Tagged with Bahrain Uprising

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

For Bahrain tonight….

For Bahrain tonight, on the first anniversary of their revolution. Martin Luther King: “We’ve got some difficult days ahead. Like everyone, I’d like to live a long life…but I’m not concerned about this now, I just want to do God’s will…So happy tonight I’m worried about anything, I’m not fearing any man: Mine Eyes Have … Continue reading

Infra Dignitatem: Iain Lindsay’s latest insult to the dignity becoming a British Ambassador

British Ambassador to Bahrain Iain Lindsay’s sky-diving stunt at the recent Bahrain International Airshow was bad enough, an “everything’s back to normal” stunt that combined a gross disrespect to the sufferings of the Bahraini people with the toe-curling embarrassment one feels at the sight of a break-dancing vicar or a middle-aged dad wearing a back-to-front … Continue reading

My 25th January Letter to the FCO

My 25th January Letter to the FCO

This is my 25th January letter to a Mr. Layfield at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Gulf Team. He wrote in response to a letter from my wife in the discrepancy between the FCO’s line on Syria, and that on Bahrain. This was a bit of a turn up for the books, since nobody … Continue reading

Were the FCO behind the Edinburgh-Bahrain Deal?

Were the FCO behind the Edinburgh-Bahrain Deal?

I am convinced that the University of Edinburgh has made the right decision in cancelling its proposed co-operation with Bahrain. My hope that the case gains wider publicity so that it will set a precedent: Edinburgh has taken an ethical lead over Bahrain, and any other UK higher education institution would either have to follow … Continue reading

The “National Encounter”: a new way forward to rebuild the political centre in Bahrain?

The “National Encounter”: a new way forward to rebuild the political centre in Bahrain?

I heard of the “National Encounter” initiative through “Mahmood’s Den”: http://mahmood.tv/2012/01/28/a-glimmer-of-light-at-the-end-of-a-rather-dark-tunnel/ Dr. Ali Fakhro, who has held ministerial portfolios in Health and Education, announced the “National Encounter” (or “Meeting”) grouping at Bahrain’s Al Uruba  (“Arabism”) Club on 28th January 2012. The National Grouping seeks to bring together Bahrainis of all political perspectives into dialogue based … Continue reading