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Dialogue Delegates Appreciation Society

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I’m not sure who the admin / support staff for the dialogue were nor how they were selected. From observation, they seem to have come from various government departments, maybe primarily from the parliament. In any case, at the National Dialogue participation certificate presentation / appreciation this morning, they have resolutely added to my feeling of despair for this country. That and added a good measure to my already high level of disgust with what this …

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The Dialogue: Parliament v1.1?

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Progress has been marked in last night’s Political Stream of the National Dialogue last night. According to this from the Dialogue’s official site: Bahrain’s National Dialogue has reached ground breaking consensus to increase the powers of the Parliament. Assembled delegates including: MPs, opposition political societies; NGOs and public figures agreed to enhance the Parliament’s democratic scrutiny over the government. This decision gives the Parliament full authority to reject the entire government if they disapprove. Commenting on …

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Dialogue in tatters?

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Al-Wefaq pulled out of the National Dialogue. This is not a disaster. It’s their right. They didn’t believe in its efficacy and I – and everyone else – must respect their evaluation no matter how much we differ from their conclusions. I predict that the three liberal/leftist societies soon might follow suit. Again, that’s up to them. No one should label them as traitors – an oft and liberally used word in what has become a …

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The Dialogue: Government Services

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Off to the National Dialogue again in a few minutes. This time I’ll be participating in the 2nd stream of the Economic Committee dealing with Government Services and I’ll be particularly interested in Education and the Environment, their challenges and what we should do to promote them in Bahrain. This is a continuation session from last week. My submissions to the committee last week involved the following:1. The overhaul of the educational curricula to engender …

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The Dialogue: Detriments to Economic Competitiveness

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In a previous post we talked about the competitiveness of Bahrain and what it would take to aid it along the prosperity path. This is of vital importance of course as achieving good economic growth will create jobs, fill stomachs and redraw missing smiles. But economic growth cannot flourish in an environment where onerous and crippling (sometimes ludicrous) laws exist. Yes, a structure is undisputedly needed, but not to the extent that they would cripple innovation …

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