Arab Autocrats: Exiled, Killed or Fighting for Survival

The New York Times

Protests in Bahrain, a staunch American ally and home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, erupted days after Egyptians overthrew Mubarak, with the tiny island nation’s Shiite majority calling for greater equality and representation in the government and the public sector.

King Hamad, a Sunni in the Arab Gulf’s only Shiite-majority nation, maintained his authority, often through harsh crackdowns.

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