Shaikh Isa Qasim Sentenced. Now what?

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After more than a year or toing and froing, Shaikh Isa Qasim, Hussain Alqassab and Mirza Aldurazi get a suspended sentence of one year in jail, three years probation, the appropriation of over BD 3 million collected as "khums" - a religious tax of 20% of surplus profits given by ...

A beautiful home for sale

A beautiful home for sale

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We've spent 13 years in our current home and most of those have truly been the best in all our lives. We made 1813 a place of quiet and safe refuge for us. We love the coolness and tranquility of the spaces inside the house, and the various "rooms" we've ...

Ebrahim Busaad’s Memories and Love for Nasser Al-Yousif

Ebrahim Busaad’s Memories and Love for Nasser Al-Yousif

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Ebrahim Busaad is one of my favourite human beings on earth. His art is a close second as I do love his particular distinctive style in storytelling through his paintings and prints.Ebrahim was one of my father's best friends, if not his very best friend. They were inseparable and have ...

When calligraphy meets graphics, Abbas Yousif and Jabbar Alghadban’s joint exhibition

When calligraphy meets graphics, Abbas Yousif and Jabbar Alghadban’s joint exhibition

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Abbas Yousif and Jabbar Alghadban are now two of the leaders of the contemporary art scene in Bahrain. The long-time friends just mounted their fourteenth joint exhibition. Their contemporary works are displayed at the Contemporary Art Society at Alqadam roundabout at the start of the Budaiya highway. Some thirty acrylic ...

Spring in my garden

Spring in my garden

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I shot this film this morning before work. Just had a chance to edit it. Loving the cottage garden feel of this year's planting. Enjoy this one minute of peace and beauty.https://youtu.be/9QpCKgEFD1Y&controls=0&showinfo=0

No Tolerance for Free Press or Thought

No Tolerance for Free Press or Thought

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Bahrain is not unique in it's depressed ranking on the just released RSF Press Freedom Index. Many have suffered greatly depressed rankings due to opportunistic and knee-jerk reaction to malleable definitions of terrorism, readily penalising the press, photojournalists, bloggers and anyone with a dissenting voice.This year, Middle Eastern countries have further moved down ...

The Making of Nasser Al-Yousif’s Documentary

The Making of Nasser Al-Yousif’s Documentary

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I've finally arrived at the starting point of celebrating my father's arts career and contributions to the art scene in general. I won't dwell on why it's taken me this long to start - a full eleven years since he passed away - other than this is simply the right ...

Short Stories Welcome

Short Stories Welcome

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Do you have a story that you would like to see in film? Well, you're in luck. Submit yours to me and I'll give it consideration to be made into a short film - or a long one for that matter.While I'm open to consider any story, please be aware ...

How to deal with customer complaints. A lesson from Tamkeen.

How to deal with customer complaints. A lesson from Tamkeen.

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Twelve days ago, I had this to say about Tamkeen:As you can see above, just one day after posting the initial complaint, which was borne from frustration and previous experiences with Tamkeen, someone took notice of my complaint and took positive action. No less than three Tamkeen personnel called offering ...

DurazSiege True Stories: Day 301

DurazSiege True Stories: Day 301

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I was barred from walking through the checkpoint at Oxygen Gym to my house which is just 300 meters away last night due to the ongoing #DurazSiege.The policeman insisted that it is closed for all traffic, including pedestrians, and I have to go to the main checkpoint at the entrance ...