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The New Single-Medal Countries (and Two That Left the List)

A few weeks ago, we gave you 21 countries that have only won a single Olympic medal. Now that the London Games are through, it’s time to update our list with the countries that netted their first-ever medal this summer, and the two countries that have now moved into multiple medal territory. First-time medals Bahrain Getty Images Bahrain thought [...]

A Timeline of Middle East Protest Movements

Recent anti-government protests in the Middle East vary immensely regarding how much news gets to international audiences, and we can find it hard to keep up with developments in so many different areas. The successful regime change in Egypt and the violence in Libya tend to crowd out news from other nations. The Guardian has [...]

Togo’s Soccer Imposters

A soccer team from Togo traveled to Bahrain to play against the Bahrain national team. Bahrain not only won, they were surprised at their opponent’s lack of fitness. When the Togolese soccer authorities heard about the match, they were dumbfounded, because Togo had not sent a team to Bahrain! Investigations were launched, and the nation’s sports [...]

Camel Racing

Camel racing is a popular Race sport in India, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (Dubai), Oman, Australia, and Mongolia. Professional camel racing, like horse racing, is an event for betting and tourist attraction. Camels can run at speeds up to 65 km/h (18 m/s; 40 mph) in short sprints and they [...]

Saudi Government Rejects Pakistani Ambassador for NSFW Name

Parents, be careful what you name your children. A case in point is Pakistan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, whose name is, shall we say, boastful of his manhood. The Saudi government found the gentleman’s name unacceptable for public mention, and rejected his credentials. This is his second appointment, as his previous posting to Bahrain and [...]

6,600 Miles Away: Bahraini Artists

Reader Paul A. lives in Bahrain, part of a region whose artists have not yet been covered in “Feel Art Again.” While much less information is available (especially in English) on Bahraini artists (and artists from other small countries), I focused on Bahraini artists today because it’s important for us to remember that there are [...]

The World’s Longest Bridge Will Be 13 Miles Long

Image: Artist’s Rendering, MENA Infrustructure The Qatar-Bahrain Friendship Causeway will connect the Persian Gulf states of Qatar and Bahrain over a 40 km causeway. Construction is scheduled to begin next year at a cost of $2.3 billion. The structure will include both a roadway and a railway, and will reduce travel time between the nations to [...]

The World’s Longest Bridge Will Be 25 Miles Long

Image: Artist’s Rendering, MENA Infrustructure The Qatar-Bahrain Friendship Causeway will connect the Persian Gulf states of Qatar and Bahrain over a 40 km causeway. Construction is scheduled to begin next year at a cost of $2.3 billion. The structure will include both a roadway and a railway, and will reduce travel time between the nations to [...]