Obama and the betrayal of democracy in Bahrain


Protesters carry a large banner reading: ''Democracy'' as they participate in an anti-government protests organised by Bahrain's leading opposition Al Wefaq. Sept. 14, 2012.
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Hamad I Mohammed / Reuters

In a piece for The Atlantic, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond shines light on the Obama administration's betrayal of democracy in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain. As security interests outweigh moral principles, Diamond details how the U.S. has turned its back on human rights activists and their popular aspirations for democracy. One such activist is Abduljalil al-Singance, a 2007 Draper Hills Summer Fellow, who was tortured at the hands of the Bahraini regime and recently sentenced to life imprisonment.