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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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Punishments

Punishments

21 Mar, '11105 Comments

Punishments come in various guises, but the worst of those are the collective and indiscriminate ones. I think we’re seeing that today levied against the most respected newspaper in Bahrain. Al-Wasat comes to our doors with just 20 pages, and virtually no advertisements whatsoever. If this carries on, not only tens of families will lose […]

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“Just Bahraini” not welcome at checkpoints

“Just Bahraini” not welcome at checkpoints

19 Mar, '1149 Comments

Leena Al Olaimy On Friday 18th March 2011, @LAlOlaimy said: @khalidalkhalifa I’m VERY concerned by what I just heard re: my aunt’s checkpoint experience. #Bahrain police tried to provoke her & found a ‘لا سني لا شيعي بس بحريني‘ badge in her bag. The police ridiculed her asking if she really believes in it? She responded ‘yes’. […]

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Pyrrhic Victories

18 Mar, '1139 Comments

The Pearl has been cleared. A pseudo-martial law is in effect. Ten more protestors were killed, along with two security personnel and three expatriate residents as far as I can tell, bringing the total lives lost so far to 23 since Feb 14. Six opposition figures have been apprehended, five of whom were just released […]

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Martial law, or low-grade civil war?

Martial law, or low-grade civil war?

15 Mar, '1152 Comments

My mind is in absolute turmoil. Sitting in Vancouver airport awaiting my interminable flights to get back home, I can’t prevent myself from repeatedly asking: What am I going back to? A country on the prcipesce of civil war where one is marked by the sect he or she was born into. No longer people, […]

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Something to ponder…

12 Mar, '1113 Comments

The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him. — […]

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