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Arab public have pessimistic attitude towards Trump's foreign policy

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SHAFAQNA - The Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies in Doha, Qatar released the results of a public opinion poll that showed Arab public pessimism towards US foreign policy in the region, specifically on the question of Palestine, as…

Expansion of Anti-Shia Laws in Bahrain

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SHAFAQNA - Shia Rights Watch | by Hannah Westphall :        After 9/11, the US adopted an ideology of “war on terror,” a systematic campaign using a variety of legislative and judicial methods designed to target extremist groups bent…

Sheikh Isa Qassim leaves Bahrain to Britain for medical treatment

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SHAFAQNA - Bahrain's top Shiite cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, in his late 70s, was allowed to fly out of island kingdom for medical treatment in Britain on Monday Sheikh Isa Qassim flew out of Bahrain International Airport. Opposition activists…

Shia Rights Watch: 2,805 incidents of anti-Shiism in the first half of 2018

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SHAFAQNA - Shia Rights Watch: The first half of 2018 saw 2,805 incidents of anti-Shiism take place in over a dozen countries. Anti-Shiism is extended to June, and compared to May, the number of people killed and wounded has almost tripled.…

Trump Wants to end Persian Gulf crisis because it Only Benefits Iran

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SHAFAQNA - U.S Foreign Minister during the meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatari counterpart, emphasised that President Donald Trump wants dispute between Qatar and Persian Gulf nations to be ended because it only benefits…

Bahraini court sets date for hearing in Sheikh Salman’s trial

SHAFAQNA- Bahrain’s Attorney General Osama al-Awfi said the 52-year-old secretary general of the dissolved al-Wefaq National Islamic Society will go on trial on September 5 after the Public Prosecutor’s Office appealed a Supreme Criminal…

Is acquittal of Sheikh Ali Salman a sign of reform in Bahrain?

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SHAFAQNA - Acquittal of Bahrain Shia opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman could be a sign for an end to repression against majority Shia population. Bahrainis rose up against the regime in 2011, calling for a constitutional monarchy and an…

USA called Bahrain government to release Shaikh Ali Salman

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SHAFAQNA - The detention of Shaikh Ali Salman led to widespread protests across the Bahrain Kingdom, which has been criticized by rights groups and governments alike, including Washington.   Washington has called upon the government of Bahrain…

Bahrain will form ties with Israel

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SHAFAQNA - An official from Bahrain said this country does not view Israel as an enemy and Bahrain will be the first [Persian] Gulf state to form ties with Israel. An official from the Kingdom in Bahrain told i24NEWS that Bahrain will be…

A power struggle between Persian Gulf states

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Shafaqnq- A power struggle has grown more intense among the Persian Gulf States. A case in point is the current conflict between Saudi Arabia (and the UAE) and Qatar.  "The European Union (EU) supports Kuwait efforts to mediate between…

How tensions in the Middle East overshadow 2018 World Cup

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SHAFAQNA- Political tensions in this soccer-crazy part of the world overshadow the current World Cup. From the sanction of Nike against Iranian players to Saudi-UAE moves to gain the control of global soccer governance, 2018 World Cup is maybe…

Qatar takes UAE to International Court of Justice

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SHAFAQNA - Middle East Monitor : Qatar has taken the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the UN International Court of Justice over human rights violations off the back of the Gulf Crisis, Al Jazeera reported today. Just over a year after the…

Shia Rights Watch: 412 cases of violence against Shia Muslims in May 2018

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SHAFAQNA - Shia Rights Watch : The first five months of 2018 stood witness to 2,573 cases of anti-Shiism. Incidents include death, detention, discrimination, and denial of freedoms systematically or culturally. Anti-Shiism is a conflict at…

Shia Muslims shape 20 percent of global Muslim population

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SHAFAQNA – World Atlas : There are 1.6 billion Muslims around the world with Shia Muslims accounting for almost 20%. While most global Muslims are Sunni, a handful of countries have Shia majorities or pluralities. These countries are…

