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Bahrain:
“the government is seeking to marginalise the Shia politically and economically while bringing in Sunni from Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Pakistan to take their place.”
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/teargas-shells-replace-the-pearl-as-the-symbol-of-bahrain-8891649.html

Libya:
“As in the rest of Libya, the government’s attempt to integrate the militias into its security forces has largely meant it paying armed men with their own agenda whom it does not control. In Benghazi in July an Islamist militia called the Libyan Shield, which was supposedly working for the government, opened fire on demonstrators protesting against its misrule and killed 31 of them.”
http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/10/24/how-libya-fell-off-the-media-map/

Syria: It seems “economic life” is limited to regime-held western Aleppo
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/10/aleppo-war-economy-rebels-regime-syria.html

Syria:
“It is No Longer the Free Syrian Army But the Radical Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams That is a Serious Threat to the Assad Government…ISIS and its form of radicalism are a product of Saudi Arabian and Qatari financing of the rebellion. Money from the Gulf Arabs alongside foreign fighters and a motivated group of Syrian fighters have given ISIS the advantage.”
http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/10/25/al-qaedas-corridor-through-syria/

Sunni-Shia rift:
“Thankfully for Kerry and his European mates, the absence of any institutional memory in the State Department, Foreign Office or Quai d’Orsay means that no one need remember that 15 of the 19 mass-killers of 9/11 were also Salafists and – let us above all, please God, forget this – were all Sunni citizens of Saudi Arabia”
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/how-the-sunnishia-schism-is-dividing-the-world-8899780.html

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