Bahraini youths jump rope as they wait for riot police between clashes on the main street of Malkiya, Bahrain, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
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Three years after the eruption of a popular uprising in Bahrain that security forces subdued but have failed to stamp out, the ruling family has launched a new dialogue with the opposition but a breakthrough to end the turmoil remains elusive.Bahrain seems trapped in a treadmill of recrimination and low-level but chronic political conflict on the third anniversary of the Feb. 14 uprising spearheaded by majority Shiites seeking democratic reform and an end to alleged discrimination at the hands of the Sunni monarchy.Two rounds of reconciliation-oriented dialogue between the opposition and government since 2011 ended inconclusively, and Bahrainis are now banking on a new attempt backed by Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa to revive the talks.Crown Prince Sheikh Salman, a relative moderate in the Sunni Khalifa family that has ruled Bahrain since the 18th century, stepped in last month to try to narrow differences – four months after the second round of reconciliation talks was suspended in the face of an opposition boycott.
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