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Bahrain, Kyrgyzstan explore opportunities for closer ties

Bahrain, Kyrgyzstan explore opportunities for closer ties

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: Bahrain and Kyrgyzstan are set to enhance relations and expand cooperation across several areas, the Kyrgyz foreign minister has said. “Talks with HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, the Speaker and the Minister of Foreign Affairs were highly successful,” Jeenbek Kulubaev said. “There was full understanding and we had agreements […]

Kyrgyzstan among Asia’s top five in World Press Freedom Ranking 2022

Kyrgyzstan among Asia’s top five in World Press Freedom Ranking 2022

By Habib Toumi BISHKEK: The lush greenery is nothing short of spectacular, providing a soothing and refreshing sentiment. Oak Park, one of Bishkek’s oldest parks, is home to very large trees, an open-air 90-sculpture exhibition, and several important monuments. I envy the journalists, photographers and the staff working at Kabar News Agency, the official news […]

AJA member Nasir Yusoff passes away

AJA member Nasir Yusoff passes away

By Habib Toumi BAHRAIN: I last spoke with Nasir Yusoff on May 4. He was in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia, and I was in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. He told me about how happy he was to be reunited with his extended family in their root village about 1,400 kilometers from the capital Kuala Lumpur. […]

The Burana Tower: A fascinating history of grandeur in Kyrgyzstan

The Burana Tower: A fascinating history of grandeur in Kyrgyzstan

By Habib Toumi BISHKEK: In the interpretation of dreams, climbing spiral stairs is a sign that you are on the right path to spiritual growth and that good things that are coming your way. That hopeful interpretation may be great, but right now I am in a dark place, trying to climb incredibly steep stairs […]

The not so-discreet charm of Bishkek’s Osh Bazaar

The not so-discreet charm of Bishkek’s Osh Bazaar

By Habib Toumi BISHKEK: The Roman Emperor Julius Caesar may have said “Veni, vidi, vici” (I came, I saw, I conquered), but I can say “I came, I saw, I loved” when talking about my visit to Bishkek and Kyrgyzstan. My latest “love” was the Osh Bazaar, as no visit to Bishkek, the bustling capital […]

Fact checking … Finding a vaccine for misinformation

Fact checking … Finding a vaccine for misinformation

A fake picture of Former First Lady Michele Obama walking a rhinoceros at the White House. Several newspapers were tricked into publishing it.  Speech delivered by Habib Toumi, Media Advisor, Bahrain, at the World Journalists Conference (WJC2022) By Habib Toumi Fact checking? Do we really need fact-checking? We most certainly do. A few minutes ago, […]

Climate change: Appreciating Ban-Ki moon’s warning as he calls for protecting Earth

Climate change: Appreciating Ban-Ki moon’s warning as he calls for protecting Earth

Ban-Ki moon warning against complacency, calling for action to protect Earth By Habib Toumi Bahrain: Ban-Ki moon’s stern warning that there is only one earth and as such, people have no alternative but to protect it and preserve it should be taken very seriously. In his keynote speech at the forum commemorating the 10th anniversary […]

Created 30 years ago, CSTO steps out for the first time in Kazakhstan

Created 30 years ago, CSTO steps out for the first time in Kazakhstan

By Habib Toumi Manama: As the events were unfolding dramatically in Kazakhstan, a new actor with a major role made its first appearance since it was created 30 years ago: The Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO). It was the first time that the CSTO agreed to send “peacekeepers”, a clear departure from its stance since […]

Visiting Expo 2020 Dubai: The flamboyant charm of connecting cultures, minds

Visiting Expo 2020 Dubai: The flamboyant charm of connecting cultures, minds

By Habib Toumi DUBAI: Wading through the large avenues and alleys in the huge Dubai EXPO 2020, I can sense the excitement and enthusiasm among the thousands of people coming from around the world for a unique experience of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.” It is the United Nations in motion and the togetherness of […]

NATO recommendations should be used to save lives

NATO recommendations should be used to save lives

With Anders Fogh Rasmussen NATO Secretary General (2009 – 2014) and Nicola de Santis By Habib Toumi BAHRAIN: Going through the recent assessment of NATO’s engagement in Afghanistan and the ensuing recommendations, I had an eerie feeling of déjà-vu. One recommendation read: “When planning and conducting future operations, Allies should continuously assess strategic interests, remain […]

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