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CNN: Poverty in Bahrain

Lulu once again has an excellent opinion which is well worth reading: Hala Gorani, presenter of “Inside the Middle East,” apparently was in Bahrain, interviewing Shi’a poor villagers, Nabeel Rajab, and a couple of government Ministers. The program started with an assertion that Bahrain, despite being one of the world’s richest countries in terms of per capita GDP, has a “hidden population.” Political and economic issues in Bahrain were reduced to ” long-standing tensions” between the …

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Loving thy country

I’m not sure what the Ministry of the Interior wants to achieve by its continuous excessive use of force. If this is their idea of instilling love for the country, they failed; if it is their intention to protect public and private property, they failed, their habitual use of tear gas and rubber bullets and other “crowd control” measures probably damage more properties than demonstrators do; if they want to live up to the “security” label …

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Collecting the reigns

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Wasn’t it only a few years ago that the then Minister of the Interior got, erm, sidegraded because he ordered his troops to “intervene” against a public demonstration attended by high religious figures, in which one of those respected figures got injured and taken to hospital? When the new minister took the reigns and due to new policies he put in place – community police, more openness, good PR, etc – he actually was loved and …

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Temporary cessation of hostilities announced

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And this is how the political situation – or at least what they want to desperately term as political – goes. A continuous cat-and-mouse game with no regard nor any attempt is made to encode and inculcate just laws which serve as a benchmark that is applied to everyone regardless of shape, colour or size. The king has ordered the the case dropped which was levied against Hassan Mushaim’i, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and Shaker Abdulhussain for “publicly …

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It’s over

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I’m glad to inform you that the libel case levied against me by the minister of agricultural affairs and municipalities Mansour bin Rajab has officially been dropped this morning and the judge has accepted our joint signed document. As such, I have removed the gag! I’ll blog more about the whole experience at a later date, maybe even write a book, goodness knows I have enough material to fill a few pages up! Thanks once again …

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