Still Allied

Marian Wang rehashes Bahrain's diplomatic relationship with the US:

U.S. diplomatic cables show that underneath its glass-half-full view of Bahrain's progress, the State Department has long been aware of the country's internal tensions.

"Conditions in Bahrain continue to simmer. Small but violent bands of Shi'a underclass youth, frustrated with persistent discrimination and what they perceive as too gradual a pace of reform, clash with police nearly every week," noted one cable. "Discrimination against Shia persists," noted another.