Haaretz: Qatar Crisis Weakened the U.S. in the Middle East

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SHAFAQNA - Haaretz : At a time when the United States hopes to exert maximum pressure on Iran, a regional bloc created by Persian Gulf Arab countries to counter Tehran looks increasingly more divided ahead of the anniversary of the diplomatic…

Citizenship of 732 Bahrainis Revoked Since 2012

SHAFAQNA- he Campaign for Peace and Democracy (CPD) said as many as 732 Bahrainis have been stripped of their nationality over the past 6 years. According to Al-Laulau website, the New York-based CPD said the first ruling that revoked…

Al Khalifa forces detain young man in new violent raids

SHAFAQNA - At least one person was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning as Manama’s security forces carried out a series of raids across Bahrain. The young man identified as Mohammed Ahmed al-Akri was reportedly detained in the…

Bahrain Opposition Block UK denounces King Hamad’s wealth grab

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SHAFAQNA - Ahead of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s visit to the United Kingdom, Bahrain Opposition Block UK held an event at Friends House in London, briefing members of the press and the public on a topic mainstream media made a point at…

Bahrain’s Jaw Prison draws up list of Shiite religious texts banned at facility

SHAFAQNA - Authorities in Bahrain’s Jaw Prison have drawn up a list of books that are now banned at the facility. The list includes a number of widely circulated Shiite religious texts and other educational materials. The restrictions…

Bahrain’s Shiite cleric reaffirms commitment to peaceful approach

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SHAFAQNA - Speaking during a sermon at Manama’s Imam al-Sadiq Mosque on Thursday evening, Bahraini Shiite cleric Sayed Abdullah Al-Ghuraifi reaffirmed his commitment to a peaceful approach in dealing with Bahrain’s political crisis. Sayed…

Amnesty International slams Bahrain over military court

SHAFAQNA - In a report released on Wednesday, the UK-based rights group pointed to the death sentences issued against the four individuals, including three civilians, by the Military Court of Cassation on 25 April. “Despite the King’s…

4400 Bahraini workers left jobless due for their political views, sectarian affiliation

SHAFAQNA - The Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society paid tribute to Bahrain’s workforces on the occasion of International Workers’ Day or May Day. In a statement released on Tuesday, the opposition group noted that 4400 Bahrainis have lost…

Bahrain - Haji Majeed Abdulla Hasan returns home after incarceration

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SHAFAQNA - One of Bahrain’s most well-known anti-regime protester was welcomed home on Sunday after spending several months in detention for taking part in an unsanctioned gathering. Haji Majeed Abdulla Hasan was arrested in the early…

Al Khalifa forces raze recently reconstructed Shiite mosque

SHAFAQNA - Religious discrimination against Bahrain’s Shiite majority has been extended to the relaying of bricks from a toppled mosque. On Sunday, bulldozers accompanied by Manama’s security forces destroyed a Shiite mosque in Hamad…

Bahraini Shiite clerics threatened with ‘legal action’ over appeal for commutation of death sentences

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain’s leading Shiite clerics provoked a furious reaction from the regime in Manama for merely appealing for the commutation of death sentences in the Gulf kingdom. The country’s interior ministry threatened the religious…

Jalal Fairouz issues warning appeal against execution in Bahrain

SHAFAQNA - As reports suggest that Al Khalifa regime intends to carry out several death sentences against several prisoners of conscience - all of whom have called for pro-democracy reforms, Jalal Fairouz, a distinguished rights activist, and…

Bahraini Al-Wefaq speaks against collective political death sentences

SHAFAQNA - Reacting to reports that Manama intends to soon carry several death sentences against political prisoners, Al Wefaq issues the following statement: The Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society said that the military court in Bahrain issued…

Bahraini opposition bloc in UK: statement on the ruling of the Military Court of Cassation

SHAFAQNA - We call on the British government as the most important supporter of the regime to exercise its moral and political role in serious expression of the danger of continuing political tyranny in Bahrain and to refuse the Bahraini monarch's…