A decision by a Bahraini court to reimpose the death penalty on two men whose convictions for the murder of a police officer are highly suspect raises questions about the UK’s role in efforts to reform Bahrain’s judiciary.
While the government continues to repress human rights and the political opposition, it has taken several steps to ease tensions.
Some Arab regimes have continued to develop their relations with Israel despite the latter’s conduct towards the Palestinians. But there’s a limit to how far they will go.
The Qatar vs. four dispute drags on. Labour reform. A dress rehearsal for the 2012 World Cup.
A stunt by a Bahraini protester against the recent executions raises important questions.
Bahrain – two Shia “terrorists” executed. Bahrain an international venue. Relations with Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Bahrain workshop on the economic tranche of the deal of the century a near flop. Next stage uncertain.
Palestinians, whether official or business, will not attend the Bahrain workshop. Seven Arab states will nevertheless take part; so will some international organisations. The event will not be a resounding success but an embarrassing flop may have been narrowly avoided.
Three summits, three talking shops. Boilerplate on Palestine. Hard line on Iran rejected by Iraq and Qatar
Qatar vs. the 4 – petty squabbling continues. Hints of an olive branch, but no solution in sight.