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The Power Football Brings to the GCC

The Power Football Brings to the GCC

For the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, football is more than just a sport – it is a way of gaining power that can’t be obtained through politics or diplomacy. Countries like Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) use football to create a positive global image and secure […]

Bahrain Confirms Closure of Al-Wefaq, Continues Arbitrary Prosecution of its Leaders

Bahrain Confirms Closure of Al-Wefaq, Continues Arbitrary Prosecution of its Leaders

Yesterday, on 19 February 2018, Bahrain’s Court of Cassation ruled to uphold the arbitrary dissolution of Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society – the country’s largest political opposition group which was originally closed in July 2016. The same day, 19 February, the government announced that the High Criminal Court again adjourned the […]

Maryam al-Khawaja Discusses Bahrain’s Human Rights Movement at Georgetown Law

Maryam al-Khawaja Discusses Bahrain’s Human Rights Movement at Georgetown Law

On 2 February 2018, marking the seventh anniversary of the Arab Spring protest movements across the Middle East and North Africa in 2011, Bahraini human rights defender Maryam al-Khawaja spoke at the Georgetown University Law Center with journalist Mehdi Hasan and Egyptian activist Mohamed Sultan, addressing the current impact of […]

After the Corruption Purge Saudi Royals Will See Rise in Allowances

After the Corruption Purge Saudi Royals Will See Rise in Allowances

Starting on 4 November 2017, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) arrested over 200 high profile princes, officials, and businessmen in an anti-corruption purge and detained them at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh. After holding them for three months without trial or charge, MBS released over 100 detainees. […]