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Endemic Corruption, part deux

Endemic Corruption, part deux

30 Dec, '103 Comments

A couple of days ago I went on about the endemic corruption beleaguering our government‘s organs. Today, with the Audit Bureau Report for 2009 being made public and being subjected to initial analysis by the press, I was wrong in choosing that title. I should have called it the Complete and Utter Collapse of the […]

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Huh? Has bin Rajab been cleared?

Huh? Has bin Rajab been cleared?

3 Aug, '106 Comments

Just saw this on today’s Al-Wasat:‬ ‪ العاهل يستقبل عائلة بن رجب استقبل عاهل البلاد جلالة الملك حمد بن عيسى آل خليفة بقصر الصافرية أمس عائلة بن رجب، وذلك للسلام على جلالته، وقد رحب عاهل البلاد بالجميع وتبادل معهم الأحاديث الودية. وأكد خلال اللقاء أن مملكة البحرين حققت الكثير من الإنجازات في مختلف الميادين، وذلك […]

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Sitting minister arrested for corruption

Sitting minister arrested for corruption

19 Mar, '1023 Comments

In a first for Bahrain, a sitting minister is arrested on charges of money laundering…

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What a surprise. The emperor is indeed naked.

What a surprise. The emperor is indeed naked.

30 Nov, '097 Comments

Quote: Dubai, which until last week loomed tall – literally – as an enterprising, cosmopolitan, glitzy and happy antithesis to the Middle East’s economic stagnation, has now emerged as a sad monument to all that is ill about the pan-Arab economy, which includes more than a quarter-billion people but is smaller than Spain’s.

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Corruption Perception Index 2009

Corruption Perception Index 2009

17 Nov, '092 Comments

The 2009 CPI is out. As far as Bahrain is concerned, the trend of this index is lacklustre, trending downward from 27 with a score of a 6.1 in 2003 to 46 this year with a score of 5.1. Regionally, we rank right in the middle at the moment being 4th behind Qatar, ranking 22 in the world – with a best score of the region of 7.0, the UAE which ranks 30th with 6.5 and Oman at 39 with a score of 5.5. Saudi Arabia and Kuwait bring up the rear with 63 (4.3) and 66 (4.1) respectively.

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Shaking up BRTC

Shaking up BRTC

3 Aug, '0828 Comments

The employees at the TV station are threatening a strike tomorrow and if that doesn’t get their demands, they’re threatening an en mass resignation. They’re not happy with the new BRTC CEO Ahmed Najem. I suggest to our good friends at that illustrious institutions to forgo the first threat in their due process and just […]

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M.Report S01E13 – Thoughts on Parliamentary Inquiries

30 Apr, '082 Comments

Maybe it was just as well that I was pessimistic about parliament ever being effective last night. Today’s news is proof, yet again, that I was right.

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Bahrain, a failed state?

Bahrain, a failed state?

3 Apr, '0821 Comments

Once at the vanguard of developing Gulf city-states, Bahrain has now lost that position to sheikdoms like Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, as well as neighboring Qatar. Although Bahrain’s capital, Manama, has some of the glitz of other Gulf capitals, its early lead in development — achieved during the 1970s with […]

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The Feds are on it now…

23 Mar, '0811 Comments

And a minister has been named as allegedly implicated in the two billion US$ corruption case while in charge of ALBA over a period of 15 years or so. This is highly intriguing and I’ll tell you why: Although this is not the first corruption case in Bahrain, and I would venture to say that […]

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Bahrain on the front page

Bahrain on the front page

28 Feb, '0815 Comments

There is nothing better than having a warm breakfast on a very cold day. Couple that with reading a good newspaper and find that your country is mentioned in a good light on the front page, and one would have an excellent start to the day: Alcoa Faces Allegation By Bahrain of Bribery By Glenn […]

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