Bahrain http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19214/all en Bahrain key in Sunni/Shia divide http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/saudi-arabia/110226/bahrain-protests-sunni-shia <p> Bahrain&#39;s pro-democracy protests by the Shia community are important because of the island&#39;s close ties to its huge neighbor, Saudi Arabia.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/saudi-arabia/110226/bahrain-protests-sunni-shia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bahrain World Leaders Diplomacy Saudi Arabia Sat, 26 Feb 2011 22:50:00 +0000 Caryle Murphy 5627073 at http://www.globalpost.com After Gates leaves, Saudi Arabia sends troops to Bahrain http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/saudi-arabia/110314/saudi-troops-bahrain-gates <p> In visit to Bahrain Saturday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told Bahrain&rsquo;s king to speed up reforms and make meaningful concessions to the opposition.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/saudi-arabia/110314/saudi-troops-bahrain-gates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bahrain World Leaders Conflict Zones Saudi Arabia Mon, 14 Mar 2011 20:39:46 +0000 Caryle Murphy 5630661 at http://www.globalpost.com Bahrain disperses demonstrators http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/saudi-arabia/110315/bahrain-protests-saudi-troops <p> For more than a month, street protesters drawn largely from Bahrain&rsquo;s majority Shiite population have demanded political reforms from its minority Sunni government.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/saudi-arabia/110315/bahrain-protests-saudi-troops" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bahrain Saudi Arabia Tue, 15 Mar 2011 21:12:00 +0000 Caryle Murphy 5630924 at http://www.globalpost.com Bahrain detains leading opposition figures (UPDATES) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/saudi-arabia/110316/bahrain-protests-pearl-square-crackdown <p> Meanwhile, Iran has recalled its ambassador from Bahrain to protest the use of Gulf troops to quell protests.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/saudi-arabia/110316/bahrain-protests-pearl-square-crackdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bahrain Conflict Zones Saudi Arabia Wed, 16 Mar 2011 20:51:00 +0000 Caryle Murphy and News Desk 5631217 at http://www.globalpost.com Opinion: US foreign policy is hamstrung in Persian Gulf http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/opinion/columnists/110321/bahrain-saudi-arabia-us-foreign-policy <p> The tacit U.S. backing for the crackdowns in Bahrain and Yemen contradicts Washington&#39;s earlier support for &ldquo;pro-democracy&rdquo; movements in North Africa.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/opinion/columnists/110321/bahrain-saudi-arabia-us-foreign-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bahrain Columnists Libya World Leaders Saudi Arabia Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:36:58 +0000 Michael Moran 5632299 at http://www.globalpost.com Bahrain mired in dangerous stalemate http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110325/bahrain-protests-unrest-shiite-sunni <p> MANAMA &mdash; Ten days after the government of this tiny island nation cracked down on protesters calling for political reform, Bahrain is a tense, unhappy country.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110325/bahrain-protests-unrest-shiite-sunni" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bahrain Middle East Fri, 25 Mar 2011 20:31:00 +0000 Caryle Murphy 5633296 at http://www.globalpost.com Bahrain’s protest movement fades beneath government suppression http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110329/bahrain-protests-unrest-crackdown <p> MANAMA &mdash; The Sunni-led government&rsquo;s violent suppression of a once euphoric protest movement appears both pitiless and petty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110329/bahrain-protests-unrest-crackdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bahrain Conflict Zones Middle East Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:13:14 +0000 Caryle Murphy 5634066 at http://www.globalpost.com Why the protest movement in Bahrain failed http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110404/bahrain-protests-unrest <p> MANAMA &mdash; Bahrain&rsquo;s protest movement is in tatters. Many of its leaders and activists are imprisoned and its followers, most of them Shiite, subject to harsh repression.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110404/bahrain-protests-unrest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bahrain Conflict Zones Middle East Tue, 05 Apr 2011 10:25:00 +0000 Caryle Murphy 5635274 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudis wonder if the Americans have gone mad http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/opinion/columnists/110405/saudi-arabia-bahrain-protests-libya-gaddafi <p> First the US abandoned Mubarak, in the Saudis&#39; eyes. Now, Yemen is staggering under popular revolt and the US is calling for the ouster of yet another friend, Ali Abdullah Saleh.