February 15, 2011 5:47 AM Subscribe
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erupt in Bahrain
(For those who don't know, Bahrain is a small country in the Middle East, close to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Wikipedia. CIA World Book
. It is a very small country, with ~750,000 people living there, but of vital strategic interest to the USA. It is home to the US Navy's 5th Fleet
There have been murmurs for weeks about protests, well before former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's resignation. Indeed, last Sunday the Bahraini monarchy attempted to use a USD2,700 cash payout to every single Bahraini family
as a way to placate the masses.
However, they refused to be bought, yesterday, on Valentine's Day, protests exploded
. Just like Egypt, Bahraini authorities have a rich history
of suppressing protests and their leaders. Will they succeed again? How will the unrest in Bahrain interact with relations between Bahrain, the USA, and Iran
Here is the Guardian's coverage
of the protests. Here is a Wikileaks cable
outlining the US government's perspectives on the Bahraini monarchy: relatively Western orientated and educated, progressive and reform minded, and worth a lot of money.