In a rare public spat that has highlighted deep political divisions in the Gulf, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have all withdrawn their ambassadors from Qatar in protest at Doha's "interference in their internal affairs".
If you don't think much of the King of Bahrain, maybe it's better to keep it to yourself - or else you could face 7 years in prison, thanks to some new laws to defend the monarchy. Previously, the punishment was a few days in jail, but now, any Twitter post, Facebook comment or casual disparaging word could land you a hefty term.
The six energy-rich Arab monarchies of the Gulf are seeking to strengthen ties with China, Gulf Cooperation Council chief Abdullatif al-Zayani said Wednesday after talks with the Chinese foreign minister.
Dozens of people were reportedly injured in Bahrain early Friday, after police fired birdshot to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters in several Shiite villages. A policeman was also wounded after being shot by a homemade gun.
Recently in Bahrain, protesters took to the streets to show support for the families of the scores of demonstrators killed by regime forces over the past year. They were however met with teargas and rubber bullets. Surrounding these events Saudi Arabia has agreed on purchasing billions of dollars worth of weapons from the United States to keep US protection viable.
Bahrain's Shia opposition says a teenage protester has been killed in violent clashes with police in the capital Manama. Police fired tear-gas and stun grenades to disperse demonstrators, who were throwing stones and petrol bombs. They have been demanding equal rights from the Sunni monarchy for over a year now.
Bahrain authorities has been violently clamping down on protests for the past 18 months, with accusations of brutality by the regime. However, the kingdom has pledged to improve on its treatment of political activists and try to prevent violence against ethnic and religious communities. That's after criticism and recommendations from the UN Human Rights body. But western leaders effectively closed their eyes to what's happening in the country, with other concerns in the region.
Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, report on thieves, hustlers, bankers and a Saudi prince. In the second half of the show, Max talks to Rick Falkvinge of the Swedish Pirate Party, about copyright and hot war between hackers and NATO.
The posting claimed that the biggest single supporter of the anti-government demonstrations was the political section of the U.S. Embassy. The head of the office, the blog claimed, was "a person of Jewish origin named Ludovic Hood," and charged: "He's the one who trained and provoked the demonstrators to clash with the army". Hood also was "the one" telling the opposition of the steps they should take "to inflame the situation," the posting claimed.
Houda Nonoo, Bahrain's Jewish Ambassador to the US, is one of Bahrain’s 36 remaining Jews. “We are all cousins,” says Nonoo. A high proportion hold important political positions. Bahraini Jews historically got along well with Gentiles. Following the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948, rioters (suspected non-Bahraini foreigners) tore through the Jewish quarter in Manama, looting houses and destroying property.
Houda Ezra Nonoo is a Bahraini of Iraqi descent representing an embattled Sunni dynasty that has ruled over a Shi’ite majority for centuries. If those circumstances weren’t loaded enough, Nonoo, Bahrain’s envoy to Washington, is the first Jewish ambassador in the Arab world’s recorded history.
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