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Countdown started

countdown to the next elections

We deserve the parliament we vote for. Here’s to hoping, against all odds, that the people who voted for these dark-ages jokers would learn from their lesson and don’t assume – for a third time – that religiosity = political ability or wisdom for that matter, as this parliament has amply proven.

Welcome to the age of Bahraini Inquisition. Have the cinder ready, and build gallows in sufficient numbers for the exclusive use of the parliamentary inquisitors, the protectors of our faith, the defenders of our morals, the lovers of culture and the appreciators of the arts.

What did you actually expect? That this parliament would diligently work to increase freedoms of speech and expression? That they will open investigations in dire issues they have conveniently forgotten like Bandargate, the housing shortage, the dearth of land, the increasing poverty, retooling education and fixing the constitution?

Fat chance!

We can’t blame the government for this one. We can only blaming ourselves for voting for these morons. Well done. I hope whoever voted for them is happy with their choice now, go on, pat yourself on the back.

Assuming the next elections would happen on 15 Oct, 2010, there are 1,303 days left. Assuming we actually want to wait that long.

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MPs with Religious Police mentality

I am quite convinced that this parliament doesn’t know why it was actually voted in. Apart from the sectarian overtones in almost every thing they do, they cannot distinguish between parliamentary work from that of the pulpit. Let me aid them in understanding the simple difference: the first is legislative and the other is advisory. To amplify the explanation on the latter; being an adviser does not give that person nor body the exclusive keys to nirvana, and the adviser should be prepared to see his advice be discarded regardless of how right he or she thinks it is.

وافق مجلس النواب بغالبية أعضائه أمس على تشكيل لجنة تحقيق برلمانية بشأن بعض الرقصات والأشعار التي قدمت خلال مهرجان «ربيع الثقافة»، الذي تنظمه وزارة الإعلام

A parliamentary probe committee was formed yesterday to investigate acts by performers in the Spring of Culture festival, which have been labelled un-Islamic.

Taking the above into consideration, what business is it of the illustrious Chamber of Representatives to force upon us their own myopic view of right and wrong? And which part of the legislative or even advisory mandates confers upon them the right to restrict what people should do, see or deem enjoyable art? Especially considering that the constitution of our societal makeup would never condone lewd conduct in any case, a fact that has been fully observed by the organisers, that we need these publicly elected representatives of the people to attempt to once again save us from our selves and force their own personal interpretations on a whole country?

This is what we get after 100 days of being in office?

While other parliaments strive to display what their members and governments have achieved in their first 100 days in office in order to show the seriousness with which they regard the trust placed in them by their electors; what we get here is a chamber full of prancing ignoramuses having foot-stomping fist thumping tantrums in response to a cultural show by a nationally renowned poet, an excellent musician, and a dance troop who attempted to translate both into motion.

Grow up, for goodness’ sake, just   g r o w  u p   already.

Your behaviour is shameful.

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Al-Watan is at it again

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Sectarianism in this country continues to increase, alhamdullillah, propagated by newspapers and writers specifically created and well funded for the purpose, as exposed in that report which we are not allowed to mention. Since its publication it seems the paper that carries the illustrious name of “The Nation” has increased the spread of its poison; is this the in response to it feeling death closing by and thus wants to spread as much hate as possible before that certain eventuality?

Whatever it is, the only way to defeat such sectarianism is not to give in to it and expose it wherever and whenever you encounter it no matter how small the incident is. The more exposed this poison gets, the better the community as a whole will be for it because what will be done is raising the community’s collective awareness of the problem and forcing everyone to think of better ways to tackle the issues and hopefully goading us to realise that the only way forward in this spic of a country is to embrace tolerism and realise that the others might be right in their views too.

Therefore, I would like to thank both Lulu and Gardens of Sand for exposing Al-Watan and its sectarian content and ideology whose only motive in personally attacking a member of parliament is sectarian. The MP was simply standing for what she believed was right, a position that she shared with the opposition in parliament which happens to be composed of a Shi’a majority.

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Turning Tail

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Al-Wefaq’s abrogation of pre-elections promises is complete. They can no longer be called “opposition”, they are just another flavour of a docile quasi-political society, just like the others. The only real opposition which insures the government is watched in its performance then are those powers outside the parliamentary game.

What a shame. Such promise and in under 100 days they are domesticated.

أكد نواب كتلة الوفاق المشاركون في المؤتمر الدستوري أن عمل الجمعية بات مؤطراً بأدوات عمل جديدة، ودعوا إلى الواقعية في طرح الملفات.

