Islamist MPs call for music ban: A week in politics

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20-27 October

Banning music & Halloween

Despite being the first normal sitting after the summer break (last week was taken up with voting on committee chairmanships), this week’s Parliament session appeared relatively light on content. The major order of business was agreeing a number of international agreements between Arab states for repatriating foreign prisoners and combatting cross-border international crime.

A substantive amount of time was taken up by a proposal by Islamist MPs for banning “parties” involving “dancing and singing” organized by the Culture Authority; as well as Halloween parties “out of respect for the crises which the nations of Yemen, Iraq and Syria are going through”.

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"Equal opportunities for all"

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An all-inclusive society where people live in harmony with equal opportunities is what every Bahraini citizen aspires to.

Hearing the remarkable words: “We do not want development efforts to only benefit a small category of citizens, we want to give equal opportunities to everyone” from our Crown Prince at the recent 2016 Government Forum gave any Bahraini who reads between the lines of these words a renewed sense of hope for the future.  

Bahraini youth have for a long time sought to express their concerns about the economic, social and political challenges they face. Many Bahrainis argue that for decades it has only been a certain segment of society who were considered to be privileged - a certain segment who come from wealthy families and those who consider themselves to be among an elite. 

Others fell victim to the sectarian attitudes and behaviour in our society, not only during the post-2011 period, but way before that. In some government institutions which are run by Shia, priority for employment and opportunities almost exclusively goes to Shia employees - and vice versa with Sunni-led institutions. 

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Parliament blocs fail to win posts: A week in politics

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14-19 October 2016

After a four and a half months’ holiday, the two parliamentary chambers came back together again this week. The main order of business was agreeing chairman positions in the five permanent committees; and in the case of the Shura Council, voting on the first and second deputy chairperson positions.

Committee rivalry

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Why is Bahrain the top destination for expats?

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Bahrain has been recently named as the number one destination for expats living the Middle East, according to recent surveys by HSBC and Expat Insider, which also rated Bahrain as one of the top ten locations in the world for expat residents. 

More than half of the population in Bahrain are expat residents from different parts of the world mainly Asia, Europe, the United States and other parts of the Middle East. The below comments are a representative sample of a broad range of expat views on how they find Bahrain and why they choose to live here:

 

“Bahrain feels like home more than anywhere else"

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