Posted in February 2012

Identity and Literature: Re-imagining the Past in Egypt, the Gulf and the West

I wrote this in response to the post “From Whence ‘Authentic’ Egyptian Literary Culture?” at: http://arablit.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/gamal-al-ghitani-on-what-it-means-to-be-culturally-egyptian/#comment-7896 “It would be interesting to hear how novelist Gamal al-Ghitani might respond to Tamim al-Barghouti‘s recent points about the nature of authentic* Egyptian culture. Al-Barghouti, during his talk at the mid-February “Narrating the Arab Spring” conference, said that Pharaonic history, as it … Continue reading

Bahrain’s internal coup, Iain Lindsay out of his depth

Two items from today’s English language propaganda sheet the Gulf Daily News. The first is today’s front page story, about spending cuts in Bahrain: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=324292 Unelected Khalifa Al Khalifa, at 41 years in office the world’s longest-serving prime minister, apparently “issued directives to downsize official delegations for events which do not require high-level participation”. The high-level meeting … Continue reading

Letter to Dr. Mike Diboll from the University of Bahrain

Today I begin publishing correspondence relating to the dispute between myself and my former employers, the University of Bahrain. The rationale for this is: The correspondence shows the UoB to be in gross violation of international norms of academic freedom and best practice Exposing the UoB’s dealings with me might help others in Bahrain who … Continue reading

Otokar aren’t helping Justice and Development in Bahrain (Adalet ve Kalkınma), write to protest!

The Bahrain ‘police’ play with their latest toys on 14th February 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGn1a59iSv8 These are Turkish-built Otokar Cobras, a light armoured car assembled using an American HUMVEE engine and drive-chain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otokar_Cobra The Cobra is a cheap machine, supplied to forces in such as those of Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Caucasian CIS republics. It’s chief advantage … Continue reading