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FinFisher and the absence of morals

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Some enterprising netizen took umbrage at the machinations and outright lies of Gamma FinFisher, the Anglo-German privacy-thieving and national-aspiration-crushing software supplier so he hacked their servers and walked away with 40GB of their crown jewels. To put it in perspective, 40GB means that “you could hold approximately: 10,000 High-Quality MP3 Songs -or- 25,000 High-Resolution Digital Photographs -or- 120 Hour-long (43 minute) television shows in high-quality. -or- 700,000 Word Documents between 3 and 5 pages long” [source] …

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Selective Citizenship, Bahraini-style

Parliament is considering legislation by the government to compel Bahrainis with multiple-citizenship to rescind them in favour of the Bahraini citizenship within 3 months of the legislation becoming the law. I know that many countries in the world have similar conditions for their citizens. What is different in our situation is that I know – through precedent – that if this law sees the light of day, and I believe it is as this parliament doesn’t …

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Desperation for good news?

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Here’s some good news: Bahrain safest country in the Arab world: survey Bahrain is the safest country in the Arab and the Middle East regions and the sixth internationally, it has been revealed. An international survey carried out by Numbeo, the biggest free database on cities and countries worldwide, stated in accordance with 2014 crime indicators that Bahrain achieved 79.48 points on safety indicators, trailing Malta, which is ranked first in the world with a total …

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Terrorism Will Not Win.

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My thoughts and prayers are with all the families of the dead and injured as a result of this heinous crime against humanity. Terrorism doesn’t serve anyone and attacking the innocent doesn’t serve ANY any cause. The intention to do the maximum harm was quite evident in the selection of the Boston Marathon as a theatre of their hateful operations. To all my American friends, you have my full support and sympathy. While I do not …

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What? No thanks notices?

Here’s a breath of absolute fresh air:تعميم ديوان ولي العهد للوزارات: الشكر على الزيارات الميدانية بالعمل وليس بالإعلانات أعلن مكتب النائب الأول لرئيس مجلس الوزراء، في تعميم من ديوان سمو ولي العهد، بأن الشكر موصول لمختلف الجهات الحكومية على حرصها لابداء امتنانها وتقديرها لزيارات العمل الميدانية التي يقوم ولي العهد نائب القائد الأعلى النائب الأول لرئيس مجلس الوزراء صاحب السمو الملكي الأمير سلمان بن حمد آل خليفة من أجل الاطلاع على الأهداف الاستراتيجية والوقوف على …

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A Letter from Arif Aldoseri to the Minister of Housing

A video letter from a Bahraini citizen – Arif Aldoseri – to the minister of housing (in Arabic). Worth watching as it shows you what normal citizens in Bahrain are suffering from as they live in a country rich enough in resources and have many billions of US Dollars pumped into it by neighbouring countries.This is symptomatic of the government’s continued failure in various sectors. The way that these situations could be corrected is by …

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Global thinking obstructed by parliament

What’s wrong with Bahrainis – be they with current jobs or jobless – seeking employment and further career advancement elsewhere in the world? A whole lot, according to those in the Bahrainis parliament: Bahrain’s ailing national carrier Gulf Air may be forced to hire 100 unemployed Bahraini pilots despite plans to slash its heacount by as much as 1,800 as part of a proposed US$492m government bailout deal, it was reported. A parliamentary committee has asked …

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The Return of the “Traitor Circles”

This is very troubling:Crackdown on cyber defamation Posted on » Monday, September 10, 2012 THE Interior Ministry is set to crack down on defamation against national and public figures on social media networks, the acting general director for combatting electronic and economic crimes revealed yesterday. He said anyone can report violations with details of the websites and eForums involved to the ministry website. He said the ministry had received complaints by personalities who demanded an …

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Rogue Police or Systematic Terrorism?

Another day, and another staggering example of Bahraini police inhumanity, irresponsibility and criminality which can only be borne of the certain escape from prosecution is shown to the world: Why? What possible reason encourages someone who’s been entrusted with the upkeep of the law and protection of citizens to do the diametric opposite and wilfully endanger the very charges he has been sworn (presumably) to protect? And what of his colleagues who are sitting in those …

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