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Protest in Bahrain against the Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla

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Dr. Ali Fakhro, Bahraini intellectual, thinking and ex-minister for education and health speaking to the protesters in front of the UN House in Manama. People protested and demonstrated against the barbaric attack on the Freedom Flotilla and the killing of a large number of activists on-board.

Feelings, as you will see from the video, are running quite high against Israel.

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Demonstration in Bahrain against Israeli barbarism

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A demonstration showing Bahraini anger at the barbaric atrocities by the Zionist regime on the Freedom Flotilla while trying to take much needed supplies and medicines to Gaza on 31 May 2010 where the Israeli commandos boarded ships and killed up to 19 peace activists in the process. The demonstration took place in front of UN House in Hoora, Bahrain.

BinAli describes the type of peace not as “the peace of the courageous” but that of “peace of the sheep!” in a play on words in Arabic:

هذا مو سلام الشجعان بس سلام الخرفان!

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An experiment in live broadcast

What do you need to broadcast live video and audio? A truckload of equipment? A staff of highly technical personnel complimented with nice eye-candy to man the front end all with salaries in the thousands?

Nope. Not any more.

All you need is an iPhone, an iPhone app, a 3G connection and an account at UStream.tv! Seriously! See my first ever attempt at live broadcasting above, and subscribe to my live channel where you’ll find the other parts of this “broadcast”.

The limitations is that if you’re doing it on Zain’s 3G network, don’t get too excited. It’s as slow as treacle and you will get plenty of drop-outs at the higher frame resolution, I suggest you reduce the resolution to 176×144 rather than 320×240. I would love to hear from anyone with the other operators to compare.

This, my friends, is a game changer.

But the real question is, how long will this take our informed and illuminated Misery of Information to block this service “because it’s not commensurate with our moral values as Bahrainis”?

Not too long I don’t think. At least let’s enjoy this technological innovation while it lasts.

Given half a chance, I’m sure that every single village in Bahrain will have several streams going in no time at all to broadcast everything from religious precessions, weddings, community issues and even their own local news channel covering topics which interest them.

Given half a chance, we will have hundreds of broadcast stations with thousands of highly trained and talented people running them, opening a complete new stream of highly lucrative job creation opportunities in TV, broadcast and new media.

Given half a chance, we can innovate and show the world our capabilities.

Given half a chance. We could lead, for a change.

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Vlog: Shawarma, Bahrain’s favourite food

My son Arif decided to get some shawarmas and go meet some of his friends. He wanted to get them from Shawarma Xpress, a new true-blue Bahraini franchise. I thought I’d get some for our lunch too as this is the very first time that I had a shawarma from this place.

As we waited I was intrigued by the non-standard (ie, professional) way they prepared the wraps, so I thought I’d film the experience and share it with you all.

You have my new iPhone 3Gs to thank for its availability! 😉

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Vlog: Rome’s trip

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A return to vlogging? Well maybe, thanks to having the video capabilities of my brand-spanking-new iPhone 3Gs it might re-become a feature!

Regardless, I hope you enjoy this clip. The videos were recorded by the iPhone, the pictures weren’t, they’re the result of my almost new Canon EOS 50D. You can view those pictures in higher resolution on my Flickr stream if you wish.

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No Plastic Bags at Al-Osra

They’re certainly not the first supermarket in Bahrain to try to get rid of plastic bags and wrappings and I hope it won’t be the last either, but my friend Muneera – who is no stranger to health and healthy lifestyle herself – informed me that yesterday Al-Osra started their environmental experiment in earnest by replacing the packing plastic bags with paper ones. She thought – as I do – that this is a good thing to explore, so off I went with my trusty Flip video camera (thanks again go to my brother Jamal for allowing me to steal it!) and investigated.

You could view the results yourself of course, but what I came out with in the end is that much more than these “anti plastic bags” campaign, educational campaigns about environmental responsibility and education are very much needed for both adults and children in this country.

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M.Report S01E27 – The Return

The shiny new Nokia E71 I bought yesterday has prompted me to try it’s capabilities, image wise that is, so what better way to do that other than to take you on a garden tour while using it to record the experience?

Will this be the return to regular M.Reports? I sure hope so, I missed doing them!

Have a wonderful Friday my friends.

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