- Bahrain has been shaken by low-level unrest since the February 2011 demonstrations.
- The Gulf kingdom is cracking down on protesters just days before the F1 motor race is scheduled.
- A Bahrain court has upheld convictions for 20 opposition activists, proving once again that human rights are not a priority.
GCC: Can The Arab Gulf States Form A Political And Economic Union To Rival The EU And Shut Out Iran?The contemplated union of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain forms only one part of a potentially much wider alliance -- the political, military and economic integration of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which comprise Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.
- In a statement, Amnesty said Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who has refused food since February 8, should be released immediately.
- Prominent human rights activist, Zainab al-Khawaja, was released from detention on Tuesday. She was taken into custody about a week ago after attempting to approach the Pearl Roundabout in commemoration of last year's first uprisings against Bahrain's authoritarian regime.
- Bahraini bankers expressed relief on Sunday that the February 14 anniversary of last year's democracy uprising passed without major disruptions but said lenders needed to see more infrastructure projects in the Gulf bank and tourism hub.
- On Monday and Tuesday, Bahrain's police and army did their best to stop the types of demonstrations that led to dozens of deaths between Feb. 14 and 17 of last year, but were unable to keep the peace in isolated sections of the city.
- Bahraini riot police engaged in pitched battles with petrol-bomb throwing youths on Sunday as violence escalated ahead of Tuesday's anniversary of the uprising last year, while King Hamad mocked the opposition for its bad manners.
- Bahraini police fired tear gas and sound grenades after hundreds of Shi'ite youths demonstrated on Sunday against the death of a 15-year-old protester a day earlier in the Sunni-ruled Gulf island kingdom, residents and activists said.
- Blogger and human rights activist, Zainab al-Khawaja, who called Bahrain a dictatorship, was arrested Thursday during an anti-government protest in the Gulf kingdom.
- Human rights groups have demanded that the government of Bahrain put a stop to committing human rights violations against protestors and halt the practice of detaining patients and doctors suspected of either having participating in protests or being sympathetic with them.
- The daughter of the leading Bahraini human rights activist has gone on a hunger strike to protest the detention of family members, including her father, by the state security forces over their anti-government protest activities.
- The government of Bahrain’s increasingly brutal crackdown on protesters has even turned local hospitals into dangerous places, according to a new report from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)
- Pakistani immigrants in Bahrain are facing increased violence from locals who believe the kingdom uses them as security forces and police to help quell anti-government demonstrations.
- Protests in Bahrain are starting to make forays away from the central square in Manama and into different parts of the city, pressing the Sunni-led government for swift democratic reform.