Stories about Bahrain from April, 2007
Bahrain: Speeding Engineer Released
The German engineer responsible for building the Bahrain International Circuit, which is hosting the F1 today, was caught speeding in Bahrain, reports blogger Mahmood Al Yousif. He was apparently released without any reprimand when officials realised who he was.
Bahrain: Support for Paper
“(W)ould any of their honourable MP’s care to ask Minister of Finance about why did the Undersecretary of Finance instruct Bahrain Development Bank (whose funds come in part from the two schemes of pension funds) to grant unsecured loan of BD 200,000 (two hundred thousands dinars) as urgent cash injection...
Bahrain: What's An Imbecile?
Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif discusses the meaning of the word imbecile and admits that he “was actually generous in that term’s use in some cases.”
Bahrain: Formula One Fever
Formula One Fever is gripping Bahrain, writes Bahraini blogger emoodz, who spent an hour on an otherwise 15 minute drive from the monthly blogger's meeting to his house. “Things all started to make sense now, the presence of traffic control policemen at nearly every major intersection till late at night,...
Bahrain: Neutral Language?
Bahrain-based blogger Bint Battuta writes her thoughts on the book Perfume – from a linguistic perspective. “Perfume is a novel written in German, but set in France. I read the English translation; I can't judge the translation fully, as I haven't looked at the German (I would be interested to...
Bahrain: Apologies to MP
Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif retracted a post in which he posted a copy of a cheque for about $10 million in the name of an MP, claiming that it is a fake. “Therefore, and with further assurances of the officials I spoke to, this is a wholly fabricated situation....
Bahrain: Blogger Sued
Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif has just been summoned to show up at the High Criminal Court on April 17 for a libel suit being brought against him by a minister for comments he published on his popular blog. “I am convinced that I did no wrong. I have portrayed...
Arabeyes: Esra'a Al Shafei – Your One-Stop-Cyber-Activist
At the age of 20, Bahraini university student Esra'a Al Shafei sure has a lot of chores to juggle. And it isn't classwork that is taking her time and sapping her energy. As a cyber-activist, Al Shafei's interests range from campaigning to free jailed bloggers to highlighting atrocities being committed...
Bahrain: Iran Winning Propoganda War
Iran is now winning the war against the propaganda machines of the US and Britain writes Bahraini blogger emoodz. He compares the treatment met to the captured British soldiers with those held at Guantanamo Bay.
Bahrain: Blocking Sites
Bahrain unblocked and then blocked a number of sites, writes Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif. “I am told that Batelco has started to block the sites again, but rather than blocking them at the proxy servers (which are in a sad state, it seems) they are blocking them directly at...
Bahrain: Parliament Work Pays Off
Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif claims that Parliament pays very well. He posts a copy of a cheque for about $10 million, allegedly in the name of a Bahraini MP.
Bahrain: We are NOT Bedouins
Bahraini blogger Emoodz discusses his frustration at the elite trying to masquerade Bahraini culture as being Bedouin.
Lebanon: Bombings in Saida
Bahraini blogger bint battuta shares with us the news about a friend and her family being bombed by an Israeli warship off the coast of Saida.
Bahrain: Polygamy as a national duty
We start this week with politics, or rather politicians, and the comments of one particular politician that have riled some of Bahrain's bloggers. An Islamist representative urged Bahraini men (some say in jest) to take four wives (three Bahraini and one foreign) to reduce the number of spinsters in the...
Bahrain: Coming Home
Bahrain's Silly Bahraini Girl talks about what she can expect when she goes back home to Bahrain on holiday: “I will be able to eat without having to worry who cooked the food or who will wash the bloody dishes; go out without having to worry whether there is fuel...
Bahrain: GCC oversight
Bahraini blogger Mahmood's Den discusses the ills of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and their inability to implement important monetary policy.
Arabeyes: Pictorial Tour of the Middle East
American couple BSS and BRN, who live in Al Ain, in the UAE, have been busy clicking photographs of their new surroundings, bringing us up close and personal with the beauty of the architectural marvels they see around them. A special interest is posting pictures of mosques on their blog,...
Bahrain: Theatre Day
Bahrain-based blogger Bint Battuta attended a play being staged in Bahrain as part of a festival to mark World Theatre Day.
Oman: Leaving Gulf Air
Omani blogger Muscati discusses reports that Oman will be pulling out of Gulf Air – once a regional airline but owned by Bahrain and Oman. “While it is understandable that Oman is thinking about improving its own airline rather than continuing to spend on Gulf Air, which has been an...
Bahrain: 15 Arab Billionaires Equal Gates
Bill Gates is worth as many as 15 Arab billionaires, writes Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif, who links to an article on Arab billionaires here.
Bahrain: Life Without Cable TV
Bahraini blogger emoodz is enjoying life without cable television and he tells us why here.