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Tuesday , December 11 2018


Search for peace requires an enterprising foreign policy

THIS week Istanbul will host two separate but related international conferences on mediation. One will be devoted to the state of play in the conflict map and capacity for mediation within the membership of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The second one will adopt a broad scope and discuss …

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Connecting the dots between conflict and hunger

Breaking bread with violence LAST week I met with Aamir, a 29-year-old Yemenite, living in Geneva since October 2018 and waiting for his application for asylum to be finalized. We met outside a café on a brisk, overcast Autumn day, where I offered to treat him to a coffee or …

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Investors can enter partnerships with new implemented law

A major challenge faced by investors (local and foreign) is identifying a suitable business partner within Kuwait due to the lack of accessibility to public records, which can provide relevant background information about potential business partners. With it close to impossible to find out information about an individual or company’s …

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‘A …’ from elbow

IN 1966 the Chinese leader Mao Zedong unleashed the Great Cultural Revolution which held as its four pillars the annihilation of the old (old traditions, old customs, old ideas, old culture) and their replacement with the four pillars of the new. These ranged from new hair cuts, to the changing …

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True enemy of Muslims

Kuwait began vaccinating schoolchildren before other neighboring countries for decades, thanks to the enlightened rule and distinguished doctors such as the late Dr Yahya Al-Hadidi, who protected tens of thousands of citizens of today, who were young children in the fifties and sixties against from serious diseases, such as measles …

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Flying gravel dilemma…whom to point finger at ?

Yesterday I drove to the chalets area and returned the same day. I do not know why it came to my mind to count the number of tiny gravels that hit the windshield of my vehicle. I counted 40 and stopped counting when I discovered one of them had caused …

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‘Bridging the religious gap’

Human and moral disgrace that afflicted us as a homeland and citizens is about to vanish with the approval of a bill by the Legislative Committee that has been submitted to the National Assembly which calls for granting citizenship to non-Muslims and the abolition of the bill which was passed …

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Eliminating violence against women

GENDER-based violence is an affliction that has no place in civilized society. It is a scourge that affects women of every race and ethnicity, every social class and religion, and in every country around the world. We must work together to eliminate it. Each year, on Nov 25, we commemorate …

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Solomon’s hoopoe … away from our reach

The hoopoe bird has a place in the religious heritage that is not enjoyed by any other bird. It lived in Kuwait in the 1960s and at certain times (seasons) it migrated to other areas where food was available in plenty. Seeing it means much to me and I would …

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Focus on migration within purview of international laws

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 21: The main shortfall of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is that the international declaration focuses on providing safe and organized migration within the purview of international laws. This idea came from the ambassadors of Mexico and Switzerland. It seems the initiative was …

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