Middle East Video Analysis: How to Make Moderate Protest Disappear — Shout “Sectarian”

Prompted by a recent New York Times article about Bahrain — and contrasting it with what has happened in the Kingdom since 2011 — a look at how the media can “disappear” peaceful protests across the Middle East by shouting “Sectarian!”:

There you have it, folks. All the events of the last three years in the “Arab Spring” are just sectarianism. Protests have disappeared. Demands for rights and reforms have been overwhelmed….

If you want to walk away from the Middle East, if it’s just too difficult, you just say, “They’re always going to fight because they’re always been sectarian. They’re always trying to kill each other.”

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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