Sponsors needed!

10 Oct, '06

We need to kick up the Just Bahraini campaign a bit, and judging by the speed that the 200 buttons have almost disappeared, we need to make thousands of buttons, t-shirts, mugs, bracelets, and whatever other gifts that we decide to ultimately do. Therefore, we need corporate/individual sponsors to pay for these things. The compensation is that your company will be seen as anti-discrimination, anti-sectarian and a good player in the market. Your company’s name can be represented in some way on the product. If interested, please email me and let’s talk.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    You beat me to it Mahmood! Just did a whois search on the domain. I would have registered it in support of the campaign. 😉

  2. mahmood says:

    that was fast! I didn’t expect them to resolve already…

    anyway, it’s the thought that counts so thanks, and I am sure you will find other ways to contribute.

  3. NM says:


    Did you read “Reem Khalifa’s” column at AlWasat newspaper today? You should be proud of yourself.

    In my opinion, judging by the amount of excitment and publicity this idea has generated, I say that you take on the initiative and head this project perhaps. Create a paypal [www.paypal.com] accuont to recieve the public contributions (I will be the first to transfer you money) and I hope many other individuals and corporations will follow. To ease the workload, other bloggers and websites should also take an initiative, the least being advertisign for this campaign.

    I have a lot more ideas for the campaign, but I’m so excited, I can’t even think straight!! 😛

    The bottom line is, if this idea is properly sponserd, planned, and executed, it will go down history as a very successful unity project unifying Bahrainis from all sects like never before. It, with no overexaggeration, can be similar to the orange revolution seen in Ukraine or in Kuwait, and I can say that you can be the right man to lead this campaign Mahmood

    Best of Luck,


  4. lizardo says:

    looking forward to see them at the market =|

  5. alfalfa says:

    Sorry tried using paypal to buy from e-bay not available in Bahrain, could not believe it even called paypal the verified it so much for the finance capitol of the middle east.


  6. Anonymous says:

    That is a good and hopefully fruitful campaign. I wish for a change we see new faces, from all groups, not only a particular group…

    I am sure if you speak with the interior minister, they will surely support your campaign. As it is already adapting anti-discrimination and anti-sectarian policies, and surely it is good player in the political market. Do not forget that all members will vote by force! otherwise, you know the rest…

  7. Ali M. says:

    I would like to send emails of this campaign to my friends and everyone I can think of who needs to read about this. Maybe if you can make a nice html kinda thing like a newsletter type and I would gladdly send it to everyone I know. Otherwise I would have to resort to boring text =(

    What about selling them as well as accept a donation? That way u will guarantee people will be more up for it I think. 100 fils is easier to part with than a few dinars.

    You can get free advertising if you call up a few newspapers, magazines and the sort to write an article about it.

    Mahmood I would love to help in any way i can. But please keep in mind im a student at the other end of the world. I would love to see this thing get big.

    Oh and for those of you who were curious, yes toilet does flush clockwise here.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Anon. says:

    I am sure if you speak with the interior minister, they will surely support your campaign. As it is already adapting anti-discrimination and anti-sectarian policies, and surely it is good player in the political market.

    I could not help it but here it is: BS! They too adapt anit-my*** =P

  9. Anonymous says:

    Mahmood.. is there anything we can do regarding this?


    Its the exact opposite of your campaign. makes my blood boil.

  10. Anonymous says:

    وجهة نظر
    لاشيعي لاسني بس بحريني

    – ريم خليفة
    [ في مدونة محمود اليوسف الالكترونية »محمود دوت تي في« طرحت فكرة أكثر من رائعة في ظل الزوابع والعواصف التي هبت علينا في الفترة الأخيرة.

