'Iran was not too unhappy to see Nimr al-Nimr a martyr because he was probably more useful as a martyr than as a thorn in the side of the regime'

Prof Laleh Khalili speaks to Hardnews, on the violent protests against Saudi Arabia in Iran, the rising scourge of sectarianism, the rise of the Islamic State and the future of the Middle East. Excerpts
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