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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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Diving in Bahrain – Final PADI Open Water Diver Certification

Diving in Bahrain – Final PADI Open Water Diver Certification

23 Sep, '152 Comments

What a difference a day makes… On the first open water dive, we could hardly see beyond a meter or two. Just two days after that, the wind had dropped, the swells dissipated and the underwater visibility improved dramatically. This is diving in Bahrain, I’m told. Have a watch of this video to see what […]

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Seeking Challenges: the PADI Open Water Diver Course continues

Seeking Challenges: the PADI Open Water Diver Course continues

19 Sep, '151 Comment

If you didn’t know, I’m a bit afraid of the sea. It freaks me out. I don’t know much about it, I don’t understand it and my preferred food isn’t fish. I hope that I won’t become their food either. So what do I do? I get voluntarily enrolled in a PADI Open Water Diver course. […]

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Swimming with the fishes. PADI Open Water Diver I shall be!

Swimming with the fishes. PADI Open Water Diver I shall be!

18 Sep, '155 Comments

Hear this. I don’t much like the sea, generally. Read that as I’m some what afraid of it. Terrified actually; however, embracing the “do something that scares you every day” mantra and at the behest of a nag of a friend who drove our whole EO Bahrain forum to take up the challenge, we dove right in and signed […]

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The Hostility of the Middle East to Freedom of Expression

The Hostility of the Middle East to Freedom of Expression

12 Sep, '154 Comments

Here’s a riddle: if you heard the following, which country of region or the world would immediately jump up at you? A female artist and activist serving a 12-year prison sentence is facing additional charges, including “indecent conduct,” after shaking her male lawyer’s hand. South America? China? Belarus? Georgia? USA? No. I bet the region […]

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News is Dead. Long live Content.

News is Dead. Long live Content.

11 Sep, '150 Comments

When news is published, it’s just the beginning of the conversation, not its end. This is what “news” is today. It’s necessarily a live conversation that informs, educates and empowers people to make better decisions. Whether you like it or not, printed newspapers, and magazines are dead. I believe that they’re uselessly clinging to life through […]

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