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BBC’s “Crossing Continents” does Bahrain

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Bill Law will be persona non-grata for a while in Bahrain I guess after this program and his Telegraph article about our fair isle.Unrest in paradise direct link to radio program which might be customarily removed a week after it is broadcast Bahrain is increasingly featured in holiday brochures as a relaxing winter-sun destination for the weary north European. The image Bahrain projects is one of a wealthy, progressive and open society – an evolving …

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No stranger to the sword

نعم يا بو حسن… من سيوف الحيدر لسيوف العرضى! Another celebration took place yesterday in Rifa’a in honour of our PM’s UN prize, mounted this time by the central governate’s municipal council. I am very glad to see that the executive branch, represented by the Honourable Mansour bin Rajab, Minister of Agricultural Affairs and the Municipalities not only taking part in it, but leading the celebrations by participating in the traditional Ardhah dance. The Right Honourable …

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The Elders

Within our culture, as is present in others, there is quite a lot of respect for the elders of a family, village, and country. They are always accorded much respect and their words of wisdom sought especially at difficult times. When they speak, people listen and disputes are generally resolved. It is with this vision that Sir Richard Branson and Peter Gabrial launched a tremendous initiative to sponsor a council of elders to include much respected …

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Breaking new grounds by human rights organisations in Bahrain

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I can’t stand this, even more Good News™! In a precedented step, the effervescent Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society has broken new grounds in human rights work by organising and overseeing a huge party in Ramez Shopping Centre in Rifa’a to celebrate our PM being enrolled in the UN’s Scroll of Honour in Human Development. Apart from that intrinsic human rights activity, they – together with Akhbar Al-Khaleej’s journalists – have also unequivocally demonstrated that our …

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أثلجت صدري يا شيخ

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Sayed Kamel Al-Hashimi ripped the religious turbaned lot a huge new one in a debate in Al-Wasat published this morning, I agree with what he says and wish that we had many more like him. Maybe if the other religous “leaders” were to loosen their turban a little bit, maybe blood will reach their dormant and solidified brains to enable them to evaluation positions and thoughts like Al-Hashimi:«تفغيص» القوى الفاعلة في الساحة – الهاشمي: هناك …

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Irresponsible!

Shaikha Mai Al-Khalifa has done good by the Bahraini culture and art, there is no one who could deny that, regardless of your stance with respect to the recent Spring of Culture. She is a lady that I have held with very high regard. Therefore I note with hurt and much surprise her seemingly irresponsible attitude toward our Tree of Life, or at least indifference she exhibited when asked about it. As far as she is …

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National Pride

Over the last few years, an allegation has been thrown at all and sundry questioning their loyalty and patriotism to their country, Bahrain. Some sections of society have been singled out, even, to levy that allegation onto that they – the accused – had to prove time and again their love and undying devotion. But all of that – as far as I am concerned – doesn’t really mean anything. Loyalty does not happen by chance. …

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National Treasure Burnt

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The Tree of Life symbolises Bahrain to me much more than any other symbol. It has been around for hundreds of years and has become known throughout the world, justifiably, as one of its wonders; a tree right in the middle of a desert with no water in sight not just living but flourishing in its harsh location. So why would anyone wish to burn this national treasure? This is totally inexcusable. We should protect this …

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