وقال عضو كتلة الوفاق السيدحيدر الستري: «نحن بحاجة إلى التقويم والتصحيح، ولكن أحداً لم يصرح بأن الوفاق تخلت عن المسألة الدستورية، ولكن الجميع يعاني من عدم امتلاك مشروع واقعي، وقد توجد بعض الرؤى لكنها اصطدمت بالواقع، والجمعية ستخوض صراعاً، لكنه صراع سياسي ديمقراطي، سنخوض صراعاً تفاوضياً وحواراً جدياً».

The right honourable Wefaq MP Al-Sitri is “explaining” that the game has new rules now, and now they have to play by them.

It is as if they didn’t know this before they decided to join the fray and practically exclude their ally Wa’ad. Now their MPs are making one excuse after another that “it’s not their fault” and “they’re trying their hardest” and “they did not forget the constitutional question” and other ready and expired excuses.

وقال النائب الشيخ حمزة الديري: «نريد المراقبة والمحاسبة، واكبر إنسان يحتاج إلى نصيحة، (الوفاق) لم تتنازل عن أي ملف وضعته في برنامجها الانتخابي، ولكن المسألة تحتاج إلى شيء من الواقعية، ولكن لسنا الوحيدين في الساحة، فنحن جزء من مجتمع متنوع، والمسألة الدستورية تحتاج إلى توافق».

MP Al-Dairi is asking us to be “practical” in our demands, and reminds us that Wefaq are not alone and the constitutional question requires agreement. Yes, we know that. So why did you boycott for 4 years and went through all that rhetoric again?

He continues:

وحتى اليوم نحن كجمعيات معارضة لم نستطع مجاراة الحكومة في كسب الشارع السني، لكي نثبت لهم أننا ندافع عن حقوقهم

saying that they (Wefaq) are still facing problems convincing the “Sunni street” that Wefaq will fight for their rights too. Well, that would have been easier had they included the candidates from Wa’ad in their plans, rather than effectively offer them as a scapegoats.

من جانبه، قال النائب جواد فيروز: «هناك نية مسبقة لأن نحكم على الوفاق بالفشل، ولا يمكن أن نقيم عمل الكتلة في شهرين، وليس من الإنصاف القول إن أداء نواب الكتلة أسوأ من النواب السابقين، ونحن لدينا رؤية واضحة واستراتيجية بشأن العمل على الملفين الدستوري والمعيشي في مسارٍ موازٍ».

MP Jawad Fairouz further confirms our worst fears in stating that there is a “prior intention to determine that Al-Wefaq will be made to fail” bringing about that famous “conspiracy” red-herring, and claims that it is impossible to judge the performance of the bloc as it has only been working for just two months.

Well, excuse me Mr. Fairouz, you boycotted the inauguration of parliament, you gave away the first-deputy chairmanship, your chairman gave-away his position of heading the legislative committee to an unknown deputy and you didn’t even bother to have a press conference in which to declare your full intentions which could have been done on day one. That does not take 60 days. It’s just common sense to tell people what you intend to do and declare your parliamentary program over the next 4 years in a realistic manner.

You can’t come now, after all the high hopes and the excess of votes you received collectively and tell us to temper our expectations. That just does not wash.

As far as I am concerned, Al-Wefaq so far has been an abject failure surrounded with cloaks, turbans and mysteries. It is not acting as a political society that we expected it to be, it is acting as a confused cabal being slapped around by all and sundry. So don’t come to us now and cry foul. You knew (or should have known) what you were getting into. You played a dirty tactical game to exclude those people who would have not only genuinely helped you in parliament, but also would have added to your credibility in the Sunni stream, yet you chose the turbans.

I think I’ll put the countdown clock to count down the days to see the backs of you. And that would not be soon enough.

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Bahrain to introduce personal and corporate taxation

MP Ibrahim Busandal, the Asalah MP, wants to introduce mandatory Islamic taxation (zakat). Here are his justifications for doing so:

  • Zakat is one of the pillars of Islam. Muslims are obliged to do it
  • this would help reduce poverty and activate the economy because it would give poor people more purchasing power
  • Mr Busandal said he wants to apply the Sharia rules
  • It will be a project that would pay for itself
  • would only impose the law on Muslims and not people of other faiths. The requirement would also be imposed on Muslim-owned companies

Questions:

  • Who’s interpretation is he going to use for the zakat? Sunni or Shi’i shari’a? Shouldn’t we get parliament to work under one set of rules first?
  • Does the application of the zakat on Muslims imply that we will have a declared “Dhimmi” populace and that they (ultimately) will have to pay “Jizya” too?
  • Who’s going to administer it?
  • Who’s going to oversee the operation?
  • Who’s going to decide who gets it and by how much?
  • How is giving money going to solve the poverty problem? Shouldn’t we concentrate on education and provision of employment first?

