Bahrain dictatorship deports United States teacher for tweeting


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From Associated Press:

Bahrain says US teacher deported for ‘radical’ writings on Twitter, websites amid crackdown

Saturday, August 10, 6:55 PM

CAIRO — Bahrain says it has deported a U.S. citizen teaching there over her “radical” writings on Twitter and websites as the gulf kingdom cracks down on dissent.

A statement Saturday from the Ministry of State for Communications said the teacher published articles about Bahrain that “were deemed to incite hatred against the government and members of the royal family.”

The ministry said the woman, whom it did not identify, also violated the terms of her work permit by working illegally as an unaccredited journalist. The ministry said she also wrote for the Bahrain Center for Human Rights.

Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th fleet, has faced 18 months of unrest between the Sunni-led monarchy and its majority Shiite population. The government has started a crackdown on dissent.

Aug 11 (Reuters) – Bahrain has deported a U.S. nursery school teacher it says wrote articles on social media sites linked to radical groups and for violating the terms of her work permit as the kingdom intensifies its crackdown on dissent: here.

Erin Kilbride

This is a photo of Ms Erin Kilbride, the teacher deported by the Bahraini absolute monarchy.

Ms Kilbride holds a Bachelor’s degree in Women and Gender Studies and Arabic Language from Georgetown University, and attended the University of Jordan in Amman.

She was also planning to pursue masters in Human Rights at the London School of Economics this year, according to her biography in Muftah.

Before joining the school in Riffa in Bahrain, Ms Kilbride was employed by the US Department of State to work at the Uganda Foreign Service.

Bahrain Protests 2013: August 14 Will Be Biggest Protest Yet: here.

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  2. http://www.pressherald.com/news/mainer-banned-in-bahrain-for-blaming-the-king_2013-08-12.html?pagenum=full

    Posted: August 11
    Updated: Today at 12:45 AM

    Maine native banned from Bahrain was a critic of king

    Erin Kilbride accused the country of repressing protesters in an editorial before she was deported.

    By J. Craig Anderson canderson@pressherald.com
    Staff Writer

    Portland native Erin Kilbride wrote a scathing editorial criticizing Bahrain’s king a month before she was ousted from the Persian Gulf nation, where she had been working as an English teacher and research assistant.

    Kilbride, a 2008 Cheverus High School graduate whose budding career includes several stints at human rights organizations, was deported Saturday from Bahrain, where she had been living in the capital city, Manama. She reportedly was due to arrive later Saturday in the United States.

    The government-controlled Bahrain News Agency reported Saturday that officials had revoked Kilbride’s work visa for violating the country’s labor laws “by working illegally as an unaccredited journalist while employed as a teacher.”

    The agency also accused Kilbride of supporting the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah, although it provided no concrete evidence.

    Kilbride’s editorial criticizing the Bahraini leadership was posted July 8 on Muftah.org, a news and opinion website focused on the Middle East and North Africa, for which Kilbride is listed as co-editor for Yemen and the Persian Gulf states.

    Her editorial accused Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of being hypocritical for expressing public support for the recent overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi while cracking down on political dissent within his own borders.

    “Bahrain’s own king has been at the helm of a two-and-a-half-year crackdown on protesters in the island nation, a movement led by Bahrain’s majority Shiite population,” she wrote. “The modus operandi in Bahrain has been less about affirming the ‘aspirations of the people’ than about silencing popular demands via imprisonment of activists and strict bans on rallies calling for political reforms and equal rights.”

    Bahrain is a constitutional monarchy headed by Al Khalifa and run in part by members of his extended family. The Al Khalifa government is made up primarily of Sunni Muslims, although the majority of Bahrain’s citizens are Shiites.

    The regime has been criticized by human rights organizations such as Amnesty International since 2011 for cracking down on demonstrations related to the Arab Spring uprising, including reports of various human rights violations and the use of torture.

    “In his own country, Bahrain’s king has tended to define ‘stability’ as militant repression of protesters,” Kilbride wrote in her editorial. “At the height of the Bahraini uprising in 2011, almost 2,000 troops rolled in from the (Gulf Cooperation Council) Peninsula Shield Force, the military wing of the Gulf Cooperation Council, to quell hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters in the name of ‘safeguarding security and stability.'”

    Muftah.org is hosted by an international organization called Muftah. Its stated mission is to promote positive political and social change in the Middle East and North Africa while fostering a better mutual understanding between that region and the rest of the world.

    The group’s slogan is: “Free and open debate from Morocco to Pakistan.” The word “muftah” is Arabic for a key that opens doors.

    Muftah’s editors are located in the U.S., Britain, Canada and the Middle East, according to the group’s website.

    The Bahrain News Agency article said the government had received complaints about Kilbride’s writings for Muftah, as well as on Twitter and a number of other websites.

    The Bahraini government also accused Kilbride of supporting Hezbollah, although the primary evidence cited is a statement from her unnamed landlord in Manama saying Kilbride “had a (Hezbollah) flag along with other paraphernalia of the Lebanese terrorist organization in her residence.”

    Kilbride and members of her family in Portland could not be reached for comment Sunday. Efforts to reach Cheverus officials also were unsuccessful.

    Her profile page on the professional-networking website LinkedIn appears to contradict the notion that she would support a terrorist group.

    Although Kilbride is still in her mid-20s, her resume shows she has worked or interned for a number of organizations whose stated goals are to promote human rights, justice and world peace.

    They include a 2010 internship at the Ayenda Foundation, which promotes the rights of women and children in Afghanistan and operates an orphanage in that country’s Bamyan province.

    Later that year, she interned for a group called Penal Reform International, which focuses on prisoner justice and human rights in the Arab world.

    In August 2011, she took a 10-month internship working for the U.S. Department of State on projects to strengthen youth services, combat HIV/AIDS and promote intercultural dialogue in Uganda, according to the LinkedIn profile.

    Kilbride has a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and Arabic from Georgetown University, where she graduated in 2012.

    She had been working in Bahrain since August 2012 as an English teacher for children at a bilingual school called Little Starz School, the profile says.

    She also has been working as a research assistant for the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a London-based peace organization.

    According to her Muftah.org biography, Kilbride plans to pursue a master’s degree in human rights at the London School of Economics starting in the fall.

    J. Craig Anderson can be contacted at 791-6390 or at:

    canderson@pressherald.com

    Twitter: @jcraiganderson

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