Tag Archives: Bahrain

A Chasm without Karama

From the Archives is a blog series about Bahrain and its history. The stories told are drawn primarily from the documents, notes and correspondences kept at the British National Archives and India Office archives. * * * December 21, 1921 … Continue reading

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Foreign Affairs Committee hears witnesses on UK’s relations with Saudi and Bahrain

The sixth and final session of the Foreign Affair’s Committee’s on the UK’s relations with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain was held today. The first witness in this session was Dr Andrew Murrison MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Security … Continue reading

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الاستشاري البحريني الدكتور نادر دواني يروي محنته في الاعتقال: كانوا عازمين على قتلي

أجرى اللقاء: علي الجمري (يونيو 2013) في مارس 2011، واجهت البحرين أزمة في مجمع السلمانية الطبي، اذ اعتقل عشرات من الأطباء والعاملين في المستشفى الذين تعرضوا للتعذيب في أخطر أزمة إنسانية بعد اندلاع انتفاضة العام 2011. الدكتور نادر دواني هو … Continue reading

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Year of the Nationalists, Part 3: the Suez Crisis

Part 2 of Year of the Nationalists can be read here. Events in Bahrain were not happening in a vacuum. The Bahraini nationalists were part of a broader movement that was taking the entire Arab world by storm. 1954, the … Continue reading

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Year of the Nationalists, Part 2: National Union

Part 1 of Year of the Nationalists can be read here. BBC report on anti-Belgrave sentiment in Bahrain After the murderous events of 11 March 1956 in the Manama souq that saw several killed and more injured, the High Executive … Continue reading

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Year of the Nationalists, Part 1: Prelude to Crisis

The 1950s was a difficult decade for Bahrain. Many Bahrainis were tiring of their government, ruled as they had been for 30 years by the tireless and authoritarian Charles Belgrave. The decade saw the rise of a nationalist movement, galvanised … Continue reading

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“They Wanted Me Dead.” The Trials of a Tortured Doctor

In March 2011, Bahrain faced a humanitarian crisis when the largest public hospital came under military control. Tens of doctors and hospital staff were detained and tortured in the gravest humanitarian crisis of the 2011 uprising. Dr Nader Dawani is … Continue reading

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Review: After the Sheikhs, Christopher Davidson

Christopher Davidson does not shy from controversy. “Most of these regimes – at least in their present form – will be gone within the next two to five years” he contends on the very first page. A bold statement to … Continue reading

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British Parliamentary Committee meets Bahrain activists

The British parliamentary foreign affairs committee met with Bahraini activists to discuss the relationship of the two countries. The committee questioned whether Britain has done enough as a friend of Bahrain to help move reform along or not. Ali Al-Aswad, … Continue reading

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From the Archives: Goodbye Pax Britannica and Onwards to Independence

He looked very unhappy, and so did Sheikh Khalifa bin Selman: indeed the latter almost manoeuvred me into advising the Bahrainis not to be so rash. But Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak held the others to their decision; and after more … Continue reading

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