How Manama Mirrors Minneapolis

Ayla Kaufman Bahrain’s dismal record on human rights is nothing new; this small country on the Persian Gulf made headlines in 2011 for violent crackdowns on protests. Following demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt, Bahraini civilians took to the streets calling for constitutional, political, and economic reform. The past decade has seen only a further propagation of political corruption. However, Bahrain’s name has slipped out of the media cycle, leaving the general public to unwittingly turn a blind eye to America’s foreign policy for Bahrain. Absence of accountability has allowed for the continuation of U.S. military aid to the Bahrain Defense Forces (BDF), rendering America actively respon

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