Tagged with William Hague

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

Open letter to David Cameron on Bahrain

Open letter to David Cameron on Bahrain

21st April 2012 Sir, I write to you as British former expatriate in Bahrain, requesting that you urgently reconsider British policy on Bahrain, which I am convinced is deeply misguided and counter to Britain’s long-term interest in the Arabic-speaking region. Yesterday you said “Bahrain is not Syria, there is a process of reform under way … Continue reading

Bahrain’s internal coup, Iain Lindsay out of his depth

Two items from today’s English language propaganda sheet the Gulf Daily News. The first is today’s front page story, about spending cuts in Bahrain: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=324292 Unelected Khalifa Al Khalifa, at 41 years in office the world’s longest-serving prime minister, apparently “issued directives to downsize official delegations for events which do not require high-level participation”. The high-level meeting … Continue reading

My 25th January Letter to the FCO

My 25th January Letter to the FCO

This is my 25th January letter to a Mr. Layfield at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Gulf Team. He wrote in response to a letter from my wife in the discrepancy between the FCO’s line on Syria, and that on Bahrain. This was a bit of a turn up for the books, since nobody … Continue reading

Were the FCO behind the Edinburgh-Bahrain Deal?

Were the FCO behind the Edinburgh-Bahrain Deal?

I am convinced that the University of Edinburgh has made the right decision in cancelling its proposed co-operation with Bahrain. My hope that the case gains wider publicity so that it will set a precedent: Edinburgh has taken an ethical lead over Bahrain, and any other UK higher education institution would either have to follow … Continue reading