Politics

The whole country is on holiday!

The whole country is on holiday!

12 Dec, '0737 Comments

All ministries and government departments will be closed for 10 consecutive days from Friday. These include December 16 and 17 marking National Day and the accession of His Majesty King Hamad to the throne. Arafah Day, which falls on Tuesday, will also be a public holiday, followed by three days for Eid Al Adha. Ministries […]

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Finally, Mona’s got a blog!

Finally, Mona’s got a blog!

7 Dec, '072 Comments

My all time favourite columnist and activist – Mona Eltahawy – has finally inaugurated her own blog! Well done Mona, and thank you. It’s about bloody time you joined us! Watch her go to the very top of Technorati’s lists in no time… and deservedly so too.

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Social Affairs?

Social Affairs?

7 Dec, '078 Comments

Can someone explain to me the role of the Ministry of Social Affairs please? Is it put there to encourage social responsibility and enact programs which do good to the community, or is it to discourage such endeavors? It certainly seems to be the latter than the former. Take Mohammed Al-Maskati’s case for instance. The […]

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Annapolis here we come!

Annapolis here we come!

24 Nov, '0738 Comments

As if that was in any doubt whatsoever. What are they going to achieve is preordained of course; here’s a glimpse: Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations grudgingly agreed Friday to attend next week’s U.S.-sponsored Mideast peace conference, despite failing to get any guarantee of Israeli concessions. See, this is politics, it is the art […]

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Bahraini Parliament frees Palestine!

Bahraini Parliament frees Palestine!

21 Nov, '0722 Comments

I couldn’t believe the stuff carried in the papers this morning about the palava in parliament yesterday. MPs are “absolutely” incensed that our foreign minister shook hands with the Israeli foreign minister on the sidelines of a meeting at the UN. That minister being female and and Israeli is a double whamy for them. I […]

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