Tag: Culture

Reel Bad Arabs. The propagation of discrimination

Reel Bad Arabs. The propagation of discrimination

11 Feb, '174 Comments

My son Arif’s Christmas gift to me was the book “Reel Bad Arabs, how Hollywood vilifies a people” by Jack Shaheen (it was made into a film as well – vimeo). It is a fascinating reference which took the author more than two decades to compile. In it, he reviewed over 1,000 Hollywood films which […]

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Nasfah Halawa – ناصفة حلاوة and Ramadan Kareem

Nasfah Halawa – ناصفة حلاوة and Ramadan Kareem

21 May, '162 Comments

The Nasfah, a celebration conducted on the night of the 15th of Shaaban, is a happy occasion in Bahrain and the rest of the Muslim world. It is an occasion to celebrate the pending onset of Ramadan – which is only half a month away, and also the birthday of Imam Mahdi, the 12th apostle of Shi’a […]

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The reality of doing business in the Middle East

The reality of doing business in the Middle East

11 Jul, '140 Comments

I’m doing some research into the small business environment in the Middle East with the view of introducing an innovative program to help Bahraini youth to make entrepreneurship their choice, their preferred career path. The program is part of the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation. It’s the Global Student Entrepreneur Award, or GSEA for short. Reading some of […]

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Time for the soul

Time for the soul

24 Aug, '112 Comments

Today. I spent a little time with inspiration. Today. I felt humble. Today. I swam in the mists of contemplative philosophy. Today. I got to know myself a little better. Today. I rubbed shoulders with giants. Today. I remembered my father.

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All Atheists are Muslim!

All Atheists are Muslim!

24 Aug, '116 Comments

Huh? I know, that title alone grabs the attention doesn’t it? So imagine my surprise when browsing through what’s going on in New York to find something to decide on the day’s program when I came upon it in the FringeNYC show listings. I decided that with a title like that, it’s a must-see. As […]

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Khobiz!

Khobiz!

26 Apr, '1128 Comments

What unites a country? What unites people? What unites a family? Food, probably, is one of the most uniting factors known to man! So in celebration of Bahrain and its people, in an attempt to show that we are all really one with the same passions, needs and aspirations. In an attempt to show that […]

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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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Ministry of Information no more?

Ministry of Information no more?

9 Jul, '1014 Comments

The Ministry of Information & Culture neé Ministry of Information has now transformed into the Ministry of Culture with the information part devolved into an authority under the leadership of Shaikh Fawaz Al-Khalifa, the ex president of GOYS. He will also inherit the main departments of the erstwhile MoI, but how will these changes make a difference?

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The Stake is Ready. Bring on those Saudis!

The Stake is Ready. Bring on those Saudis!

29 May, '104 Comments

When I first heard of the MTV production Resist the Power, Saudi Arabia my thoughts were running along the lines of the effect of such a program on those featured in it and how their lives are now in danger after the program aired… did they know the sacrifices they were making before agreeing to be put in front of the cameras?

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Burqa, modernised.

Burqa, modernised.

8 Dec, '094 Comments

Boys, be prepared for this as it promises to be the next best best thing for girls. I personally can’t stand the huge shades they put on their faces at the moment, this is going to be even bigger, but hey, to each his/her own.

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