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Accountability resurfaces

7 Nov, '0710 Comments

It was with pleasure that I read the following on the front page of the GDN this morning: A new law will force ministers, top government officials, MPs, Shura and municipal councillors to declare their personal finances. An independent commission of judges will have sweeping powers to investigate their finances, including those of their spouses […]

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No passports needed to visit Saudi

No passports needed to visit Saudi

5 Nov, '0713 Comments

Finally, after 25 years or so of establishing the Gulf Cooperation Council, citizens of both Bahrain and Saudi will soon be able to visit each other’s country by just using their identity card rather than a passport. This will take effect in 30 days due to an agreement signed at the Interior Ministers’s meeting in […]

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Just Fifteen?

Just Fifteen?

23 Oct, '07118 Comments

The turbans are up in arms, some of them at least, accusing the government in interfering in God’s law and the Prophet’s by introducing a minimum age for marriage. Boys should wait until 18 while girls the minimum is 15. Otherwise the marriage cannot be legally recognised. If the girl can cut her own food […]

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Corruption Index slips again

Corruption Index slips again

27 Sep, '0713 Comments

When the crown prince announced that we must eradicate corruption in our country, he couldn’t have timed it better. I don’t know whether the thing that prompted both him and the prime minister to reiterate their intention to correct this situation is due to them receiving advance copies of the 2007 CPI Report or they […]

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Emirates retools press law

26 Sep, '071 Comment

Good news this morning from a southerly direction that we hope that our newly appointed minister of Information as well as our parliamentarians will immediately emulate: UAE rules journalists not to be jailed over work 9 hours ago DUBAI (AFP) — The prime minister of the United Arab Emirates decreed on Tuesday that journalists should […]

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