Bahrain. The king, Shaykh Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa, was
reported in April to have pardoned 178 people accused of
breaking the country's security laws. Among the released
were reportedly two Shiite opposition leaders, Imam Mohammed
Maqdad and Hassan Mushaima, leader of the Haq Movement for
Freedom and Democracy.
Countryaah-ABCDE, the country's crown prince, Shaykh Salamn ibn Hamad Al
Khalifa, in a debate article in the Washington Post
newspaper called the Arab states in July to hold a dialogue
with Israel: the other side takes the first step.
Al-Manama, the capital of Bahrain on the Persian Gulf; 157,500 residents
(2010). The city is located on the northeast coast of the island of Bahrain and
has for centuries been an important trading center. With oil discoveries in
1932, a rapid development was initiated with the construction of hotels, office
properties, highways and a deep water port, which is now one of the Gulf's most
Al-Manama has developed into one of the Middle East's most important trading
and financial centers, including head offices for several major banks and oil
companies. Bahrain is a relatively liberal country in the Gulf context, and the
city is a holiday destination for Saudis in particular, who have easy access to
it via the mainland embankment. The National Museum (1988) was designed by the
Danish architects Svend Axelsson and Knud Holscher.
Since the mid-1990's, there have been political riots in Bahrain from time to
time, and al-Manama has repeatedly been the scene of demonstrations, riots and