News: 01-Oct-11

  1. Bomb kills 18 at Shia funeral in Iraq
    At least 18 people were killed when a large car bomb exploded among mourners crowding into a Shia funeral in Iraq’s Hilla city on Friday, local authorities and witnesses said.
  2. Bahrain regime jails doctors who dared to treat protesters
    Bahrain’s military court has sentenced 20 doctors, nurses and paramedics who treated protesters injured during pro-democracy rallies earlier in the year to up to 15 years in prison. The defendants say they were tortured during interrogation to extract false confessions.
  3. Bahrain Should Heed Lessons from Ireland
    Take two small island nations, each situated off the coast of a major power. Both have a history of sectarian conflict, fake democracy and misrule by monarchy. Both have a strategically important deepwater naval base. Crucially, both have a police force recruited almost exclusively from one of the sects.
  4. UN rights office raises Bahrain trial “irregularities”
    The UN human rights office on Friday raised concerns about heavy sentences handed down by a Bahraini court on over 50 protestors in the country, noting that there were “serious due process irregularities.”
  5. India holds “secret” talks with Iran on gasfield
    As is the case with all major projects with Iran, the one to develop the Farzad-B gas field was stalled for two years despite India’s need for compressed natural gas. New Delhi was compelled to move following a gentle warning from Iran that it was planning to reduce the stake of Indian companies in the project.
  6. Saudi torturer of Sumiati Binti Salan Mustapa acquitted on appeal
    The Saudi woman who received a three year prison sentence in Jan. for torturing Indonesian housemaid Sumiati Binti Salan Mustapa, has been acquitted by a court of appeal. Despite the physical evidence of torture the judge ruled there was no evidence.
  7. Bahraini women rage at regime
    Bahraini women hold protests in the country’s capital against the detention of anti-regime protesters and the harsh sentences handed down to them as well as those, who helped them.
  8. Iraq’s Maliki warns over Syrian sectarian turmoil
    Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki warned of regional fallout should protests in neighboring Syria escalate into sectarian violence or force a change in government along sectarian lines.
  9. Iran: Banker’s Return Sought in Bank Scandal
    Prosecutors in Iran issued a public warning to a prominent banker that he will become the prime suspect in a huge embezzlement scandal if he does not return to the country, the Mehr News Agency reported.

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