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July 6, 2013
21:55 // 9 months ago
January 15, 2013
We suspect this will be less shocking to those of you already familiar with the violent crackdowns taking place in Bahrain, but most will likely find it discomforting nonetheless. Government officials from both the United States and Bahrain have insisted that the ordinance being sold by the Department of Defense couldn’t/wouldn’t be used against the Persian Gulf nation’s civilian population; however, some reports suggest that attacks with American weaponry have already occurred. source

We suspect this will be less shocking to those of you already familiar with the violent crackdowns taking place in Bahrain, but most will likely find it discomforting nonetheless. Government officials from both the United States and Bahrain have insisted that the ordinance being sold by the Department of Defense couldn’t/wouldn’t be used against the Persian Gulf nation’s civilian population; however, some reports suggest that attacks with American weaponry have already occurred. source

16:43 // 1 year ago
December 1, 2012

Kim Kardashian in Bahrain: a tale of two media genres

  • entertainmentWant to know how things went during Kim Kardashian’s trip to launch her milkshake chain in Bahrain? GlobalGrind has you covered: "The 32-year-old reality starlet… made her way to the middle of the desert to visit some camels. It doesn’t look like she took a ride on any of them but at least she attempted to engulf herself in the culture. And, we don’t blame her, she was a little homesick, missing her man Kanye West. …Kim has gotten a lot done overseas as she even visited a cancer patient in the Middle Eastern country. …It looks like the Kardashian hype has gone completely international!"
  • mainstreamOkay, okay, maybe not completely covered. Per Reuters: "Television celebrity Kim Kardashian brought out screaming fans, angry Muslim hardliners and police throwing stun grenades on Saturday when she visited Bahrain to launch a milkshake franchise, witnesses said. About 100 Sunni Salafists demonstrated with banners outside The Walk Bahrain, an upmarket mall in the capital Manama, after some MPs tried to block the visit over what they called her "bad reputation"… Witnesses said police dispersed the demonstrators with stun grenades as the inauguration proceeded inside. There were no reports of casualties." source [1] [2]
17:39 // 1 year ago
November 27, 2012
I’m disappointed and puzzled by their change of heart and last minute decision. I was personally invited to take this trip by The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain over a year ago. They came to me. … I was thrilled at the opportunity to represent my country and the spirit of inclusive and open-minded freedom that makes our nation so special and inspiring. So, for a Department of State representative to say Andrew W.K. ‘doesn’t meet their standards’ after they invited me and planned my trip for a year… well, that doesn’t meet my standards either.
Andrew W.K. • Offering his side of the story on his halted plan to visit Bahrain as a cultural ambassador, rescinded by the U.S. State Department yesterday. W.K. claims his first email from State asking if he’d like to travel to Bahrain came on September 13th, 2011 — already several months into the bloody conflict that has plagued it to this day. The State Department cancelled the request yesterday, with a spokesman saying the invite was “a mistake and not appropriate.” That said, for a mistake, it was a pretty long and slowly evolving one, if W.K. is to be believed — he claims he went through both planning and necessary background checks in the year preceding the date, and made multiple calls to the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Office in Manama, Bahrain. source
20:44 // 1 year ago
November 24, 2012
Andrew W.K. has a new gig lined up — cultural ambassador to the Middle East, as selected by the U.S. Department of State. The staunch partying advocate will be spreading that message abroad, traveling to Bahrain in late December, visiting universities and elementary schools alike. As he put it himself, on his website: “I’m very thankful to the Department of State for giving me the opportunity to visit a place I’ve never been before. And I feel very privileged and humbled by the chance to represent the United States of America and show the good people of Bahrain the power of positive partying. I can hardly wait for this adventure!” (Photo by whartonds) source

Andrew W.K. has a new gig lined up — cultural ambassador to the Middle East, as selected by the U.S. Department of State. The staunch partying advocate will be spreading that message abroad, traveling to Bahrain in late December, visiting universities and elementary schools alike. As he put it himself, on his website: “I’m very thankful to the Department of State for giving me the opportunity to visit a place I’ve never been before. And I feel very privileged and humbled by the chance to represent the United States of America and show the good people of Bahrain the power of positive partying. I can hardly wait for this adventure!” (Photo by whartonds) source

19:35 // 1 year ago
April 22, 2012
17:32 // 2 years ago
October 22, 2011
pantslessprogressive:

Downfall of the despots. A Lebanese activist carries a caricature as Lebanese policemen stand guard during a protest in solidarity with anti-government protesters in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain, in front of the Arab league headquarters in Beirut. The caricature depicts (from right to left) Tunisia’s former President Ben Ali, Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak, Libya’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi, Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. [Photo: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters]

Fascinating illo. Nice twist on the Time theme.

pantslessprogressive:

Downfall of the despots. A Lebanese activist carries a caricature as Lebanese policemen stand guard during a protest in solidarity with anti-government protesters in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain, in front of the Arab league headquarters in Beirut. The caricature depicts (from right to left) Tunisia’s former President Ben Ali, Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak, Libya’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi, Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. [Photo: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters]

Fascinating illo. Nice twist on the Time theme.

11:53 // 2 years ago
October 11, 2011
10:22 // 2 years ago
April 14, 2011
Editorial priorities are weighed on a number of factors at any given moment. All news organizations have faced these pressures, but despite this and the challenging terrain in Bahrain, we have covered events in the country extensively.
Spokesman for Qatar-based/funded Al Jazeera on the news channel’s perceived lack of coverage surrounding the protests in Bahran. (via soupsoup)
10:49 // 3 years ago
March 18, 2011
newsflick:

Bahrain destroyed the statue at the Pearl roundabout, the focal point and symbol of weeks of pro-democracy protests there. See the full story here.

newsflick:

Bahrain destroyed the statue at the Pearl roundabout, the focal point and symbol of weeks of pro-democracy protests there. See the full story here.

11:17 // 3 years ago