Politics

What will it take, to effect change?

What will it take, to effect change?

9 Sep, '111 Comment

The Dalai Lama was asked by Mother Jones Magazine in 1997 what he thought it would take for China to change its policy toward Tibet. He responded with: It will take two things: first, a Chinese leadership that looks forward instead of backward, that looks toward integration with the world and cares about both world […]

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R.I.P. Abdulrahman Al-Noaimi

R.I.P. Abdulrahman Al-Noaimi

1 Sep, '116 Comments

Another Bahraini icon passes away, but only after leaving a veritable and permanent legacy. May he rest in peace. Some clippings: From Dallas to Damascus [Arabic] With Saeed Saif [Arabic] With the Family of Hope [Arabic] Abdulrahman Al-Noaimi- the little shaikh [Arabic] Abdulrahman Al-Noimi – my lifelong friend [Arabic]

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The King Speaketh

The King Speaketh

29 Aug, '114 Comments

I was happy to learn of the King’s speech on Aug 28th, 2011. As has become his custom, he addressed the nation at the end of Ramadhan. In his much awaited speech, he addressed several issues, but did not offer any new political concessions, probably leaving those to the enactment of the National Dialogue demands. […]

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Wall of WHAT?

Wall of WHAT?

27 Aug, '1122 Comments

I know I know, I’m a glutton for punishment. That’s why even while on holiday, I can’t help but follow the news in Bahrain; but then I give myself a break and some hilarity by reading the Bahraini local papers online and chief amongst those providing me of some merriment of course are the sycophantic […]

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Traitors abound, or it least this is how the story goes

Traitors abound, or it least this is how the story goes

21 Aug, '118 Comments

There is no margin of difference any more in Bahrain, it seems, for the most preferred epithet for one who differs in opinion from one’s own is – must be – a traitor! Who decides what a traitor is and who it might be is left to personal fervor in one’s own hazy state of […]

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