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alnoaimi.org launched

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Abdulrahman Al-Noaimi

A site completely dedicated to a giant of a Bahraini, Mr. Abdulrahman Al-Noaimi, the Godfather of the National Action Democratic Society has been launched containing a section to register your “get well” messages to this Bahraini personality as well as sections detailing his biodata and a collection of articles he has written.

Abdulrahman Al-Noaimi is now in a Riyadh hospital to continue his recovery after falling ill due to pancreatic failure while on a working visit to Rabat in Morocco a few weeks ago.

I hope that the organisers will translate the content to English and other languages, and also include a transcript of his speeches, seminars and lectures as well as video and audio footage of his activities.

He is a national treasure that must be given his due, regardless of how you view his politics.

Another site has been created by journalist Khalil Buhazza at http://bohazza.jeeran.com/bokhalid/ to track his recovery progress and serve as an archive of articles written about Mr. Al-Noaimi.


Wishing Al-No’aimi a speedy recovery

Al-Noaimi support

تقوم بالسلامة و العافية يا بو أمل

The Godfather of the National Democratic movement in Bahrain is in critical – but stable – condition in Morocco where he traveled earlier to attend a political conference. While there, he had an acute pancreatic failure which necessitated his admission to a local hospital. Since being admitted, his condition was raised to critical and has been on semi-life support. A team of Bahraini doctors and specialists traveled to Rabat to be with him and offer their support and opinion to the Moroccan medical team, one of those doctors is his daughter Salwa.

As of last night, rumours circulated the island that Mr. Al-No’ami was declared brain-dead. This was strongly refuted by his political society, Wa’ad, which stated that he still responded to stimuli and that his condition is stable. They are now considering whether to move him for further medical attention either back to Bahrain or Paris.

I wish Mr. Al-No’aimi a speedy recovery; Bahrain desperately needs this giant and others like him to continue and lead our struggle for freedoms and the defence of our rights.

We are all with you Abdulrahman, may you live long and prosper.


Maysa’a Hazeem, first female Bahraini pilot

Maysa’a Hazeem, first Bahraini commercial pilot

Congratulations Maysa’a! You make us all proud in your achievements. I know how hard it is to get to that right seat, but you made it and all power to you.

I would be honoured to have you in the driving seat any time I fly.

We need more like you and I am sure that you will be an inspiration to a lot of young Bahraini ladies who should realise that the sky is no longer the limit!

Well done!



Layla Fakhro, the Bahraini unappreciated legendWhy is there a lump in my throat?

Why do I feel as if I have lost my mother, or my father again, a sibling or a dear friend? The feeling overcoming me since I heard of her death and started reading about her are very similar to those when my own father passed away.

But why?

I didn’t even know Layla!

Yet I find myself sad and despondent.

I find that at a time when my country has been thrown to the wolves, God decides to take the very people who have fought tooth and nail to save it.

At a time when so called “representatives of the people” have sold their conscience, honour and dignity for a handful of dinars, I read that Layla eschewed the surrounds of available wealth to raise the cloak of illiteracy from desperate people.

At a time when the country throws open its door to foreign mercenaries, I learnt that Layla picked up a weapon and went to fight in another Arab land against a foreign oppressor.

At a time when an important arm of our government diligently works to expel the majority of its own people from its institutions and side-lining them based on their religious affiliation, I heard that Layla has never allowed others’ personal beliefs or race to stand in the way of her extended hands of help and friendship.

At a time when the bastardisation of our democracy continues apace and the elected representatives applaud the further restrictions to our freedoms, I read that Layla has opened doors to thousands of our own citizens as well as our Omani brothers and sisters to reach for the sky.

At a time when we trade our ideals for our own selfish comforts, I learnt that Layla has lived the majority of her life in exile fighting for and defending hers.

At a time when our national university is more concerned with its students’ dress code and mannerisms rather than their educational development and giving them the necessary tools to think critically, I read that Layla virtually established the modern educational system in Oman in the 60s.

At a time when our society were more concerned with limiting the role of women, I learnt that Layla established the first women’s society in 1968 and led them to demand and get their rights.

At a time when the ranks of our unemployed and poor are increasing in the midst of untold oil wealth, I read that while Layla was an exile she donated whatever she got from her family in funds and clothes to help those less fortunate.

At a time when illness was slowly eating her away, Layla re-established Bahraini women’s institutions and led them to excel.

And then it came to me:

We were living in the shadow of a giant; and that comforting shade is no longer there.

We were living in the aura of a legend; but we have not yet satiated our thirst from her spirit.

We were living in the surrounds of a hero; yet only her comrades knew her true value.

How can we repay an eternal debt of gratitudes to these legends?

Would naming streets after them suffice? Erect statues in squares? Write books? A series of articles? Build libraries and halls in their honour?

All of these are good, but are never enough.

What Layla Fakhro and her likes struggled to give us is much more than we can ever repay them for; they gave us our dignity back, and recognised each and every one of us as worthy human beings, equal in rights and duties.

How can we ever repay that?

Layla Fakhro, Huda Salem, mama Huda, rest in peace now.

Your lungs have not given up on you as much as your own country has.

I love you Layla. And I’m sorry for not having the pleasure of ever meeting you and kissing your hand.

Goodbye Layla.

You will not be forgotten.

You are the doyen of the pantheon of legends.

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Crazy Steve is dead!

Steve Irwin was killed on 4Sept06 by being stung by a ray through his heart in AustraliaI am shocked. It is unbelievable. That affable and completely crazy wildlife expert is dead! Crockhunter is dead! Steve was filming a huge ray around Australia when the thing turned on him and stung him with its barb straight through his heart.

