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Politics vs. Sport at the Bahrain Grand Prix

There was extensive coverage in the media of the recent Bahrain Grand Prix, and in particular the off-track events that surrounded it. The majority of this coverage suggested Formula One was there for financial reasons, despite the risk to team members’ lives and the overall political situation in the host country. In response to this, many Formula One journalists stated there wasn’t actually any trouble in Bahrain at all; that even if you looked for it, you struggled to find the apparent riots and shootings. But all this misses the point. Amnesty International recently released a report which stated that 35 deaths were reported in Bahrain over a two-month period last year. Five of these were due to torture. Why were the F1 pres...

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