· May, 2009

Stories about Bahrain from May, 2009

Bahrain: Swine Flu Arrives

  29 May 2009

Earlier this week the first case of the new H1N1 flu, or swine flu, was confirmed in Bahrain, arriving with a Bahraini student who had been in New York. Bahrain's bloggers react in this post.

Bahrain: Our Need For Indians Is Like Our Need For Air

  23 May 2009

Earlier this month, Bahrain announced that it would be ending the system of sponsorship of foreign labour. While the move is intended to stop the exploitation of workers, especially from the Indian subcontinent, for some Bahrainis the idea of it becoming easier for foreigners to work in the country is worrying. In this post a blogger talks about the Indian presence in Bahrain.

Bahrain: No Longer Anonymous

  22 May 2009

Bahraini blogger Hala, who blogs at When it Beeps, has decided Bahrain is too small for a person to try to be anonymous – so she introduces herself to her readers.

Bahrain: Activism Widget Generator Launched

  19 May 2009

Mideast Youth has launched a widget generator to raise awareness on imprisoned bloggers, journalists and activists. “Setting up campaigns is not an easy task if you don’t have the right tools. There was one tool that we at Mideast Youth always felt was missing, and that was the ability to...

Bahrain: Message to Greedy Dealers: Let them Rust

  19 May 2009

Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif lends his voice to the Let Them Rust campaign, which aims to “force greedy car dealerships to reduce their prices.” “The essence of this campaign is to not buy cars, let the stock rust if need be, until dealers take active steps to make car...

Bahrain: Possible Pay Rise for MPs

  19 May 2009

Bahrain-based blogger Coolred38 cannot believe her ears: “This can only be a late April Fool's joke being played out to the masses…MP's might possibly be getting yet ANOTHER pay rise!!!”

Bahrain: Why so many sandstorms?

  16 May 2009

Bahraini blogger flymenian wonders why Bahrain has experienced so many sandstorms in recent years – and asks, “Could it just be the God Almighty is mad with us?”

Bahrain: Shameless Cruelty to Animals

  15 May 2009

Back to blogging after a long hiatus, Bahraini Mahmood Al Yousif lashes out at the way ‘poor unfortunate birds’ and animals are treated in his country. Click on the link to find out why Al Yousif's blood “is still boiling.”

Bahrain: Thoughts on Activism

  13 May 2009

“Activism isn't just about justice. It's an effort to provide the freedom necessary to build a sustainable civilization,” writes Esra'a at Mideast Youth. Read more of the young Bahraini activist's thoughts on activism in this post.

Bahrain: MPs Vote for Alcohol Ban

  11 May 2009

“It's official. Bahrain is regressing – MPs voted for a blanket ban on the sale of alcohol anywhere & everywhere,” writes Sam Mahmood, on Twitter. The motion is yet to be approved or rejected by the government.

Bahrain: Activists Blogs and Sites Blocked

  11 May 2009

Bahraini activist Ghada Jamsheer, who blogs at Bahrain Eve [Ar], links to a statement from the Cairo-based Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), which reports that her blog is being blocked by the authorities in that country. The report says that the ANHRI site is also blocked there.

Bahrain: Telecom Mafia

  10 May 2009

Bahraini blogger Funaki believes there is a new kind of mafia in Bahrain – the telecommunications companies who provide Internet services.