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How to alienate sympathisers to your cause

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Like just about everybody in Bahrain, I’ve been caught in traffic due to roads being closed either by physical objects, oil spilled on the road or a combination of both. The end result of course is that the demonstrators want their message to be received by those in charge that they have legitimate demands and they will do whatever they can to disrupt daily life to get those demands addressed. Fine. Ok. But guys, why should …

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Oh the irony! Anwar calls the BBC yellow!

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Read these gems, but please hold your laughter! Why the BBC ‘has let down Bahrain’s people’ By Arthur Macdonald, GDN, Posted on ร‚ยป Wednesday, November 02, 2011 MANAMA: The British Broadcasting Corporation moved from being a globally respected news organisation to joining the ranks of the yellow press during the unrest in Bahrain. That is the view of Akhbar Al Khaleej Editor-in-Chief Anwar Abdulrahman. Speaking on the sidelines of the Bahrain Chapter of the International Advertising …

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Art, and the Tender Process

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How do you think the Tender Board or its stipulated processes would go about evaluating the following painting, had it been a subject of tender to paint a woman, for instance?Any suggestions? Well, an “evaluator” who most probably would have no clue about art in the first place might give this painting a 1 out of 10 for effort, and would object to the style of painting as it does not and will not represent …

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e-What?

We submitted a site for the eContent Awards this year and completed the required steps – except for one. They just called me to encourage me to complete the process. What is it that the eContent want us to do in order to be eligible for the award? TAKE 15 SCREEN SHOTS, PUT THEM ON A CD AND PHYSICALLY DELIVER IT TO THEM! WTF!…

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“Why do you lie?”

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Get this: The GDN publisher Anwar Abdulrahman objects to Jackson Diehl article in the Washington Post published on 3 Jan 2011. Rich? Of course! I like how he almost always starts by a historical reference to probably demonstrate his intellectual superiority. This time, he invokes the ghost of Lord Northcliffe‘s rather insipid quote of “the power of the press is very great” – he might as well have invoked Fred Flintstone’s “yabba dabba doo” for all …

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No Improper Names Allowed!

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It’s 11.1.11! I wish you the best of the best of the best on this auspicious day my friends. Yes, we Bahrainis ARE numbers mad. Or just mad. Whichever makes you happy. In that stream, here’s some hilarity for you, courtesy of the doyen of journalism and the protector of the National Honour™PARENTS in Bahrain could soon be banned from giving their newborns names that are deemed unacceptable by the government. The aim is to …

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Endemic Corruption, part deux

The 2009 Audit ReportA couple of days ago I went on about the endemic corruption beleaguering our government‘s organs. Today, with the Audit Bureau Report for 2009 being made public and being subjected to initial analysis by the press, I was wrong in choosing that title. I should have called it the Complete and Utter Collapse of the Government’s Ability to Run This Country instead. And the Audit Bureau’s report does nothing but confirm this fact. …

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Killing with impunity

And not only that, get the bloodied survivors to sign a no contest agreement to absolve the killer and his sponsors to boot. SURVIVORS of a tragic bus crash that killed three Bahrainis in Jordan have reportedly signed documents absolving the driver from responsibility. Caravan owner Saeed Al Durazi, who is still nursing his wounds in a Jordanian hospital, said driver Ali Najaf was staying in a hotel with the remaining survivors arranged by the Bahrain …

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