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An Arab man's attempt at bridging the cultural gap and trying to make a difference. Failing a lot. Succeeding once in a while.

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The Ritual

The Ritual

22 Jul, '176 Comments

Life is a series of rituals. This is ours. This is our Friday. Frances and I spend the day together and walk in Bahrain City Centre normally – for those not from this area, people can’t walk outside especially in the summer, and malls are big enough, interesting enough, and very importantly are air conditioned […]

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Congratulations! #DurazSiege is One Year Old.

Congratulations! #DurazSiege is One Year Old.

20 Jun, '173 Comments

Yep. One year. A full city of over twenty thousand souls has been under siege for one full year, since 20 June 2016. How about that? It must qualify for a world record of some kind and I know that this is the reason it is really in place, to pin yet another browny point on […]

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Saying NO to the Shock Doctrine

Saying NO to the Shock Doctrine

15 Jun, '170 Comments

My friend Doug Doulton shared this on his Facebook timeline:   In it, Naomi Klein states: Shock. It’s a word that has come up a lot since November— for obvious reasons. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about shock. Ten years ago, I published “The Shock Doctrine,” an investigation that spanned four decades from […]

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Is the #DurazSiege at an end?

Is the #DurazSiege at an end?

2 Jun, '170 Comments

I woke up with a start two or three times last night and couldn’t figure out why…. Then it dawned on me. The quiet. No police helicopters buzzing overhead at low altitude. In the vicinity of Duraz, we see and hear helicopters flying at relatively low altitude day and night. Every single day since the […]

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Shaikh Isa Qasim Sentenced. Now what?

Shaikh Isa Qasim Sentenced. Now what?

21 May, '171 Comment

After more than a year or toing and froing, Shaikh Isa Qasim, Hussain Alqassab and Mirza Aldurazi get a suspended sentence of one year in jail, three years probation, the appropriation of over BD 3 million collected as “khums” – a religious tax of 20% of surplus profits given by followers of the Shia tradition […]

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