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Bahrain: A Tale
of Two Cities...
or Narratives a panel discussion with Souad Mekhennet
Nieman Fellow '13
Journalist and columnist for NYT, der Spiegel and German TV Katrina Lantos Swett
Human Rights Scholar
Chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Member, fact-finding delegation to Bahrain, Dec 2012 Salman AlJalahma
Media Attaché, Bahrain Embassy, Washington D.C. for the
Information Affairs Authority of Bahrain moderated by
Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Dozens of people were injured as protesters clashed with the riot police last week in Bahrain marking the second anniversary of the Saudi-led military intervention against the pro-democracy movement. Two narratives dominate the debate between those either called reformists, dissidents, or terrorists and the government of Bahrain -- the government claims that Shiite activists are collaborating with Iran to unleash chaos, while the Shiites allege that the government has committed escalating human rights abuses with Saudi Arabia’s support and U.S silence, choosing repression rather than reform. This three person panel will explore these competing narratives.