Politics of Bahrain http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25372/all en UPDATE 1-Bahrain king invites opposition to restart talks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/update-1-bahrain-king-invites-opposition-restart-talks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds details, background)</p> <p>DUBAI, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Bahrain's king invited opposition parties to restart stalled talks on Monday in the latest effort to break a political deadlock in the Gulf Arab state beset by unrest.</p> <p>Western-allied Bahrain, where the U.S. Fifth Fleet is based as a bulwark against Iran, has been in political ferment since protests led by majority Shi'ite Muslims demanding democratic change in the Sunni-led monarchy erupted in early 2011.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/update-1-bahrain-king-invites-opposition-restart-talks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bahrain Politics of Bahrain Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 22:45:44 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737487 at http://www.globalpost.com Bahrain to resume national dialogue Feb 10 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/bahrain-resume-national-dialogue-feb-10-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bahrain's justice ministry announced on Monday that national talks aimed at ending the kingdom's political stalemate will resume on February 10, after an earlier round failed to bring the opposition on board.</p> <p>Khalid bin Ali Al-Khalifa said the dialogue will reconvene on Sunday after he met representatives of six opposition groups, as well as eight associations on good terms with the government, BNA state news agency reported.</p> <p>The opposition groups included Al-Wefaq, the largest formation in the Shiite-majority Gulf state that is ruled by the Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/bahrain-resume-national-dialogue-feb-10-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bahrain Politics Politics of Bahrain AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 17:16:11 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745600 at http://www.globalpost.com Bahrain opposition wants to know the rules ahead of talks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/bahrain-opposition-wants-know-the-rules-ahead-talks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bahrain's opposition said on Wednesday that an agreement on the mechanism of a planned national dialogue should be agreed before the start of the talks aimed at ending the kingdom's political deadlock.</p> <p>The Shiite-led opposition's position could mean that the dialogue might not start on Sunday if it sticks to its demands and shuns the talks, as it has in the past.</p> <p>The opposition groups "stressed the need to agree on the mechanism and the rules of the national dialogue," said the six opposition groups, led by Al-Wefaq, in a statement ahead of the dialogue.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/bahrain-opposition-wants-know-the-rules-ahead-talks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bahrain Politics of Bahrain AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:46:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747882 at http://www.globalpost.com Mistrust overshadows Bahrain national dialogue http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/mistrust-overshadows-bahrain-national-dialogue <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bahrain's national dialogue is set to resume Sunday in an atmosphere of mutual mistrust between government and the opposition ahead of the second anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising that shook the Gulf kingdom.</p> <p>The opposition said on Wednesday that an agreement on the mechanism of its planned talks with around 27 representatives of pro-regime groups should be agreed in advance.</p> <p>The dialogue, aimed at ending the kingdom's political deadlock, comes amid daily opposition protests for the anniversary of the uprising against the Sunni monarchy that erupted on February 14, 2011.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/mistrust-overshadows-bahrain-national-dialogue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bahrain Politics Politics of Bahrain AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 05:16:13 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749670 at http://www.globalpost.com Bahrain opposition undecided on Bahrain dialogue http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/bahrain-opposition-undecided-bahrain-dialogue <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bahrain's national dialogue was set to begin later Sunday as a source close to the main opposition bloc Al-Wefaq said the Shiite grouping was sill meeting to decide if it would participate in the talks.</p> <p>"Al-Wefaq are holding a meeting to announce their final decision," the source said, requesting anonymity.</p> <p>Al-Wefaq has welcomed the talks but also said that an agreement on the mechanism of the planned talks should be agreed in advance and the results of the talks be put to a referendum and not be submitted to King Hamad for approval.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/bahrain-opposition-undecided-bahrain-dialogue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al-Wefaq Asia Bahrain Politics of Bahrain AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 11:15:26 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751631 at http://www.globalpost.com Bahrain opposition joins Bahrain dialogue http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/bahrain-opposition-joins-bahrain-dialogue <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bahrain's Shiite opposition groups, including the major Al-Wefaq bloc, have agreed to attend the first session of the national dialogue set to begin later Sunday, they announced following a meeting.</p> <p>"The opposition will attend Sunday's session to discuss the nine points" on which they had sought clarifications from the government, leading opposition member Hasan Aali told reporters after a meeting at Al-Wefaq headquarters.</p> <p>Based on the response the opposition receives on their queries, they will decide "whether or not to continue the dialogue."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/bahrain-opposition-joins-bahrain-dialogue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bahrain Politics of Bahrain AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:46:17 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751690 at http://www.globalpost.com Bahrain opposition to join national dialogue http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/bahrain-opposition-join-national-dialogue <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bahrain's Shiite opposition groups, including the major Al-Wefaq bloc, have agreed to attend the first session of the national dialogue set to begin later Sunday, they announced following a meeting.</p> <p>"The opposition will attend Sunday's session to discuss the nine points" on which they had sought clarifications from the government, leading opposition member Hasan Aali told reporters after a meeting at Al-Wefaq headquarters.</p> <p>Based on the response the opposition receives on their queries, they will decide "whether or not to continue the dialogue."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/bahrain-opposition-join-national-dialogue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bahrain Politics of Bahrain AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 13:15:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751699 at http://www.globalpost.com Bahrainis start first reconciliation talks since July 2011 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130210/bahrainis-start-first-reconciliation-talks-july-2011 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Angus McDowall</p> <p>MANAMA, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Bahrain's government and opposition began reconciliation talks on Sunday for the first time since July 2011 to try to end two years of political deadlock in the strategically vital Gulf Arab island kingdom.