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Chris Davidson’s “After the Sheikhs: the Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies”: profound implications for foreign policy and for academia.

BOOK REVIEW Dr. Davidson’s brilliant and brave “After the Sheikhs” provides Middle East studies with a valuable overview of the gathering crisis in the region, and is a valuable counter-narrative to the “nothing to see, move on now” narrative being promoted by vested interests and an academe that ought to know better. After Bahrain, the … Continue reading

Bahrain Polytechnic: new evidence casts doubt on the rigour of the BICI, and on the credibility of ‘reform’ in Bahrain

Higher Education reform in Bahrain: 2008-2011  “In failing to differentiate Bahrain Polytechnic’s relationship with the Ministry of Education from the University of Bahrain’s relationship with the Ministry, the BICI  have been complicit in the extension of state power into hitherto legally autonomous institutions. I’m sure that this was done unwittingly on the Commissioners’ part, but … Continue reading

Hard Lessons in Bahrain: Mike Diboll in the Chronicle of Higher Education

Hard Lessons in Bahrain: Mike Diboll in the Chronicle of Higher Education

My article on my experiences in Bahrain education reform, culminating with the events of 13th March 2011, has just been published on line and in print in the Review section of the Washington DC-based Chronicle of Higher Education. The Chronicle is the world’s leading news medium for higher education. Utne described the award-winning Chronicle Review as “a fearless, free-thinking section … Continue reading

risaalatiy al maftoo7ah lir-ra2iys jaami3at l-ba7rayn ebraahim l-janaa7iy

risaalatiy al maftoo7ah lir-ra2iys jaami3at l-ba7rayn ebraahim l-janaa7iy

الدكتور مايك ديبول على مدى الأيام الثلاثة الماضية، قرأ 6,500 بحريني الرسالةَ المفتوحة التي كتبتُها إلى رئيس جامعة البحرين إبراهيم رسالتي المؤرخة في مارس/آذار 2012 هي: سيدي، إنني أكتب إليكم في الذكرى السنوية الأولى لأحداث العنف التي وقعت يوم 13 مارس/آذار 2011 في الحرم الجامعي بالصخير التابع لجامعة البحرين. وقد لجأت للكتابة إليكم علنا عبر … Continue reading

The Rape of Bahrain Polytechnic

The Rape of Bahrain Polytechnic

In a gesture of insult to the international higher education community, the Bahrain regime has chosen the anniversary of the University of Bahrain violence to complete its violation of Bahrain Polytechnic, established in 2008 when the Bahrain 2030 Vision still meant something to supply the kind of quality higher education that the criminally incompetent University … Continue reading

March 13th 2011: a tale of two photographs

March 13th 2011: a tale of two photographs

A vital aspect of the uprisings in the Arabic-speaking world is the GENERATIONAL aspect, the fact that the globally connected younger generation want and deserve so much better than the mediocrity of the corrupt and incompetent gerontocracy that’s typified by Bahrain’s current Prime Minister, 41 years continuously in unelected office since Britain allowed Bahrain to … Continue reading

Why Bahrain?

Why Bahrain?

Today has proved to be this blog’s most successful day yet in terms of hits, it’s 19.30 GMT here in Sussex, and so far 2,000 people have looked at my blog. Today is the first anniversary of the violent incident on-campus at the University of Bahrain which took place on 13th March 2011, and proved … Continue reading