    الفكرة تكمن في كلمات معبرة وهي »لاشيعي لاسني بس بحريني« وتحمل في خلفيتها علم البحرين بلونيه الأحمر والأبيض. وطبعت هذه العبارات على إشارات توضع على الصدر من طرف القميص او الجاكيت بالإضافة إلى أن هناك النية بعمل ملصقات و«تي- شيرت« لذلك بحسب ماورد في المدونة.
    ويقول اليوسف انه ينوي نشر هذه الفكرة الوطنية على المستوى الالكتروني لتطبق فيما بعد على ارض الواقع ومن خلال منتجات مختلفة (مأكولات ومشروبات ومواد استهلاكية) تعبيرا لرفض آفة الطائفية، بحيث يحمل كل بحريني يحب وطنه هذا الشعار بكل فخر وكبرياء امام الجميع، ولنقول لكل من يعبث ببلادنا اننا ضد الطائفية واننا على استعداد لمواجهتها بالقول والعمل.
    لعل ما شهدناه في الفترة الماضية انما كان بسبب ابتعادنا جميعا عن ابتكار اساليب تقرب النفوس وتبعد الاحقاد، وتركنا الامر لبعض العابثين، من أمثال الشخص الذي يدعي انه أكاديمي، ولكنه يكتب استراتيجيات لاهلاك المجتمع، وهو لايهمه ذلك مادام قد امتلأت جيوبه وجيوب من معه بالمال مقابل ذلك.
    اننا أهل البحرين، ونحن الوحيدون الذين سنحافظ على كرامتنا ونبعد بلدنا عن الأدعياء الذين حلوا علينا بأخلاقهم البعيدة عن القيم وخدعوا البعض وزينوا لهم سياسات التفريق بين فئات المجتمع الذي عاش ويعيش وسيعيش مع بعضه مسالما ومتفاهما.
    ان فكرة اليوسف التي طرحها في مدونته تستحق كل المساندة لانها جاءت من بحريني محب لوطنه، وهي فكرة تختلف عن تلك الافكار المستوردة من اماكن غريبة عن ثقافتنا، وحبذا لو ان الجميع يشارك في مثل هذه الابداعات التي توحد المواطنين، وبذلك ننتصر على الحقد المستورد.

  11. mahmood says:

    Anon what is to be done about them? As far as freedom of speech goes, they have as much right to talk as we do. But as far as their sediciousness, well, the law can have a look at what they discuss and if there is a legal case that could be levied on them, then so be it.

    As far as I’m concerned however, the only thing I will do is send them a couple of buttons. But obviously as they don’t want to expose who they actually are, I can’t. The only information I have about them is:

    Domain Name: BAHRAINI.WS

    Registrar Name: Wild West Domains, Inc.
    Registrar Email: dns@jomax.net
    Registrar Telephone: 4806242500
    Registrar Whois: whois.wildwestdomains.com

    Domain created on 2003-10-16 16:09:20
    Domain last updated on 2005-10-22 14:23:15

    Current Nameservers:


    It’s surprising that they appear to be hosted in Kuwait though…

  12. Alyson says:

    Hi Mahmood,

    Such a campaign is so significant to Bahrain and potentially the region (and elsewhere) in these days when sectarianism is exploited by the ‘divide and rule merchants’. Imagine, Just Bahraini, Just Iraqi, Just British etc ad nauseum. I think if it gathers momentum that the international media would be very interested in covering this as a positive Mid-east story. Well done on getting the ball rolling.

  13. mahmood says:

    Spread the word Alyson!

  14. amal says:

    Is the door open for individual donations to this project?

    Btw, thumbs up!!

  15. mahmood says:

    Of course, and the donations thermometer is up already, look at the top of the page.

  16. Nawaf says:


    How can I make a monetary contribution?

  17. minus says:


    How can I make a monetary contribution?

    AND your smilies are cuteness! 8)

  18. mahmood says:

    The only way at the moment unfortunately is sending over a cheque in my name drawn on a Bahraini bank, or a demand draft. The other way is to email me or call me or fax me your credit card details and I’ll charge it with the amount that you desire to contribute. The charge on your card will show “GBPS” (Gulf Broadcast & Professional Systems) which is my company.

    Or drop by the office, have a cup of chai and a chat and give me your contribution and get a receipt for it if you like.

  19. Reem says:

    Thanks alot Mahmood and keep going against sectrianism in Bahrain..Me and others support ur move!

  20. MooDy says:

    good good good , we need to spread that all over the world …

    still waiting for your call moo ( flash content )…

  21. Tanya says:

    I think that to be fair you should have aternated it ….one button says no shi’i no sunni and the other should say no sunni no shi’i to be fair !

  22. Tanya says:

    It seems like a bit of a bias since the founder of the campaign was born shi’i…

  23. Tanya says:

    you also could have made it a regional campaign by using the slogan No Shi’i, No Sunni just Muslim…appeals to all factions of the community in Bahrain and in the Muslim world…

  24. Tanya says:

    and i gives you a wider base from which to draw donations…

  25. roger says:

    where do i click to donate and get buttons, etc.?

  26. mahmood says:

    Unfortunately Roger Paypal does not work for donations for Bahrain, so the only way to donate is to follow one of the alternate routes.

    As to the buttons, here are some places where you can pick a button up, though call first as supplies might have run out. We’re awaiting a big shipment within the next couple of weeks.

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