Tagged with Crown Prince of Bahrain

(Bahrain) Formula 1: an irrelevance?

(Bahrain) Formula 1: an irrelevance?

Wednesday 18th April The 2012 Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix continues to generate controversy. There are three basic positions on the race, to which I’ll add a fourth: The race is good for Bahrain, bringing in money and uniting the country The race legitimises a repressive regime that has lost legitimacy in the eyes of … Continue reading

After a Bahraini Kristallnacht: is outside intervention the only solution?

After a Bahraini Kristallnacht: is outside intervention the only solution?

Mahmood Al Yousif reports worsening civil strife in his blog: http://mahmood.tv/2012/04/11/hmmm-i-smell-even-worse-civil-strife-coming-up/ Last night baying sectarian mobs of so-called “loyalists” damaged Shia-owned cars and shops, chanting sectarian slogans while the police stand by: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBrC8K5z79w&feature=player_embedded These slogans include calling the Shia “rawafi9′” (refusers), ibna2 l-muta3a” (children of pleasure-marriage). Later, Shia-owned shops were ransacked: I see disturbing echoes of … 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

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