2023 Portfolios: Public Debt 124% of GDP and Debt Ceiling Raised Despite Rising Oil Prices
On September 26, 2023, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa issued a decree-law raising the public debt ceiling once again to reach 16 billion Bahraini dinars ($42.5 billion US dollars).
2023 Portfolios: Government's Attempt to Polish Image by Hosting Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly Backfires
Bahraini authorities faced a challenging week as they hosted the 146th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly from 11 to 15 March 2023, welcoming hundreds of representatives from all over the world. During the event, a number of participants shed light on human rights violations in Bahrain and the imprisonment of regime critics, including Danish Bahraini citizen Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who has been held behind bars since 2011.
2023 Portfolios: Security Expenditure Dominates Two-Thirds of New Budget
On May 30, 2023, the Bahraini parliament approved the country's general budget law for the fiscal years 2023-2024, amidst continued military spending and a record deficit.
2023 Portfolios: When Parliament Becomes Government Puppet
In April 2023, the Legislative Committee in the House of Representatives approved a proposal to amend the internal regulations of the parliament, aiming to strip it of its remaining powers, effectively reducing it to a subject of mockery. The amendments were not elaborated on in the local press, indicating the sensitivity surrounding the issue.
2023 Portfolios: Influential Figures Seize Jaafaria (Waqf) Endowments, Sa'Sa'a Shrine Vandalized and Closed Off with Concrete Blocks
In early February 2023, Bahraini authorities seized a private endowment associated with the historic "Sheikh Saleh" Mosque in Tubli after demolishing it without legal justification, claiming it was "private property". Residents of the area were surprised to see bulldozers demolishing the historic endowment of the Shiite mosque and its surrounding fence, which dates back 500 years, located in the old Tubli area, also known as "Katakan".
2023 Portfolios: Dismissal of Atiyatullah Brothers after 1 Billion Dollar Embezzlement, Ruling Family Maintains Secrecy over Issue
In March 2023, conflicting reports indicated that the Minister of Follow-up at the Royal Court, Ahmed Atiyatullah, had been dismissed, and his brother, Salman Atiyatullah, relieved of his duty as head of the King Hamad Hospital.
2023 Portfolios: Sheikh Mohammad Sanqour Arrested Amidst Regime's Irritation at Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque's Role
The Bahraini regime's latest escalatory move in 2023 took the form of the arrest of Sheikh Mohammad Sanqour, the imam of the Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque in Diraz. This arrest evoked memories of the most intense escalation phase, marked by the arrest of Sheikh Ali Salman, the revocation of Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim's citizenship, and the closure of Al-Wefaq headquarters.
2023 Portfolios: Menorah Settlement in South, Land Plot for Jewish Temple in Manama
The issue of "Judaization of Manama" came to the forefront in 2022, when reports surfaced in August about a government plan to establish a "Jewish neighborhood" in the capital, Manama, as part of the rapid normalization agreements.
2023 Portfolios: Saudi Arabia Executes Sadiq Thamer, Jaafar Sultan and Holds their Bodies
The year 2023 has brought profound grief to the families of Jaafar Sultan and Sadiq Thamer, as Saudi authorities executed these two young men in a case marred by political and sectarian motives, an act described by Amnesty International as "grossly unfair".
2023 Portfolios: London Removes Manama from Human Rights Violations List 2 Weeks After 1 Billion Pound Deal
During his visit to Britain in early July 2023, Crown Prince and Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa announced the investment of one billion pounds sterling in the British economy, despite its ongoing crises.
2023 Portfolios: Relations Between Manama and Doha Remain Tense
Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa did not anticipate that the process of normalizing relations with the country closest to his own, with which he shares historical and ancestral ties, would stretch over nearly three years, during which he would be subjected to unprecedented humiliation. However, this is what happened.
Bahrain Security Forces Suppress Demonstration in Daih Marking February 14 Uprising Anniv., Make Arrests
Security forces suppressed, on Wednesday (February 14, 2024), a large peaceful demonstration that took place in Bahrain's Al-Daih area.
HRW Researcher: Bahrain Continues to Arrest Children for Their Solidarity with Palestine
Niku Jafarnia, a researcher in the Middle East and Africa division at Human Rights Watch, confirmed that Bahrain continues to violate human rights, especially those of children.
Al-Wefaq on National Charter, Feb 14 Uprising Anniversary: Authorities Bear Historical Responsibility to Lead Nation Out of HR, Political and Economic Collapse
Al-Wefaq Society urged those in power in Bahrain to "bear the historical responsibility by calling for a general national consensus to mitigate the state of political, economic, and human rights breakdown that has pushed the people and the nation to the brink of collapse."
Pearl Generation: Children's Notebook Commemorating the February 14 Uprising
The Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society published a coloring book titled "The Pearl Generation" to introduce children and adolescents to the events of the glorious February 14 Uprising, on the occasion of the 13th anniversary of the uprising.
2023 Portfolios: Largest Ever Strike in Jaw Prison Amid Deteriorating Prison Conditions
On August 7, 2023, hundreds of prisoners at Jaw Prison initiated a hunger strike to protest the harsh prison conditions within the facility. By the end of August 2023, the strike had garnered the participation of at least 800 prisoners, amplifying the challenges within Bahrain's primary detention center where political dissidents are held.
Yemeni Source: Aircraft Attacking Yemen Launching from Bahrain
Information on Wednesday, February 7th, 2024, indicated that "Yemen has unequivocally informed Gulf states that any aircraft taking off from those countries to attack Yemen will be directly and decisively responded to, including Bahrain."
Al-Otaishan: Announcement Soon on Completion of "Parallel Bridge" Construction Studies between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia
Abdulrahman Al-Otaishan, President of the "Saudi-Bahraini Business Council," expects an announcement soon on the completion of studies for the construction of the "Parallel Bridge" between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
Attack on "Amal" Leader Hisham Al-Sabbagh's Car in Manama: Al-Sabbagh Gives Attacker Ultimatum to Confess
An unidentified person attacked the vehicle of the leader of the "Islamic Action Society - Amal", Hisham Al-Sabbagh, in the Bahrain capital Manama.
2022 Portfolios: "Salam Ya Mahdi" Religious Anthem Stirs Bahraini Authorities, and "The Lament of Ra'biya" Stands Out as Ashura Artistic Production
Notable among the religious artistic productions in Bahrain during 2022 were the release of the anthem "Salam Ya Mahdi," and "The Lament of Ra'biya" poem. Bahraini elegy reciter Mohammed Ghuloom presented the first poem, with the author's name kept undisclosed, in collaboration with the Imam Hussein Institute for Recitation and Production, gaining widespread fame. The second poem was performed by reciter Sayed Isam Al-Hashemi in collaboration with "Maidan Ahlulbayt" channel.