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Bahrain in Wonderland

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Hey, great news!

 

The Arab Spring revolution in Bahrain is over!

 

And the way I know this is how?

 

Well, there was this announcement this week from the Board of the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) that the 2012 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix will be held from April 20 to 22 at BIC, "The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East,' in Sakhir, a desert area just outside Manama, Bahrain's capitol.

 

The directors noted that the race will mark the Kingdom's eighth hosting of the prestigious Formula One event, and will feature plenty of top-class action being the fourth round of a record-breaking 20-race calendar that makes up the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship.

 

Last year's race was cancelled because of what sponsors called "unrest," but which most of the rest of us described as mindless, heartless, brainless and unspeakable violence. We're certainly happy that's all over with now!

 

And how do I know it's all over?

 

I know this also because   Professor Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni, the prominent Egyptian judge who prepared the government-ordered report on the violence in Bahrain, "expressed his full backing for the race weekend scheduled to take place this April."

 

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William Fisher has managed economic development programs in the Middle East and elsewhere for the US State Department and the US Agency for International Development. He served in the international affairs area in the Kennedy Administration and now (more...)
 
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