Monday, 27th March 2023

F1: Max Verstappen wins in Bahrain as controversy persists

As another Formula One season begins, so do the questions about race locations on the 2023 calendar. Human rights advocates believe F1 is not driving change, but is rather complicit in sports washing.


12 Nov 2017
Bahrain accuses Iran for attack on pipeline after the explosion.
3 Aug 2019
The executions come amid tensions with Iran. Bahrain accuses the country of fomenting Shiite armed opposition groups that have carried out attacks on security forces.
13 Jun 2020
The Bahraini activist has played a critical role in bringing to light human rights abuses in Bahrain and the Middle East region. He was sentenced to five years in prison for tweeting criticism of Saudi's war in Yemen.
27 Sep 2020
US President Donald Trump presided over the signing of normalization diplomatic ties between Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain, hoping to boost his re-election chances.
2 Dec 2020
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Iran is the "number one threat" to Gulf security and thanks Bahrain for its support in exerting pressure on Tehran as he meets virtually with Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani. The meeting comes as a 40-strong Bahraini delegation visits Israel for two days of talks on boosting economic cooperation and tourism after the two countries normalised relations in September.