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Despite the fact that the #BICI report documented that people were killed under #torture in #Bahrain, the culture of #impunity continues, also because the international community did not hold the regime to account #FreeBahrainiPrisoners
"At approximately 10:30 on 3 April, Mr Hasan Jassim Mohamed Maki was pronounced dead. @MSF and @Amnesty examined the body and confirmed to the family that the deceased had been attacked with sharp objects.”
@MSF @amnesty "A witness who had been detained with the deceased in the same cell overheard him being told by prison personnel that since he had sickle cell anaemia, they would shower him and turn on the air conditioning in his cell and that he would not be allowed any medical treatment."
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The #StrategicProjectsPlan will see $30 billion invested in over 20 new strategic projects, including the construction of 5 new offshore cities in #Bahrain
Key infrastructure projects include the construction of a 109km metro system, the 22.5km Northern Road, and a new King Hamad causeway connection #Bahrain to #KSA
#Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre will be the largest “Conference City” in the #MiddleEast
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#SaudiArabia expels #Lebanon ambassador. #GCC states expected to follow suit. Decision could impact Lebanese labor; comes after 🇱🇧 govt minister supports #Houthi militia in #Yemen. But this step reflects #Gulf frustration at #Iran-backed #Hezbollah militia's chokehold over 🇱🇧. /1
#Saudi decision to throw out #Lebanon ambassador is not a sudden move but also caps years of #Iran/#IRGC using #Lebanon produce/fruit export trucks to smuggle narcotics into the #Gulf. /2

#Kuwait media tycoon @Ahmadaljaralah says #Lebanon minister's statement is admission of #Iran military interference in #Yemen; calls #Hezbollah chief Nasrallah "Hassan Ammonia" (reference to #Beirut port warehouse explosion) /3

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#SaudiArabien hat seinen Botschafter aus #Libanon zurückgerufen u den libanesischen Botschafter aufgefordert, binnen 48Std. das Land zu verlassen. Hintergrund sind die Attacken des lib. Informationsministers George Qordahi wg des Captagon-Schmuggels nach SA durch Hizbollah-Leute.
Die Drogenkrise lässt erahnen, wie der Markt für Captagon in SA wächst. Produziert wird die Droge, die uU eine ähnlich verheerende Wirkung wie Crystal Meth hat, in v syrischen Regime kontrollierten Labors u soll die eigenen Soldaten u Milizionäre bei ihren Einsätzen aufputschen.
Die zahlreichen Funde v Drogen aus syr. Produktion in Häfen v SA legen nahe, dass sich das syr. Regime verstärkt aus dem Drogengeschäft finanziert u dabei auch die Infrastruktur u Netzwerke des lib. Hizbollah zu nutzen versteht. Stellungnahmen hierzu v syr. Seite gibt es nicht.
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The #MGISummit is about to begin. Follow our live coverage of the event, where high-profile regional leaders gather in #Riyadh to discuss #climate action ahead of #COP26.
#MGISummit: #Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, as well as #Jordan and and #Kuwait's crown princes, arrive at the venue. Pakistani PM @ImranKhanPTI also shows attendance.
#MGISummit: #Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and #UAE's Finance Minister Hamad bin Rashid Al Maktoum have also arrived
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#Pakistan Banking Sector M&A —
A Thread 🧵

Interesting things happening in 🇵🇰’s banking sector related to #GCC-based sponsors.

Samba Bank is leaving 🇵🇰 🔜 after parent entity’s merger with NCB in Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦, & MergeCo Saudi National Bank’s decision to divest some assets.
Silk Bank is on perpetual sale after its abysmal performance in #Pakistan 🇵🇰 despite benefitting from one of the highest equity injections till-date. It is to be sold 🔜 and IFC / Nomura / Bank Muscat / Gourmet Group along with others will take a massive hit on their investment.
In banking, the best combination is always *a strong sponsor with a strong management team*. If you can get that right, there’s no better business in #Pakistan.

