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Chan'ad Bahraini

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Brown nosing

Thursday, September 30, 2004

It's quite nauseating to see the reports in the newspapers of "crowds" of supporters affirming their loyalty to the Premier in response to the Al Khawaja affair. Apparently, tomorrow there will be a rally tomorrow in Budaiya to pledge support to the ruling regime. It's all well to praise the leadership when they do something right, but it seems ridiculous to be celebrating the leadership right after it has banned a human rights group. But I don't really believe that the people who are pledging their support are doing it out of their love for the ruling regime, but rather because certain individuals have been able to identify an opportunity to further their careers by kissing ass.

Word on the street is that those opposed to the closure of the BCHR will also be holding rallies or protests tomorrow after Friday prayers. I really have no idea where it might be held, but the Ras Rumman mosque is a typical venue for these types of events. I do hope that there is no violence tomorrow, and that the police are able to keep their fingers off the trigger unlike other times.

Finally, I want to echo the demands made by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International (and Mahmood) to immediately release Abdulhadi Al Khawaja, rescind the ban on the BCHR, and to scrap the society laws which are a remnant of the old State Security laws.

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3 Responses to 'Brown nosing'

Anonymous Anonymous says:

The brown nosing is completely sickening – you know that if the wind starts blowing in the other direction these same people kissing arse will be claiming that they supported Al Khawaja all along. This obsequiousness sends the message that nothing succeeds like success, encouraging both sides to go for broke escalating all the way.

One of the reasons despotism is so easy in the Arab world is because the middle classes don’t stand up to protest – the other reason is because those who do stand up are usually Islamists (as in the people leading tomorrow’s rallies) and reasonably enough no one wants to see Iran/Taliban/Sudan repeated.

Incidentally, while ostensibly this crisis was prompted by the Oruba Club meeting, what really threatened the old guard was the CP’s McKinsey report, which would end the low skills low wage economy, wrecking their chances to make a quick buck.    

Blogger Mahmood Al-Yousif says:

It has become an art form that deserves an exhibition all by itself, this brown-nosing feature. Maybe they can replace the traditional Fine Arts National Day Exhibition with this one. For all I care they might as well because the fine arts exhibition is full of nepotism now with prizes going to completely undeserving individuals. But back to the point, we NEED to get over the ass-kissing, it belongs to the 80s and 90s era, NOT now when the country led by Hamad and Salman is experiencing real progress. We also need to get over the fact that public officials are not Gods nor next to them, and that they are completely inviolate, incapable of doing wrong.

The more we constructively criticise, the better the country as a whole gets.    

Anonymous Anonymous says:

I have been following your blog for quite a while and I find it very informative. As a Bahraini, I find the "crowds of support" propoganda insulting to our collective intelligence. The newspapers (perhaps al-wasat aside) have shown their true colours with this issue. The government still calls ALL the shots when it comes to matters they deem to be threatening or serious.

As for the show of "support", I would say that there is an interesting phenomenon of a ripple effect taking place(especially amongst the business community). It goes something like this: The papers are pushed to get support adverts from businesses. It doesn't "look good" to say no if you know what I mean. It also doesn't look good to be left out once the ads start flowing. The fact that the papers reduce their rates and in some cases offer for free also helps I might add.

It is a set back for Bahrain, but in the bigger picture it is all about the government trying to set the boundaries and limits to what (and toward whom) is acceptable as criticism.

We still do not have FREE speach. period.    

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