The decision by a Bahrain court to uphold two death sentences highlights how authoritarian regimes exact revenge and silence opponents.
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Bahrain’s economy, hit by the oil price crash and Covid-19 has little hope for recovery even as it continues its heavy spend on security.
Migrant workers in the Gulf are trying to get home to escape Covid-19 and destitution.