I wonder if this guy actually made a study of how his proposal will impact the country’s economy and society; or is his Islamism the only factor that tickled this fancy.

I bet that even with the low taxation of 2.5% proposed a lot of companies will be even more hesitant to open and stay in Bahrain. Even with that; however, I would support taxation provided that there is better transparency and a more inclusive and true representation of tax payers in the decision making process. That means a more representative parliament with proper and equitable distribution of electoral districts and a proper transparent oversight on how this is going to be implemented and managed. Other than that, this proposal is just hot air apart from it being unimplementable.

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What insolence!

I think everyone can excuse bad manners once in a while and simply attribute its occurrence to a particular situation, upbringing or even just simple frustration. What people cannot excuse; however, is pure and evil insolence, especially when that insolence comes from a grown person with public standing and one that has been chosen – against people’s best judgment as far as I’m concerned – to be their representative in the hallowed halls of parliament.

MP Mohammed Khalid displaying his drugs stash in parliamentLook at this incident for instance:

كما أشار خالد إلى اتصال النائب علي سلمان له ليبارك فوزه بالانتخابات، وأنه رد عليه بقوله ‘’لا أريدك أن تبارك لي، وإنما ما أود قوله لك أن البحرين أمانة وغالية علينا’’. معتبراً أن قوى المعارضة لم تقدم شيئاً للناس بل زادتنا سوءاً، حسب قوله.

Al-Waqt :: 30 Nov, ’06

Isn’t this simply disgusting? Mohammed Khalid receives a call from the head of the largest political party in Bahrain who is calling to congratulate him on his win and re-entry into parliament, and what does that insolent, inbred, Satan worshiping fetishist respond with? Abuse and calls the gentleman a traitor!

Bad manners? No. Not just that. He proved over the last four years how insolent he is. And why shouldn’t he be? Is there anyone from his own constituents or the leadership of his own party or the parliamentary speaker to tell him off and advise him that what he is doing is simply a further contribution to sectarianism and the ultimate destruction of this country?

No of course not. What he does get instead are continuous pats on the back and cowardly whispers telling him how great he is and that “he showed them.” What we do get instead is the previous speaker of the parliament making himself exclusively available to these characters in their campaigns, rather than do the proper thing and be independent, in view of his position.

It is really baffling, completely and utterly baffling how people like these get elected to represent us in the first place.

I think one solution is to forget about all of these constituencies in future elections and treat the whole of Bahrain as a single constituency. It is doable. Bahrain is not even the size of some Indian villages!

Nabeeha Wahdah! Should be the new battle cry for the next election. “We want it as just one constituency”. Maybe then, we can truly elect representatives who will represent the whole of Bahrain and I am sure when that happens, we can rest assured that asswipes like this character would never get even close to parliament.

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Ooooooo boy…

I think we’re going to see far too much of this gentlemen over the next four years.

Meet Sayyed Abdulla Al-A’ali who was a municipal councilor for the Central governate the last time around, and he successfully tried his luck this time around continuing his ride on Al-Wefaq’s coat-tails and got elected with a good margin too: 67%, so two thirds of his constituents either bought his spiel, or believed in Al-Wefaq’s manifesto, or just followed Scholastic orders and voted him in anyway.

Would they still have elected him after the gems he spewed in the GDN this morning? Here’s a selection – which I am hoping against hope is not the official line of his party, but thought jihad (aka humungously sustained brainfart) on his part:

Gem #1: wants to pass a law that would ban Bahraini women from appearing in advertisements wearing revealing clothes

Gem #2: He also wants to pass a legislation to keep them out of “male-orientated jobs”

Gem #3: he wants to reduce the retirement age for women and improve their pensions because he believes they should not work as long as men

Gem #4: “The problem is that women’s retirement age is 55, while it is 60 for men,” he said. “Many women can’t work until that age.

Gem #5: Mr Al A’ali claimed poor planning of the jobs market had left women doing “men’s jobs”

Gem #6: “This is an Islamic country and it is a disaster if Bahraini girls are forced to work as dolls,”

Gem #7: He criticised living standards in Bahrain, which he described as “one of the richest countries”

Gem #8: He said another problem existed between government salaries, which he described as high, and low private sector salaries. “If salaries paid by companies are government subsidised then things would certainly be better.”

