Archive for November, 2010

Sotheby’s auction to feature Arabic calligraphy

November 30, 2010
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A Sotheby’s auction that traces the developments of the Arabic script and carries a pre-sale estimate of more than $4 million (Dh14.6 million) will be held in Qatar next month. The calligraphy auction Hurouf: The Art of the Word on December 16 will showcase works by more than 65 artists from 24 countries, with...
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Arab media yet to react to WikiLeaks

November 30, 2010
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Italy’s Foreign Minister Franco Frattini called it “the September 11th of world diplomacy”, but for most Arab media, the repercussions of the secret diplomatic cables published by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks have not been felt yet. Most print media did not publish the cables or excerpts, mainly for local considerations or for their late...
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Opposition figure re-appointed to Supreme Council for Women

November 30, 2010
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Muneera Fakhroo, an opposition leader who failed to win a seat in the lower house, has been re-appointed to the board of the Supreme Council for Women in Bahrain. Muneera ran twice in 2006 and 2010 as a candidate for the National Democratic Action Society “Waad”, but was unable to secure a seat even...
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Bahrain FM stresses significance of quiet diplomacy

November 30, 2010
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Three days before hosting the US secretary of state, at the centre of a deep controversy over leaked diplomatic reports, Bahrain’s foreign minister has stressed the importance of quiet diplomacy. “Quiet diplomacy is what we need,” Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa said. “Documents show up later in accordance with laws of secrecy in...
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Arab media yet to react to WikiLeaks

November 29, 2010
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Italy’s Foreign Minister Franco Frattini called it “the September 11th of world diplomacy”, but for most Arab media, the repercussions of the secret diplomatic cables published by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks have not been felt yet. Most print media did not publish the cables or excerpts, mainly for local considerations or for their late...
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Clinton to visit Bahrain after WikiLeaks disclosures

November 29, 2010
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US State Secretary Hillary Clinton, suffering her most embarrassing setback following the publication of secret diplomatic reports, will this week sit with ministers whose leaders’ private comments on a wide range of sensitive issues were reported by US ambassadors and, following a leak, published globally. Clinton will deliver the opening speech of the annual...
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Kuwait, Iraq agree on 500-metre buffer zone

November 28, 2010
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Kuwait will build 50 homes for Iraqi citizens under a bilateral deal to create a 500-metre buffer zone between the two countries and relocate the residents close to the border, a Kuwaiti official reportedly said. According to the bilateral agreement, Kuwait will furnish the replacement homes and will build schools and hospitals for Iraqis, Jassem Al...
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Bahraini recognised for social innovation in UK

November 28, 2010
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Patients Know Best (PKB), a medical group founded by a Bahraini in Britain, has won the ‘Best Social Innovation Startup 2010′ award in Europe. The award is one of several, called the Europas, and run by TechCrunch Europe, a blog covering Web 2.0 and Mobile start-up companies. It’s apparently known as the Oscars of...
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Qatar bans medical products containing dextropropoxyphene

November 28, 2010
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Qatar has banned all medical products containing dextropropoxyphene, because it says the substance has harmful side effects. Dextropropoxyphene is used as a painkiller and can cause drowsiness, headaches, changes in mood, skin rash, hallucinations, dizziness, constipation, drowsiness, nausea and vomiting. It is also said to be addictive.
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Riyadh stands by action against visitors from Kuwait

November 28, 2010
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Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Kuwait has defended his country’s decision to block the exit of several Kuwait-based foreigners from the country after they allegedly flouted visa rules. “Saudi Arabia has the right to take action against those who broke the laws and no-one can possibly challenge its decision,” Abdul Aziz Al Fayez said.
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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Career
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
Education
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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