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.