May 02, 2008
Funny, She Doesn't Look Bahraini
Bahrain's possible new ambassador to the US has interesting demographics. Not all that amazing if one is familiar with the region outside of stereotypes and post-1948 tensions. Still the background of the former legislator(-tress?), if legislating is what the Shura Council does, might cause some to be unduly surprised.
MANAMA, Bahrain - The only Jewish woman lawmaker in Bahrain is a candidate to become this Persian Gulf kingdom's ambassador to Washington. . . . Huda Nono, a legislator in the Shura Council, said she was among people being considered for the post and referred further queries to the foreign ministry. . . .If Nono was appointed, Bahrain would be the first Arab country to send a high-level Jewish diplomat to Washington. . . . Nono is the first Jewish woman in the Shura Council, a 40-seat body appointed by the king that also has a Christian among its 11 female legislators. . . . Nono replaced her cousin Ibrahim Nono, who held the Shura Council seat for four years.
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There's another Jewish Arab ambassador around - Morocco's Serge Berdugo. Albert Sassoun was fomerly Morocco's ambassador with Unesco, if I'm not mistaken. Not to mention royal adviser (a post heavier than that of minister in Morocco) André Azoulay, recently designated as the EU-funded Anna Lindh Foundation's chairman, his candidacy having been endorsed by the Arab League.
Posted by: Ibn Kafka at May 2, 2008 04:10 PM
There is apparently a bit of controversy around Ms. Nunu's participation in a government human rights panel said to have been set up in actuality to damage the sum3a of opposition politicians and independent human rights activists:
I have no idea of the validity of the charges, anyone?
Posted by: Non-Arab Arab at May 5, 2008 08:50 PM