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If Bahrain is to learn something useful…

I agree. Wholeheartedly and hope against hope that something could be done, quickly, and hope once again that it’s still not too late to save this country and its people. All of them.Bahrain Should Heed Lessons from Ireland 9-29-2011 By Brian Dooley Director, Human Rights Defenders Take two small island nations, each situated off the coast of a major power. Both have a history of sectarian conflict, fake democracy and misrule by monarchy. Both have …

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What will it take, to effect change?

The Dalai Lama was asked by Mother Jones Magazine in 1997 what he thought it would take for China to change its policy toward Tibet. He responded with: It will take two things: first, a Chinese leadership that looks forward instead of backward, that looks toward integration with the world and cares about both world opinion and the will of [China’s] own democracy movement; second, a group of world leaders that listens to the concerns of …

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R.I.P. Abdulrahman Al-Noaimi

Another Bahraini icon passes away, but only after leaving a veritable and permanent legacy. May he rest in peace. Some clippings:From Dallas to Damascus [Arabic] With Saeed Saif [Arabic] With the Family of Hope [Arabic] Abdulrahman Al-Noaimi- the little shaikh [Arabic] Abdulrahman Al-Noimi – my lifelong friend [Arabic]…

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The King Speaketh

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I was happy to learn of the King’s speech on Aug 28th, 2011. As has become his custom, he addressed the nation at the end of Ramadhan. In his much awaited speech, he addressed several issues, but did not offer any new political concessions, probably leaving those to the enactment of the National Dialogue demands. In his speech, he ordered:pardoning all those who insulted him during a month of pro-democracy protests civilians that were being …

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Wall of WHAT?

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I know I know, I’m a glutton for punishment. That’s why even while on holiday, I can’t help but follow the news in Bahrain; but then I give myself a break and some hilarity by reading the Bahraini local papers online and chief amongst those providing me of some merriment of course are the sycophantic Gulf Daily News and the incredibly unimaginative and obsequious Daily Tribune. I tend to not look at Akhbar Alkhaleej, Alwatan or …

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Traitors abound, or it least this is how the story goes

There is no margin of difference any more in Bahrain, it seems, for the most preferred epithet for one who differs in opinion from one’s own is – must be – a traitor! Who decides what a traitor is and who it might be is left to personal fervor in one’s own hazy state of “the nation’s defense”.Over a period of Friday morning (20 Aug 2011), I was thrilled to have had a polite conversation …

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Leave Bassiouni Alone!

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Twitter was a twitter last night with “news” of an all out war on Bassioni’s commission and his resignation after him and members of his commission were verbally and physically attacked by a mob. The ex-minister of Information, Nabeel Al-Hamar posted the following:Translation: A group of anarchists assaulted the headquarters of the fact finding commission, where they attacked the building and stuck posters against the Committee’s work. [source] Of course the usual posse of sycophants …

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Bahrain’s Shame

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I love it when our enlightened officials use the severely broken record of “we’re a democracy” while they literally sign off on the destitution of their own countrymen for daring to exercise their democratic rights. To add insult to injury, even when the land’s King orders, orders their re-instatement, they completely ignore that royal order as if it’s not important and not worth of the slightest consideration. What and whom are they following exactly to be …

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Parallels between Bahrain and London?

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To the sad sad people who’re trying their utmost to compare what has happened in Bahrain to the UK’s current riots and come to the staggering realization that they’re one and the same: don’t. The twains do not and shall never meet. Over there, it’s yobs, criminals and looters running rampant and they deserve nothing less then to be brought to justice. Here, the vast majority of demonstrators were peaceful and their demands were not DVD …

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Medical sector in shambles

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This was reported in Al-Wasat this morning:وأكد أطباء موقوفون أن السماهيجي بحاجة إلى عملية فوراً، حتى لا تتضاعف حالته الصحية، وذلك بعد تعرضه لجلطة، مشيرين إلى أن العملية تتطلب قدوم طبيب من خارج البحرين، أو السماح لأحد الأطباء الموقوفين عن العمل بإجراء العملية. Translation: The suspended doctors confirmed that Dr. Al-Samahiji requires immediate surgery in order for his situation not to be exacerbated which could lead to a stroke, pointing out that the operation requires …

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