Clarifications on this blog

This is a public service announcement. Since I started this blog, I never thought that I would ever feel the urge or need to publish a statement clarifying what this blog is, and what it isn’t. This blog is not an anti-government blog, nor is it anti-opposition, or pro-government or pro-opposition. Nor am I any…

Color Blind Bahraini now sees in full spectrum of colors

A formerly color blind Bahraini, Mahmood Hamdan, who used to only see the world in black and white, can now see everything in the full spectrum of colors and greys. Doctors say that Hamdan has made a miraculous recovery from his previous optically restricted state. “I feel absolutely fantastic,” said Hamdan while reading a newspaper. “It’s almost as…

Politics is a drug

I spent last night tossing and turning, thinking of things that I wanted to say to my parents, to others, all about politics in Bahrain. I had an argument with them the same night, suffice it to say, we didn’t agree at all. I recalled what they said; what I said; how I called different…

Eman: One Family, Two Households

You ask someone to describe their family and they’ll probably talk about their mother, father and siblings. Maybe they will also describe their cousins if they are very close to them. But when I asked Eman* to tell me about her family, she replied, “it has always been her [Eman’s late mother] and my younger…