Bahrain -on the spot - with a camera

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Some notes from Bahrain at Pearl Roundabout

The demonstrations sometimes take on an almost "carnival " atmosphere, but the underlying anger at the regime because of the deaths is very real and it will simmer until there are real concessions. Promises will not be enough and His Royal Highness, Shaikh Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Crown Prince and Chairman of the Economic Development Board is leading the negotiations.

  This is a small community which still realises they will have to live together. The population is only about 1.2 million people, so there are less people here than Hawaii.

 The situation is complicated and can't be easily understood in western cultural terms. There is the political level where the Sunni in Bahrain rule. There is the religious undercurrent related to the above but which  also oper

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ates at a very sectarian level  and especially among the traditionalists and the more extreme elements that would have Bahrain returned to the "old ways." Then there is the Arab tribal way which expects and respects the Sheikh's right to rule and suppress uprisings. This last one has been the way since time began and the Islamic influence si

nce the early 7th century.

The situation is complicated and can't be easily understood in western cultural terms. There is the political level where the Sunni in Bahrain rule. There isbahrain55 the religious undercurrent related to the above but which  also operates at a very sectarian level  and especially among the traditionalists and the more extreme elements that would have Bahrain returned to the "old ways." Then there is the Arab tribal way which expects and respects the Sheikh's right to rule and suppress uprisings. This last one has been the way since time began and the Islamic influence since the early 7th century.

 

The situation is complicated and can't be easily understood in western cultural terms. There is the political level where the Sunni in Bahrain rule. There is the religious undercurrent related to the above but which  also operates at a very sectarian level  and especially among the traditionalists and the more extreme elements that would have Bahrain returned to the "old ways." Then there is the Arab tribal way which expects and respects the Sheikh's right to rule and suppress uprisings. This last one has been the way since time began and the Islamic influence since the early 7th century.

 

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 Put this all together and you get a confusing response to the demonstrations.Its different than Tunisia and Egypt. There is a democracy here in its early years of evolution.The first elections were in 2006.

There are ongoing demonstrations and disruption of traffic but the biggest impact is on the economy. Hotels are empty, restaurants offering special deals to those not patronising what hasbahrain2 always been the night culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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