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Al-Hammar

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الحمّار, originally uploaded by malyousif.It is quite surprising that some people in the various villages of Bahrain still depend on donkeys for their transport and work them too. This man is collecting the grass-cuttings off the local park presumably to use as donkey/cow feed. Have a nice Friday… I’m just chillin’ today waiting for 6pm to watch the first of the two decisive matches in the World Cup!…

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Optimism… maybe

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KoOKiE just brought to our attention something to be optimistic about, if true that is. I have not received the email yet, but let me relate what has been posted on the boycottbatelco.com’s guestbook: Someone got this letter from Peter the CEO “Please find attached a detailed response which I have forwarded to the people complaining against the new internet packages by Batelco. When I can get a representative team together from concerned users (hopefully within …

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Bahrain’s National Hero is an American

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Not a lot of people valued Fawzi Julaid‘s input into the shaping of Bahrain’s fledgeling democracy nor understood his efforts until he was practically deported off the island, treated like one of the thousands of illegal and run-away workers, rather than a valued person who has worked tirelessly to inculcate democracy’s mechanisms in Bahrain. Even his country’s ambassador seemed hesitant to give him a hand; at least this is what one understands from Liz Campbell’s comments …

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Bahrainis are somewhat optimistic

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The BCSR has released another of its interesting statistics which they get commissioned to do from time to time; this time they were asked to gauge the optimism of the street in the country and its direction. The results are hardly surprising, in summary, they are:62.9% Optimistic12.1% Pessimistic82.9% Believe Bahrain to be competitive38.9% Don’t and consider it the government’s responsibility for the development of the country11.7% Private sector will play crucial …

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Truth & Reconciliation!

The best news to come out of Bahrain for a very very long time… this could be the very thing we need to turn a new page for the whole community, after 30 very dark years: Justice and reconciliation in the Bahrain reform process will come under the spotlight at a five-day conference organised by MPs and civil societies, which opens at Elite Suites Hotel in Sanabis tomorrow. Bahraini MPs, members of human rights and political …

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MPs want Islamic law to curb crime

A Bahraini MP yesterday called for the gradual introduction of Sharia (Islamic) law to deal with all criminals. Another claimed that thieves should have their hands chopped off because “God ordered us to do so”. However, one described the punishment as unfair if adulterers are not stoned. The comments were made in parliament yesterday as MPs discussed amendments to the country’s Penal Code. Fourteen MPs, led by Shaikh Mattar, have submitted a proposal to chop off …

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Told you so!

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Remember this discussion we’ve had way back in April 2004 in which I contended that: This is however what I have seen, an unsuspecting motorsports tourist approaches, he gets handed the “package” he walks away opening it as he does so thinking he’ll get something about motorsports, a restaurant guide, a tourist map, etc and discovers that someone wants to convert him. The same person (several actually) walk then to the closest rubbish bin and toss …

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Just a week to go!

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There is only one week left to enter the Civil Rights in the Middle East essay contest! We are seeking young Middle Easterners to write brief essays (600-2,000 words) about their vision for the future of the region. Winners can receive up to $2,000! I encourage you to enter the contest if you are eligible, and hope you will post a message on your blog to help us spread the word. …

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Another metric heads south

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The US State Department released its Human Rights Report on Bahrain for 2005, and it’s not good at all. If anything, it’s probably more damning than the ones released in the 90s, considering we have democracy now and even a parliament. Thanks SBG for the heads-up. …

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