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Little Bahrain Turns to Its Neighbors for Help, Again

Sep 6, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
Vehicles cross the King Fahd Causeway, which runs 25 kilometers between Saudi Arabia and the island nation of Bahrain.

Vehicles cross the King Fahd Causeway, which runs 25 kilometers between Saudi Arabia and the island nation of Bahrain.

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The small island nation of Bahrain is caught in a big squeeze. Middle Eastern rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia both feel a degree of connection and influence over its people and territory, and some of its wealthy neighbors -- Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait -- often instruct the ruling al-Khalifa family on how to conduct the country's domestic and foreign policies. The rulers, who are Sunni, oversee a Shiite Arab majority population and an economy with more foreign workers than citizens. Those rulers also have a habit of needing help managing the country, and they are again in need of economic aid....

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