In Bahrain, the citizen seems to be the unquenchable fount of money. Funds which most here are in desperate need of, are dragged out of our pockets by unremitting fines, fees and other government charges and levies. Last month, the Traffic Dept had its fun by sending us speeding fines that were more than a […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]