NEAR EAST: Oily Sheik

Away from London last week slunk snubbed Emperor Haile Selassie (see p. 18), but glad British hands were extended by King Edward and many another in London to His Highness Sheik Sir Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, ruler of the Bahrein Islands in the Persian Gulf of Iran.

The Sheik's goodwill is of vital importance to Britain. Very quietly last year the Persian Gulf base of the Royal Navy was moved from Iran's famed Bushire to Bahrein and thus outside the immediate domain of Iran's King of Kings. The Sheik also allows British planes...

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