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MPs reject lifting Israeli boycott

Furious MPs yesterday slammed the door on any political or economic relations with Israel. There were angry outbursts in Parliament, despite assurances by Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa that there was no such move. “We have no plans to forge relations with Israel, whether financially, politically or diplomatically,” he said at parliament’s weekly meeting at the National Assembly Complex. …

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قدسية المجلس

الهرمي: مهازل باسم الحرية أما بشأن مداخلة الهرمي التي أثارت اعتراضات شديدة من قبل بعض النواب، فقد قال فيها: “ان هذا الوطن العظيم يتعرض لمسلسل من المهازل اليومية باسم الحرية وحقوق الانسان، وهو حينما يلتفت يمينا وشمالا لا يجد الا الصبر سلاحا لمواجهة هذا المسلسل اليومي، الوطن الذي عانى الأمرين من هول ما يجري حوله، شباب لا يؤمن الا بالمواجهة سبيلا لتحقيق غاياته، شباب لا يؤمن بالحوار والجدال الحر، شباب يعتقد انه بعناده مع اعضاء المجلس …

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Mohammed Khalid’s Heroes

On the 6th of this month, we woke up to the news that the Bahrain Charge d’Affairs in Iraq has been shot and wounded in a botched kidnapping attempt. Hassan Al-Ansari’s quick thinking saved his life. In a separate incident, the Egyptian ambassador was kidnapped, and later killed according to reports. Terrorists in Iraq seem to have changed their course and are now targeting Arab diplomats. These terrorists are the very same animals that our esteemed …

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Islamic Action Society administratively closed for 45 days

Nothing damages political causes like some fired-up brain-fartist™ going off at a tangent. In an event which was organised by the Islamic Action Society at the Society of Engineers’ premises in Juffair to “honour the 73.” These are the 73 people who in the 70s 1981 wanted to overthrow the government and who have all – but one I think – come back home on the back of the King’s pardon or have been released from …

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Reports land journalist in the dock

A 52-year-old Bahraini journalist is being prosecuted for allegedly writing for a newspaper abroad without government permission. He should have had official permission from the Information Ministry, the Lower Criminal Court heard. The defendant, a journalist for nearly 30 years, is charged with illegally working as a correspondent for a Kuwaiti newspaper. He admitted at an earlier hearing writing for the Kuwaiti paper, but told the court he had no idea that he needed ministry permission. …

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The Truth & Reconcilliation time is NOW

ضحايا التعذيب يطاردون الجلادين في جنيف, originally uploaded by wardat_elbahrain. Over 5,000 people attended a seminar organised by both the dissolved Bahrain Centre for Human Rights and the Committee Supporting Victims of Torture in Bilad Al-Qadeem near Manama to discuss the results of the recent United Nations report on torture in Bahrain. You can see the attendees lifting banners calling for the enactment of CAT, Committee Against Torture recomendations, one of which is the repeal or …

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Heated exchanges in Bahrain parliament

A Chamber of Deputies session was adjourned for one hour following a heated argument over the issue of citizens who were tortured under the Security Law during the 1990s, with two deputies accusing the Speaker of infringing on their right to express their opinion. The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Khalifa Al Dhahrani, adjourned the session after deputies Ali Al Samahiji and Abdullah Al Aali accused him of infringing on their right to speak. The …

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… إلا في بلادي!

كنت أشكو لأحد الزوار من مشكلاتنا مع الفساد والمفسدين، مشيرا إلى حديث جلالة الملك – حفظه الله – بشأن ذلك الأمر في خطابه عند افتتاحه دور الانعقاد السابق، فقال لي الزائر: “بوس إيدك مقلوبة”! فقلت له: لماذا؟ فقال: سأروي لك قليلا عما يجري في بلادي.ورحبت بذلك، وسأنقل لكم جانبا مما قاله الزائر عن بلاده من عجائب الزمان التي لا تخطر على بال إنسان، فماذا قال عن بلاده؟ قال: في أي بلادي… إذا تم القبض على …

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Law 56, again.

Member of Parliament, the right honourable Shaikh Jassim Al-Saidi, an upstanding citizen, and erstwhile Imam of a mosque in Riffa, and brought to parliament rightly by gathering 1673 votes in a hard-fought and contested election in his Southern Governate out of 4,413 (as opposed to any candidate in the Northern Governate who would have had a pool of around 10,000 to get in), wants to bring the Shi’a terrorists of the 1990s to book for the …

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