Ayesha Saldanha · June, 2007

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Bahrain: The Tale of a ‘Legal Slave’

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.

Palestine: A Classic Case of Divide and Rule?

With so much happening on the ground, this week many of the blogs by Palestinians, and those focused on Palestinian issues, have kept their attention on the ongoing events in Gaza. Ayesha Saldanha reviews what Palestinian and other bloggers had to say about the civil war in Gaza, the World Refugee Day and conversations over picking thyme.

Bahrain: Are Taxes Un-Islamic?

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

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: Eat Shawarma at Your Peril!

Are there poor people in Bahrain or is the issue being blown out of proportion by those striving to plant the seeds of sectarianism in our society? Can Bahraini girls actually cook like their mothers? Would spending billions on developing a metro system be feasible for a country the size of Bahrain? And what's in your Shawarma? These are just some of the questions Bahraini bloggers are tackling in this week's extensive round up by Ayesha Saldanha.

Bahrain: An Expat Minister of Labour?

With Bahrain sizzling at 44 degrees Celsius, bloggers are in action discussing everything from the weather, to who to blame for power cuts. In a post with a natural flow, Ayesha Saldanha brings us this week's review of Bahraini blogs which also discuss our "daily inanimate partners", Bedouin lifestyles, development, Bahrain's relationship with the sea and labour affairs.

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