Tagged with UK in Bahrain

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

After a Bahraini Kristallnacht: is outside intervention the only solution?

After a Bahraini Kristallnacht: is outside intervention the only solution?

Mahmood Al Yousif reports worsening civil strife in his blog: http://mahmood.tv/2012/04/11/hmmm-i-smell-even-worse-civil-strife-coming-up/ Last night baying sectarian mobs of so-called “loyalists” damaged Shia-owned cars and shops, chanting sectarian slogans while the police stand by: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBrC8K5z79w&feature=player_embedded These slogans include calling the Shia “rawafi9′” (refusers), ibna2 l-muta3a” (children of pleasure-marriage). Later, Shia-owned shops were ransacked: I see disturbing echoes of … Continue reading

Hard Lessons in Bahrain: Mike Diboll in the Chronicle of Higher Education

Hard Lessons in Bahrain: Mike Diboll in the Chronicle of Higher Education

My article on my experiences in Bahrain education reform, culminating with the events of 13th March 2011, has just been published on line and in print in the Review section of the Washington DC-based Chronicle of Higher Education. The Chronicle is the world’s leading news medium for higher education. Utne described the award-winning Chronicle Review as “a fearless, free-thinking section … Continue reading

Letter to Dr. Mike Diboll from the University of Bahrain

Today I begin publishing correspondence relating to the dispute between myself and my former employers, the University of Bahrain. The rationale for this is: The correspondence shows the UoB to be in gross violation of international norms of academic freedom and best practice Exposing the UoB’s dealings with me might help others in Bahrain who … Continue reading

Infra Dignitatem: Iain Lindsay’s latest insult to the dignity becoming a British Ambassador

British Ambassador to Bahrain Iain Lindsay’s sky-diving stunt at the recent Bahrain International Airshow was bad enough, an “everything’s back to normal” stunt that combined a gross disrespect to the sufferings of the Bahraini people with the toe-curling embarrassment one feels at the sight of a break-dancing vicar or a middle-aged dad wearing a back-to-front … Continue reading