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Lawn repair in progress

Lawn repair in progress

7 Jan, '110 Comments

Last week, the lawn was a disaster, looking like almost a desolate muddy lunar landscape than a proper lawn and I resolved to do something about it. I did. But although that the ants are still around (the bastards!) at least with the spreading of five kilograms of ryegrass seed, the results are already astounding. […]

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“It’s a snafu, honest!”

6 Jan, '112 Comments

BAHRAINI authorities yesterday claimed to have blocked a number of websites and blogs by mistake. The Information Affairs Authority (IAA) claimed a technical error resulted in blocking of several sites, but said in a statement it was fixing the problem. […] She said her site www.sillybahrainigirl.blogspot.com was blocked on Tuesday after being incorrectly categorised as […]

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WikiLeaks: Gulf Air and other shenanigans

WikiLeaks: Gulf Air and other shenanigans

5 Jan, '118 Comments

6. (C) The Gulf Air board, now controlled entirely by the GOB, made clear to Naff its vision for Gulf Air as a robust, revitalized national carrier. The airline needed to grow rather than shrink. In October 2007, Gulf Air signed an MOU to purchase Boeing Dreamliners. However, the board reversed itself shortly thereafter, citing […]

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The efficacy of Internet filtering

The efficacy of Internet filtering

5 Jan, '113 Comments

If there ever was a reason not to trust Internet filters, even from a world authority like McAfee in this case, then the blocking of my friend Amira Al-Hussaini’s website is a case in point. For some reason, the “smart filter”, which is purportedly used by most telcos in the Gulf, has mistakenly categorised her […]

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Another site blocked in Bahrain

Another site blocked in Bahrain

4 Jan, '119 Comments

With the strange blocking of Silly Bahraini Girl, I can no longer speculate as to what the government’s policy, standards or strategy employed other than a heavy handed approach in stifling speech and them hoping – or actually believing – that such methods actually work in this day and age. Amira Al-Hussaini’s blog’s content is […]

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