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Opinion: Understanding the truth behind Bahrain


Sami-al-Awar argues here that Bahrain is the victim of poor publicity by human rights organizations and Western media which do not understand “the difference between countries in the region and treat them all the same in their approach to events.” The authors indeed claim that the small island country is, despite the need for further reform, the most liberal in the region – politically, socially or in terms of women’s rights – and should be recognized as such.

He also makes the case that “although the events in Bahrain started as a youth movement asking for reforms, […] it was later appropriated by religious groups and soon enough, clashes erupted between some residents of Sunni and Shiite neighborhoods.”

Al Arabiya, Saudi Arabia

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