Bahrain MPs buy votes

Mahmood of Mahmood's Den has an interesting rant against a bunch of Bahraini MPs who want to distribute the extra income from high oil prices to the population. The aim, of course, is to buy votes. See how fast these newly "democratic" countries learn?

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,