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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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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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Beyond the 5-star hotels

Beyond the 5-star hotels

20 Dec, '105 Comments

Mohammed Buhasan with his latest book, FUNtastic Bahrain, originally uploaded by malyousif. My good friend and uber creative person Mohammed Buhasan visited this afternoon and presented me with his latest books; this one in his hands is FUNtastic Bahrain – a brilliant project in which he explores various aspects and secrets that only locals are […]

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Just-in-time IISS

Just-in-time IISS

1 Dec, '101 Comment

The 7th Manama Dialogue run by the International Institute for Strategic Studies [IISS] is almost upon us. It will take place at the Ritz Carlton this weekend from Dec 3rd – 5th and will be attended by virtually the who’s-who in world’s political and security spheres.

What should the delegates really concentrate on? Will their discussions be steamrolled by Wikileaks’ Cablegate?

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Wikileaks’ Cablegate: exposing nothing new

Wikileaks’ Cablegate: exposing nothing new

30 Nov, '1046 Comments

Yes, the conversation of the minute is the deluge of cables sent back from most if not all American diplomatic missions around the world to their mothership, the State Department, who seems interested in every little detail which could be elicited by whatever means possible about political actors. This is a legitimate exercise and has […]

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