Nicholas D. Kristof: When Bahrain Said -- Get Lost

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BAHRAIN, one of America's more repressive allies, tries to keep many journalists and human rights monitors out. I recently tried to slip in anyway. The jig was up at the Bahrain airport when an immigration officer typed my name into his computer and then snapped to attention. "Go back over there and sit down," he said, looking at me in horror and keeping my passport. "We'll call you." The Obama administration initially spoke out against the crackdown but has since been "inconsistent and muted," notes Brian Dooley of Human Rights First. "This has been horribly frustrating for human rights activists in Bahrain hoping that the U.S. would support their push for democracy," he added.

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