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Rosie Bsheer and Ziad Abu-Rish


Bahrain's Past and Present: An Interview with Nabeel Rajab

[Nabeel Rajab. Image from unknown archive.]

During the period of the 1940s through the 1960s, regime forces and oil company private security contractors violently crushed anti-colonial and anti-imperialist protest movements in places like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain (among many others), with the explicit approval of and material support from London and Washington D.C. In Saudi Arabia, counter-revolutionary forces decimated these twentieth-century popular leftist and nationalist movements. They also thwarted several ...

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When Petro-Dictators Unite: The Bahraini Opposition's Struggle for Survival

[Bahraini protesters being confronted with armored vehicles. Image from]

For at least several decades, geopolitical, economic, territorial and ideological considerations have led to serious tensions, if not outright feuds, between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states. In recent weeks, however, the regimes of GCC states have shown their citizens that when their authoritarian rule is at stake, they will put aside their differences and put up a united front. Exceptional times, it seems, do call for exceptional measures. As such, the ...

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Rosie Bsheer and Ziad Abu-Rish


Rosie Bsheer is Assistant Professor of History at Yale University and Co-Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine. Her other articles are found here.

Ziad Abu-Rish is Assistant Professor in the History Department at Ohio University. He serves as Senior Editor of the Arab Studies Journal and Co-Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine. His other articles can be found here and here