Though the protests may have stopped, and the government appears to be cooperating with an international inquiry into its brutality, the underlying problems have not been solved:
The investigation itself, [chief Cherif Bassiouni] warned, cannot right relations between Bahrain's rulers and its Shi'ite population, which says it is systematically denied access to land, housing and state employment on sectarian grounds. "This doesn't address the endemic problems, doesn't address the need for political change, for a new constitution, the economic disparities or the political division of Sunnis and Shi'a. All the underlying problems remain," Bassiouni said.
(Photo: Anti-government protesters throw a released political prisoner in the air in the Pearl roundabout late on February 22, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. By John Moore/Getty Images)