Posted on Mar 13, 2012 in About us | 0 comments
Judge Bahrain on its own terms. Not by the standards of other dysfunctional dictatorships in the region.
- We have a constitutional monarchy committed to reform.
- We have a liberal, pluralist and open society.
- We can criticize our Government openly, but we love our King and trust his vision for reform and a prosperous Bahrain.
Bahrain is a tiny island of tolerance, democratic values and progressive aspirations, in a region submerged in dictatorship, religious extremism and intolerance. If you listen to the opposition’s calls to boycott and stigmatize Bahrain, then you risk stifling this vibrant country and letting loose the forces of anarchy, backwardness and extremism in our beautiful country.
Posted on Mar 13, 2012 in Articles | 0 comments
Ali Salman, Nabeel Rajab and Ibrahim Sharif must be rubbing their hands in glee at this new set of statistics. This is proof of the success of their sit-ins, road blocking and disruptive activity. They have succeeded in sending the Bahraini economy down the toilet.
For all of us who care about Bahrain, on the other hand, this is a tragedy. Particularly as according to the statistics $600m of this is indirect losses; meaning the revenue accruing to small businesses and flowing through the veins of the wider economy benefitting us all. $800m could provide generous salaries for 10,000 Bahrainis; it could build better roads, schools, hospitals. Instead, not only has that money been lost to us, but an unimaginably large amount of money will have also been spent by our leaders in countering the demonstrations, instead of putting this money to good use.