Tag: Miscellany

Sows ears and silk purses

8 Dec, '0519 Comments

What is it about us that we continue to feel the victim and then in order to do something about the situation we simply blame anyone but ourselves? For two days at the Arab Thought Foundation’s Arab and World Media Conference in Dubai I’ve heard one speaker after another emphasize the fact that we are […]

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A spirited woman

A spirited woman

5 Oct, '059 Comments

I’m sure most of you remember Rania Al-Baz, the television presenter with a tad jealous husband who beat her to a pulp? If not, look at the picture to remind yourself, or read the Religious Policeman’s take on her story and how the Saudi authorities refused her leaving the country to promote her book in […]

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شعنده قاسم حسين مشمر عن ساعديه؟

1 Sep, '0513 Comments

من الوسط – الخميس 1 سبتمبر 2005: الوسط – قاسم حسين أربعة أسابيع من الغياب عن الوطن تثير الكثير من الأسئلة، فأنت لا تعرف وطنك أكثر إلا عندما تغيب عنه أو تدفع ضريبة حبه نوعا من أنواع المعاناة: سجنا أو نفيا أو ملاحقة أمنية أو حتى اتهاما في وطنيتك. تعود إلى الوطن وقلبك يخفق خوفا […]

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The Arab ‘A List’ has been published

29 Aug, '0524 Comments

ITP Business, following in Forbes footsteps, has just published a list of top 10 billionaires of the Arab world. Knowing how secretive these families and individuals are, as well as the fact that their finances are closely guarded secrets, the absence of tax (and hence tax records and returns), I would call into question how […]

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Above the law

Above the law

2 Jun, '0520 Comments

What’s the future like for our children in Bahrain when 95% of the land are in private hands. How did a country as tiny as Bahrain end up in a situation where a few individuals own the vast majority of the land mass? How did that happen? How it happened is quite well known to […]

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