However, if your institution does not benefit from either of the two, then the bank is highly likely to underperform.
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#BREAKING: #USArmy 82nd Airborne Division is still sending troops to #Afghanistan. Not only, the number of #US troops there is reduced rather it is increased 3 times. These two #USAF's C-17As (06-6166 & 08-8190) supported by three KC-135R/T tankers are sending 300 more troops.
Two #USAF KC-135R tankers (61-0298 and 63-8045) and an RC-135W Rivet Joint (62-4138) have headed to #Afghanistan to support the evacuation of Afghan & #US citizens from #Kabul airport. It is first time that a Rivet Joint is getting involved in this operation.
Tanker activity in the Al-Dhafra-#Kabul airbridge. Two Al-Udeid based #USAF KC-135Rs are going #Afghanistan while a KC-10A tanker returns to Al-Dhafra.
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#BREAKING: #IRGC Navy is behind the attack "GOLDEN BRILLIANT" oil tanker near the port of #Fujairah. Golden Brilliant is heavily damaged by a mine planted by the #IRGCNavy near port of #Fujairah. In addition to that, an asphalt carrier ship named Kamdhenu is also damaged.
#BREAKING: A C-295 MPA of Royal #Oman Air Force is now flying over the burning ship to assist in Search and Rescue operation. It is not known how many crew members are injured or killed but the "GOLDEN BRILLIANT" oiler is reportedly is heavily in fire due to #IRGC attack.
#BREAKING: Unconfirmed reports about that the "Golden Brilliant" is still underway & not on-fire but a third ship, an oiler named "ASPHALT PRINCESS" is also damaged by the mines of #IRGC Navy in #Oman Sea!
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LIVE with @DrTedros at the inauguration of the WHO Country Office in #Bahrain…
@DrTedros "Honoured to be able to attend the opening of the WHO Country Office in the Kingdom of 🇧🇭, WHO’s 152nd country office. The Office will deliver strategic, technical, policy & service delivery support to the govt to advance health & well-being nationally, regionally & 🌍"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "The opening of this country [in #Bahrain] office reflects WHO’s commitment to serve all countries, at all income levels, providing support tailored to the needs of the country and its place in the global health architecture"-@DrTedros #HealthForAll #WHOImpact
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.@olavgutting war acht Jahre lang als Mitglied der Südkaukasusgruppe Fachpolitiker für #Armenien, #Georgien und #Aserbaidschan.

Trotzdem konnte er bis gestern nicht einordnen, ob #Aliyev ein #Diktator ist.

Wie kann das sein @olavgutting?
Sollten Sie, gerade als Deutscher Abgeordneter, nicht benennen können was ein Diktator ist?

Haben Sie sich in den all den Jahren wirklich gar keinen Eindruck von ihrem Fachgebiet gemacht?
Die Antwort liegt ja auf der Hand. Laut @TheEIU ist #Aserbaidschan weniger demokratisch als zum Beispiel #Venezuela. Politische Teilhabe ist sogar im #Iran eher möglich als unter #Aliyev.
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Happy to announce that my article in IJMES is now open access (free to read). Digital De-Citizenship: The Rise of the Digital Denizen in Bahrain cc @QNLib @HBKU @CHSS_HBKU #Bahrain
"Beyond autocratic Bahrain, democratic states such as the UK & the US enable and abet the erosion of digital citizenship. The global surveillance industrial complex, less regulated than the arms trade, although no less insidious, has profited enormously from the Bahrain uprising"
"Perhaps the most striking notion of this is the dystopian potential of a civil society simulacrum, one in which online performances of citizenship are neatly orchestrated by autonomous accounts to give the illusion of a functioning and healthy public sphere" #disinformation
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Hello! It's a super sunny Sunday in (almost) all of #UK, enjoy the BBQ & don't worry too much about #Covid19

This is the daily #Coronavirus megathread and soon I'll make my predictions about🚦travel review.

