Tag: Politics

Wealth and press freedom don’t always go together

21 Oct, '030 Comments

As in 2002, the ranking shows that a country’s respect for press freedom is not solely linked to its economic development. The top 50 include countries that are among the poorest in the world, such as Benin (29th position), Timor-Leste (30th) and Madagascar (46th). Conversely, the 50 countries that respect press freedom least include such […]

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something’s amiss

17 Oct, '031 Comment

browsing various news sources this morning, I found a very small piece in the local rag entitled: “Clubs rap bid to harm unity”, I can’t provide a link to it as they change their stories’ links when they go into the archive, stupid way to manage a newspaper’s website, but there you go, so allow […]

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Veiled women allowed to drive

Veiled women allowed to drive

9 Jul, '035 Comments

While road-deaths have increased in Bahrain from 54 in 1995 to 81 in 2002, the number of cars increased from 169,318 in 1995 to 250,978 in 2002 and not a day passes without a serious sometimes fatal road accident, we now have a law allowing veiled women to drive! That is, women who cover their […]

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…and I thought democracy means constructive criticism?

11 Jun, '031 Comment

The Bahraini press is threatening national unity and abusing the democratic system, the Minister of Information was quoted as saying yesterday. Nabeel Al Hamer was quoted during a meeting with newspaper editors as saying the government will not tolerate those in the press who are trying to “sabotage” the democratic reforms. “We will not, under […]

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33,000 petition King Hamad

26 May, '039 Comments

A petition signed by 33,000 Bahrainis was delivered today to the Royal Court in an attempt to repeal Law by Decree number 56 which had granted impunity from prosecution to a former security officer, accused of abusing human rights. As far as I know, this petition is not just to try to bring just one […]

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