Latest posts by Ayesha Saldanha from July, 2007
Politics and human rights are, as ever, the chief topics of discussion on Bahrain’s blogs this week, but we also hear about things that aid and interrupt sleep, creatures that won’t buzz off, and stories of both loneliness and new friendship.
Bahrain's bloggers have moved on this week to comment on a protest held outside the Iranian Embassy in protest against an editorial by Iranian editor Hossein Shariatmadari, which started that Bahrain should become a part of Iran. Others talk about Embassy interviews for Visas, the release of a Guantanamo detainee, why Bahrain is vying to build the highest skyscraper and preparing for the new release of Harry Potter.
Bahrain is making headlines in the international Press. While mainstream media in the country is turning a blind eye, bloggers are busy typing away at their keyboards to talk about what is beyond the headlines. What did the LA Times write about Bahrain and what do bloggers think? What are the Iranian papers writing about the Kingdom and what do bloggers have to say? Would you rather drive for 15 minutes in a traffic jam or walk for five? These are some of the issues tackled by bloggers this week.
From the sad news of a death of a 31-year-old mother waiting to cross into Palestine from the Rafah Crossing to celebrations over the release of kidnapped BBC journalist Alan Johnston, Palestinian blogs this week are abuzz with activity. Ayesha Saldanha reports how one Canadian-Palestinian blogger is ashamed to be an Arab and how another expresses her disbelief at how veiled women are being discriminated against in Jordan.
There is one subject that unites everyone living in Bahrain: traffic congestion. In the last few years, the roads on the island have become clogged by the weight of traffic, and roadbuilding to relieve that congestion in the long term is making it far worse in the short term. Every single person has a story of frustration to tell, writes Ayesha Saldanha. Wearing a part-time Hijab, professionals ending up in the wrong jobs and the perks people get in summer are other topics discussed.