What Kind of Man and Thinker Is the Crown Prince of Bahrain? (video)
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor
Bahrain’s crown prince is navigating protesters’ demands for a democratically elected government by ordering troops to withdraw from Pearl Square and by saying he’ll meet with opposition leaders. If you’re wondering who Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa even is, he is the Deputy Supreme Commander of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
He’s also a skilled politician and diplomat, which you can see on display in this video of a special panel on Middle East peace at the Clinton Global Initiative. The other participants: Salam Fayyad, prime minister of the Palestinian National Authority, and Shimon Peres, president of the state of Israel, and former President Bill Clinton.
The leader of this tiny island nation is part of a new generation of Middle Eastern leaders who may be integral to the peaceful and successful transitions of these autocratic and monarchical governments under challenge. Did you find this helpful?
We are not going to enter a dialogue as Shi’ites. They try to put the issue in this frame. The dialogue should be with all people who were protesting. Some are liberal, non-Islamic. Some are Sunni and some Shi’ite.
Bahrain Women Educate WNBA’s Mistie Bass
Nancy Rosenbaum, associate producer
"They were used to being coached by men who tended to discourage them. But I saw nothing but tremendous potential, and I tried to nourish it. I made it clear that I was invested in the team’s improvement, and the players made it clear that they were serious as well. … Coaching them really drove home the point that if you give with no intent to receive, you will get so much more in return."
Bass goes on to say how she transcended her own preconceptions about Islam through the real relationships she developed with her players. Her essay reminds me that sports can be a powerful way to forge bonds despite differences in language, culture, and religion.
We’ve been talking as a production staff about the meaning and purpose people find through sports — whether they’re athletes or fans or both. With the World Cup fast approaching, we’re wondering about the significance of sports in your own life. Is there a spiritual dimension to sports for you? What ideas do you have about how SOF could open up a conversation about this topic?
(photo: Mistie Bass/Chicago Sky)