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Noor Mattar

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24 July 2014

Bahrain's Shia Muslims Tense as Politicians and Preachers Pledge Allegiance to ISIS

Back in 2011, Shia-Muslims complained of political and economic marginalization in the country of 1.3 million people, but recent events suggest a growing trend towards complete marginalization.

23 July 2014

Kuwait, the Gulf's Poster Child of Democracy, Strips Opposition Members of Citizenship

Kuwait's decision to revoke the nationalities of opposition members and their families has sent shock waves across the Gulf. Noor Mattar tells us why.

22 July 2014

Bahrain's Foreign Minister Seems to Have Forgotten His Country's Ill Treatment of Journalists

Khalid Alkhalifa took a dig at NBC after it pulled Ayman Mohyeldin out of Gaza for "doing his journalistic duty." Twitter users quickly reminded Alkhalifa of Bahrain's own shoddy record.

9 July 2014

Bahrain Kicks Out Visiting American Human Rights Official

Bahrain, ruled by the Sunni al-Khalifa family, has faced criticism for its human rights record ever since the military cracked down on Shi'ite Muslim-led protests against the government in 2011.

7 July 2014

Regional Terrorism Reaching Bahrain?

News that hardline Saudi cleric Mohamad Al Arefe will be visiting Bahrain tomorrow has caused controversy in the country, already simmering under sectarian strain.

6 July 2014

Saudi Human Rights Lawyer Waleed Abulkhair Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

The sentence is part of Saudi Arabia's continued crackdown on human rights activists. Abulkhair was charged with “insulting general order” and “inflaming public opinion”.

5 July 2014

Ramadan Flavoured Arrests in Egypt

Eleven young men were arrested in Egypt while having a late night Ramadan meal, Suhoor, and accused of illegal gathering. Noor Mattar checks out the Suhoor detainees.

4 July 2014

Bahraini Satirist Blogger Takrooz Arrested

Bahraini satirist micro-blogger Takrooz is being held on accusations of "inciting hatred against the regime" on Twitter.

21 June 2014

ISIS Advances in Iraq Echoed in Bahrain

Bahrain government spokesman Sameera Rajab takes to Twitter to describe the ISIS advances in Iraq as a "revolution against the injustice and oppression."

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