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The thing that truly disturbs me about attempting to write anything, in my blog here or elsewhere, is the necessity to censor myself, and thinking twice, thrice or more about just about everything I write. The environment in Bahrain at the moment isn’t conducive to free thought or speech. Everything – it seems – is construed as traitorous, or at least unpatriotic. The political views are so far apart now that there is no hope of …

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2014 Reflections

Where has the time gone? For goodness’s sake it feels like Jan 1st, 2014 was just yesterday! Never mind. Let me recap the goals I set for myself for 2014 and see how I did. Here goes:DONE: Run the Athens Half Marathon (read the “down side” below) DONE: Maintain weight at or below 91kg – I’ve actually averaged 86kgs with 83.5 being least and 89 max DONE: Go the gym 5 times a week. Nailed …

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A sure way to defeat ISIS

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My own personal views on how to defeat ISIS or any other form of extremism:Separate mosque from state. Put that in the constitution and don’t allow its reversal. Critical thinking should be the mandatory teaching methodology. Remove all instances of the “tripple-R” syndrome. Don’t teach religion in schools. If people want their children to be religiously educated, they should do it themselves. They shouldn’t be allowed to cop-out by delegating that important task to some …

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Bahrain welcomes ISIS

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Oh yes it does. With open arms too. And their modus operandi is to quell the demands for democracy. Someone should really tell those in power to be really careful what they wish for. The oft used “divide and conquer” strategy doesn’t really work in this day and age. For one thing, people are a bit smarter due to the ready availability of information. More than that, people now ask questions and read dissenting views to …

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The Most Important Video About Israel Ever Made

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Dennis Prager represents the the other side of the Arab/Israeli argument.In this video, the scholar argues that there never was a Palestine, and he contents that every Arab wants the Jewish state and people to cease to exist. Citing the various other wars against Israel since 1948, and the Arab response to its declaration of statehood with their “famous three no’s: no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it. He also …

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The story of an Israeli soldier

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It’s interesting to hear the experience of an Israeli soldier who questioned why. An interesting perspective and an eye opening one.“All of us want to be at the right place and the right time when history is knocking on our door, and history is knocking now and all of you need to be at the right place now.” Eran Efrati …

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LEAVE!

“Like it or not, I shall remain…”I’m not very proud of being an Arab at this point in time. Listless and worthless. Amidst a region who spend the most on military and police equipment, yet are happy enough to exclusively direct those inward at their own people while brothers and sisters – within their ready sight – and who need their support, are being annihilated by a terrorist illegitimate state. Would they come to their …

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Give peace a chance

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I just realised that I would LOVE the opportunity NOT to post any political stuff or even think about politics. Ever. Or at least for a reasonable period of time. Bahrain, Palestine, Israel, Iraq, Syria etc are bloody tiring. When will the day come when we can forget about strife and concentrate on living, actually living our lives rather than surviving from one conflict or war to another? At 52, I’ve lived through five major wars …

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The reality of doing business in the Middle East

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I’m doing some research into the small business environment in the Middle East with the view of introducing an innovative program to help Bahraini youth to make entrepreneurship their choice, their preferred career path. The program is part of the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation. It’s the Global Student Entrepreneur Award, or GSEA for short. Reading some of the resources online, I came across this painful piece:Let’s get one thing straight: doing business in the Middle East is …

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Happy what?

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Here comes Ramadhan. The month where almost no work gets done When productivity of just about the whole Muslim nation grinds to a halt And efficiency is not even a concept to be tolerated Where people willingly stay up all night, and sleep all day Where gluttony is the rule And piousness is only the facade people wear It has become indeed the most un-Islamic month in the calendar, by the habits that people bear and …

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