Balancing Bahrain’s human rights and security concerns
February 22, 2017

Six years have passed since Bahrain witnessed an “uprising” that engulfed the small Gulf nation, inspired by calls for regime change across the Arab world. The Sunni monarchy quashed the protesting masses which were spearheaded by the Shia opposition Al-Wefaq party. However, protests still continue and the state maintains its heavy-handed policy in tackling dissent.

A few days ago, two civilians were ...

Bahrain's Batelco posts 40% slump in Q4 net profit
February 22, 2017

Bahrain Telecommunications Co (Batelco) posted a 40.2 percent fall in fourth-quarter profit on Wednesday.

The telecoms operator made a net profit of 5.1 million Bahraini dinars ($13.5 million) in the three months to Dec. 31, according to Reuters calculations, compared with a profit of 8.6 million dinars a year earlier.

It added in a statement that a net profit of 37.6 million"...

Bahrain, India moot scrapping scheme to protect migrant maids
February 22, 2017

India and Bahrain are considering scrapping a financial guarantee scheme used to protect migrant maids who are not paid by their employers, in a move activists fear could expose thousands of Indian women in the Arab nation.

There are more than 300,000 Indian migrant workers in the tiny Gulf state of one million people, according to the Indian embassy in Manama.

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Bahrain passes constitutional amendment to allow the military trial of civilians
February 22, 2017

Bahraini Council of Representatives approved Tuesday a constitutional amendment to allow military trials of civilians involved in terror incidents or attacks on security or military personnel or facilities.

After a lengthy session attended by officials of the military judicial system, the parliament approved the amendment of Item (b) of Article 105 of the constitution concerned in granting military judiciary broader authority.

Prior to the amendment, the Item stipulated that the power of military"......

Lockheed looking to deliver new F-16s to Bahrain, signal Trump interest in deal
February 22, 2017

Lockheed Martin has resumed talks with Bahrain over the sale of F-16 fighter jets, whilst the company remains in discussion with the UAE government to upgrade its fleet of F-16 aircraft, the company’s Vice President for the region, Rick Groesch, said at Idex 2017 (International Defence Exhibiton and Conference).

The sale of F-16s to Bahrain was delayed by Congress in the United States under the previous administration, although talks have resumed"...

Russia, Bahrain Agree on Russian Meat Exports - Agriculture Watchdog
February 22, 2017
Russia and Bahrain have agreed to supply Russian beef, lamb and poultry to the Middle Eastern country, Russia's agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) The Russian-Bahraini Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation held a meeting on Monday for expert-level consultations. The Russian side was represented by veterinary and sanitary service"...