Bahrain’s New Order 

The political news emanating from the tiny island kingdom of Bahrain has come fast and frequent this summer, with a series of actions taken by the courts, Parliament, and security forces effectively reshaping the formal political landscape of the country.

Bahrain’s New Order 
Abduljalil Khalil, center, a senior member of al-Wefaq, addresses journalists flanked by lawyers for the party's jailed leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, pictured behind them, during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain on May 30. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

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