To my anonymous donors💚just sorry I can't thank you personally.
Late on yesterday's thread some alarming news from #Bahrain, and also on there data from #Argentina and #Brazil

But today in the next 2 tweets, I'll start by taking a look at the infection situation which can go a long way to determining🟢🚦countries

Europe's most #Covid19 infected nations (7-day rate AD/M)
Same top 10. NL slow getting cases down

1 #Sweden 188
2 #Netherlands 182
3 #Lithuania 177
4 #Latvia 168
5 #Denmark 167
6 #Belgium 164
7 #Greece 154
8 #Andorra 148
9 #France 139
10 #Slovenia 135

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Are these vaccines really able to end this pandemic? It's counterintuitive, but it's possible that they actually might be making it worse - by imposing evolutionary pressure in infected vaccinees that selects for more infectious & ultimately resistant variants of the virus. Image
"Some countries with the world’s highest vaccination rates are also battling devastating surges of Covid-19 and the highest death tolls, a worrying trend ... "…
"U.K. hospitalization numbers have ticked up and case numbers have risen 20% in the past week—though from a low base—as the variant takes hold in parts of the country, largely among younger people who haven’t yet received two vaccine doses."… Image
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Saturday's #Coronavirus megathread starts here.

Thanks so much for everyone who contributed yesterday, if you have no idea what I'm on about here's another sneaky link to my crowdfunder!

It's a quite start today following the flurry of news last night..…
So a lot of data and a couple of new stories came in during the last hour or so of Friday, including South America data.

You can catch up on #Argentina #Brazil #Colombia #Bulgaria #Norway stats, and some #OlympicGames news by clicking and scrolling ⬇️

Now more very concerning news from #Bahrain, one of the most vaccinated territories on the planet.

#Covid19 cases are still rising there - more worrying is the real increase in deaths too.
Second highest daily number of new cases & deaths in the latest update
graph @Worldometers Image
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#Portugal: "The message coming loud and clear is that the Lisbon/ Vale do Tejo area is the one where active infections are on the rise."… Image
"#Bangladesh authorities on Thursday imposed a lockdown in five Rohingya refugee camps in the country's southeast after a spike in coronavirus cases in recent days"… Image
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"Say his excellency. How dare you say #Aoun is behind #Lebanon's 🇱🇧 collapse? OK tell me who killed Khashoggi?"

Michel Aoun dismissed remarks made by caretaker Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe about Gulf countries, “do not reflect my stances nor the stance of the Lebanese state."
#Lebanon's 🇱🇧 @Mofalebanon caretaker Foreign Minister Charbel blames #Saudi 🇸🇦 & the GCC for #ISIS in #Syria 🇸🇾 & #Iraq 🇮🇶, defends #Iran 🇮🇷 & #Hezbollah

President Aoun rushes to clean Wehbe’s mess, says "his remarks don’t reflect the state’s position"
#Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 condemns Lebanese foreign minister @Mofalebanon comments, summons #Lebanon 🇱🇧 ambassador to express condemnation of comments made by Lebanese foreign minister Charbel calling Saudis "a bunch of Bedouins & #ISIS backers etc"
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Mounting evidence suggests that vaccines might not end this pandemic. In fact they might be making it worse. Much worse. Image
"Countries with the world’s highest vaccination rates ... are fighting to contain coronavirus outbreaks that are, on a per-capita basis, higher than the surge devastating India"…
Bolton #UK: "rocketing Covid-19 infection rates [linked] with an increase in cases among the borough's young people. The number of new cases per 100,000 people is nearly twice as high in those aged between 10-19 compared to the rest of the population"

Read 42 tweets is deeply concerned that the owner of Fundament SPC construction, Ali Al-Derazi, has been officially appointed as the new president of #Bahrain’s National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR).…
As MR reported last year, Fundament SPC, the company Al-Derazi presided over, left several hundred workers unpaid for up to 8 months, confiscated their passports, and pushed them into despair.
After weeks of protests and demonstrations at the Ministry of Labour, the company finally agreed to pay 35% of owed wages and return flights, with the remainder to be paid in 3 months.
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Today's #ArabianStorms were mainly over the Arabian Gulf. #Qatar #Bahrain and the in the middle of the gulf. And the day also saw a storm begin before dawn.

