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Is Bahrain the New Breeding Ground for Political Extremism?

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How the government’s unprecedented crackdown on civil society and human rights might radicalize some of its citizens

By Said Yousef Al-Muhafdah, Vice-President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR)

In January 2015, the Huffington Post featured an article of two risk analysts, who claimed that “the influence of Daesh sympathizers within the Bahraini government’s political structure has grown as a result of Manama’s authoritarian and anti-Shi’ite policies of the post-Arab Awakening era.” The authors refer to the case of Turki Al-Binali, a Bahraini national and leading IS ideologue, who was allowed to hold a demonstration outside the US embassy in the Bahraini capital Manama, “during which pictures of Osama Bin Laden, as well as al-Qaeda flags, were held up by protesters.”

See the Danish version of the article on Ræson's platform and the English version published by BCHR here.

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