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Bahrain mired in dangerous stalemate

After brutal crackdown, Bahrain's streets are quiet and protests subdued.

Meanwhile, hotels on the island are almost empty and the nation that promotes itself with the slogan “Business-Friendly Bahrain” is losing its luster for corporations.

The Daily Tribune, an English language paper here, ran an article today about the dent in business for local establishments caused by the unrest.

“We used to have 160 to 170 customers during the weekends, but last week their numbers were around 40,” Rabih al Halabi, a manager at Zahle Restaurant, told the paper. “Now we have just one male singer and a belly dancer and we hope the situation will get better this weekend.”