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Con man – Bahraini style

I had to laugh at this:

يصطدم بالخليجيين السكارى ويهددهم بالأمن للحصول على المال

تمكن رجال الأمن من القبض على متهم يقوم ليلاً بالاصطدام البسيط بسيارات الزوار الخليجيين الذين يكونون في حال سكر، موضحاً لهم أنهم في حال سكر بيّن، وأنهم هم المخطئون، طالباً منهم تعويضه مبلغا من المال وإلا فإنه سيتجه لتبليغ رجال المرور للقبض عليهم في حال سكر بين.

وبدورهم علم رجال الأمن بالخدعة التي يتبعها ذلك الشاب في استيلائه على أموال الغير نتيجة خلقه لوقائع غير صحيحة، فتابعوا تحركاته وتمكنوا من القبض عليه وهو متلبس في إحدى الحالات. وتمت إحالة المتهم إلى النيابة العامة التي حققت معه، ووجهت له تهم: أنه أبلغ كذباً السلطة الإدارية بنية الإساءة ضد مواطن خليجي بأمر يستوجب عقوبته جنائياً، إضافة إلى أنه رمى المواطن الخليجي بإحدى طرق العلانية بما يخدش شرفه واعتباره من دون أن يتضمن ذلك واقعة معينة. وشرع في الاستيلاء على المبالغ النقدية المملوكة للمجني عليه، بأن افتعل واقعة مزورة في صورة واقعة صحيحة، اذ اختلق واقعة تصادم معه بسيارته وأوهمه بحدوث أضرار له جراء ذلك التصادم، وذلك خلافاً للحقيقة. وبعرض المتهم على المحكمة الصغرى الجنائية الرابعة أمرت الأخيرة بإدانته، وحبسه 6 أشهرٍ وتغريمه مبلغ 50 ديناراً.

Al-Wasat :: 2 April, 2007

The report above says that a Bahraini con man has been imprisoned for 6 months for targeting drunk Gulf Nationals. The guy apparently waits for them to come out of a hotel or disco and then drives into their cars, gets out and threatens the mugs that he will go to the police and as they are under the influence, the police will throw them in prison or heavily fine them unless they pay him off!

The police got wind of him and caught him red handed. He got six months and BD50 fine. I would have hoped that the police would have investigated his financial records and levy double the amount he extorted from his victims in addition of the six months he should spend contemplating his deeds.

We have con men around, I am sure, but this guy is a bit over the top.

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Investigative Journalism!

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Devil’s Horns

As ridiculous as it may sound, all that is needed is a lick of black nail polish and fourth hand hearsay for it to be “proven” that high school kids in Bahrain practice Satan Worship.

And all you need is a girl with short hair to confirm that not only is she a lesbian, but a flaming bull dyke on the prowl to indulge the most depraved of her sexual fantasies in the school’s bathrooms.

Or at least this is what the likes MP Mohammed Khalid, MP Abdulla Al-Dossary and the other traditionally sensationalist press want us to believe. But for Al-Wasat – an erstwhile respectable paper – to succumb to this too is rather disappointing.

What level has Al-Wasat descended to exactly with its second page today dedicated to absolute crap? Based completely on unsubstantiated rumours, fear mongering, discriminatory allegations and all based on fourth hand accounts. They give this rubbish the second page in one of the largest circulating papers in the country?

That is not “investigative journalism”, Mr. Ali Al-Olaiwat, what it is simple sensationalism that is not becoming of Al-Wasat, a paper that we have come to respect for factual reporting. What you and your editors have done to allow this kind of unsubstantiated rubbish to be printed reveals the desperation that the paper must be in.

You and your paper should be ashamed of yourselves. You have betrayed the trust placed in your paper and your readership.

If we do have a problem with sexuality and teen-angst, those issues should be investigated properly and presented in a professional and unbiased manner, supported by well researched facts so that people can benefit from your well-intentioned research and you then be part of the solution, rather than exacerbating a perceived problem.

I expect that should Al-Wasat wish to keep its credibility, they should at least offer a retraction and censure the “journalist” who dared put his name on that piece of rubbish. Then it is their duty to mount a proper and full investigation in which they present the facts as they are, fully supported and substantiated, in order for people to choose what they want to do about the problem should it exist in the first place.

This is not journalism. This is not what we expect from Al-Wasat.

This is just pandering to a baser instinct.

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Redistribution of Water Resources, Bahraini style

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Redistribution of Water Resources, Bahraini style

Redistribution of Water Resources, Bahraini style, originally uploaded by malyousif.



Ever wonder where all the "temporary lakes" that we have in every neighbourhood in Bahrain after a little rain goes?

Here’s your answer. The municipalities contract private companies to remove those lakes… and then it is completely up to the driver (or his management who pretend not to know or look) to find an empty piece of land to dump it on.

Not to the sea, or even better, a sump where the water could go into the already depleted aquifers, but directly into an empty piece of land to be wasted, once again, and create the multitude of mosquitoes we suffer from from time to time.

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Insisting on a wrong

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I’m curious, what makes the Muharraq governor Salman bin Hindi so adamant on insisting on a wrong? And now he’s even supported by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. What’s going on?

It just does not make sense, unless of course this is another “test balloon” being released by the government to see the reaction of people if (when) they produce laws to divide Bahrain into cantons housing specific sects and not allowing any intermingling between them.

This is not just stupid, but extremely worrying.

