tuesday their opposition to participating in the dialogue that is supposed to start tomorrow. According to the Bahrain Mirror, the five opposition groups that signed the joint statement included… Continue Reading  

Bahrain Repression Continues Amid Sham Trials


by Emile Nakhleh via IPS News The lengthy prison sentences handed down to 50 Shia activists last week and the refusal of Bahraini courts to hear their allegations of torture once again confirm the regime’s continued repression of the opposition.… Continue Reading  

Israeli-Palestinian Talks: Why Now and To What End?


by Emile Nakhleh The recently restarted talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) are the only peaceful political activity amidst on-going violence in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Egypt, Bahrain and elsewhere in the Arab world. Neither Secretary of State… Continue Reading