Bahrain’s Prime Minister and his Role in the Anti-Shia Crackdown of the 1980s

Bahrain has the dubious honor of having the world's longest serving Prime Minister, Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. He has been in power since Bahrain gained independence in 1971. Given that lack of dynamism in any political structure is often a recipe for stagnation and regression, it makes sense to explore the Prime Minister's historic … Continue reading Bahrain’s Prime Minister and his Role in the Anti-Shia Crackdown of the 1980s

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Who Really Tried to Assassinate Shaikh Hamad?

In 1929, Ibrahim bin Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa (a nephew of Bahrain’s former ruler Isa bin Ali) was convicted for instigating a failed assassination attempt against Sheikh Hamad in 1926. Although the men who carried out the attack were given varying prison sentences, Ibrahim was exonerated by Shaikh Hamad, who argued that because the … Continue reading Who Really Tried to Assassinate Shaikh Hamad?