Today's #Ethiopia and #MiddleEast forecasts follow:
The latest CMC and GFS North Africa 10-Day Rain forecasts.
Today two streams of monsoon energy appeared to come together over the south end to send a stream of atmospheric moisture to Oman and on to India.
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1/ Important #COVID19 vaxxine data thread. I have avoided tweeting about the vax issue as it’s become an immensely toxic topic. But there are some extremely worrying trends emerging between CV19 cases, deaths, & vaxxine administration.
#cdnpoli #onpoli #Canada #science #data
2/ Here, I will share publicly available data for #COVID19 vaxxinations, cases, & deaths in 17 countries + #Ontario & ask questions, as per the scientific method. You are free to make up your own mind regarding the trends shown.
#cdnpoli #onpoli #Canada #science #data
3/ #Israel was the one of the first countries to start CV19 vaxxinations (19-Dec-2020). Since vaxxinations began, both CV19 cases & deaths continued to increase for ~5 weeks. It took 3 months for cases+deaths return to pre-vax levels.
#cdnpoli #onpoli #Canada #science #data ImageImageImage
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It’s 2 am in #Bahrain:

JUST CAME! They took my dad, my dads blood is still on the stairs! They hit my dad so much! They beat him and he cudnt breath
they broke the doors, all wearing masks. They took my father and husband and brother in law.
they beat up my other brother in law mohammed almaskati, and then threw him in a room and told him not to come out
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1/. QUESTION: What’s the worst day of the year for dictators, despots & populist autocrats?

ANSWER: April 7

Tomorrow, @amnesty release our annual 2020/21 report covering the state of #HumanRights in 149 countries

JOURNALISTS: For a copy or to an interview👉
“How's life in your country?"
"We can't complain"

This cartoon was about #Turkey but it also applies to:
#Somalia etc.
“I don’t care if they respect me, so long as they fear me.” (Caligula)

At @amnesty we don’t respect dictators, autocrats & human rights abusers

We don’t fear them either

As we publish Annual Report, here’s a guide for dictators human on ‘how to respond’…
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1/. Some people just can't take criticism

Did you know that it's illegal to insult a leader in more than a dozen countries

In Poland, a journalist faces up to 3 years in prison for calling President Duda a "moron" in a Facebook post in November

Lighten up Duda, you d******d! Image
2/. Insulting leaders could land you in jail for 3yrs in #Venezuela, 4yrs in #Turkey, 5yrs in #Netherlands, 7yrs in #Bahrain & 15yrs in #Thailand

In #Spain, you can go to jail for insulting the King or the police as rapper @PabloHasel found to his cost
3/. In America, insulting Donald Trump became a national pastime

In Britain, Boris Johnson plays up his “loveable buffoon” image as he clowns around on zip wires & in hard hats

But whilst Trump & Johnson may be very different animals, they both fulfil a very similar function. Image
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Today, #Israel🇮🇱 has more #Arab allies than #Turkey🇹🇷 or #Iran🇮🇷. Premature to write off moderate Arabs. That could be what #Obama administration wanted by supporting extremist takeover in Middle East. The opposite has happened. Now there is a push back. Israel & Arabs favor it.
Erdogan's charisma, Islamist allies, & Turkey's soft power make him a key player. Iran's expansionism is based on weaponizing non-Iranian Shia communities. Both examples represent forms of religious extremism. Israel & Gulf offer a new model for the future of the Middle East.
#Turkey is a #NATO ally, a leading #Muslim success story as long as it steers clear of extremism. Half of #Iran cabinet are #US graduates, but it's model is not attractive in the Middle East, promoted by shady money and guns. A third model is presented by #AbrahamAccords.
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