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The Khabbaz

The Khabbaz, originally uploaded by malyousif.The baker preparing to slap the dough on the wall of the clay oven. This is the traditional way in which bread in Bahrain is baked. It is also called Iranian bread or Khobbiz (hence the baker in Arabic is called Khabbaz). This Khabbaz is in Saar village. Khobbiz is a “must have” component in our household’s Friday Breakfast (vlog coming up!). My Canon 20D is on the blink by …

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Very quickly

Over the last few days three things were brought to the fore in the local press after people continued to point fingers and talk about the situations in their majlises etc: one thing that has been talked about for years in Bahrain is the issue of naturalization, which is a very emotive subject with the opposition (read the majority of Bahrain) believing that the process is adopted purely to strengthen the hand of government by bringing …

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The tide turns

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Some say that this war is much more than meets the eye, as it is in reality not more than a political game increasingly looking like being played by amateurs at the expense of the hapless Lebanese, caught in the middle, and are paying for it with their lives, property and a whole country’s infrastructure, all of which have just been repaired and were raring to go! Alas, dumb conspirators think that they can force through …

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Ostracized

My good friend Mohammed is ruminating on some thoughts on his blog (welcome back to blogging my friend, you were missed!) on conflicts which have made him wake up and take notice. I shall respond to one of his points, and I urge you to go read what he has to say, which I think is a valid point of view: Regarding the deafening Arab silence in condemning Israel, I think it demonstrates several important factors: …

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One Palestinian Pound

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One Palestinian Pound, originally uploaded by malyousif.I visited my sister Maha’s workplace (Palace Enterprises) this morning and had the good fortune to also visit one of the owners of the company, Waleed Al-Rayyis, who is an avid currency collector and a pleasure to talk to. One of the rare notes he’s got in the collection is this Palestinian Pound. If you look closely, you will notice that it has Arabic, Hebrew and English text. It …

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No way, not in Bahrain!

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There is a huge part of me that refuses to believe that we – Bahrainis – are capable of doing what we see on the television news every day; the violence, the killing, the kidnapping, the vicious crime, the beatings, the terrorism, all of these things I would like to believe that they are completely alien to us. We are after all a small nation of under a million people living in a country the size …

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Blended!

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I got this in the mail today, and I thought it was a practical joke. Who the hell would send me this stuff? Then I remembered, I was interviewed by Blender for an article about Michael Jackson a few months ago! It was a good interview actually, very well written and encompassing, not one that is superficial and fawning. After reading the article I’m glad I did it, and thanks go to my friend Shayma for …

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