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“Cleaner than a white dress”

“Cleaner than a white dress”

9 May, '082 Comments

Is a bastardisation of the translation of an Arabic idiom which is better transcribed in English as “Cleaner than a white thobe” at least – thobe being the Arabian traditional male garment – which might have taken away the derogatory insinuation given by the use of the word “dress”. This Arabic proverb is akin to […]

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Shamlawi contesting electoral districts

Shamlawi contesting electoral districts

15 Apr, '089 Comments

One of the main grievances people of Bahrain have is the iniquitous distribution of the electoral districts. We find that in the 2006 elections for instance, the Northern Governate contains a total of 91,874 voters electing nine members of parliament; while in the Southern Governate, the voters there number only 16,571 but they get to […]

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Will it explode?

17 Mar, '0825 Comments

If you’re in Bahrain, you must have felt the tension over the past few months. This tension could in large part be attributed to the Bandargate scandal in which some members of the government and royal family have been implicated in disseminating sectarian strife; a conspiracy which has kept the Bahraini political and apolitical scenes […]

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Change at the GDN?

Change at the GDN?

11 Mar, '0833 Comments

You know how much I love the GDN, right? And hold it at the highest regards? Yes, I’m being sarcastic here, but even with that, I am really surprised by a few changes in their reportage I have witnessed over the last few weeks; one might even use the adjective “daring” to describe some of […]

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Parliament suspends its authority

Parliament suspends its authority

11 Mar, '0814 Comments

For the third week running, parliament abrogates its basic responsibility to oversee the operation of the executive branch by completely negating both the Constitution and Parliamentary Bylines. [audio clip] I feel that this “experiment” might have reached an impasse now. I don’t foresee an effective way forward other than going back to the drawing board […]

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