Stories about Bahrain from January, 2008
Bahrain: Away from Blogging
Silverooo, from Bahrain, discusses what is keeping her away from her blog in this post.
Bahrain: Rotary Commitments
Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif sheds light on his social commitments in this post.
Bahrain: Washington Date for Blogger
Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif has been invited to speak at the Rand Corporation Conference, being held in Washington DC, next month.
Bahrain: Are Gulf Arabs Lazy?
Earlier this week the Bahraini Labour Minister Majid Al Alawi was interviewed in the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, and in the interview he said that the Gulf was facing an 'Asian tsunami' because Gulf nationals are 'lazy' and 'spoilt' and depend on imported labour to do even simple tasks. He said that that the nearly 17 million foreign workers in the Gulf, mostly Asian, represented 'a danger worse than the atomic bomb or an Israeli attack'. What do Bahraini bloggers think?
Bahrain: Highbrow to Eyebrow
“Before moving to Bahrain I had never touched my eyebrows,” writes Bint Battuta, who has since caved in to pressure and religiously follows threaders around.
Bahrain: Save the Patients
A doctor by profession, Bahraini in Alaska is appalled with the inhumane manner in which certain patients are dealt with at the main government hospital in Bahrain.
Bahrain: A Walk in Town
To avoid getting stuck in traffic, Bahraini blogger Ammar walks to a nearby meeting with his camera in hand.
Bahrain: State Acts as Religious Policeman
Bahraini Mahmood Al Yousif brings us the story of Maya, whose marriage in India and conversion into Hinduism led the Bahraini authorities to confiscate her passport.
Bahrain: Letter to King
Bahraini political activist Abduljalil Al Singace reposts an open letter sent to Bahrain's King Hamad from Frontline, who express their deep concern following an attack on women during a demonstration at the Prosecutor's Office on 25 December 2007.
Bahrain: Conditions of Migrant Workers
Esra'a from Bahrain links to a media interview conducted with her about the conditions of migrant workers in the Gulf.
Bahrain: What a Neighbourhood!
Cookie, from Bahrain, describes her neighbourhood in this post. “People park their cars everywhere like they own the street. Women have fights almost every two weeks or less OUTSIDE!” she writes.
Bahrain: New Beginnings
From Bahrain, Abdulla Al Mannai opens his heart to his friends and invites them to embark on a new journey with him.
Bahrain: Ashoora Reading
Bint Battuta attends Ashoora events in Bahrain, and shares some reading material about the rituals here.
Bahrain: Say No to Plastic Bags
A group of Bahrain bloggers have started an environmental campaign to warn of the dangers of plastic bags, writes Bint Battuta in Bahrain.
Bahrain: On Inflation
Bahraini blogger emoodz discusses inflation in this post.
Bahrain: Frustration and Change
Frustration is a good catalyst for change, notes Bahraini Mahmood Al Yousif, who takes a closer look at his country's internal politics.
GCC-Iran Relations Improving
Marc Lynch takes a closer look at the improving relationship between Gulf Arab states and Iran in this post, despite Bush's visit to the region. The Gulf Cooperation Council is made up of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
Bahrain: Freezing Weather
From Lebanon, Summer says Bahrain is freezing. She also posts a video of the country she is moving to here.
Bahrain: Driving Standards
Bahraini blogger Mo comments on driving standards in the country in this post.
Bahrain: Date with Jostein Gaarder
Bint Battuta in Bahrain meets up with bestselling author Jostein Gaarder and has a question for her readers here.
Bahrain: George W. Does a Dance
During his tour of the Middle East, US President George W Bush came to Bahrain for a brief visit, the first of a sitting US president to the country. In this post, Ayesha Saldanha reports how bloggers reacted to the visit and how it impacted their everyday lives.