With all the hats I’m wearing, I hardly have time to blog once a week. If I’m lucky, twice a week, and on very rare occasions three times.
Anyway, I had an idea. I’d like to invite others to write on my blog. I would like my blog to be a voice of moderation among all the online polarisation that is going on in Bahrain.
So, this is my invitation for moderates (on either side of the fence) to submit articles to be published right here. What constitutes a “moderate”? I guess it’s not easy to define, but if you’re a “death to Al-Khalifa” person then you’re not moderate, and if you’re a “all Shias are Iran-backed traitors” then you’re also not moderate.
I’d like this blog to be a starting point for healing and reconciliation (I have more to write about this, inshallah soon). So I’d prefer articles that focus on unity and bringing people together, rather than focusing on blame and on what separates us.
Of course that does not mean you cannot mention the crisis, you can, but I don’t want you to dwell on it. The blame game has been played to death. The real challenge is for us to move forward as a nation. We have to co-exist on this small island Kingdom.
So, if you have something to share, I want to hear it! Here’s what you should do:
1) First, no synonyms please! I won’t accept articles by “J. H.” or “Sad Bahraini”. If you want to write here then you got have the guts to use your real name.
2) Email my PA with the article (can be Arabic or English). Her email is Eman[at]ghazialgosaibi[dot]com.
3) I will review and if it’s good I’ll publish it, and will probably ask you for more.
I know some people will be cynical and say how can I claim to be a moderate if I sided with the supposedly “evil government.” To me a moderate is not someone who did not take sides, but rather someone who can listen to and respect the other side’s opinion. does that make sense?
So I welcome any opinion, as long as it’s respectful and focuses on the future and unity.
I hope to hear from you.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and talk to you soon.