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Formula 1: Will Bahrain GP Be Cancelled? Ecclestone, Globalization and Politics

Since January, incredible events have changed the status quo of Western politics towards the Middle East, its people, and, more important, its rulers, who more often than not are "tyrants" or repressive authoritarians who are supported only because of strategic reasons.This was the case with Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.  In the case of Bahrain, the United States government supports the king mainly because of Bahrain's oil reserves, the fact that NAVCENT (US 5th Fleet) headquarters are in Bahrain and because the king and the elite are a Sunni in a Shi'a majority country, which is a key to stemming Iranian influence in the Persian Gulf region. But now the country's Shi'a majority are revolting against the Sunni government and royal f...

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