Archive for February, 2011

Bahraini Crown Prince says national dialogue is key to finding solutions to nation’s crisis

February 28, 2011
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Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa said that the national dialogue to find solutions for the country’s crisis should start soon, arguing that the conditions were adequate for all parties to become actively involved. “The actions and steps taken in the last few days to calm down the situation have achieved a...
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Qatar online debate focuses on loan merits

February 28, 2011
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A debate is raging on Qatari social networking sites on rising indebtedness in the community amid claims that a large number of people are taking huge bank loans mostly for unproductive use. One camp in the debate favours state intervention to either write off these loans or at least provide a reprieve to the...
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Qatar Charity allocates $960,000 humanitarian aid for Libyans

February 28, 2011
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Qatar Charity (QC) has allocated about QR3.5 million ($960,560) humanitarian aid for the people of Libya. The amount will be used to buy relief materials for the hundreds of thousands of people who have been facing the wrath of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his close aides. QC’s decision was announced by the...
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Qatar Airways to start flights to Canada on June 29

February 28, 2011
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Qatar Airways is set to make its debut in Canada with the launch of scheduled flights to Montreal on June 29. Canada’s second largest city will be served with three-flights-a-week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays using the airline’s flagship Boeing 777-200 Long Range aircraft. The non-stop journey from the airline’s hub in Doha to...
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Mullen reaffirms US support to Bahrain, praises Prince Salman’s steps

February 27, 2011
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Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the highest-ranking US official to visit Manama since protesters took to the streets more than 10 days ago, has reaffirmed US support for Bahrain, “a country that has been a good friend for a long time.” “The reaffirmation of these partnerships is important,”...
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King Hamad reshuffles cabinet in Bahrain

February 27, 2011
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King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa on Saturday replaced the ministers of health, housing cabinet affairs and water and electricity and set up an energy ministry in a cabinet reshuffle. Majeed Al Alawi, the labour minister since 2002, was given the housing portfolio, while Abdul Husain Mirza is now in charge of the newly...
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Bahrain’s stability crucial to GCC

February 27, 2011
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Bahrain’s foreign minister has said that the stability of his country was of paramount importance to the other five Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members. “The other GCC countries see Bahrain’s stability as a crucial part of the region’s stability,” Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa said. “The GCC has highlighted this significance during the...
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2,500 Indians deported from Qatar in 2010

February 27, 2011
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Around 2,500 Qatar-based Indian nationals, including 154 women, were sent to the deportation centre in 2010, the Indian embassy in Doha said. Embassy officials told a community meeting that there were currently 94 Indians, including five women, housed at the deportation centre. Out of the 36 Indians serving sentence in Qatar’s central prison for...
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Bahrain: Al Wefaq lawmakers resign as groups debate national dialogue options

February 27, 2011
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The lawmakers representing Al Wefaq in the parliament have officially handed in their resignation, the society said. The largest bloc in the parliament earlier this month said that it was suspending its participation after the killing of protesters in demonstrations before announcing that it was pulling out of the lower chamber where it holds...
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No taboos, no exclusion in national dialogue: Bahrain minister

February 24, 2011
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No taboos, no exclusion in national dialogue: Bahrain minister

Bahrain’s foreign minister has stressed that all issues could be debated at the planned dialogue between the different parties in the country. “There is no such a thing as a taboo subject or an off-limit issue,” Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa said. “At the same time, everyone is invited to take part, and...
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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
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  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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