This is a beautifully prepared podcast about Bahrain and the Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue’s efforts in promoting dialogue and reconciliation in Bahrain. Thank you Hebah Fisher and Razan Al-Zayani of Kerning Cultures for their hard work and extensive research and effort. (Note: The Bahrain Foundation for Reconciliation and Civil Discourse recently changed it’s name to the Bahrain […]
About Bahrain and it’s happenings. Might have some political views.
I’m delighted that my TEDx talk has finally be published! Many thanks for Mohammed, Dana, the sponsors and all those that worked on making TEDx Sakhir a success. Hope you like it.
I had the pleasure a couple of weeks ago of being invited as a guest of honour at a speech given by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Betty Williams. The “Creating Value, Fostering Human Spirit” event was organised by Soka Gakkai International Gulf, a Buddhist-inspired peace organisation. Ms. Williams is originally from Northern Ireland, and won […]
Monitoring international indices is becoming a bit of a hobby of late. I’m fascinated by how some countries seem to get everything right, while others seem to get nothing right at all (incidentally, if you’re into learning about such things I highly recommend Acemoglu and Robinson’s Why Nations Fail. Another great book is From Third […]
Two policemen were killed in a bomb blast today, by terrorists allegedly backed by Iran. God bless their souls. This comes just days after Bahrain recalled it’s ambassador to Tehran over inappropriate comments made by Ayatollah Khamenei over Bahrain, and two men being arrested on a vessel carrying weapons and bombs into Bahrain, allegedly from […]
This article is inspired by a reaction from a friend, after I published a blog post commenting on Bahrain’s ranking in the latest World Happiness Report. Here’s what he said: “While risking being overly pessimistic, I am simply witnessing the opposite. The people I speak to often convey a mixture of despair, bordome, losing […]
The 2015 edition of the World Happiness Report is out. Congratulations to the people of Switzerland, for being the happiest nation on the globe. Switzerland jumped from third to first place. A very pleasant surprise is Bahrain, which jumped from 79th place to 49th. A very respectable jump indeed. Happiness (personal, corporate, community, and country) […]
I consider myself very lucky, and very blessed, as I’ve had the pleasure and honour of having some amazing learning trips around the world. Today I thought I’d share my Top Five learning trips. Hope you find them of interest: 1) South Africa – March 2015: Of course anyone who works in the reconciliation field […]
Let’s make something clear from the very start; Singapore is a successful country and a shining example of how determination, hard work and tenacity can literally transform a country from third world to first in just one generation. I am a huge fan of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding Prime Minister. He, and the People’s […]
I was honoured and privileged to have been invited a couple of days ago to meet HRH the Crown Prince, along with other representatives of Bahraini families, to be updated on the latest developments of the National Dialogue. A breakthrough had been reached, and the CP was keen to share it. He spoke about the different […]
Moderate; “(of a person, party, or policy) not radical or excessively right- or left-wing” The other day I was having dinner with a friend who is a Western diplomat, and as usual when socialising with diplomats in Bahrain (or anybody for that matter), the conversation inevitably turned to the situation in Bahrain. The friend […]
Last week The Lancent published a comprehensive study on global obesity, which was mentioned in the media all over the world. The study, which was covered the years from 1980 to 2013, revealed that in 1980 857 million were obese, now the figure is 2.1 billion. Yes, with a “b”! Yup, 30% of people around the world […]
“We are going to do a terrible thing to you, we are going to deprive you of an enemy.” – Georgy Arbatov, Soviet official, addressing his US counterparts at the end of the Cold War. I have learnt an immeasurable amount about politics, conflicts, reconciliation and democracy since the February 2011 Bahrain crisis began. […]