</p> <p>Home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, the tiny state has been hit by unrest since mass pro-democracy protests in early 2011, becoming a front line in a region-wide tussle for influence between Shi'ite Muslim Iran and Sunni Arab states such as Saudi Arabia.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130210/bahrainis-start-first-reconciliation-talks-july-2011" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bahrain Politics Politics of Bahrain Thomson Reuters Sun, 10 Feb 2013 14:45:18 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5751776 at http://www.globalpost.com Bahrain political players begin fresh round of talks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/bahrain-political-players-begin-fresh-round-talks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bahrain's key political players were to begin a new round of talks on Sunday to try to resolve the kingdom's two-year crisis, after opposition groups made a last-minute decision to join a national dialogue.</p> <p>Participants gathered at a tourist resort south of Manama, where the first session of the dialogue -- which will convene three times a week -- were to be held behind closed doors.</p> <p>Taking part were 27 government representatives, including three ministers, eight members of the opposition, and members of pro-government Sunni political groups.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/bahrain-political-players-begin-fresh-round-talks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bahrain Politics of Bahrain AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:46:06 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751839 at http://www.globalpost.com Bahrain political players begin fresh round of talks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/bahrain-political-players-begin-fresh-round-talks-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bahrain's key political players began a new round of talks on Sunday to try to resolve the kingdom's two-year crisis, after opposition groups made a last-minute decision to join a national dialogue.</p> <p>Participants gathered at a tourist resort south of Manama, where the first session of the dialogue -- which will convene three times a week -- were being held behind closed doors, an AFP correspondent said.</p> <p>Taking part were 27 government representatives, including three ministers, eight members of the opposition, and members of pro-government Sunni political groups.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/bahrain-political-players-begin-fresh-round-talks-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bahrain Politics of Bahrain AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:46:13 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751842 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Bahrainis start first reconciliation talks since 2011 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130210/update-1-bahrainis-start-first-reconciliation-talks-2011 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Discussions aimed at ending political standoff and unrest</p> <p>* Bahrain is strategically placed U.S. ally</p> <p>* First reconciliation talks since July 2011 (Adds talks scheduled to resume on Wednesday, details)</p> <p>By Angus McDowall</p> <p>MANAMA, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Bahrain's government and opposition held reconciliation talks on Sunday for the first time since July 2011 to try to end two years of political deadlock in the strategically vital Gulf Arab island kingdom.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130210/update-1-bahrainis-start-first-reconciliation-talks-2011" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bahrain Politics Politics of Bahrain Thomson Reuters Sun, 10 Feb 2013 18:30:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5751972 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Protester killed in clashes with Bahrain police: opposition http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/urgent-protester-killed-clashes-bahrain-police-opposition <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A teenage boy was shot dead during clashes with police in a Shiite village near Manama on Thursday, the opposition said, amid protests marking the second anniversary of an uprising in the kingdom.</p> <p>"The child Hussein al-Jaziri was martyred after he was wounded by shotgun fire in Dia," Bahrain's major Shiite opposition bloc Al-Wefaq announced on Twitter.</p> <p>A source from Al-Wefaq's media centre reached by telephone confirmed the death to AFP.</p> <p>wak/lyn/bpz</p> Asia Bahraini uprising Politics of Bahrain AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:41:01 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5755594 at http://www.globalpost.com Two jailed Bahraini activists refusing fluids in hunger strike: rights group http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130325/two-jailed-bahraini-activists-refusing-fluids-hunger-strike-rig <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Two jailed activists on hunger strike in Bahrain are also refusing fluids in protest at being denied visits from their family, a rights organisation said on Monday.</p> <p>But the Bahraini government said Zainab al-Khawaja was accepting fluids and denied that her father, leading Shi'ite activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, was on any form of hunger strike.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130325/two-jailed-bahraini-activists-refusing-fluids-hunger-strike-rig" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bahrain Health Human rights in Bahrain Labor Politics of Bahrain Social Issues Thomson Reuters Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:00:51 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5793189 at http://www.globalpost.com Bahrain tensions spike ahead of F1 race http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130417/bahrain-tensions-spike-ahead-f1-race <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Protesters in Bahrain plan to step up demands for reform ahead of this weekend's Formula One Grand Prix, setting the scene for a showdown with authorities determined to stage an incident-free race.</p> <p>The main opposition Al-Wefaq political bloc has called for a massive rally to coincide with free practice on Friday, the same day the radical February 14 Movement has urged youths to protest under the slogan "Volcano of Anger".</p> <p>The Shiite Al-Wefaq is to protest under the banner "Democracy is Our Right".</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130417/bahrain-tensions-spike-ahead-f1-race" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bahrain Disaster Politics Politics of Bahrain AFP Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:31:14 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5818253 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Bahrain sheikh denies vote-buying, abuse claims http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130419/football-bahrain-sheikh-denies-vote-buying-abuse-claims <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Bahraini royal who is vying to become Asian football's new leader rejected claims over vote-buying and human rights abuses Friday ahead of presidential elections next month.</p> <p>Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa told AFP there was no "credible evidence" in a report which raised fears of possible vote interference on his behalf by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130419/football-bahrain-sheikh-denies-vote-buying-abuse-claims" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Human rights in Bahrain Politics of Bahrain Technology AFP Fri, 19 Apr 2013 11:15:37 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5820101 at http://www.globalpost.com