the king of Bahrain that is. He's trying to keep up with the game as the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt did not, and as the leadership in Algeria, Libya and Yemen are also currently trying to do. He says he is sorry the police shot a demonstrator dead yesterday. That demonstrator's funeral has been held, peacefully it would appear (I rely on Al-Jazeera for this stuff), with no police on the ground but helicopters overhead. The king says there will be reforms. He refers to media freedom (which does not exist in that tiny kingdom) and, vaguely, to internet access - do people in Bahrain have it? I bet the king does. But the people are in a square in Manama.
In other news, Barry O. gets some cojones, and speaks contemptuously about the leadership of Iran pretending to support the uprising in Egypt, but when people demonstrate in Iran shooting them dead.
Power to the people.