International and regional affairs took the forefront this week with Bahrain's colourful group of bloggers at home and abroad!
Haitham Sabbah takes us to China, Palestine and Guanatamo Bay, Cuba, where human rights abuses are being committed as I write.
In China, our colleague and Global Voices contributor Hao Wu has been arrested by the authorities while working on a new film on religious groups in China. In Palestine, the saga continues as more innocents are killed and the perpetrators go unpunished and even sometimes rewarded. His last stop was at the infamous Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the US is holding thousands of “terrorists” without trial and where freedom and torture take a new dimension.
In two posts, Jadd William aka Dr Abdul Hadi Khalaf, sheds light on the situation in Iraq, first by posting a petition by Iraqi expats and then pictures showing US casualties from the war and occupation.
Chanad Bahraini meanwhile reports an escalating situation even closer to our shores, highlighting a workers’ revolution taking Dubai by storm, which could very well spill over to other countries in the region, where poor foreign workers are not treated with justice all the time.
Silly Bahraini Girl too ventures away from home, reporting Libyan President Colonel Muammer Gaddafi's latest antics, where he blasts the democratic practises in the West, and boasting that his country was the only model for democracy in the world!
In local issues, Chanad posts a chilling video showcasing the triumphs of Ian Henderson, better-known as the Butcher of Bahrain, whom the government has turned a blind eye to despite recent reforms and the introduction of a democracy while Mahmood Al Yousif reports to us a gathering of scores of ‘scientists’ who have come together in Bahrain to champion Prophet Mohammed. Despite his reservations on the conference, Mahmood once again finds a ray of light, declaring that the best outcome from the event is the presence of Cat Stevens in the Kingdom.
This brings us to culture, literature and arts, where Boston-based Cerebral Waste interviewed Bahraini writer and blogger Ali Al Saeed in yet another “hot” interview.
Ali has also been busy this week, reading chapters of his book Quixotiq at a gallery in Bahrain. The reading was attended by no other than Tooners, who tells us about her experience there.
It's a small world indeed!