Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:15AM
This photo shows Bahraini anti-regime protesters in Diraz, the hometown of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, on May 22, 2017.
This photo shows Bahraini anti-regime protesters in Diraz, the hometown of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, on May 22, 2017.
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These are the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:

Bahrain: A forgotten revolution

It's been over 5 years: A revolution is underway in the tiny Persian Gulf island of Bahrain.  People have been staging daily protests to make their voices heard: More democracy, respect for human rights, respect for political rights and a just society: It all sounds very natural for a people ruled over tyrannical dynasty and deprived of their basic rights. The cause of the Bahraini people should have been celebrated by the international community but instead a deafening silence is ruling over international organizations and global media.

US-Europe divisions

The divisions between the US and what many now see as its former European allies have taken on a new dimension. This time, over Russia. Germany and Austria have strongly condemned the new anti-Russia sanctions approved by the US Senate, calling them unacceptable. In a joint statement, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said the sanctions aim to benefit the U-S oil and gas sectors. The two stressed that European countries cannot tolerate being threatened over their business deals with Moscow. On Thursday, the US Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill to slap new sanctions on Russia. If signed into law, the US would fine enterprises that deal with Russian counterparts. Some see the response as yet another sign of a growing rift between Germany and the US.