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  

Bahraini Crown Prince Dialogue Generates Optimism

by Emile Nakhleh Bahraini, Arab, and international media have assessed the dialogue meetings Crown Prince Salman held with opposition representatives Jan. 15 positively and expressed cautious optimism about his ability to bring about genuine civic peace in that embattled country.… Continue Reading  

Why Bahrain’s Al-Khalifa Family Is Losing the Right to Rule

by Emile Nakhleh via IPS News By continuing its repressive policies and refusing to engage civil society and moderate political groups in meaningful dialogue for genuine reform, the Khalifa family has squandered its legitimate right to rule Bahrain. King Hamad… Continue Reading