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Concern for Activist Fadhel Radhi if He Is Sent Back to Bahrain

Concern for Activist Fadhel Radhi if He Is Sent Back to Bahrain

Bahrain has demanded that the International Criminal Police Commission take steps to extradite activist Fadhel Radhi back to Bahrain. Armenian authorities detained Radhi on 1 January 2016 following his escape from Bahrain, where he was sentenced to seven years in prison for “political and arbitrary” reasons. A number of human […]

Qatar’s World Cup ambitions cannot overshadow migrant’s rights issues

Qatar’s World Cup ambitions cannot overshadow migrant’s rights issues

Qatar once again demonstrated its World Cup ambitions by signing world-class player Xavi Hernandez to one of its teams for three years. While it is unclear if hiring star talent will bolster Qatar’s reputation as a leader of the global football community, as recent matches continue to suffer from low […]

Bahrain Charges Al-Wasat Journalist with Terrorism

Bahrain Charges Al-Wasat Journalist with Terrorism

After his arbitrary arrest on 28 December, the Bahraini Interior Ministry named journalist Mahmood al-Jazeeri, a reporter for Al-Wasat News, as among those arrested for allegedly plotting terrorist attacks funded by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah, the veracity of which has been questioned by experts. On 31 December, al-Jazeeri’s […]

Economic Hardship Could Lead to Trouble in Saudi Arabia

Economic Hardship Could Lead to Trouble in Saudi Arabia

The Government of Saudi Arabia struggles to balance its budget as oil prices fall below $35 (USD) per barrel. The kingdom needs oil prices to reach $106 to fund current expenditures. The Saudi budget is predominately centered on oil prices; the BBC reports that oil revenue forms 73% of the […]

Bahrain foils “secret terrorist plot” by Iran and Hezbollah

Bahrain foils “secret terrorist plot” by Iran and Hezbollah

The Bahraini state news agency, Bahrain News Agency (BNA), reported that “A secret terrorist plot aided by the so-called Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Hezbollah terrorist organization was foiled.” The BNA said “a main suspect, Ali Ahmed Fakhrawi, had traveled to Lebanon and personally met the head of the Shi’ite […]