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the damsel is sulking

All together now: ooooohhhhhhh, you pooour pooour baabieee. did Abdulnabi Salman and other MPs who uncharacteristicly stood up for the freedom of the press hurt your pooour pooour feelings? tut tut tut. Never mind, come here and get a cuddle. You can now go back into the chamber and carry on with the session. BUT GET THE FUCK OVER YOUR SULK. You stupid, in-bred, moronic excuse for a HUMAN BEING, how the bloody hell did you …

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Chaos as MPs clash over ban on reporter

Parliament’s weekly session ended in chaos yesterday after MPs quarrelled over a reporter being banned from the session. Some MPs walked out in protest as Al Wasat newspaper reporter Batool Al Sayed initially refused to leave the Press box. Parliament chairman Khalifa Al Dhahrani had reportedly earlier contacted newspaper chairman Farouk Almoayyed, insisting that Ms Al Sayed stay away from future sessions. This followed a written request from the Al Menbar Bloc, following a report by …

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Bahrain, post-Nancy

October 22nd, 2003 is an historic date for Bahrain and in a lot of Bahrainis’ minds they will remember events henceforth as pre-Nancy and post-Nancy. MPs, particularly the Islamists, should also take note of this phenomenon as it most certainly has determined their future within the democratic establishment and society. So far we have not heard an apology from these MPs who instigated the riots, on the contrary, they – particularly Adel Al-Moawada, got further entrenched …

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This is not my Bahrain. This is not my Islam.

Islamist MPs Adel Al-Moawada, Mohammed Khaled Mohammed, Ali Matar, Abdulla Al-A’ali, and Hamad Al-Muhannadi tabled an urgent motion in the Bahraini Parliament to ban the Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram from performing in Bahrain citing her act as provocative, indecent and debaucherous. The motion was squarely defeated with most members including the chairman describing the motion as frivolous. In a democratic country, this should have been the end of the story. However, because of these MPs’ own …

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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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