Tuesday, February 22, 2011

U.S. Denounces Iranian Crackdown - But Stays Silent on Key Ally Bahrain

U.S. Remains Silent on Violence in Bahrain

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(Democracy Now! 0900 PST, February 16, 2011) In Bahrain, anti-government protests have entered their third day. Bahrain is the home of the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, making it a key strategic ally for the United States. While President Obama openly criticized Iran's crackdown on protesters February 15, he said nothing critical about Bahrain where two protesters have been killed since Monday.

To discuss the situation in Bahrain, Democracy Now! interviews Faraz Sanei, a researcher at Human Rights Watch, who has been closely monitoring events on the ground.

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