KADI ZAHALKA, RABBI DR RON KRONISH: The so-called political peace process has been going nowhere for a long time. There is an alternative
STEVE ROYSTON: The problems facing Bahrain are formidable and the tension is increasing as Ashoura approaches. Some thoughts on how to deal with these issues.
ROB L. WAGNER: There’s no doubt that alarm bells were ringing in Washington with the news of Morsi’s election. It does, though, present an opportunity
STEVE ROYSTON: Should the Iranian threat – whether in terms of moral support or actual intervention – be one of Bahrain’s principal concerns?
STEVE ROYSTON: The report is magisterial, dispassionate and distressing. Accounts of torture, violence and intimidation are not surprising.
STEVE ROYSTON: “This military occupation has lasted for over 64 years and is an affront to humanity and civilised values. It is high time that the international community took some responsibility.”
STEVE ROYSTON: It may not seem a high priority item at this particularly sensitive point in Bahrain’s history but flags play a pivotal role in defining a nation’s sense of identity.
STEVE ROYSTON: Since the GCC forces arrived in Bahrain, the Iranian bogeyman has also surfaced with renewed vigour. The Iranians have described the CGG intervention as “interference”.
The challenge is greater because much of the promotion was through fairly broad based PR which leaves each country very exposed to negative events which grab the headlines and in effect demolish all progress which had been made. I faced this promoting Northern Ireland. The PR firms will now seek yet more resources to counter the negative messages but are unlikely to succeed. Besides this approach is not based on experience of attracting inward investment. Investors are clever ; they are not greatly swayed by PR or branding ; they want information and support. If countries want to succeed long term they need to devote resources to a sustained business to business contact campaign , building relationships with potential investors and superb engagement with investors already on the ground… win the minds of businesses not journalists. James Gray [email protected]
STEVE ROYSTON: It’s 4am. Outside my window there’s a full moon , the harbinger of madness. Cocks are crowing and the thak-thak-thak of nearby helicopters has woken me.