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Barack is a TERRORIST!

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Barack is a TERRORIST!, originally uploaded by malyousif.We happened across this woman protesting in front of a Starbucks cafe yesterday morning. Her message is interesting; she contends that: “Barack Hussein promised “change.” What type of change? Black Supremacy. This is worse than September 11, 2001. Black Panther Islam unite to destroy whites & those who side with whites! Obama is a TERRORIST.” I don’t agree with her views, but having the opportunity for a lone …

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“The Protection of Traditional Values”

I cringe whenever I hear or read those words. Why? Because they are always used as a pretext to restrict an intrinsic freedom or used as a justification for trouncing all over a basic human right. It is as if “Traditions” are sacrosanct, enshrined and set in gold. They – we are led to believe – are the very essence of perfection. This is not so of course, just like any other society on Earth, we …

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Winograd, from another perspective

The following cartoon appeared in Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper (thanks to Jaddwilliam for the heads-up) reflecting an alternate perspective on the findings of the Winograd Commission. However, it failed to stop me in my tracks.The bubble says: “They admit their defeat and they hold their negligent accountable!! God curse the Zionist fads which intrude on our genuine Arab traditions!” I am unfortunately very familiar with this situation, as is the case with almost every other Arab, …

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Bahraini Government acts as a Religious Policeman

Love is very precious. It is the one thing that fills you with immense happiness and allows your spirit to soar beyond traditional boundaries without any regard to cultural taboos, if left unhindered, of course. People also have been known to do really stupid things in the name of love. But regardless of how others feel about actions due to matters of the heart, it is ultimately a personal decision that should not be interfered with, …

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The infallibility of mortals

People would be excused for thinking that Isa Qassim, leader of the Ulama (Clerics) Council, has lost his way when they hear that he compared “true clerics” – himself included – to Allah, the Prophet and his apostles. So much so that he plainly affirmed that whoever defies said clerics has recanted against Islam and God. In one fell swoop, the respected gentleman has positioned himself and other men of the cloth – at least those …

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Bush can dance!

It was thrilling seeing Bush dancing the ‘Ardha with our king this afternoon! The guy just pulled that sword out like he was born to it. At last, though, Bush found someone to impart him some culture. But my opinion doesn’t matter here, tell me what you think if you witnessed the event of the century! (if you haven’t, I’m sure it’ll be on YouTube before too long) [POLL=14] Thanks to RedBelt, here’s the video:…

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The Most Expensive Art Exhibit in Bahrain!

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Hameed Karimi, the Art connoisseur, originally uploaded by malyousif.My friend Hameed and I had the good fortune to attend an art exhibit by the world renowned artist Mohammed Omar Khalil at Al-Bareh gallery in Adliya last night. We both readily confess that we are not art connoisseurs, contrary to popular belief, but we like art. But the collection we witnessed at Al-Bareh was quite a bit away from our artistically beaten path. I guess you …

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The 7 Negotiation Rules

There are a lot of stereotypes about us Easterners, one trait that receives a lot of attention, especially from embarrassed Westerners, is our love for negotiation. It doesn’t matter if the price is printed on the goods and there is a big sign in a prominent location in the store which declares that the prices are fixed. We always ask at least if “this is the best price” or “are the prices really fixed?”. To help …

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Equitable solutions

Name any country that does not recognise the sacrifices of its citizens, and I’ll guarantee that its government has no real legitimacy in the eyes of their own constituents. Sure they rule, but that is most probably due to the use of oppression to perpetuate their authority. Their tenuous hold on power promotes the culture of fear. Theirs is the law of force, rather than the force of law. That government will not last too long, …

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