Bahrain's Stillborn Revolution

Photograph by David Degner for TIME

The fallen Flags mark the grave of 16-year-old Ali Yousif al-Satrawi, who was run over by a police car while taking part in a protest in the Manama suburb of Juffair last November

They called him the golden boy. Celebrated for his grace on the soccer pitch, Aala Hubail was, until last spring, Bahrain's best hope for a shot at the 2012 Olympics and a chance for the tiny island nation in the Persian Gulf to make the 2014 World Cup. Everyone in this soccer-mad country knew his name. But these days, the hero of Bahraini soccer lives alone in a sparsely furnished apartment in the Omani city of Soor, where he now plays for a local club. The bruises from repeated beatings in detention have faded, but he walks warily, as...

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