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Belonging

high resolution video here on Stage6Thoughts on belonging and patriotism and their relationship with a person’s locale. Though I recognise that there are other aspects to consider – which you are more than welcome to discuss here – and are just as valid, my thinking is that a person cannot get that feeling of “belonging” unless he has an appreciation for his environs and its history. This was supposed to have been uploaded yesterday, as …

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iPOD movies competition

My friend Magnus Nystedt, the main man behind the very active Emirates Mac User Group, has just emailed me to tell me about a new film competition in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Women’s College which has a very nice and innovative twist to it; it’s a film competition which will be screened and judged on iPODs! How cool is that? The competition has its own website at hayahfilm.com which obviously has much more information and …

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Hamad’s Cartoons

You will probably agree with me when I say that if a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a few hundred thousand then a cartoon surpasses all of that and through it you can deal with political and social situations that no paper (or blog!) would dare tackle. Hence, we find that a lot of people the world over head to the daily political cartoon in their favourite newspaper first before even …

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Preparing for Ramadhan

It’s only a few more days before the holy month of Ramadhan is once again upon us. I wish you all a fulfilling and spiritual time for the advent of this month.Generally though, as far as my observation of the traditions we have in Bahrain are concerned, it will once again become the month of gluttony, wasted enterprise, lethargy and living like bats: sleeping all day and essentially partying all night. Generally. Some, however, take …

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Destination unknown

Of course it’s bloody well unknown if you watch this kind of video on a MTV while you’re already killing yourself on an elliptical cross-trainer from hell with a pulse monitor to boot. Is it any wonder that my pulse jumped from 145 to over 160 bpms? This was what was playing that early in the morning on MTV (not this Mtv mind you) and with the prevalence of satellite subscription in our homes, I am …

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Vlog 41: The Nasfah

The 15th of Sha’abaan, the 8th month on the Muslim Hijri calendar holds special significance to Shi’a Muslims. On that night – called the Nasfah – they celebrate the birth of their last Imam, Imam Al-Mahdi, the 12th and last Shi’a Imam who went into occultation in 939AD. It is said that on his reappearance he will establish justice in the world and save humanity. That’s the historical perspective. The practical one is that it’s yet …

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Big business delays progress of democracy in Bahrain

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Firm vows to bear 1pc cut in salary The Bahrain National Holding Company announced yesterday that it is to bear the costs of the government’s one per cent unemployment benefit tax for its nearly 200-strong workforce. Officials yesterday said the firm had already begun making deductions from staff salaries last month but that following a thorough management study, it was decided to ease the burden on employees. This includes employees of both of its fully owned …

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Happy 36th Independence Day Bahrain!

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Today is the 36th anniversary of Bahrain gaining its independence from Great Britain. Although the day is not officially celebrated saving that holiday to the National Day which falls on December 16 of every year, it should not deter us as Bahrainis from reflecting on this historically joyous event. Happy Independence Day Bahrain, may your people live long and prosper in social harmony and much happiness.…

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Shi’a Triple-Play

It’s like the Shi’a “leaders” in Bahrain are aiming for a home run; the bases are pretty loaded now, we just need one more good screw-ball pitch and we’re in!First we have that “down with secularism” from Isa Qassim during two of his Friday sermons, Then we have the followers of Sulaiman Al-Madani (deceased) categorically stating that secularists are outside the bounds of religion, a kaffir, and should be killed as his blood is forfeit, …

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katching!

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I’m not going to bother to write too much about this as it happens again and again and they never learn, or maybe they actually do and it is the price they have to pay in order to keep their seats. Proof really that the US President and his whole government enchilada are simply the best salesmen and women the world has ever known. We give them oil at preferred rates, they allow us to buy …

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