Bahrain’s Unending Repression: Enough Already!

by Emile Nakhleh The al-Khalifa ruling regime’s decision to strip Sheikh Isa Qasim of his Bahraini citizenship on a trumped-up and patently false charge is yet another example of the ruling family’s deepening repression. This respected Shia cleric has always called… Continue Reading  

The Price Bahrain Pays for Saudi Assistance

by Cinzia Bianco and Giorgio Cafiero The Saudi government’s execution of Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr in early January met with an angry response from Shiites in Bahrain, where protestors and police engaged in violent clashes. The Saudi-Iranian diplomatic spat that… Continue Reading  

Arab Mayhem and Tyranny: How to Break the Cycle

by Emile Nakhleh In a little over five years since the outbreak of protests in Tunisia at the end of 2010, most of the Arab world has descended into mayhem and tyranny. Many Arab leaders are repressing the opposition with more… Continue Reading  

Bahrain’s Latest Sham Trial and Conviction

by Emile Nakhleh Now that the Bahraini regime has exacted its revenge by sentencing Sheikh Ali Salman, secretary general of the predominantly Shi’ite pro-reform al-Wefaq party, to four years in prison, the al-Khalifa ruling family should decide which of the… Continue Reading  

Bahrain’s Sham Election Ignores Calls for Reform

by Emile Nakhleh Bahrain’s national election planned for this Saturday portends no change in the al-Khalifa regime’s anti-Shi’a stance and is yet another futile exercise in sham democracy. The mainstream al-Wefaq Shi’a opposition party has decided to boycott the election… Continue Reading