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Bahrain

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Unchanged Situation

Alongside Saudi Arabia and some other Gulf states govt 5 June cut diplomatic relations and air and sea links with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and cosying up to Iran. Govt 8 June criminalised showing “sympathy” for Qatar, arrested human rights lawyer Issa al-Burshaid for filing lawsuit against authorities over Qatar blockade mid-June. Unclaimed bombing 18 June killed policeman in Diraz, home village of prominent Shiite cleric Ayatollah Isa Qassim, after security forces deployed there late May to “enforce general order”.

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Reports & Briefings

Popular Protest in North Africa and the Middle East (VIII): Bahrain’s Rocky Road to Reform

Popular Protest in North Africa and the Middle East (VIII): Bahrain’s Rocky Road to Reform

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Popular Protests in North Africa and the Middle East (III): The Bahrain Revolt

Popular Protests in North Africa and the Middle East (III): The Bahrain Revolt

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Disengagement and Its Discontents: What Will the Israeli Settlers Do?

Disengagement and Its Discontents: What Will the Israeli Settlers Do?

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Bahrain's Sectarian Challenge

Bahrain's Sectarian Challenge

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In The News

9 Jun 2017
It's not the attacks that are surprising. It's that Iran has been able to avoid one for so long. The attacks were a wake-up call for Iran's security apparatus. Reuters

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