Human Rights

Gratitudes and the Duraz Siege

Gratitudes and the Duraz Siege

27 Aug, '167 Comments

Today, I choose to reflect on our village Duraz’s siege from my own perspective. We are having to suffer long queues of cars to report to a police checkpoint – one of only two for a village and an area that hosts over 20,000 residents – to get home.

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How to deal with hate

How to deal with hate

3 Jun, '161 Comment

Here’s a small example of how two brave women took it upon themselves to do the right thing and stood up to a hateful Islamophobe. They give us a clear and good example of how to deal with hate: Both the racist and the young woman were customers at this ice-cream parlour. But the women […]

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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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Pop Quiz: How Sectarian are You?

Pop Quiz: How Sectarian are You?

6 Sep, '154 Comments

How sectarian are you, is a question that I’ve often thought of and produced a few traits that might indicate the level of sectarianism in a person. A recent article by Ghanim Alnajjar in Alwasat newspaper; however, has written a good comprehensive list which could be used to judge the level of a person’s sectarianism […]

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The Death of Arab Consciousness 

The Death of Arab Consciousness 

3 Sep, '150 Comments

So much unnecessary loss of life. At the root of it, one group believes they and only they are right. The others are worthless creatures who should be exterminated. Those people, who I believe fueled war and strife in Syria and elsewhese will not be moved by the horrible images and their conscience one single iota, […]

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Moral Bankruptcy of the Arab World

Moral Bankruptcy of the Arab World

31 Aug, '153 Comments

After a recent visit, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, declared: “Yemen after five months looks like Syria after five years.” – BBC What started as hope for change for the better, hope for a better future, hope for democracy and human rights, soon descended into calculated chaos. […]

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Selective Citizenship, Bahraini-style

Selective Citizenship, Bahraini-style

7 Jun, '144 Comments

Parliament is considering legislation by the government to compel Bahrainis with multiple-citizenship to rescind them in favour of the Bahraini citizenship within 3 months of the legislation becoming the law. I know that many countries in the world have similar conditions for their citizens. What is different in our situation is that I know – […]

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Retaking Bahrain

Retaking Bahrain

12 Mar, '133 Comments

In a surprise move, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa was given a new important role in the executive branch of government as the first deputy prime minister, this, along his other official capacity as the crown prince and deputy king. I have no doubt that this much and universally respected personality in Bahrain and beyond […]

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Guns

Guns

17 Dec, '124 Comments

When the gun debate rages in the States after the killing of 27 people, mostly children, with the prevailing view to limit guns’ availability, in Bahrain the situation seems to have been reversed, with some people not only having easy access to them, but use them to terrorise others while the normally vocal authorities on […]

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Nabeel Rajab Acquitted

Nabeel Rajab Acquitted

23 Aug, '120 Comments

The Bahrain News Agency is carrying a report that the court has acquitted Nabeel Rajab from defaming and slandering Muharraq citizens. Here’s the release: Court of Appeals Acquits Nabeel Rajab of Defamation and Slandering of Muharraq Citizens 12 : 12 PM – 23/08/2012 Manama, August 23 — (BNA)– The Court of Appeal has cleared activist […]

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