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Woohoo, Wu Hao released!

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After 5 months of incarceration in a Chinese jail – and we all know the reason those premises got their 5-star rating – he has been released. The reason he was their guest for so long? Being a blogger and speaking his mind! I’m really glad that this doesn’t happen in Bahrain (any more) especially as our king, His Majesty Shaikh Hamad is widely reported in the press today as being very keen on protecting the …

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Sorry your Majesty, I wish it worked like that…ٍ

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Time and again we are privileged to hear that our king, his majesty Shaikh Hamad bin Esa Al-Khalifa, is fully committed to see his vision realised in the reforms he initiated since he gained the throne. Time and again he unequivocally came out and said that he is for the freedoms of expression and he is for the improvement of the Bahraini people’s lives. At those times we get some articles praising his stance and positions …

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Irrepressible

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Here’s a pledge that I would – and have – taken quite readily:I believe the Internet should be a force for political freedom, not repression. People have the right to seek and receive information and to express their peaceful beliefs online without fear or interference. I call on governments to stop the unwarranted restriction of freedom of expression on the Internet – and on companies to stop helping them do it. Irrepressible.Info Sounds good? Of …

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Citizen Journalists win against Apple, Bahrain MoI are you listening?

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Briefly, Apple was pissed off with a site scooping it and releasing information it deemed still confidential, so they went after the guy who published the news and he didn’t budge, and in their infinite wisdom Apple thought they’d bring out their 4-pound hammers to force it out of the webmaster telling the court that (to the effect) as he’s not registered with the Ministry of Information he should not enjoy “real” journalist privileges, so he …

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Let the fireworks begin; Nancy is in town!

The last time this young lady came to Bahrain, we had parliamentary and street riots, with people lying on the roads leading to her performance venue, quite a number of burnt tyres and scuffles with police, all apparently planned and executed by Islamists in parliament and the street. Ironically that was one of the few occasions in Bahrain’s recent history where both Sunni extremists as well as Shi’a both came together to form “the Nancy Opposition …

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