Bahrain to ban rallies?

Brian Ulrich points out that Bahrain is drafting a new law to ban public rallies. It seems that even the darlings of Arab democratization are starting to backtrack. For background information, check out Toby Jones' Bahrain: A Year of Decision in the March 2006 issue of the Arab Reform Bulletin.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,