Why isn’t anyone responsible from government come out and immediately refute these claims and tell bin Hindi that he over-stepped his mandate? I know that a member of Al-Wefaq has tabled a parliamentary question to the Minister of the Interior in this regard, and I hope that the minister will be good enough to unequivocally answer the question, rather than pass the buck along to another ministry or department; thus, allowing this farce to continue.

We’re supposed to be one people and one country, right?

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Rapprochement gone wrong

this article was updated on 23/1/07 at 0900
please click the title or the link at the bottom to read the full article.

Muslim scholars say spilling of Shiite and Sunni blood must stop
By DPA
Jan 22, 2007, 14:10 GMT

Doha – Muslim scholars from around the Arab world, convening in Qatar Monday, appealed to the Iraqi people ‘to end the bloodshed’ between rival factions of Shiites and Sunnis in the war-torn country.

‘The war between the Sunnis and Shiites is splitting Iraq apart and is diverting the Muslim nation from the real enemy, that lies in waiting for the opportunity to attack us,’ read a statement published during the closure of an Islamic conference in Doha.

Some attending Sunni and Shiite scholars had reportedly exchanged insults and accused each side of trying to ‘convert’ the other.

In their statements, the scholars said that Sunnis and Shiites are members of the same faith, and so should strive to ‘stand united’ in face of challenges and obstacles.

The scholars also advised that different Islamic sects strive ‘not to offend’ each others’ belief systems.

Prominent and controversial Egyptian scholar Youssef al-Qaradawi was not at the conference that attracted around 170 scholars from across the Arab world, but sent a statement to the delegates.

In the statement, the Egyptian scholar said that the International Union of Islamic Scholars had decided to send a delegation to Iran, to help put pressure on the Iranian government to improve security situation there and to and end the internal clashes.

Tensions between Shiites and Sunnis have been increasing, not only in Iraq, but in other parts of the Arab world such as Lebanon and Bahrain.

The bloody clashes between Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq have been blamed on Iran, with the country being accused of supporting the militias and enticing sectarian strife.

Recently, Iran and its Sunni ally Syria have expressed a desire to take a more active role in brokering peace in Iraq.
Monsters and Critics

My emphasis… is that brain-dead or what? Should I laugh my ass off or cry?

Disgusting. And these are the bozos people look to for spiritual guidance?

More details in today’s (23/1/07) Al-Waqt, after the break

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Welcome back Lenny! All is forgiven!!

Lenny Mucheru, from Muharraq, running for Bahrain

Never ever say that we Bahrainis are not good people and just a sorry will be enough to ameliorate our passions.. even if you’re a moron athlete and went and competed in, and won, an Israeli marathon!

Welcome back to being a Bahraini Lenny! I’m thrilled to have you burn my flag again!

Whooopieee!

If I ever hear anyone describing Bahrain as the state of laws and democratic institutions I’ll break their face!

You   have   been   warned.

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All hail King Salman bin Hindi

Kingdom of Muharraq

In an unprecedented move, a separatist coup declared our beloved island of Muharraq an independent kingdom presided over by His Honourable Majesty King Salman bin Hindi, the erstwhile loyal governor of that island.

Muharraq, the mother of political movements in Bahrain, the location of the first ever educational institution and the exclusive entrance by air to Bahrain has been taken over by a separatist movement which ceded it from the main archipelago.

Bahrain is now bereft of its main entrance point by air, and much more importantly, we have now lost a major part of our heritage, and the denizen of multiculturalism and anti-sectarianism to a despot intent on reversing those two main facets which we all – as Bahrainis – were once proud of in our island of Muharraq.

King bin Hindi, on his declaration of independence, has also declared that Shi’a, especially those of Iranian origin, and Indians and other icky labourers are henceforth not welcome in his kingdom. That is actually very ironic because those who can understand Arabic would interpret His Majesty’s family name as “the son of an Indian”, so I guess when he is anointed proper he might choose another nom-de-regine to be thenceforth known by.

King bin Hindi has also demonstrated his astuteness to reach his declared goal of a racially pure Muharraq, has banned any land and property transactions by “foreigners”, that is, anyone who is not demonstrably Muharraqi of the fourth degree; people who speak with the Hidd tongue are condoned provided that they plead complete and utter allegiance to his Majesty and sacrifice one of their daughters in his honour. If a Hiddi house does not have any daughters, then their maid will do – especially if she happens to be Indian.

As Bahrainis we cannot accept this situation. Muharraq is the jewel in our crown, the pearl of our existence and the pride of our history. How can we condone such a heinous step? This is an island so ingrained in our blood that we can never regard ourselves as true Bahrainis unless we have drunk from her sweet water, or at least made the pilgrimage to Shuwaiter’s sweet factory and bought some of his Royal Halwa, without which no Eid could be celebrated and no occasion is ever complete.

How can we accept such a situation when we celebrate the major parts of our culture in that island? How can we remember the pearl diving without mentioning Muharraq? How can we experience the greats of our literature and song without thinking of Muharraq? How can we even go on our holidays or conduct our business without partaking of its modern(ish) airport facilities?

No no, this cannot be. I am absolutely shocked and dismayed by this development, and declare myself now and for ever a Muharraq Freedom Fighter to liberate that great island from the tyrannies of bin Hindi, that usurper, and bring it back to the mother island and restore it to its place of pride in our kingdom.

Hail Muharraq! And off with bin Hindi’s head!

correction: sorry, I have linked to the wrong article originally, the link is fixed and it goes to the correct Arabic article in Al-Wasat newspaper of Dec 28th, ’06. Humble apologies.

English translation: Google translation of the newspaper article linked above

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