For those interested, I have written a 10,000 word political history of Bahrain covering the 20th and 21st century. It was for Routledge/Europe annual MENA reference. You can read the pre-proofed version here on Research Gate.
The discussion about the role played by British officers in carrying out torture in Bahrain tends to focus on Colonel Ian Henderson. However, British officials in Bahrain were torturing long before Ian Henderson's arrival in the late sixties. Indeed, torture at the hands of the police has been occurring in Bahrain since the birth of the … Continue reading Methods of a Mild Spanish Inquisition: British Torture in Bahrain Before Ian Henderson
King Hamad recently rocked up at the first Windsor International Endurance Festival, where he gave a speech in which he described Bahrain's historic relationship with Britain as one of 'cooperation and friendship'. Hamad then expressed sadness at Britain's withdrawal from Bahrain in 1971, quoting his father as saying; "Why? - No one asked you to … Continue reading Attitudes of British Officials to the Al Khalifa Family Between 1920 and 1954
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?
Back in August I wrote a blog post about the abuses carried out by the Al Khalifa family and their fidawis against the Baharna in the early 1900s. I included a number of examples provided by the then Political Agent Major Daly. Below is the full list of abuses provided by Major Daly. It is also … Continue reading ‘Oppression of Bahrain Subjects by the Ruling Family in Bahrain in the early 1900s: The Full List
It was interesting to read today that Bahrain was thinking of bringing back camel racing, which apparently 'died off as the animals slipped out of regular use'. The announcement of this camel racing followed a 2-day meeting in which all things camel were discussed, including an initiative to map all the camel herds in Bahrain. Presumably … Continue reading How camels led to murder and sectarian tension in Bahrain
Recently it was reported that British police threatened to taser a Bahraini prince for his drunken antics on a British Airways flight to Bahrain. Apparently the prince attempted to 'storm the cockpit' and complain to the captain about the poor service. Although the Daily Mail and the Sun are hardly the most credible news sources … Continue reading Rape, Booze and Torture: The Princes’ Diaries