- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
For ProPublica, Justin Elliot tells the unlikely story of Eni Faleomavaega, the non-voting congressional delegate from American Samoa who has become the Bahraini government’s staunchest defender on Capitol Hill:
But this week he is taking a trip to Bahrain, his second in the past year, both paid for by the Bahraini government. It’s part of a year-long friendship the congressman has developed with the tiny Gulf nation.
Last March, just weeks into the crisis, Faleomavaega emerged seemingly out of nowhere — he has no history of commenting on Mideast affairs — to enter a 2,500-word statement  into the Congressional Record that closely echoed the Bahraini government’s spin. "Bahrain is under attack," he said, painting protesters as violent, Iran-backed vandals representing "the worst kind of seditious infiltration from a foreign enemy." He praised the Crown Prince for supposedly meeting protesters’ demands for democratic reforms.
"Mr. Speaker," Faleomavaega said. "I have to ask why the demonstrators returned to protesting again, even after all their demands were agreed to."
Just days before, the government had torn down  the iconic Pearl Monument at the center of the protests and Saudi Arabian tanks had rolled into Bahrain to back up the government crackdown.
Not surprisingly, there’s a lobbyist connection behind Faleomavaega’s sudden interest in Bahrain, but also cameo appearances by the Northern Virginia Mormon community and the tuna industry. In the past, Faleomavaega has used his position to defend Kazakhstan’s human rights record as well.