· June, 2007

Stories about Bahrain from June, 2007

Bahrain: The Tale of a ‘Legal Slave’

  29 June 2007

No longer a tax haven, people in Bahrain are fuming at the introduction of a one per cent tax to benefit an Unemployment Fund. Bloggers caught on the bug and are ranting and fuming on their blogs in this report by Ayesha Saldanha. In other related matters, bloggers talk about a new law which bans workers from working between noon and 4pm in the summer heat, lavish weddings and the forgotten 'martyrs' of the civil unrest which rocked Bahrain in the 90s.

Bahrain: Are Taxes Un-Islamic?

  22 June 2007

Money matters feature high in the posts of Bahraini bloggers this week, writes Ayesha Saldanha. Other issues being tackled include: Are taxes un-Islamic? Is culture and art appreciated in Bahrain? And how hot does it really get in the Middle East in Summer?

Bahrain: MP Branded a Kaffir

  19 June 2007

A religious Bahraini MP has been branded a “kaffir” – an apostate – and Mahmood Al Yousif discusses how this could become a dangerous trend in society.

Arabeyes: The Middle East in Pictures

  18 June 2007

This week's pictorial tour of the Middle East takes us to a wedding with a difference in Amman, Kuwait in a dust storm, where Lebanese escape the news and finally a picture of a hatching Bulbul in a tribute to a loving father from Bahrain.

Bahrain: High Score in Failed States Index

  18 June 2007

The Third Annual Failed States Index is out, reports Bahraini blogger Jadd William. “Bahrain has scored relatively well. At 134, Bahrain ranks better than Kuwait (at 124) and Saudi Arabia (at 83 ). The remaining GCC countries beat Bahrain: Qatar (at 137), UAE (at 138) and Oman (at 146),” he...

Bahrain: Don't Press ‘Forward’, Press ‘Search’

  16 June 2007

What do Bahrainis think of conspiracy theories? How pleased are they with the services their ministries offer and the statements coming out of their ministers' mouths? And what does a Bahraini studying in Japan have in common with a homeless man? To answer these questions read this week's review of Bahraini blogs by Ayesha Saldanha.

Bahrain: US Human Trafficking Blacklist

  14 June 2007

Silly Bahraini Girl links to a news article which puts Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar on the US human trafficking blacklist for failing to halt what it called the scourge of “modern-day slavery.”

Bahrain: Education Reforms

  14 June 2007

Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif attended the official launch of the “Implementation of the national Education Reform Initiatives” and gives us his take on it here.

Bahrain: Lebanese Appeal

  14 June 2007

An appeal has gone out for Bahrainis to dig deep in their pockets to help Palestinian refugees caught up in the crossfire in Lebanon, reports Haitham Sabbah, who is based in Bahrain.

Bahrain: Omar Al Khayam

  13 June 2007

Bahrain's Bint Battuta gives us some poetry – the famous Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam – and their various translations to digest.

Bahrain: It's Your FAULT

  11 June 2007

“By default, a constitutional, absolute monarchy is absolutely fault- free, unless royally decreed otherwise. So, a gentle public service reminder to fellow commoners of this faultfreeocracy: Next time you want to open your mouth to complain about key thing or turn your accusatory finger at key person, you better double...