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GCC WHAT?

GCC WHAT?

19 Dec, '119 Comments

Saudi King Abdullah called for the formation of a Gulf union in response to growing threats, as rulers of the wealthy Arab GCC met on Monday against a backdrop of regional turmoil and fears over Iran. “I ask today that we move from a phase of cooperation to a phase of union within a single […]

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And the penny drops… Bahrain-Qatar wise

And the penny drops… Bahrain-Qatar wise

28 May, '102 Comments

Try to follow this thread: Hawar islands, Zubara, International Court of Justice, Oil, Gas, Concessions, Propaganda, GCC, Fishing, 106 Sailers, Political position. Insignificance.

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Bahrain/Qatar relations on the frizz again?

Bahrain/Qatar relations on the frizz again?

26 May, '105 Comments

For days now I see daily reports in our newspapers that Bahraini fishermen, both hobbyists and professionals, have landed into hot water with our neighbourly Qatari Coastguards who seem to escort them directly to jail, without passing Go. At the last count, there appears to be 107 Bahraini fishermen in Qatari custody

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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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