Busted! Journalist Liliane Khalil Exposed

*This is a piece from 2011, posted here for posterity, and because it was on my old blog***** If it's 2 am, and you're still awake screaming angrily at your Twitter feed, then chances are you've been sucked into the Arab Spring - online edition. Indeed, social media and the Arab Spring are two collocations … Continue reading Busted! Journalist Liliane Khalil Exposed

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

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

Secrecy, yellow uniforms, and the patronizing FCO

To quote from Bahrain Watch's own page. On Tuesday 10th March 2015, the Information Rights Tribunal in London is considering whether to order the Foreign Office to reveal secret communications between Foreign Office officials which are nearly 40 years old. In June 2013, Marc Jones, a Durham university PhD student and member of the NGO, Bahrain … Continue reading Secrecy, yellow uniforms, and the patronizing FCO

Britain stays quiet on “Butcher of Bahrain”

For those of you have been following the case, I recently asked the Information Commission to review the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) decision to withhold a conversation that took place in between Ian Henderson and David Tatham, an employee of the FCO. Disappointingly, the Commissioner has decided that the information is exempt from disclosure … Continue reading Britain stays quiet on “Butcher of Bahrain”

Bahrain’s Ministry of the Interior get it Wrong, again…

The chances of a Bahrain policeman being held accountable are about as remote as England's chances of winning the world cup. So the other day, no one really took the Ministry of the Interior seriously when they said they were  investigating a case of a policeman throwing a Molotov cocktail at someone's house. The MOI's tweet … Continue reading Bahrain’s Ministry of the Interior get it Wrong, again…

If Sarah bin Ashoor’s NYT op-ed had been one of my students’ essays, this is how I would have graded it…

Having recently finished marking about 80 essays on various aspects of Middle Eastern history written by my first year undergraduate students, I thought it only fair to subject Sarah bin Ashoor's recent op-ed in the New York Times to the same scrutiny. For those of you who have not read it, Sarah's op-ed toed the … Continue reading If Sarah bin Ashoor’s NYT op-ed had been one of my students’ essays, this is how I would have graded it…

Are Bahrain’s Unlicensed Opposition Calling for Violence this February 14th?

Having been busy with teaching, PhD work, and other commitments, I have not had much time to blog. However, given the impending third anniversary of the Bahrain Revolution on February 14th , I thought it best to put something together. The most striking thing I discovered this morning was this rather dramatic video depicting youth … Continue reading Are Bahrain’s Unlicensed Opposition Calling for Violence this February 14th?

The Killing of Abdulla al-Madani, Muhammed Ghuloom Bucheeri & Saeed al-Owainati

On the evening of 18th November 1976,  Sheikh Abdulla al-Madani, a former politician and editor of the weekly newspaper ‘Al-Mawaqef”, was found dead in a patch of desolate land near the village of Jidhafs in the North of Bahrain. He had been stripped, beaten, and stabbed to death. The police arrested three Bahraini men for … Continue reading The Killing of Abdulla al-Madani, Muhammed Ghuloom Bucheeri & Saeed al-Owainati