JANUARY 8, 2002
Bahrain liberalizes - but tear gas is still in order
The Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa is personally behind the project and has overseen a large number of reforms since he took power, including the re-establishment of parliament, an amnesty for anti-government activists and the establishment of liberal newspapers.
However other problems are now emerging with unemployment becoming an issue and on Monday police broke up a demonstration outside the Labor Ministry, using tear gas to disperse the protesters.
The government is engaged in a number of major schemes to create new jobs - the F1 circuit being one of them.