I’m not going to bother to comment on his gems, they’re just too valuables and should be covered, coveted and hence should stay at home – his brain, but I would like to profusely thank Mohammed Al-A’ali (I hope no relation) the GDN reporter for such a laugh!

Therefore, let me congratulate the good Sayyed on receiving the very first TWITBTHIFD prize!

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Brainfarting season has started, officially

This site’s blocking order notwithstanding, it is quite apparent that the official brainfarting season has started in earnest. Take a look at this gem for instance:

jalalalsharqi-salahali.jpgشن الشيخ جلال الشرقي يوم أمس (السبت) حملة ضد من أسماهم ‘’الليبراليين والعلمانيين واللادينيين’’ من جانب، وعلى الصحافيين الذين يهاجمون رجال الدين والإسلاميين من جانب آخر، أثناء حديثه في الخيمة المشتركة لكل من مترشحي المنبر الإسلامي في ‘’ثالثة الوسطى’’ إبراهيم الحادي للمجلس النيابي وعدنان المالكي للمجلس البلدي. إذ طالب الحاضرين ‘’لا تضعوا أيديكم في يد من هم على غير التيار الإسلامي، فأنتم محاسبون أمام الله إن نال صوتكم أولئك، فكل منكم يحمل أمانة والله عز وجل يحذرنا من خيانة هذه الأمانة، ولن تجدوا أفضل ممن قرر الوحدة في قائمة واحدة بين الأصالة والمنبر لنصرتكم ونصرتنا’’. وأكد ‘’أقسم بالله، أنهم الصادقون، عند الشدائد، وهم من يتمسك بسنة الله ورسوله، وكل من يرشح غير من يعمل لوجه الله فهو آثم’’. وتابع ‘’هناك عدد من الصحافيين الدخلاء، الذين لا يكلون ولا يملون من اتهام الشرفاء، والترويج للعلمانيين والليبراليين، ويعملون ضد الإسلام والمسلمين ومن ينصرهم، ولكن لن نترك المجال للفاسدين وليقولوا ما يريدون ويا (جبل ما هزك ريح)’’. أما النائب المترشح رئيس كتلة المنبر الإسلامي صلاح علي فدعا إلى ‘’التصويت لمن يؤمن بالقرآن ويدافع عنه، فإذا كان من ضمن جمعية أو كتلة فذلك يزيد من حظوظه وليصل صوتكم المبارك إليه’’.

That big fellow is Jalal Al-Sharqi, he’s supposed to be a “shaikh”, a religious clergyman, seems to be well fed for someone who’s supposed to be in the service of God and his creations, looking after them and giving alms to the poor and favouring others over himself, etc etc.

That other guy to his left – who seems to be rather enjoying a juicy, fresh, loogy, is ex-MP Salah Ali, he’s supposed to be a doctor of some sort, so maybe he knows what we don’t and there are nutritious benefits to picking one’s nose and eating its produce. Hey, what do I know.. the picture is indeed worth thousands of words.

The words emanating from the respected scholar; however, leave a lot to be desired. Let me clue you in:

This auspicious gathering of birds of a feature is in one of the elections campaign headquarters, a tent put up for the purpose in a transitory fashion maybe to show the voters that they too will only be required temporarily only to submit their tick mark on a ballot, and then forgotten forthwith by those people who seem to be all of a sudden to be the champions of the Bahraini citizen (and otherwise), and the poor and destitute. So come hither, friends, come and partake of Salah Ali’s bounty!

I didn’t read the election law, but I am fairly sure based on logic – if that quality is indeed used in forming laws in Bahrain – that you shouldn’t use religion, religious speeches to further your chances of winning, nor should you use or allow your venue to be used by 3rd parties to do so.

This is the proof of one of countless other transgressions hopeful MPs are utilising. The 3rd party here, the right honourable scholar is lambasting the people and ordering them NOT to vote for anyone HE and his ilk deem to be un-Islamic, heretic, liberal and westernised in any form whatsoever, and he also added to that illustrious list journalists who “habitually transgress on Islam” etc, promising those who do his version of hellfire in which they will ever last.

Oh, and did I not also mention that the connoisseur of jellyfied phlegm is also one of the heroes of bandargate? How utterly irresponsible of me. Sorry.

So these are the kind of people who are shamelessly putting themselves forward to represent us in this great country… the dregs of society.

