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Square or round?


Bahrain opposition meets to agree demands MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahrain’s opposition parties met on Sunday to discuss demands they will present to the Gulf Arab country’s rulers, as protesters gathered in a central Manama square clamoring for immediate political change.

Protesters swept back into Pearl Square late on Saturday after Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa ordered troops and armored vehicles to withdraw and offered to lead a national dialogue after days of unrest that left six dead.

BAHRAIN/PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE could you stop referring to ‘Pearl Square’ in your Bahrain news reports as there is no such place. The area in which the protests are being held is the Pearl Roundabout in Manama.


Several readers have made this point to us in recent days, and we do understand the argument.

Virtually all Western media are using the name Pearl Square, and to avoid using it would cause some confusion.

The wrong tomb?


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You have the wrong information in a photo caption.

The Photo is Benedict XVI praying in front of tomb of John Paul I. John Paul II is buried in ground, and has a slanting tombstone.


Indeed. We corrected the photo caption: GBU Editor

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A bad choice of photos…


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You are showing one of our vessels (the Rotterdam Express) on your homepage with an article on a ship which blocks the Suez Canal. None of our vessels is involved in the incident and I have to ask you to remove the photo immediately from this article.

If you have sent this archive photo from Dec. 2005 out to customers in connection with this story please call the photo back. It suggests that our vessel broke down in the Suez Canal what is definitely not the case.

All the news that’s fit to print?


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How come there is no longer a print button for articles on your Website? It makes it particularly difficult when a story runs two, three and four pages.


Thanks for asking. We briefly dropped that function to free up more space for social sharing tools, but you will be happy to hear we have restored it: GBU Editor

Too personal?


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Witness: Unlike Iraq, Egyptians do regime change their way

CAIRO (Reuters) – The last Arab despot I saw overthrown was Saddam Hussein. That was all very different from the fall of Hosni Mubarak, toppled this week by his own people, not the might of a foreign army.

This piece was too emotional and biased.  It was something I expect from Aljazeera but not Reuters, which I deeply appreciate for being neutral, professional and providing the best NEWS reporting

Ku Klux Klan description…


Mississippi plan for KKK leader license plate criticized

GRAHAMThe KKK was a secret racist group active after the Civil War and well into the 20th century. Wearing White robes and masks, KKK mobs sometimes lynched blacks without trial.

While it is strictly true that the KKK conducted no trials, pointing this out implies that the blacks they lynched had committed a crime, and that the KKK was some kind of vigilante group, and not terrorists. It would be far, far more accurate to say, “The KKK routinely murdered blacks in public lynchings.”

An oxymoron?


Mubarak likely to quit, Brotherhood fears coup

EGYPT/CAIRO, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak looked likely to step down on Thursday after more than two weeks of protests against his 30-year rule and the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood said it looked like there had been a military coup.

“Islamist Muslim Brotherhood” (in re Egypt and elsewhere) seems rather redundant, as the existence of a non-Islamist Muslim Brotherhood would seem to be something of an oxymoron.

Our daily bred?



Turkmen leader orders beauty contests for horses

Once prized by Alexander the Great for their speed and stamina, Turkmenistan’s thoroughbred horses are being groomed for a series of beauty contests, ordered by a presidential decree published Monday.

The Akhal Teke breed is a distinct breed from the Thoroughbred breed.

The word Thoroughbred should only ever be used to describe horses registered with The Jockey Club as Thoroughbreds.

Contradictory concepts?


Tide turns in favour of Egypt’s Brotherhood in revolt

EGYPTBut perhaps the most novel element in its manifesto is that it advocates “jihad,” innovative interpretation of the Koran to bring Islamic law in tune with the demands of changing times.

The definition provided in your story is for a concept known as “ijtihad,” not “jihad.” These are different, and in a way contradictory, concepts.

Lost in translation?


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I’d like to bring to your attention that your report\translator mistranslated what the police officer stated of the incident.

He said jonongon which means public\people, but your translator said mobster.