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HRW demands release of Saudi activist
Tue, 03 May 2011 11:19:17 GMT
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Saudi authorities to release a key rights activist, as the wave of arrests continues in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

Migrant worker killed by Bahrain forces
Tue, 03 May 2011 05:27:11 GMT
A Bangladeshi migrant worker has been killed during the brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters in Bahrain by the regime's Saudi-backed forces, a report says.

Bahrain whisks away two former MPs
Tue, 03 May 2011 02:13:29 GMT
Plainclothes Bahraini forces have kidnapped two former members of the country's largest political party, Al Wefaq, in yet another attempt to crush the opposition.

'Bahrain king is press freedom predator'
Mon, 02 May 2011 23:29:54 GMT
The media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders has called Bahrain's King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa a 'predator' in regard to press freedom.

Saudi activists call for massive rallies
Mon, 02 May 2011 18:15:14 GMT
Saudi activists have called for massive demonstrations east of the country to protest against arbitrary detention of anti-government protesters.

Bahraini forces abduct school kids
Mon, 02 May 2011 15:22:18 GMT
Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have attacked a number of schools across the Persian Gulf kingdom, abducting several students, witnesses say.

'US has nothing to say about Bahrain'
Mon, 02 May 2011 12:29:40 GMT
The United States has “nothing to say” about the Bahraini government's brutal crackdown against peaceful protesters, an article in Austria's largest newspaper says.

Saudis call for municipal vote boycott
Sun, 01 May 2011 22:41:41 GMT
Saudi intellectuals and activists in capital Riyadh have called for a boycott of their country's municipal elections, where women have been barred from voting.

Video exposes more brutality in Bahrain
Sun, 01 May 2011 15:40:32 GMT
A newly-released video footage has shed more light on the extent of violence used during the Saudi-backed crackdown against the peaceful demonstrators in Bahrain.

'UN silence on Bahrain astonishing'
Sun, 01 May 2011 04:35:27 GMT
The United Nations' silence on the atrocities committed by Bahraini regime forces against anti-regime protesters in the Persian Gulf country is astonishing, an observer says.

Saudis hold anti-govt. protests
Sat, 30 Apr 2011 16:42:51 GMT
Saudi nationals have taken to the streets of an eastern village in Saudi Arabia to hold anti-government protests and call for an end to military presence in Bahrain.

Bahraini boy suffocated by tear gas
Sat, 30 Apr 2011 12:31:30 GMT
A 6-year-old Bahraini boy has died after being exposed to tear gas fired by Saudi-backed Bahraini security forces in the east of the country.

Saudi media face fresh restrictions
Sat, 30 Apr 2011 08:56:55 GMT
Saudi Arabia has imposed new media restrictions, threatening news organizations that allegedly undermine national security, with heavy fines and closure.

Demos condemn Saudi intervention
Sat, 30 Apr 2011 02:23:33 GMT
Crowds across the world have taken to the streets to condemn the brutal crackdown on the people of Bahrain by local forces backed by Saudi troops.

Saudi police injure 5 protesters in Qatif
Fri, 29 Apr 2011 16:57:13 GMT
Saudi Arabian riot police have attacked a peaceful protest rally east of the kingdom, injuring at least five people while attempting to disperse demonstrators by force.

Bahrain deploys tanks in Diraz
Fri, 29 Apr 2011 13:44:50 GMT
Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have deployed tanks and armored vehicles in Diraz, shortly after attacking a peaceful protest march in the western village of Karzakan.

Woman sues Saudi govt. for vote ban
Fri, 29 Apr 2011 06:36:17 GMT
In a rare protest to Saudi electoral system, a woman has filed a lawsuit against the government for keeping a ban on women taking part in polls in the monarchy.

Saudis protest crackdown on Bahrainis
Fri, 29 Apr 2011 05:53:53 GMT
People in Saudi Arabia have taken to the streets to protest against the violent Saudi-backed crackdown on Bahraini anti-government protesters.

Bahrainis enraged by death sentences
Thu, 28 Apr 2011 22:07:30 GMT
Clashes have erupted between Saudi-backed anti-riot police and anti-regime protesters in Bahrain's eastern city of Sitra as a military court has announced death sentences for four protesters.

US, UK taking Bahrain into 'fascism'
Thu, 28 Apr 2011 18:36:16 GMT
The US, the UK and Israel are behind the death sentence handed to four anti-government protesters in Bahrain, a political expert says.

Bahrain forces fire on protesters
Thu, 28 Apr 2011 17:24:23 GMT
Bahraini forces have fired live rounds at protesters east of the kingdom, keeping up the Saudi Arabia-backed crackdown on anti-government protests.

Saudi Arabia nabs nearly 30 activists
Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:27:32 GMT
Saudi Arabian security forces have detained up to 30 Shia activists over the past two days, keeping up with their crackdown on pro-reform protests.

Saudi arrest campaign rages on
Thu, 28 Apr 2011 13:16:18 GMT
Saudi authorities continue to arrest pro-reform activists over fears popular anti-government protests might spread across the kingdom.

Bahrain issues four death sentences
Thu, 28 Apr 2011 08:11:17 GMT
Bahrain's military court has sentenced four anti-government protesters to death, in a move to further crush the ongoing revolutionary movement in the small Persian Gulf country.

Bahraini regime uses poison gas: Video
Thu, 28 Apr 2011 08:32:45 GMT
Newly-released footage shows Saudi-backed Bahraini forces using poison gas against anti-government protesters in the tiny Persian Gulf country.

