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Amy Austin Holmes

The Royals' New Rules: Backsliding in Bahrain


Al Khalifa of Bahrain, the Sunni family that has ruled the Shia-majority country since 1783, has a long history of thwarting revolutionary uprisings. They have recently added five new tactics to their repertoire. My own experience with their new strategy happened on 29 January, when I landed at the airport in Manama. Although wary of the fact that a number of journalists, NGOs, European MPs, and activists had been denied entry into Bahrain, I thought I was low profile ...

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Amy Austin Holmes


Amy Austin Holmes is an assistant professor of sociology at the American University in Cairo. She is the director of the 2012 film Imperial Outposts: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Presence in Turkey. She has contributed to Mobilization, the Baltimore Sun, and Ahram Online.