This blog was originally designed to keep me sane as I began learning Arabic. It morphed into a blog of musings about Arabic, the Middle East, and the Islamic World, as well as book reviews about those topics. Then, the blog became a place to keep my family and friends updated on my adventures while I was living abroad. During May and June of 2012, I had a 6-week long internship in Cairo, Egypt through a international student organization called AIESEC. I taught English at the Awladi Orphanage in Cairo, home to several hundred children. I lived in an apartment in Nasr City before moving to Maadi (each is a distinct area of Cairo). I experienced President Mursi's election, camped in the western desert, rode camels by the pyramids, and had countless other experiences. I have since moved past this blog, on towards new endeavors, but if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment! Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

"Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark"

Take some time and watch the documentary "Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark." The film was shot by undercover crew after the Bahraini government had banned all foreign journalists.

"Bahrain: An island kingdom in the Arabian Gulf where the Shia Muslim majority are ruled by a family from the Sunni minority. Where people fighting for democratic rights broke the barriers of fear, only to find themselves alone and crushed. This is their story and Al Jazeera is their witness - the only TV journalists who remained to follow their journey of hope to the carnage that followed.

This is the Arab revolution that was abandoned by the Arabs, forsaken by the West and forgotten by the world.
Editor's note: This documentary [in November of 2011] won the Foreign Press Association Documentary of the Year award in London." (Quote taken from Al-Jazeera's Website)

It is an important piece of the Arab Spring. While there were countries like Tunisia and Egypt who fought for and won their independence, there were places where this fight didn't come so quickly. The Gulf states, those with control of much of the world's oil reserves, cannot afford to have revolutions on their hands. Saudi Arabia stepped in to Bahrain, bringing troops and crushing the revolution. The Saudis, minority leaders like the ruling family in Bahrain, know that if a revolution happens nearby, there is a chance that it might flow over into their country. Oil money is what props up these regimes.

[Watch here:] http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/2011/08/201184144547798162.html

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