The National Weekend: Vintage photo archive ‘The Old Bahrain’ shows island life in simpler times

The National Weekend: Vintage photo archive ‘The Old Bahrain’ shows island life in simpler times. “As we find ourselves flung headlong into another uncertain year, it’s not surprising that some of us may prefer to peer back through the cloudy gauze of nostalgia. Enter The Old Bahrain: a growing online photographic and video archive that not only enfolds an anxious populace into the past’s comforting arms, but also aims to highlight the huge changes in the country.”

France24: Gulf, Egypt jail activists amid social media crackdown

France24: Gulf, Egypt jail activists amid social media crackdown. “Courts in the Gulf and Egypt have upheld jail terms against leading activists in a crackdown on protesting through social media, marking a somber end to 2018 for rights campaigners. In both Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, prominent campaigners lost their appeals on Monday against lengthy prison terms over their online posts.”

Middle East Eye: Bahrain pledges tough crackdown on seditious social media accounts

Middle East Eye: Bahrain pledges tough crackdown on seditious social media accounts. “Bahraini authorities on Sunday pledged a crackdown on social media accounts which offended ‘national and traditional values’. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah al-Khalifa said the government was adopting ‘severe measures to deal with unprecedented chaos by disruptive social media accounts,’ in a statement published by the official Bahrain News Agency.”