“The past week in Lebanon, we’ve all been glued to the news watching (perhaps even experiencing first hand) the outbreak of violence in Saida between the Lebanese Army and Sunni Sheikh Ahmad Al-Assir.
Regardless of your preferred outlet, you can’t deny that every single news station seems to have the exact same vocabulary. Be it international, local, official or not, the words on every one’s lips are almost exactly and unnervingly the same. Maybe there’s no way around it, but regardless, here’s six words we’re sick of hearing in the news this week in Lebanon.”
A great article (and series of links) that puts into perspective a little bit just how generic and uninformative most Western news reports (this blog is undoubtedly guilty as well) are that grossly oversimplify what’s going on here with buzzwords like “sectarian,” “tension” and “spillover” in order to make Lebanese politics digestible for a foreign audience.