· April, 2007

Stories about Bahrain from April, 2007

Bahrain: Multi-Cast a First!

  30 April 2007

Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif took part in a multi-cast, the first in the Middle East, in which an Egyptian judge accused of plagiarism was expected to make an appearance. “The next session, which I am part of, is supposed to make history in that it is going to be...

Kuwait: When Our Only Tourist Attraction is a Shopping Mall

  29 April 2007

With the summer temperatures soaring, life in Kuwait revolves around air-conditioned shopping malls, reports Abdullatif Al Omar. Follow the arrows to read bloggers' reactions to why else a foreign head of state is treated to a visit to a mall; friends meet in malls and a boat show is held there.

Bahrain: Noaimi Site Up

  26 April 2007

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...

Bahrain: Elevator Politics

  25 April 2007

Bahraini blogger Mo, who is an intern in a hospital, discusses elevator politics at his hospital. “Do you just enjoy being in elevators? Have you no understanding that you're delaying those going down and crowding them for no reason whatsoever?” he asks those using lifts.

Bahrain: Violence Begets Violence

  24 April 2007

Violence in Bahrain and clashes between demonstrators and riot police were the focus of a television programme which Bahraini blogger emoodz watched for an hour before realising it didn't satisfy his quest for learning the reasons behind this escalating stand off. “Needless to say, I had to sit along a...

Bahrain: On Poverty

  24 April 2007

Blogger Chanad Bahraini discusses poverty in Bahrain, saying: “Statements from the prime minister that “new steps are being taken to help needy families in Bahrain” are a dime a dozen. We read about them every few weeks, as the local press always makes sure to give it front page coverage....

Bahrain: Bandargate Revisited

  23 April 2007

Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif breaks a total ban on media outlets to discuss a political scandal better known as Bandargate in Bahrain by publishing a post with a link which sheds new light on Salah Al Bander from a different perspective.

Bahrain: On the Great Wall of Adhamiya

  23 April 2007

Bahraini blogger emoodz wonders whether the US got the inspiration for erecting the Great Wall of Adhamiya in Iraq from the movie 300. “So much for the democracy practiced in Iraq, a wall that is being built along sectarian lines against the will of the Iraqi people in hope of...

Bahrain: Radioactive Material Dump

  20 April 2007

Bahraini blogger emoodz goes through local newspapers with a fine comb, to come up with this gem. “Why exactly is this treated as a tiny little article on the third page? Why are people still ignorant about the fact that we do have radioactive material right here in Bahrain? and...

Bahrain: Minister Withdraws Case Aganist Municipal Councillor

  20 April 2007

Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif says Bahrain's Electricity and Water Minister withdrew a case he lodged against a Municipal Councillor, following mediation. “This is good news of course. Apart from the fact that – in an impartial judicial system – there is no way that the minister would win this...

Bahrain: Land of Missed Opportunities

  19 April 2007

Silly Bahraini Girl laments that her country – Wonderland – is a land of missed opportunities – “unless of course you are a drug baron, a high-class prostitute or an Islamic fanatic.. or better yet – all THREE together!”

Bahrain: Transporting Humans?

  18 April 2007

Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif is enraged that labourers in his country are transported in the back of open trucks, in defiance of an existing law which protects them from being ferried like cattle.

Bahrain: Blogger's Hearing Postponed

  17 April 2007

The hearing of a libel case against Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif has been deferred until May 8 because the judge's mother passed away. Al Yousif is being sued for describing a minister as an imbecile.

Bahrain: Ambassador Attends Passover Dinner

  17 April 2007

Bahraini blogger Silver reports that his country's Ambassador attended a Jewish Seder dinner to mark Passover in Washington DC, US. He wonders what this gesture means. “(S)o is this building bridges? or going against our core beliefs ? anyone cares to comment,” he writes.

Arabeyes: Bahraini Blogger in Court Tomorrow

  16 April 2007

This is Mahmood Al Yousif, the God Father of Bahraini bloggers, who is being sued by a Bahraini Minister for comments he published online. Mediations between the two parties failed, and the case is now being heard by the Higher Criminal Court tomorrow. Even the meek Bahraini Journalists Association is...

Bahrain: Brazilian Dance

  16 April 2007

Bahraini blogger emoodz regales us with a tantalising Brazilian dance at the Spring of Culture festival, which has generated heated debates between Islamists and liberals on whether such live entertainment should be allowed in Bahrain. “I sat through two butt numbing hours on that very uncomfortable chair, fascinated by the...

Bahrain: It's Raining Men

  16 April 2007

It's raining men in Bahrain, according to blogger Mahmood Al Yousif, who reports that a second Indian man has plunged to death from a pedestrian bridge built over a busy highway.

Bahrain: One-Family Spirit

  15 April 2007

Blogger Chanad Bahraini scorns Press reports praising Bahrain's one-family spirit and posts pictures of demonstrations in which police clash with villagers. ‘The “one-family spirit”, it would seem, is the notion that all of Bahrain’s land and resources are the chattel of just “one family”. For if you refuse to be...