Bahrain Joins Democracy Push

The tiny country of Bahrain, home of the US Navy’s 5th Fleet, can’t help but notice all of the commotion in the area. Not to be left out,… Bahrain passes democracy legislation on Monday:

The Cabinet yesterday appr­oved the Chamber of Deputies’ decision to introduce human rights and democracy as subjects at the intermediate and secondary levels and asked the Ministry of Education to consider both subjects in its curricula development plans.

And, more good news– The Bahrain Government also released the three detained bloggers today…

Bahrain has freed three men detained for running a website critical of the government, though they still face charges over stirring hostility towards the government.

“They freed all of us and now I am at home with my family,” Ali Abd al-Imam, who ran www.bahrainonline.org, said.

This is great news, and a positive sign, yet, Bahrain has a ways to go…

The government has banned the website, which frequently changes its address to circumvent blocking by Internet provider Bahrain Telecommunications Co.

Bahrain, the Gulf’s banking hub and home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, has introduced some reforms, but the opposition, led by the country’s majority Shia Muslims, wants more rights in the small Sunni-ruled kingdom.

Update: (8:00 AM) The “Great One” Instapundit is linking to this news from Bahrain.

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