Bahraini forces attack medical centers
Wed, 27 Apr 2011 18:10:43 GMT
Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have attacked a medical center in the eastern town of Sitra, arresting several people, witnesses say.

US gives muted response over Bahrain
Wed, 27 Apr 2011 04:14:34 GMT
A senior US State Department official has expressed concern over the fate of detained opposition activists in Bahrain, but stopped short of condemning the Saudi-backed crackdown on protests.

'1041 protesters arrested in Bahrain'
Tue, 26 Apr 2011 16:24:25 GMT
Bahraini forces have detained 1041 anti-government protesters, including 64 women, since the beginning of the revolution, Bahrain Human Rights Center says.

'Students, medics abducted in Bahrain'
Tue, 26 Apr 2011 13:47:28 GMT
Bahraini forces have reportedly abducted two female students and four female medics in different cities in line with the country's harsh Saudi-backed crackdown.

'Bahrain protesters face death penalty'
Tue, 26 Apr 2011 12:57:38 GMT
The Bahraini regime is seeking the death penalty against a group of anti-government protesters at a martial court, says an opposition activist.

New clip shows Bahrain mosques ruins
Tue, 26 Apr 2011 08:02:50 GMT
New footage coming out of Bahrain shows Saudi-backed regime forces destroying mosques as its brutal crackdown on protesters continue in the Persian Gulf nation.

UAE admits detaining five activists
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 18:04:21 GMT
Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have confirmed the detention of five activists, accusing them of opposing the governing system and "insulting" Emirati leaders.

Bahrain detains footballers over protests
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:25:15 GMT
Bahraini authorities have detained three players from the national football team who expressed support for anti-regime protests across the kingdom.

Troops attack Saudi protesters
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:18:56 GMT
Saudi security forces have attacked anti-government protesters in the eastern city of Qatif, firing tear gas and live rounds to disperse the demonstrators.

Bahrain violates Geneva Convention
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 08:49:16 GMT
Reports reveal that Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have been treating anti-government protesters in divergence with the Geneva Convention.

Saudi king to visit protest-hit Bahrain
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 08:28:08 GMT
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah is set to meet Bahraini officials amid ongoing brutal crackdowns by Saudi-backed Bahraini forces on anti-government protesters in Bahrain.

Footage reveals Bahrain police brutality
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 07:51:21 GMT
New footage coming from Bahrain shows a protester has been beaten brutally to death by Saudi-backed troops in the capital Manama.

Saudi women hold protests
Sun, 24 Apr 2011 14:09:38 GMT
A group of Saudi Arabian women have reportedly attempted to register for the kingdom's upcoming municipal elections, despite Riyadh's prohibition on female participation in the event.

Bahrain forces raid girls school again
Sun, 24 Apr 2011 12:56:23 GMT
Saudi-backed Bahraini forces launch a second raid on an all-girls' school in the north of the country, in line with violent crackdown on the popular revolution the government is facing.

US, UK train Pakistanis for crackdown
Sun, 24 Apr 2011 12:26:34 GMT
American and British advisors are training Pakistani mercenaries, preparing them to be deployed in the UAE to crackdown on protesters in the Persian Gulf country.

'US wants Bahrain oil, military base'
Sun, 24 Apr 2011 11:34:21 GMT
The West uses Saudi Arabia to suppress popular protests in Bahrain in order to maintain its control over Manama's oil and continue its military presence in the Persian Gulf, a political analyst says.

'Bahrain follows Israel genocidal lead'
Sun, 24 Apr 2011 07:38:02 GMT
The Manama regime is following an Israeli pattern in committing genocide against the Bahraini people, a political analyst says.

'Bahraini forces demolishing mosques'
Sat, 23 Apr 2011 22:10:20 GMT
Bahrain's biggest political party says that Saudi-backed forces have destroyed more than a dozen mosques in the Persian Gulf state.

Bahrain forces raid civilian houses
Sat, 23 Apr 2011 14:23:09 GMT
Saudi-backed Bahraini security forces have launched violent attacks on the houses of protesters and activists, who have been taking part in anti-government rallies.

Al-Jazeera Beirut bureau chief resigns
Sat, 23 Apr 2011 11:49:08 GMT
Al-Jazeera's Beirut Bureau Chief Ghassan Ben Jeddo has resigned over what he described "biased" coverage of Middle East revolutions by the Qatari-based satellite channel.

Saudis urge reform, troop withdrawal
Fri, 22 Apr 2011 18:29:11 GMT
Hundreds of Saudi protesters have once again poured into the streets in the east of country to express solidarity with anti-government protesters in Bahrain, calling for withdrawal of KSA troops there.

Bahraini forces open fire on protesters
Fri, 22 Apr 2011 13:45:13 GMT
Saudi-backed Bahraini troops have opened fire on anti-government demonstrators in the village of Karzakan, injuring at least one protester.

Arab nations to hold fresh protests
Fri, 22 Apr 2011 06:24:28 GMT
People in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen have planned to stage new anti-government protests to continue their movement against the ruling regimes.

Report: 28 mosques razed in Bahrain
Fri, 22 Apr 2011 05:36:33 GMT
About 28 mosques and 50 mourning halls have been demolished in Bahrain since the beginning of anti-regime protests in February, a report says.

'West fears democracy in Bahrain'
Fri, 22 Apr 2011 06:01:32 GMT
The West is worried about the emergence of a democratic government in Bahrain, fearing that it will jeopardize its interests in the Middle East, a Bahraini human rights activist says.


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