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Seeking Challenges: the PADI Open Water Diver Course continues

Seeking Challenges: the PADI Open Water Diver Course continues

19 Sep, '151 Comment

If you didn’t know, I’m a bit afraid of the sea. It freaks me out. I don’t know much about it, I don’t understand it and my preferred food isn’t fish. I hope that I won’t become their food either. So what do I do? I get voluntarily enrolled in a PADI Open Water Diver course. […]

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Swimming with the fishes. PADI Open Water Diver I shall be!

Swimming with the fishes. PADI Open Water Diver I shall be!

18 Sep, '155 Comments

Hear this. I don’t much like the sea, generally. Read that as I’m some what afraid of it. Terrified actually; however, embracing the “do something that scares you every day” mantra and at the behest of a nag of a friend who drove our whole EO Bahrain forum to take up the challenge, we dove right in and signed […]

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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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News is Dead. Long live Content.

News is Dead. Long live Content.

11 Sep, '150 Comments

When news is published, it’s just the beginning of the conversation, not its end. This is what “news” is today. It’s necessarily a live conversation that informs, educates and empowers people to make better decisions. Whether you like it or not, printed newspapers, and magazines are dead. I believe that they’re uselessly clinging to life through […]

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Innovation and the Arab World

Innovation and the Arab World

11 Sep, '150 Comments

Ever wonder how the minds of disruptive innovators tick? How their companies work and how they not only breed disruptive ideas but also find ways to bring those disruptive innovations to life with products that change the world? I have. I confess that I do sometimes with envy, but more often with a lot of reverence and admiration. Celebrating […]

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iPhone 6s. ‘Nuff Said.

iPhone 6s. ‘Nuff Said.

10 Sep, '150 Comments

What is the feature that most draws you to buy the just announced iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus? To me, as a die-hard Apple-geek, it doesn’t have to be that much, just the new new shiny thing would suffice. However; it’s nice that it has 4k video, 12MP camera, Live Photos (love this feature!), 3D […]

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The Quran: The issue of the content and the container?

The Quran: The issue of the content and the container?

9 Sep, '152 Comments

Once again, a riot breaks out by Muslims outraged at the tearing and disrespecting the Holy Quran. Not for the first time, and I daresay not the last either. I’m used to these outrageous riots in both Pakistan and Afghanistan especially, for some unknown reason. These riots don’t tend to happen in the Gulf or most of […]

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What were you thinking, Apple?

What were you thinking, Apple?

7 Sep, '152 Comments

My trusty and much loved Mid-2011 MacBook Air’s recent illnesses – a battery that’s just about given up the ghost (expected) and a graphics card that refused to drive my external 27″ Cinema display (unexpected) – forced me to buy another Apple laptop. Reading between the lines of recent Apple products, it became clear to […]

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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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Martyrs

Martyrs

5 Sep, '152 Comments

There’s nothing more sacred than giving one’s life up to serve one’s country, to protect it and repel its enemies. Those are the courageous heroes. The few amongst the many. Who sacrifice their lives such. My condolences to the families and friends of the martyred soldiers and to Bahrain. I remember that I proposed the creation […]

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