Quotes by Bahraini authors
I care about Bahrain. Bahrain is very dear to me. I will not allow people to play around with our laws.
Bahrain lies at the epicenter of Gulf security and any violent upheaval in Bahrain would have enormous geopolitical consequences. Global economic stability depends on the uninterrupted export of crude oil from the Gulf to markets around the world - a job that historically has been assigned to the U.S. Fifth Fleet.
Any government that has a sincere desire for reform and progress should understand the benefit of objective and constructive criticism.
Bahrain 's margin of freedom is growing day after day as we head into the future with steady steps.
May Allah guide us to the good of the kingdom of Bahrain and its loyal people.
If people have done something wrong then they should be held accountable.
There are no 'political prisoners' as such in Bahrain. People are not arrested because they express their views, we only have criminals.
We have evidence that a number of Bahrainis who oppose our government are being trained in Syria. I have seen the files and we have notified the Syrian authorities, but they deny any involvement.
In establishing democracy, we have to be sensitive to the regional and national context. Democracy also means to guarantee the rights of the minorities. That's my job as a king. We have for example a Jewish ambassador in the US and a Christian in the UK.
In a sense there is no 'opposition' in Bahrain, as the phrase implies one unified block with the same views. Such a phrase is not in our constitution, unlike say the United Kingdom. We only have people with different views and that's ok.
If somebody gives me his hand, I will not look at him with suspicion.
There is no doubt that some in Iran have an unhealthy focus on Bahrain, as some of the broadcast coverage shows.
The decision to open up Bahrain to embrace all people indiscriminately was fostered in me ever since I was a child.
You cannot transpose the U.S. system on Turkey, and the Turkish system on France etc. You have to understand the people and their culture. That's leadership.
Sectarian divide has created a schism in our society that is a major challenge. As monarch of all Bahrainis, it pains me to see many harmed by the actions of a few. And yet I am optimistic and have faith in our people. We all realize that now is the time to strike a balance between stability and gradual reform.
There is no ethnic cleansing in Bahrain, no mass genocide, no policy of killing innocent people.
We invite American companies looking to raise capital to list on the Bahrain Stock Exchange. The region has a liquidity oversupply approximating $1 trillion and this pool of capital can be tapped into by creative American companies. The next Facebook may very well get funded on the BSE.
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