In the Corner: President Ahmadinejad

  Dear Folks, One man who is definitely not getting much sleep these days is President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. For a number of weeks now, the president has been locked in political spat, which could have enormous implications for the Islamic Republic. It all started when Ahmadinejad, fired the minister of intelligence, Heidar Moslehi, after he was found…

How do you say “beautiful” in Arabic?

Dear Folks, Well, as it is a fabulously beautiful day today in Brussels, all the young and gorgeous professionals of this city are falling out of bars wearing the latest spring/summer fashions. It is definitely turning into the season to be seen. Shedding winter clothes and revealing one’s figure, is often met with some anxiety…

Bahrain: Still open for Business?

Dear Folks, Some months back, I remember watching CNN’s manic man Richard Quest take a trip around Bahrain’s capital Manama, as the news network wanted to advertise the opportunities and possibilities that lay inside the business-friendly island. He met successful men and women who waxed lyrical about what Bahrain has to offer prospective entrepreneurs and investors. …

The Turkish lure

Dear Folks, Well, for all you folks out there who eagerly follow Belgian politics, it must seem odd that any state can survive without a government for months on end, but Belgium has proven that it can, and this is all down to the ingenuity of Belgian bureaucrats who snugly wrap red tape around every single…

Meet the Brothers

Dear Folks, Well I am glad that this week is nice and quiet, and I can enjoy some time to relax and enjoy myself. I have been mesmerised by Colonel G’s eccentric appearance on television. He really is quite the fool. However today I will not be discussing Libya, but Egypt and Syria’s band of…

And then come the Wives…!

Dear Folks, Well, it is the end of another Strasbourg week here in Brussels, and one of the main items on the agenda was Tunisia. A simple act of defiance by a disgruntled university student managed to set off a chain reaction which resulted in the ousting of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who usurped power…

Education in the Middle East: how is the region coping?

Dear Folks, Well, I hope that you all had a lovely guilt-free Christmas and New Year’s day . I spent my New Year’s eve on a Swiss mountain with my fingers stuck in my ears trying to drown out the incessant sound of fire works and firecrackers. I have always been sensitive to loud bangs. I don’t think…

Breaking up is hard to do: Divorce in Iran

  Dear Folks, I hope you are all in the midst of seasonal slimming-down before the annual gorge of Christmas begins.  I am certainly trying to do this, but every Christmas is a challenge to take things lightly. I do want to wish all of you a happy Christmas and an even better new year. And…

Facebook Foibles: Catching Draft-dodgers

Dear Folks, Well, for the first time Brussels is experiencing bitterly cold weather. It is just horrendous. I am trying to avoid taking the germ incubator, or bus to work, because it is a sure-fire way to get sick fast. I  am trying to be brave and behave like a viking by striding quickly to…

House of Saud

Dear Folks, I enjoyed a fabulous afternoon in the parliament. I heard Shadi Sadr talk about the situation of human rights in Iran and it was  truly eye-opening.  Recently I was fortunate to sample the delights of fondue and chocolate on a visit to Geneva, Switzerland. It  is one of the most manicured and well-healed places on earth….