Bahrain Demolishes Massive Monument Where Protesters Gathered

Jim Newell · 03/18/11 01:58PM

Bahrain's government is destroying the Pearl roundabout, a major plaza in the capital Manama that had become the central gathering place for protesters in recent weeks. That means that the elegant structure at its center, the Pearl Monument, has already been razed.

Saudi Arabian Troops Enter Bahrain

Max Read · 03/15/11 01:19AM

Saudi Arabian troops entered Bahrain on Monday, answering "a request by Bahrain for support" in the face of that country's increasingly bold anti-government protests. (The BBC clarifies what the Saudi media meant by "support": "It is believed they are intended to guard key facilities such as oil and gas installations and financial institutions." Which sounds about right.) The troop commitment is one part of a deployment by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which besides Bahrain and Saudi Arabia counts among its members Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (the latter of whom has committed 500 police officers). The UN and the U.S. have encouraged restraint and dialogue; and, thanks to those Saudi troops, the oil installations and financial institutions will remain open for as much restraint and dialogue as possible. [BBC]

Saudi Troops in Bahrain to Suppress Protests

Jeff Neumann · 03/14/11 07:15AM

Bahrain's ruling monarchy, no longer able to contain growing protests, has called in for help from Saudi Arabia. An adviser to the Khalifa family, Nabeel al-Hamer said, "Forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council have arrived in Bahrain to maintain order and security." According to AFP, 1,000 troops from Saudi Arabia's Gulf Peninsula Shield Force entered Bahrain yesterday. This could get ugly.

Libyan Rebels Push West as British Commandos are 'Held'

Jeff Neumann · 03/06/11 08:50AM

As deadly fighting in several Libyan cities continues, reports claim that an elite British SAS unit was captured by rebels. Meanwhile, protesters in Bahrain are stepping up pressure on the ruling elite. Here's what's happening across the Middle East.

Qaddafi Arms Supporters as Security Council Meets

Jeff Neumann · 02/26/11 01:54PM

The UN Security Council is meeting today to discuss Libya, while Muammar el-Qaddafi continues to kill his own people. Also, parts of Tripoli are fighting back. Here's a look at what's happening across the Middle East and North Africa today:

Qaddafi Steps Up Domestic Terror Campaign

Jeff Neumann · 02/20/11 10:58AM

Muammar el-Qaddafi seems to being going with a scorched earth-lite policy of dealing with protesters in Libya — he's allegedly hired African mercenaries to bolster his troops, who have been wantonly killing civilians and shooting people at funerals.

Uprisings Continue Across the Middle East and North Africa

Jeff Neumann · 02/19/11 11:20AM

After killing protesters in their sleep, Bahrain's ruling monarchy says demonstrators can stay in Pearl roundabout and they've offered to hold talks with all opposition members. Yemen is still going off, and Human Rights Watch says 84 people have been killed in Libya over the last three days. Here's a look at what's happening across the Middle East and North Africa.

Iran Wastes No Time in Suppressing Protesters

Jim Newell · 02/14/11 05:37PM

Whatever coalition remains from the defeated Iranian uprisings of 2009 hit the streets again today for demonstrations, hoping to build on momentum from the 2011 Tunisia-Egypt Wave of Freedom Everywhere. After all, the Iranian regime had been encouraging the demonstrations in Egypt; why shouldn't it allow such protests in its own streets? Because then the Iranian regime might get overthrown, duh.