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Chris Davidson’s “After the Sheikhs: the Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies”: profound implications for foreign policy and for academia.

BOOK REVIEW Dr. Davidson’s brilliant and brave “After the Sheikhs” provides Middle East studies with a valuable overview of the gathering crisis in the region, and is a valuable counter-narrative to the “nothing to see, move on now” narrative being promoted by vested interests and an academe that ought to know better. After Bahrain, the … Continue reading

Bahrain Polytechnic: new evidence casts doubt on the rigour of the BICI, and on the credibility of ‘reform’ in Bahrain

Higher Education reform in Bahrain: 2008-2011  “In failing to differentiate Bahrain Polytechnic’s relationship with the Ministry of Education from the University of Bahrain’s relationship with the Ministry, the BICI  have been complicit in the extension of state power into hitherto legally autonomous institutions. I’m sure that this was done unwittingly on the Commissioners’ part, but … Continue reading

Britain must stop being an abuse facilitator in Bahrain.

Repression in Bahrain has seriously escalated this autumn, with regime hardliners (the usual suspects) seeking to undermine –through leaks to the world media — hitherto behind-the-scenes attempts at dialogue involving moderate regime elements and the mainstream opposition: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/30/blair-aide-bahrain-conflict-resolution Meanwhile, a series of small explosions, two in the village of Ekar in October, and five in … Continue reading

Voice of Russia: The situation in Bahrain – is the Gulf monarchy serious about political reforms?

Voice of Russia: The situation in Bahrain – is the Gulf monarchy serious about political reforms?

VOR London’s James Reinl hosts a debate on the jailed Bahraini hunger-striker, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, and asks whether the Gulf monarchy is serious about political reforms. He was joined by the Bahraini government spokesman, Fahad al-Binali, Rodney Shakespeare, chairman of the Committee against Torture in Bahrain, Mike Diboll, the democracy campaigner, Ben Harris-Quinney, chairman of the … Continue reading

(Bahrain) Formula 1: an irrelevance?

(Bahrain) Formula 1: an irrelevance?

Wednesday 18th April The 2012 Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix continues to generate controversy. There are three basic positions on the race, to which I’ll add a fourth: The race is good for Bahrain, bringing in money and uniting the country The race legitimises a repressive regime that has lost legitimacy in the eyes of … Continue reading