2010-2019 | Arms exports | Backing dictatorships | Bahrain

British arms play vital role in crushing Bahrain democracy protests

14 March 2011 On 14 March 2011, Saudi troops entered Bahrain in a vast column of Tacticas armoured personnel carriers, made by the British defence giant BAE Systems. It was a decisive intervention on the side of the Al Khalifa dictatorship to quell popular protests demanding greater democracy and respect for human rights. Britain had…

1950-1959 | Bahrain

Cabinet ‘mad keen to land British troops somewhere’

5 March 1956 On 5 March 1956, ministers were briefed at number 10 on gloomy assessments of the British position in the Middle East and Cyprus.  They were particularly outraged over the stoning of a convoy of cars in Bahrain conveying Britain’s Foreign Secretary, from the airport. His black Rolls Royce had been confronted by an angry…

1900-1919 | 1960-1969 | 2010-2019 | Backing dictatorships | Bahrain | Famine | India | Torture | Yemen

12 DECEMBER

FAMINE STRUCK INDIA FORCED TO PAY FOR GEORGE V’S 6,170 DIAMOND CROWN [ 12 December 1911 ] At noon on 12 December 1911, King George V, wearing a robe of imperial purple, was crowned Emperor of India at a ceremony of ‘unparalleled splendour’ in Delhi, at which he received the ‘homage and allegiance’ of the…

1800-1859 | 1920-1939 | 1970-1979 | 2010-2019 | Appeasing Hitler | Backing dictatorships | Backing terror operations | Bahrain | China | Media propaganda | Northern Ireland | Opium

1 OCTOBER

CABINET BACKS WAR WITH CHINA AFTER OPIUM TRADERS ARE HELD  HOSTAGE [ 1 October 1839 ] Today in 1839, the Cabinet decided on a war with China after the Emperor’s Special Commissioner at Canton, Lin Zexu, enforced an imperial decree banning the trade in opium and took several traders and British officials hostage until the…