From Hair Removal Products to Sectarianism: Propaganda Wars on the Al Awamiyya Hashtag

Some people have reported that Twitter hashtags relating to a siege on a Saudi town have been heavily contaminated by bots or PR accounts. The siege has been heavily politicised in the news, with different news sources reporting different things depending on their religious bias or sympathy towards Iran or Saudi. The Saudi Gazette, for example, … Continue reading From Hair Removal Products to Sectarianism: Propaganda Wars on the Al Awamiyya Hashtag

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Experimenting in Mapping Online Anti-Shia Sectarianism on Twitter in the Middle East

Wouldn't it be interesting to see if sectarianism itself was more dominant in one place than an other, at least online? Are some countries/cities more sectarian than others? Is sectarianism a localised phenomenon, despite what we might see in the news? If we knew this, we could then highlight where to prioritize tackling it. Methods In … Continue reading Experimenting in Mapping Online Anti-Shia Sectarianism on Twitter in the Middle East

MOI’s Killing of Three Bahrainis Leaves Lots of Unanswered Questions

Today saw the shooting and killing of three Bahrainis on a boat. They were alleged by the Ministry of the Interior to be escaping to Iran. The three killed were part of a group of ten people who had reportedly escaped from Jaw prison in January 2017. The Ministry of the Interior wrote a lengthy account … Continue reading MOI’s Killing of Three Bahrainis Leaves Lots of Unanswered Questions

A triple execution in Bahrain has provoked national outrage – and international silence

Marc Jones, University of Exeter In the middle of the night, on January 15 2017, three citizens of Bahrain were executed by firing squad. Abbas al-Samea, 27, Ali al-Singace, 21, and Sami Mushaima 42, had all been found guilty of planting a bomb which killed three policemen – but their convictions were widely seen as … Continue reading A triple execution in Bahrain has provoked national outrage – and international silence

Policeman Dies in Karbabad Incident; Circumstances Unclear

Bahrain's Ministry of the Interior reported today that one policeman was killed and two others injured in a Molotov Cocktail attack on a police keep in the village of Karbabad. International media such as Associated Press have already reported the MOI's version of events. However, there are  other reports stating that the police keep crashed … Continue reading Policeman Dies in Karbabad Incident; Circumstances Unclear