Sorry for being inactive for so long. I’ve had to deal with some other stuff, but will hopefully be blogging again soon.
In the meanwhile, let me put the spotlight on an excellent new Bahraini blogger: Nido. S/he has only written a few posts so far, but the blog is already one of my favourites in the Bahraini blogosphere. It is a real breath of fresh air.
The blogger focuses on a specific generation and socioeconomic class in Bahrain that s/he calls “the Nido Generation”. This is the generation of middle/upper class in Bahrain who grew up drinking Nido milk. The blogger argues that most of the Nido-ers are in many ways culturally colonized people, who play the role of the “native informant”, serving the interests of the imperial masters.
The author clarifies his/her personal relationship to the Nido generation:
I am a product of the nido-generation myself. I hate it, no doubt about it. I try to change this and break free from its shackles, but the nido bubble is a strong self-enforcing entity which always comes back to encircle you with its charms and misdeeds. I am a self-hating nido-er. This blog is a chance for me to exorcise my nido demons. God-damn you, nido.
Part of the reason why I like this blog so much is because I too am a self-hating Nideo-er (the expat variant).
In the her/his latest post, the blogger critiques the uber-capitalist view of society, which is, sickeningly, becoming increasingly popular in Bahrain:
I canâ€™t help but laugh when I hear these big Hamours on TV or newspapers complaining that â€œthe new generation of Bahrainis are lazy and expect too much, unlike the older generation. Thatâ€™s why my company (more like serfdom-factory) exclusively employs 5000 indians. They are hardworking, they donâ€™t need a lot of money, and they donâ€™t demand too much. The moral is Bahrainis have to suck it up, work hard, and not expect too much immediately. â€ Well thatâ€™s all good and dandy Mr. big shot, but not everyone is so poor that he has to accept slavery conditions in order to make a pittance of an earning to support his family 5000 miles away. Why exactly should someone start toiling under the unforgiving Arabian sun for 14 hours, under miserable work conditions and for piss poor pay? Sure, you can always find someone somewhere around the world who is so destitute that heâ€™ll accept these conditions and travel half around the world to be your serf, but do you seriously expect most people to do that? Does that sound fine to you while your kids get to deck it out in the finest schools, the finest universities, and the finest jobs, simply because they were born rich? Is it fair that while your kids can afford to play video games, flirt in malls, smoke spliffs, drink up, live it up in Marbella or London, and just take it easy for a good chunk of their life these other kids have to start working by the age of 14? Knowing the most that life ever has to offer them is serving your kids in one way or another?
The blog is a must read, especially if you recognize yourself in the description of a Nideo-er.
And if you haven’t done so already, please sign the petition to release the Bahrain Leaflet Detainees.