Monthly Archives: December 2011

Bahrain: The future?

Following a recent healthy discussion online about the current situation in Bahrain and the various ways for the country to move forward I would like to take some time out from my blog of memories to raise a few hypothetical

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Part 6: Bahrain’s ugly truth emerges

Following the successful ousting of the tyrannical leaders in Tunisia and Egypt I became aware that the Khalifa regime had offered each family in Bahrain 1,000 dinars (approximately $US 2,500) to “reflect HM the King’s keenness to improve citizens’ life”

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Part 5: The Bahrain I came to know

I knew very little about Bahrain before I went to live and work there. As a Formula 1 motor racing fan I knew that it hosted a race each year and I knew that the country was somewhere in the

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Part 4: Back to Bahrain and goodbye

I arrived back in Bahrain on the 2nd of April after what should have been a pleasant stay in Bangkok with my wife. I found it difficult to relax with my thoughts focused on what would happen to the protesters

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Part 3: Aftermath and Social Media

From the perspective of my wife and I, all was once again well with the world. The peaceful protesters were back at Pearl Roundabout, there were no police, no army, no bloody teargas and no security personnel hanging around. Yes,

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Part 2: Return to Pearl Roundabout

Unknown to me, there was a lot of activity taking place in Bahrain behind the scenes in a bid to end the unrest. The Crown Prince had become involved and was trying to broker an agreement and began by allowing

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Part 1: The Roundabout Clearance

It all started for me on Valentine’s Day, 2011. Monday, February 14. Normally on a Monday I would have been at work at Bahrain Polytechnic where I was employed as an English tutor. This day, however, was during the mid-semester

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