Bahrain remains a troubled country but receives little media attention in the West. Why? We can only assume that the West has a vested interest in maintaining the current regime. The tiny Island is strategically useful for the West, notably the USA. It is home to the US Navy's fifth fleet. In view of the current unrest in this region of the World the USA will want to hold on to that. Perhaps that is why the USA never seems to acknowledge the atrocities in Bahrain but prefers to concentrate on Syria.
The kingdom of Bahrain remains a troubled empire.
Early in 2012 TEK reported that a former British Police Commissioner, John Yates, had been hired to reform the Bahrain police force. In late 2011 he had resigned from his post in the UK amidst phone hacking scandals.
The Bahrain government had supposedly agreed to some reforms in the kingdom and re-training the brutal police force was one such change. Nothing much appears to have changed.
Nightly protests invariably turn violent. Peaceful marchers who try to move into central areas are teargassed and they respond with petrol bombs. Perhaps Yates' influence has made some positive changes in how the police respond but the people of Bahrain would no doubt disagree.
The kingdom has an uneven split between Sunni and Shia Muslims, and an uneven split between the wealthy and poor. Shias are constantly disadvantaged in the job market and beyond. The BBC has this information about Bahrain:
OPINION: Hidden agendas and hypocrisy from the West are becoming the norm it seems