Until now, the struggle between autocrats and revolutionaries has been confined within national boundaries. But as the trend shifts towards a pooling of autocratic regimes’ resources, any future confrontation must be regional.
This debate hopes to recreate
a historical moment for civil society participation and action, by arriving at a
more articulate understanding of the nature of the conflict that enables us to suggest
Not only did the Arab peoples revolt, but the power of their revolts was so significant and threatening to the regional geopolitical order that the regional powers had to diffuse the collective consciousness at any cost.
The Bahraini government has been using sophisticated malware—complete with technical support from its manufacturer—to remotely conduct surveillance operations on its political dissidents living in the UK.
Rajab speaks about his experience in a Bahraini prison, the failure of western media and governments to support human rights in the Gulf, and the challenges facing his country's pro-democracy movement.
The American intervention will strengthen the hand of Arab autocrats against their opponents, Islamists and non-Islamists alike. It lends credibility to the 'war against terror' rhetoric that these regimes use as a suppressant to the revolution.
The latest ban on serving alcohol or operating nightclubs in three star hotels in Bahrain will likely deal a hefty blow to parts of the hotel industry and will certainly ‘cramp the style’ of many a Saudi and Qatari tourist.
last week, on 7 May, political activists affiliated to Bahraini opposition
groups delivered a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon, calling for his
office to take a stand against the Bahraini regime’s systematic targeting of
the Shi’a community.
Next week anti arms trade activists will be heading to Farnborough to
attend the BAE Systems AGM and put new Chair, Sir Roger Carr, on the spot with
questions about his company's associations with human rights abusers.
An interview with Maryam al-Khawaja, a leading Bahraini human rights activist, onthe continuing protests in Bahrain, the regime’s continued repression and the UK’s involvement in the ongoing situation.
is critical to recognize the significance of this revolutionary chapter in the
modern history of the Middle East and the creative conceptions and
articulations of resistance that shattered the system of domination,
particularly the popular roots of these uprisings amongst the urban and rural poor.
From an empirical-analytical point of view, what
has happened in the Middle East and North Africa since Mohammed Bouazizi died?
This is not an opinion piece, but an assessment of underlying factors which
have put pressure on the aspiration for justice and political reform launched
by the Arab Spring. (5,000 words)
A US-Iranian rapprochement over Iran's nuclear programme could
improve general US-Iranian relations, leading to the lifting of Iran's painful
sanctions. Could this in turn encourage improved relations between the
countries of the GCC and Iran?
Just after the Arab Spring was brutally crushed in Bahrain, Britain's John Yates, the former Assistant Metropolitan Police Commissioner, became an advisor to the Ministry of Interior. What happened next?
Almost by default, the swelling numbers of young
Arabs, especially in the culturally vibrant centres of the Arab world (Cairo,
Tunis, Beirut, Damascus, Casablanca, Kuwait, Manama), will create plurality - in
social views, political positions, economic approaches, and in social
identities and frames of reference.
Today’s Sunni/Shiite regional war is the direct
product of the Bush/Blair war on Iraq. The divide is all the more dangerous because
of the Levant’s confessional mosaic. These events are changing the very nature
of the states in the region, and the peoples that lie within them. Where do
Palestine’s borders now lie?
Bahrain’s Arab Spring has developed into an ugly sectarian battle, pitting the Al-Khalifa regime, with the support of Saudi Arabia, conservative Sunni clerics and most of Bahrain’s Sunni minority on one side, against activists for the country’s Shia majority on the other. This development has suited the regime.