I am very sorry for death and wish to extend my personal condolences to his family and friends. He was crazy as a moon bat but he certainly brought his love of nature into our living rooms and infected us with it too.

May he rest in peace now.


33 days

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Okay, 1701 has been adopted. Fragile as it is, it is still generally holding, even with Hizballah and Israel exchanging fire again this morning (Hizballah has been reported to have fired up to 10 Katyusha rockets at Israeli positions within Southern Lebanon) and as people in their thousands have started the re-migration back to what is left of their villages and towns, some happy enough to sleep in the open on foam mattresses until they could probably rebuild their homes anew, they need our support more than ever.

Hizballah supporters celebrations in Bahrain and Lebanon

However that is not important at the moment. What is important is the overwhelming feeling of euphoria that the hitherto undefeated and much regarded Israeli army has been cowed, been made to suffer, had numerous armaments destroyed, and a few of its soldiers killed, injured or maimed. This euphoria is undiminished when one considers that Lebanon for the most part has been turned into a parking lot, hundreds killed, thousands injured, and more than a million made destitute.

Many towns and villages in Bahrain celebrated far into the night, the majority in cars going up and down avenues waving the now ubiquitous Hizballah flag from moving vehicles and on foot. Accompanied by low flying security helicopters keeping a keen watch on the goings on. None of these activities have been approved by the government of course, and if it would take the letter of the “associations” law recently passed by our esteemed parliament – probably the only such elected organ in the world which can be counted upon to restrict human rights and freedoms – all of those revelers would be in prison, and some, if the government chooses to apply the again recently anointed “Terrorism Law” would be hung and quartered.

I would hazard a guess that the celebrations would continue for some time to come, eclipsing all other news and happenings in the world, Darfur with its millions of displaced and tens of thousands killed, and Iraq which is averaging about one hundred killed a day in sectarian violence which is bordering on a declared civil war.

But, all celebrations end at some point, and people start asking questions. The hope is that those questions would lead to lasting resolutions within the communities themselves. The fall-out of this conflict I think will be huge and will affect the whole Middle East specifically and the world in general.

First and foremost is the shattered perception that the IDF cannot be defeated. That will have major repercussions in the coming years.

The other is the extraction of vengeance from those Arabs opposing this “Divine Victory” (which is what the name Nasrallah actually means!) so I expect some trouble in Saudi, Jordan and Egypt because of their stances. I wouldn’t be too surprised to end this decade with the removal of the Jordanian Abdulla and the Egyptian Hosni. As to Saudi, well, the guy is knocking on 80 so people will concentrate on whoever is supposed to be taking over the helm on his passing.

The unquestionable outcome of this war however, is the hugely enhanced standing of the Shi’a, and the unity of the Arabs and the Muslim world behind Nasrallah. I would bet my house at the moment that should Nasrallah stand for elections to choose the president of the whole Arab world today, he would win with a landslide.

What does the future hold for us in view of this conflict?

I don’t know, but I can tell you that the winds of change are blowing very hard across the whole area at the moment, and it will be very interesting times ahead.


Nasser Al-Yousif

Nasser Al-Yousif

Nasser Al-Yousif, originally uploaded by malyousif.

My father passed away this morning after a long illness. He leaves behind a family with rich memories of a good father, an excellent friend, and a world-class artist. Through him, his sons Mahmood, Jamal, Kamal and Hani, as well as his daughters Abeer and Maha, and his loving wife Badriya totally indebted to him for the vision, the tolerance and the humanity he inculcated in each and every one of us.

We shall remember you for ever my father. You were a giant.

Rest in peace now, for you have also suffered enough.

Good bye.

We are accepting condolences at the Ma’atem Al-Ihsa’iyeen in Manama until Sunday evening 18 June, 2006.

Nasser Sayed Mohammed Al-Yousif, 1939 – 16 June 2006


Bahrain heads UN General Assembly

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No no, it’s not a joke, it’s real, and what’s even MORE real is that the Bahraini who is heading the GA is a woman!

Shaikha Haya Rashed Al-KhalifaThe General Assembly elected a champion of women’s rights in Islamic courts as its next president on Thursday, making Haya Rashed Al Khalifa of Bahrain the third female to lead the 191-nation U.N. body.

Haya, chosen without a recorded vote, takes up the presidency at the opening of the assembly’s 61st session on September 12. She succeeds Jan Eliasson, the Swedish foreign minister.

The one-year presidency rotates by region, with candidates put forward by U.N. regional blocs.

Haya, Bahrain’s first female diplomat and one of the first two Bahraini women to practice law in her country, has used her legal career to advance women’s rights under sharia law in Islamic family courts.

She began her legal practice three decades ago, focusing on diplomacy, international arbitration and dispute resolution as well as the status of women in the Middle East.

She has been an advocate of logical interpretation of Islamic texts as they apply to women in family courts, rather than on historical interpretations deemed as biased and potentially damaging to a woman’s status in such courts.

She heads her own law firm and is the legal adviser to Bahrain’s Royal Court. From 2000 to 2004 she served as Bahrain’s ambassador to France and as its nonresident ambassador to Belgium, Switzerland and Spain and as permanent delegate to UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Haya has been closely associated with leading legal organizations globally including the International Bar Association, where she served as vice chairwoman from 1997 to 1999.

Only two women have served as General Assembly president before her, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit of India, who presided over the assembly’s eighth session in 1953, and Angie Brooks of Liberia, who led its 24th in 1969.

Will good news not stop today? I hope not!