Tag: Miscellany

Going for Gold, in Israel

Going for Gold, in Israel

7 Jan, '07367 Comments

I would like to offer my congratulations to my erstwhile Bahraini compatriot Leonard Mucheru for winning a marathon in Israel a couple of days ago. OOOPS! Did I say Israel? How did THAT happen? Do we now finally enjoy full diplomatic relationship with them? Has the thorniest conflict known to man today been resolved? Why […]

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NEXT!

NEXT!

30 Dec, '06172 Comments

Today’s Eid is a lot sweeter knowing that Saddam has been consigned to history’s rubbish heap. Sure he will be mentioned and might even be celebrated by some, to me however, I have not and will not shed a single tear on hearing of his demise. “Good riddance”, was one thought, another was, “okay, who’s […]

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Ancestral Vices

29 Dec, '0615 Comments

Stopping evolutionary change is like trying to stop a tsunami with a few bags of sand. It just doesn’t work. I think the rulers of the Middle East recognise that fact, but they think that hiding their heads deep enough in the sand will delay their populace’s recognition of the fact. The majority actually do […]

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Regional reflections

8 Dec, '0613 Comments

First, we had that Washington Post OpEd by Obaid, a security consultant for the Saudi government, in which he opined that: In February 2003, a month before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, warned President Bush that he would be “solving one problem and creating five more” if he […]

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Spinning it already?

28 Nov, '0633 Comments

Alarm at Shia gains in Bahrain’s elections By Kim Sengupta Belfast Telegraph 28 November 2006 A radical Shia Islamist group has made significant gains in Bahrain’s national elections, raising serious concern among neighbouring conservative Sunni monarchies in the region. Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society has won 16 of the 40 seats in parliament and the party […]

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