As various first anniversaries of the roiling events dubbed the “Arab Spring” have passed, there have been frequent reassessments of conditions in Tunisia and Egypt. Tomorrow will mark the anniversary of the outbreak of protests in Libya.

But a year ago today occurred the beginning of one phase of the Arab Spring that has not been well-remembered or honored: the unsuccessful popular protests in Bahrain, crushed ruthlessly as the United States stood by and the world watched in dismay.

In a special “Sneak Preview” from the March/April issue of the Monthly, we’re proud to offer today the definitive account of the events in Bahrain: “The Crackdown,” by NPR foreign correspondent Kelly McEvers. It’s a memorable account of events that have too quickly been forgotten.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.