· March, 2007

Stories about Bahrain from March, 2007

Bahrain: When ‘moderate’ means ‘acquiescent’

  31 March 2007

This week some Bahraini bloggers took part in an evening regarding the role of blogging in cultural development, and the literary aspect of online writing in particular. Hisham Khalifa has posted his introduction to the evening: Culture is not created by governments, kings, queens or presidents. It’s not created by...

Bahrain: West Respects Muslims More

  30 March 2007

“I find it really amusing that the laws and teachings of the Islam are respected and abided by as basic human rights more in the West than they are within the Islamic world itself,” writes Bahraini blogger emoodz.

Bahrain: Guard Shot Dead

  30 March 2007

Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif says a hotel security guard was shot dead in his country this morning after “..a scuffle broke out between drunks, purportedly American, and hotel security guards. It is reported that one of the servicemen drew his pistol and shot the Bahraini night-shift guard Abbas Ali...

Arabisc: Job Hunting in Bahrain?

  29 March 2007

Bahraini blogger Silverooo, who has just graduated from university, may have hit the jackpot and will soon be making more money than any other graduate her age. Her idea? The guide you see on the left – Job Hunting in Bahrain for Dummies. And the blogger knows what she is...

Bahrain: Constitutional Court Works

  27 March 2007

Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif admits that the Constitutional Court in his country works, after the court issued a decision negating the constitutionality of a Law by Decree which dealt with the appropriation of land by the government for “public interest”.

Bahrain: Mobile Mess?

  26 March 2007

Mobile phone woes anyone? “It took a whole year, two phones and a good BD 200 (US 530) for me to realize that there is absolutely nothing “smart” about the so called “PDA Smart Phones”. I just dumped my Sony Ericsson m600i yesterday, exchanging it alongside my late imate KJam...

Bahrain: Car Shopping

  26 March 2007

Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif was busy car shopping for his wife.. and being in a democratic mood.. got his readers involved in the selection process. Congrats Frances on a lovely car.

Bahrain: Storms and D-cups

  23 March 2007

Bahrain was enveloped in a heavy dust storm on Thursday night, the beginning of the weekend, and TechZ wrote about getting caught in it: I couldn’t see anything ahead, other than for the windshield and my wipers. Headlights were useless in this much sand and rain drops. I had to...

UAE: Hooters in Dubai

  22 March 2007

US famous restaurant outlet Hooters will open an outlet in Dubai in the next two years, writes blogger Fahad Al Mahmood. Meanwhile, blogger John B. Chilton says the concept with fit right in while a raging debate continues at Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif‘s Den.

Arabisc: A Mysterious Bug Gnawing at Middle Eastern Bloggers

  21 March 2007

Something is amiss on the Middle Eastern blogging scene .. and computers and modern technology are to blame. In addition to trouble with the law in their countries, which are closing in on freedom of speech and expression as I write this, bloggers have another demon to confront. Egypt‘s outspoken...

Bahrain: On 300

  19 March 2007

Bahraini blogger emoodz gives us his thoughts about the movie 300 here. “If you haven’t heard already, the movie has caused quite an uproar amongst modern Persians/Iranians who see the movie as not only something of a fabrication, but also an insult to their history,” he writes.

Arabisc: A Pictorial Tour of the Middle East

  19 March 2007

When I first saw these pictures. I thought to myself sheep = New Zealand. How wrong was I! A closer look will show you that the donkey was familiar, the grass not that green and palm trees in the background. It was closer to home than I thought. We kick...

Bahrain: A Kite in My Heart!

  16 March 2007

Bahrain-based blogger Bint Battuta attended a kite demonstration , at a time when she is actually feeling like there a kite in her heart. “I feel like I have a kite flying inside me right now! Yesterday was my last day at work – in full-time work, that is, as...

Bahrain: A better literary life for civil servants?

  16 March 2007

We begin this week's review of Bahrain's blogs with Lulu's review of Bahrain's second annual Spring of Culture. Regarding the music/poetry/dance performance headlined by Marcel Khalife, and which caused controversy because of the dance element, she says: I'm all for the arts & freedom of expression, of course, but if...

Bahrain: Spring of Culture

  16 March 2007

Bahraini blogger Lulu reviews the Spring of Culture festival in Bahrain. “I'm loving the concept, but then I decided to be democratic in my show reviews at least. So the opinions below are based on (totally unscientific) polls I took of random fellow culture-mongers,” she admits.

Bahrain: Iranian Artist Refused Entry

  15 March 2007

Bahraini blogger Silver links to a newspaper article which says that Bahrain refused to grant an Iranian artist an entry Visa into the country here.

Bahrain: The Problem with Parliament

  15 March 2007

“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,” writes Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif about the way his Parliament functions.

Bahrain: Child Abuse in Schools

  13 March 2007

Bahrain-based blogger Haitham Sabbah links to a shocking video showing a fight between two students in a classroom, apparently arranged by a teacher! “I have no clue where was this video clip taken. It is a classroom in one of our schools around the Arab world. The teacher’s accent sounds...