They’re using threats, coercion, religious extremism, false promises, cajoling, negative publicity, accusing their competitors of treason… hey! hang on a minute! That really sounds like we arrived at real democracy! Yippee! I am thrilled to bits.

So carry on spreading your poison, and continue to classify this great society and you might as well print labels or buttons which simple have one word each on them: “For” and “Against” and distribute those so that you can actually filter out the whole society to your liking. To hell with anti-sectarianism and anti-discrimination, because those concepts just have no place in your sick minds.

Something else Bahrain can be proud of 😉

Incidentally, this is the very FIRST post post-Mahmood’s Den-blocking era!

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Dhahrani’s Posse

Yesterday, Khalifa Al-Dhahrani reneged on his decision not to run for the 2nd term of parliament, by not only registering his candidature, but acted as the protagonist in a cheap play by having a posse of 20 people behind him; most notable tails were a bevy of MPs including: Abdulaziz Al-Mousa, Ahmed Behzad (independents, they call themselves, Behzad is the architect and approver of the most restrictive laws which eminated from his committee in the last parliament); Hamad Al-Muhannadi (Asala, Wahabi) and Salah Ali (of Bandargate fame, on the receiving end apparantly) and Abdullatif Al-Shaikh (Muslim Brotherhood, Minbar) as well as our favourite brain-fartist Jassim Al-Saidi (newly formed Wahabi Morons, Inc. membership forms available by doing an Ahmed Attiyatallah and paying Saidi a non-refundable BD3,000 cheque for services rendered to raise the sectarian temperature in the island, he’ll even sign the receipt, no problem.)

The last minute entrance, although he would like to think is being dramatic, the fact of the matter Harry is much better at it. Nevertheless, his excuse is that he was in conference with God, as he does every Ramadhan in the last 10 days. Don’t know what they were talking about (I think it really was just a single-sided conversation if you ask me, and Dhahrani has the hammer) but I guess he interpreted the conversation that he has to do his public duty and place his posterior on an already reserved Speaker of the House leather seat.

All that doesn’t concern me really, it’s politics after all. What really got my goat is the report (arabic) that said that not only was he accompanied by the aforementioned well trained MPs, but within his posse were quite a number of the Chamber’s workers! Sure, they’re citizens and they have every right to support a candidate of their choice, but in my book this is a conflict of interest to say the very least. And as he keeps patting his own shoulders saying that he has had a very long experience in politics and parliaments (hah!) he should have told at least those workers to bugger off as what they are doing is a conflict of interest, and that they are working for the people rather than Dhahrani Est.

So to those who actually work in the illustrious and hushed (normally) halls of abrogated power, could you please tell your colleagues that this is not a “good thing™” to have done, as it shows that they are directly employed by Dhahrani, rather than employed by the people. What they should have done is distance themselves from him until (not if unfortunately) their boss returns to his roost.

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Shaikh Ahmed is unperturbed

Shaikh Ahmed bin Attiyatallah Al-Khalifa, Minister of State & head of the CIOI met briefly with Shaikh Ahmed bin Attiyatallah this morning and asked him directly for his comment about the hot topic of this week; what he said is that it is a case of revenge.

“I fired the guy and he didn’t like it, so he’s unleashed this ‘thing’[1] as revenge against me”

When I told him that that might be the case, but what about the various documents, and the cheques and receipts of payoffs he simply said that “they’re payments for his staff!” So what’s the problem?

He declined to talk more about the subject, just stating that he will be holding a press conference, or releasing a statement to the press refuting the allegations.

Allegations which are extremely damaging, not only for his career – his being the fastest ever elevation to the ministerial ranks in the history of Bahrain, for someone who is just 40 years old – but more importantly to the whole country:

The allegations in this report include, but not limited to:

    1. Direct meddling in the forthcoming elections;
    2. Fomenting sectarian strife;
    3. Distribution of cash handouts;
    4. Buying MPs in both the elected and selected parliaments;[2]
    5. Undeclared sources of funds;
    6. Clandestine prejudiced operations against a vast swathe of Bahraini citizens.

I told Shaikh Ahmed that people are asking for his head, I would join these forces and demand at least his resignation if any of these allegations are found true.

[1] full report of 31MB
[2] payments and receipts have been made to Jamal Dawood who is standing for elections this year in the Northern Governate, 8th District, as well as clear monthly payments to Faisal Foulath (Shura Council), Jassim Al-Saidi (Council of Representatives)and other Islamist MPs from Al-Minbar society.

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