Sorry, I haven’t been blogging. Hopefully I’ll have something for next weekend. In the meanwhile, for those readers outside of Bahrain who are wondering what’s going on in the country, the New York Times writes about the latest scandal:
Report Cites Bid by Sunnis in Bahrain to Rig Elections
MANAMA, Bahrain, Sept. 29 â€” Just months before Bahrain is to hold parliamentary and municipal elections, a former government adviser has set off a political firestorm with a report describing what he says is a vast conspiracy to rig the elections, manipulate the countryâ€™s sectarian balance and ensure Sunni domination over the countryâ€™s majority Shiites.
The scandal, which is being called â€œBandargateâ€ after the author of the report, Salah al-Bandar, reaches to the core of this tiny island kingdomâ€™s simmering tensions.
The report includes hundreds of pages of supporting material, apparently authentic, including canceled checks, hotel bills, accounting sheets and notes. The material suggests that at the very least, unusual business dealings were occurring between government officials, Mr. Bandar says, and that it may have amounted to an effort to set off ethnic conflict.
Very disturbing stuff needless to say. More later.
Update (Oct 2): Associated Press gets in on the fun with a news report also (via the Guardian)