Bill Law

Bill Law is a Sony award-winning journalist. He joined the BBC in 1995 and since 2002 has reported extensively from the Middle East. In 2003, he was one of the first journalists to cover the beginnings of the insurgency that engulfed Iraq. His documentary, “The Gulf: Armed & Dangerous,” which aired in late 2010, anticipated the revolutions that became the Arab Spring. He then covered the uprisings in Egypt, Libya and Bahrain. He has also reported from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Before leaving the BBC in 2014, Law was the corporation’s Gulf analyst. He now works as a freelance journalist focusing on the Gulf, and he is a regular contributor to The Independent, Middle East Eye, Monocle Radio, Gulf States News, the BBC and The New Arab. He also runs TheGulfMatters.com.

Jared Kushner’s “Deal of the Century” Will Bury the Two-State Solution

Jun 10, 2019

The latest gambit in trying to maneuver the Palestinians into a corner is a conference in the Bahraini capital Manama set for the end of June. In early May, Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and the lead architect of the so-called “deal of the century,” gave a lengthy interview to Robert Satloff, the executive director of … Continue reading "Jared Kushner’s “Deal of the Century” Will Bury the Two-State Solution"

The Trump Administration Is Backing Palestinians into a Corner

May 09, 2019

In turning down “the deal of the century” — as they must — the Palestinians will be castigated as ungrateful and shortsighted. On May 2, Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, was playing his cards very close to the chest at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), a pro-Israeli think tank. Kushner … Continue reading "Jared Kushner’s “Deal of the Century” Will Bury the Two-State Solution"

Bahrain: King Hamad Moves on Reconciliation Bid

May 01, 2019

If the release of prisoners includes Nabeel Rajab, King Hamad will have signaled that he is serious about ending the cycle of repression in Bahrain. The decision on April 22 by Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa to restore the citizenship of 551 individuals may be a first step in what remains a long and … Continue reading "Jared Kushner’s “Deal of the Century” Will Bury the Two-State Solution"

A Shadow Caliphate Emerges from the Ruins

Mar 27, 2019

The extent to which the Islamic State has re-established itself in a country where it was supposedly defeated is testament to its resilience and to the appeal of its extremist ideology. The narrative is an appealing one. The Islamic State (IS or ISIS) was cornered and down to defending a single village, Baghouz, in southeastern … Continue reading "Jared Kushner’s “Deal of the Century” Will Bury the Two-State Solution"

Ahmed Mansoor: The Only Way to Counter Repression Is to Reveal It

Mar 08, 2019

UAE human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor knew that one night the men in black balaclavas would arrive and seize him. I remember once, several years ago on a Skype call, Ahmed joked with me that he was “the last man talking” in the United Arab Emirates and the region about human rights violations. He pretty … Continue reading "Jared Kushner’s “Deal of the Century” Will Bury the Two-State Solution"

The Dangerous Nuclear Games in the Gulf

Mar 04, 2019

With both the US and Russia withdrawing from the INF, a nuclear stand-off in the Gulf could be closer than you think. One of the many challenges of covering the impact of Donald Trump’s presidency on global affairs is that, in the constant churn of stories generated by his Twitter outbursts and the abrupt policy … Continue reading "Jared Kushner’s “Deal of the Century” Will Bury the Two-State Solution"

The UAE’s Torture in the Shadows

Feb 14, 2019

In the UAE, a young woman has been imprisoned and tortured since 2015, but no one has heard about her. As the world’s media has once again picked up on the story of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s involvement in the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, another story is receiving scant attention. Alya Abdulnoor is a … Continue reading "Jared Kushner’s “Deal of the Century” Will Bury the Two-State Solution"

In the Battle of Gulf Airlines, Qatar Emerges the Winner

Jan 29, 2019

Employing a mix of common sense, calculated gambles and good business practice to hold the high ground, Qatar has emerged the clear winner in the battle of the airlines. When its Gulf neighbors — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, joined by Egypt — launched a land, air and sea blockade of Qatar … Continue reading "Jared Kushner’s “Deal of the Century” Will Bury the Two-State Solution"

Bahrain Election: New Chapter or Old Story?

Dec 20, 2018

For many Bahrainis, repression is nothing new, and it remains a dark and troubling story. First to the good news, at least from the perspective of the government of Bahrain and its supporters: Despite an opposition call to boycott the November election, turnout, at 67%, was impressively high. The government did not release the number of … Continue reading "Jared Kushner’s “Deal of the Century” Will Bury the Two-State Solution"

Saudi Unemployment Statistics Spell a Troubled Vision 2030

Nov 14, 2018

Most of the new employment that Vision 2030 is supposed to create needs to come from the private sector. Two years and counting into the radical transformation of the Saudi economy known as Vision 2030, a key component of the strategy — to empower the private sector and significantly reduce unemployment — remains stalled. Figures … Continue reading "Jared Kushner’s “Deal of the Century” Will Bury the Two-State Solution"

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