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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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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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False starts are common. Is this another one?

False starts are common. Is this another one?

16 Mar, '174 Comments

Something’s up. I – like the majority of Bahrainis – have become pessimistic and always looking for hidden meanings. This latest feeling descended on me when I heard that a staunch loyalist MP invited the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid bin Ra’ad Alhussein to come to Bahrain to personally investigate the situation here […]

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The adverse effects of impunity on humanity

The adverse effects of impunity on humanity

26 Apr, '167 Comments

I happened across a couple of posts on Facebook which clearly demonstrated to me the adverse effects of impunity on humanity. In the first instance, we witness a member of the Israeli forces physically tipping over a handicapped Palestinian in a wheelchair and then physically assaults him. The situation around that crime quickly descends in […]

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Sources of ISIS Support

Sources of ISIS Support

26 Apr, '160 Comments

  The Brookings Institute published a study on where the pockets of ISIS support are around the world. They analysed the sources of supportive Tweets and found that the majority emanate from Muslim countries. It’s no surprise to me that ISIS sympathisers are within our Arab communities. Their major support comes from the land of the birth of […]

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