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/opinion/columnists/110405/saudi-arabia-bahrain-protests-libya-gaddafi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bahrain Columnists Travel/Tourism Global Economy Middle East Saudi Arabia Tue, 05 Apr 2011 15:45:11 +0000 HDS Greenway 5635555 at http://www.globalpost.com Bahrain becomes flashpoint in relations between US and Saudi Arabia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110411/bahrain-saudi-arabia-protests-pearl-roundabout <p> MANAMA &mdash; Bahrain, which has been a base for the U.S. Navy&rsquo;s Fifth Fleet for more than half a century, has become an outsized flashpoint in Saudi-U.S. relations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110411/bahrain-saudi-arabia-protests-pearl-roundabout" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bahrain Conflict Zones Diplomacy Middle East Saudi Arabia Wed, 13 Apr 2011 10:03:06 +0000 Caryle Murphy 5636871 at http://www.globalpost.com People in Middle East and North Africa react to Obama speech http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110519/middle-east-north-africa-obama-speech <p> The speech was timed so that everyone in the Middle East and North Africa could hear it. So what did they think?</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110519/middle-east-north-africa-obama-speech" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Afghanistan War Arab Spring Bahrain Egypt Obama Osama bin Laden Syria World Leaders Yemen Conflict Zones Diplomacy Israel and Palestine Middle East Lebanon Saudi Arabia Pakistan Thu, 19 May 2011 20:15:00 +0000 GlobalPost 5646016 at http://www.globalpost.com The Gulf is raising a bigger army. But for what? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/bahrain-saudi-arabia-protests-army <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Gulf Cooperation Council might build a bigger army. Should protesters in the Gulf be worried? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Peter Gelling </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The Gulf Cooperation Council, which is kind of like ASEAN but is looking more and more like NATO, is thinking about <a href="http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article427655.ece">increasing the number of troops</a> in the group&rsquo;s joint military force, which is known, rather apocalyptically, as the Peninsula Shield.</p> <p> The GCC said bolstering the ranks of this shared army would help the countries that belong to it &mdash; Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar &mdash;defend themselves from &ldquo;external&rdquo; threats.</p> <p> Like what? Terrorists. Pirates, maybe?</p> <p> How about its own people? Will a larger shared military be used to more effectively <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/saudi-arabia/110315/bahrain-protests-saudi-troops">douse popular uprisings</a> like the one that took place in Bahrain in March?</p> <p> Just as a protest movement In Bahrain was gaining the kind of momentum that toppled Egypt&rsquo;s Hosni Mubarak the month before, the Gulf Cooperation Council issued a mandate <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/saudi-arabia/110314/saudi-troops-bahrain-gates">to send almost 2,000 troops</a> into the tiny little country to protect institutions belonging to Bahrain&rsquo;s government.</p> <p> It was a show of force that made its point clearly &mdash; The Bahraini people marching in the streets were up against something much larger than its own government.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/bahrain-saudi-arabia-protests-army" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bahrain Saudi Arabia The Casbah Wed, 25 May 2011 21:50:00 +0000 Peter Gelling 5647383 at http://www.globalpost.com Bahrain lifts state of emergency, seeks dialogue, but issues warnings http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110531/bahrain-lifts-state-emergency-issues-warnings <p> The king said Bahrain would begin a &ldquo;comprehensive, serious dialogue, without conditions&rdquo; in July</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110531/bahrain-lifts-state-emergency-issues-warnings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bahrain World Leaders Conflict Zones Elections War Politics Middle East Saudi Arabia Wed, 01 Jun 2011 03:49:00 +0000 News Desk 5648521 at http://www.globalpost.com Bahraini police "fire tear gas and rubber bullets" at protesters in capital http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110603/bahrain-police-open-fire-protesters-manama-demonstrations <p> The demonstration in Manama comes two days after authorities lifted martial law, which had been imposed after tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in March.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110603/bahrain-police-open-fire-protesters-manama-demonstrations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bahrain Middle East Fri, 03 Jun 2011 11:24:00 +0000 News Desk 5648999 at http://www.globalpost.com Bahrain Shia opposition in talks with Sunni rulers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110702/bahrain-shia-opposition-talks-sunni-rulers-0 <p> Al Wefaq&#39;s secretary-general, Sheik Ali Salman, told a rally on Friday that it would not compromise on demands including the release of political prisoners and a democratic government.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110702/bahrain-shia-opposition-talks-sunni-rulers-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bahrain Conflict Zones Politics Middle East Sat, 02 Jul 2011 12:46:00 +0000 News Desk 5668098 at http://www.globalpost.com