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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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Injustice

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Another young soul is extinguished. Courtesy of the Bahraini police. The crime? Demonstrating for social justice. Democracy. Freedoms. He purportedly threw Molotov cocktails at a police car. The police’s response was brutal and inhumane. According to eye-witnesses he was shot in the back and beaten to a pulp by uniformed and out of uniform individuals, said to be undercover policemen. There is no way to know their identity, who they work for, and who authorises them …

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Moses & Jesus playing golf

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“Moses and Jesus are playing golf.  Moses steps up to the tee and hits a beautiful shot 250 yards, straight down the middle of the fairway.  Jesus steps up to the tee and hooks the ball into the trees.  Jesus looks up into the heavens, raises his arms.  Suddenly, the sky darkens.  A thunderclap rings out.  Rain pours down and a stream rises among the trees.  The golf ball, floating on top, finds its way into …

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Unneeded Escalation

I don’t write as often here not because the absence of rich material to blog about, but after so many years of doing so, I feel that I’m now seriously in a “broken record” mode. I feel that I’ve written about so many similar situations over the past ten years and have given the same advice and held on to the same hope that things will change for the better. Soon. Only to be disappointed time …

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Why do most armed robberies happen in Riffa?

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Riffa is the seat of power. It is the chosen home of the monarchy. It is one of those areas reserved for the chosen ones and part of the population are barred ownership for some unknown reason. One would be forgiven to think that it should be safe, don’t you think? But no. Most, if not all armed robberies happen in Riffa! Here’s the latest iteration. A gun slinger calmly walks into a money exchangers (it …

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Hmmm… I smell even worse civil strife coming up!

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I’m just disenchanted with the whole stupid situation in this country. I’m not that interested in the internal politics any more because the version of politics we currently have is built on a win-lose strategy rather than exercising the art of mediation and arriving at a common ground to resolve this country’s problems. What we have now is not only posturing from both sides, but a ratcheting up of the useless rhetoric which got an already …

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Media bias…

I’ve been so busy over the last couple of months that I haven’t had time to blog. I miss it, of course, but with everything that’s going on at the moment, the despondency, the collective depression, the accusations, the deceit, the denial, and the hostile environment have discouraged me from doing so. It won’t last. Like everything in life, all of those have got to end, one way or another. At some point, we – or …

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Bahrain, a year on

I don’t have much to add about the situation in Bahrain with the first anniversary of the Bahraini Spring just three days away other than to reiterate that there still is no honest attempt to find a solution and get us on the path of reconciliation. The general “wisdom” seems to be to crush the spirit of protests and demands for a better and more equitable future. Well, that ain’t gonna happen. So better take that …

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Albawasil need protection!

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And so they should. A security officer’s job is thankless, hard and requires intelligence, self-control, continuous training and much empathy with people of all walks of life. They also continuously have to make tough choices which must always fall within the rule of law; hence, their continuous appropriate training is critical. The title of “albawasil” – the courageous ones – which is given to them is not undeserved. They must also continuously be on their best …

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