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The three R’s in our Arab Schools

A great majority of the students I talk to mention how their classrooms echo with their teachers’ shouting and instilling fear in them rather than a love of learning. Schools, for decades now, have been void of any challenge, creativity, warmth, empathy and individuality shattering into pieces the great Multiple Intelligence theory created by the acclaimed Howard Gardner. What’s scary is that schools usually shape their societies after them and we definitely do not need nor …

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Nancy oh Nancy, thank you for breathing life into our parliament!

The Bahraini parliament yesterday was a whole lot of fun. They actually had the backbone to shoot down the motion to ban a Lebanese singer from performing in Bahrain. But to be fair, they gave the floor to one of the people tabling this motion, but he was slapped down by shutting off his mic just as he was getting going! What fun. On her part, Nancy Ajram said in an interview in Bahrain while signing …

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Wealth and press freedom don’t always go together

As in 2002, the ranking shows that a country’s respect for press freedom is not solely linked to its economic development. The top 50 include countries that are among the poorest in the world, such as Benin (29th position), Timor-Leste (30th) and Madagascar (46th). Conversely, the 50 countries that respect press freedom least include such rich nations as Bahrain (117th) and Singapore (144th) Reporters without frontiers So who’s freeer than Bahrain in the Arab world then …

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2nd session of our parliament has started with the important motion to ban a singer from performing in Bahrain

Calls to ban Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram from staging a concert in Bahrain may not be discussed at today’s parliament session, sources told our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej. The issue has sowed divisions within parliament and one MP said that he would personally watch Ajram’s concert. The proposal was initially submitted by the Al Asala parliamentary coalition chaired by second deputy chairman Shaikh Adel Al Maawda. They complained about the singer’s erotic gestures and clothes. …

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Sex Education Class (Puberty Talk)

My son, a soon to be 10 year old came back from school a couple of days ago and told me that they had a talk about sex. They gathered the boys in his class and basically talked to them about the “birds and the bees”. He was so embarrassed when he was telling me what they talked about that he turned beet-red as he was relating his story. ME: so what did you talk about? …

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Instruments of torture… and their cure!

The BBC reports that American interrogators of the Iraqi prisoners of war are being bombarded with heavy metal songs as well as The theme tune from the US children’s programme Sesame Street and songs from the purple singing dinosaur Barney. That is dirty. I think I can stand heavy metal, sleep deprevation and other forms of torture, after all I have been tought by Tom Sharpe‘s Mr. Wilt. Oh I will break in time, but I …

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How can you slow Schumacher down?

Is it even possible?Ferrari were left amazed by Michael Schumacher’s powers of recovery as even a combination of rain, fire and oil on the A1-Ring track failed to prevent him from winning the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday. Schumacher scored his third successive victory of the season and the 67th of his career at the track where his most controversial win was achieved last year thanks to Ferrari’s decision to use team orders. I can’t …

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