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Old 04-19-2012, 07:35 AM   #496
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I completely agree with Sid, F1 is insane to allow itself to be used as a main focal point in this internal issue. Actually what I hope happens is that the FIA continues with the race but that all the teams themselves boycott. That would make for some fun FIA political maneuvering.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:56 AM   #497
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James Allen mentions the odd sight that there are banners proclaiming that Bahrain is UniF1ed. That seems like a pretty political message for a series that is there just to entertain, especially given the recent history.

I really hope this whole weekend goes down safely, for everyone's sake.

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Old 04-19-2012, 12:29 PM   #498
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Lots of protests, almost a complete lockdown of the city, including the prime tourist area. This race will take place as if it were in a prison.
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:58 PM   #499
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:57 PM   #500
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I wouldn't have known there were protests in Bahrain if it wasn't for F1.
I am sure I am not alone (even amongst the other ADV F1 fans, followers of this thread).

So it turns out something good can happen as a result of this whole thing. I am now more informed. Auto racing is a beautiful thing.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:55 PM   #501
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I wouldn't have known there were protests in Bahrain if it wasn't for F1.
I am sure I am not alone (even amongst the other ADV F1 fans, followers of this thread).

So it turns out something good can happen as a result of this whole thing. I am now more informed. Auto racing is a beautiful thing.


True, I just read today that the unrest is primarily religious based; Sunni vs Shiite
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:45 AM   #502
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True, I just read today that the unrest is primarily religious based; Sunni vs Shiite
Its the middle east.
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:23 AM   #503
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Oh, I wasn't surprised that a religious line was drawn between the haves, and the have-nots
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:36 AM   #504
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I wouldn't have known there were protests in Bahrain if it wasn't for F1.
I am sure I am not alone (even amongst the other ADV F1 fans, followers of this thread).

So it turns out something good can happen as a result of this whole thing. I am now more informed. Auto racing is a beautiful thing.
I know this is the racing thread, but just a short bit on the background to help with the understanding. The unrest in Bahrain is not dissimilar than that of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, or Syria. Yes, the bulk of the strife is between the majority Shiite population and the Sunni minority (which just so happen the be the majority when it comes to ruling the kingdom), but the underlying tension is more discrimination based rather than based on belief differences. In that, it's a similar story of discrimination where the Sunni's are often the ones promoted in government, housing, and social stature while many Shiite's are ignored. The people are fighting for freedom and equality and against fundamental things like unemployment and inequality.

It's easy to brush it off as just another Middle East violent society, but it's much deeper than that. People have been tortured to death and I follow a girl on twitter whose father and brother were taken from the home one night last year and have been held without charge in brutal conditions. The Royals responsible for this do what they can to hide it and because of friendly tendencies towards the west, like the ability and willingness to house the US 5th fleet, much of the west has turned a blind eye to Bahrain where its played up deep concern over nearly identical actions in Syria.

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I understand the issue extends beyond Bahrain. The minority Sunnis are of the same branch of Islam as the Saudi Royal family. The neighboring Saudis prop-up Bahrain and are said to have a heavy hand in their affairs, especially security.

The majority Shiites are of the same branch of Islam as Iran. Iran and Saudi Arabia are fierce rivals. So there's a geo-political aspect to this situation.

Again, what the heck is F1 doing in the middle of this? Bernie threatens to drop races in his sleep. What's so special about Bahrain?
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What's so special about Bahrain?
Look no further than Saudi Arabia, oil, money and politics.

I think a lot of people will be turned off to F1 by this display of insensitivity and greed, myself included.
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That must be on Vettel's car, since Webber seems to understand it...
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