Hakeem al-Araibi: international pressure forced Bahrain to blink

The image of Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi – barefoot, shackled, and surrounded by guards – shocked many across the world, and reinvigorated the resolve of his supporters. This contrasts wildly with the moment Araibi’s release was announced on Monday. The feeling of injustice drove the global pressure on Thailand to drop Bahrain’s vendetta against a young man who had escaped […]

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