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

Britain must stop being an abuse facilitator in Bahrain.

Repression in Bahrain has seriously escalated this autumn, with regime hardliners (the usual suspects) seeking to undermine –through leaks to the world media — hitherto behind-the-scenes attempts at dialogue involving moderate regime elements and the mainstream opposition: Meanwhile, a series of small explosions, two in the village of Ekar in October, and five in … Continue reading

A Creepy Horror Story for Halloween

‘All resemblances to persons living or dead are entirely coincidental’ Men wearing ski masks entered the school bus, the acrid stench of the oil flares mingling with the sweaty air inside the vehicle. ‘Out!’ they ordered. The boys of Year Seven lined up against the sand-coloured bus, this summer afternoon the ambient temperature neared halfway … Continue reading

Mike Diboll: teaching and learning awards and evaluations in higher education, 2010-2012

Below is a teaching observation from the University of Sussex, 21st August 2012: MikeDiboll ObservationPre sess 21Aug2012 (1) In February 2011 I was awarded a Distinction for a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice award. This is a Masters-level award designed to ensure excellence in teaching and learning in Higher Education, delivered on-campus at Bahrain Teachers … Continue reading

Voice of Russia: The situation in Bahrain – is the Gulf monarchy serious about political reforms?

Voice of Russia: The situation in Bahrain – is the Gulf monarchy serious about political reforms?

VOR London’s James Reinl hosts a debate on the jailed Bahraini hunger-striker, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, and asks whether the Gulf monarchy is serious about political reforms. He was joined by the Bahraini government spokesman, Fahad al-Binali, Rodney Shakespeare, chairman of the Committee against Torture in Bahrain, Mike Diboll, the democracy campaigner, Ben Harris-Quinney, chairman of the … Continue reading