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Women too can join force – Mandatory service

Kuwait has known, before everyone else, the compulsory military service. This has always been the case with Kuwait, before the issue was deliberately put on the backburner. The conscription would have been successful and would have achieved much if it had not been pushed into the maze of misuse. The …

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Language barrier curtails rights of divorced foreign women – Female spouse entitled to more than post-marital alimony

Despite the fact that the English language is used daily here in Kuwait in both personal and business settings, having become significantly popular with the influx of smart phones and social media, the language still stands powerless when it comes to the law. More specifically, non-Arabic speakers encounter many problems …

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Obsession of Erdogan

When we look at the results of the referendum recently organized by Turkey to amend the Constitution, the Constitution that dates back to the Ataturk era (1923), it has become crystal clear that most major cities of Turkey such as Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Antalya, Adana, Mersin and Bodrum have voted …

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‘We hide more, show less’ – Art binds Kuwaitis

I received a CD of songs enclosed in an elegant envelope, a gift from the Al Rai Media Group, with the following wonderful text: “The music was and is the companion of the Kuwaitis during their sea voyages and travels; when they sat together after a hard day’s work. They …

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Love overcomes faith – Passion for dark Arab eyes

Commenting on the article ‘Going down the history’ of Marguerite, Mohammad and Jane, a friend of mine after reading my article wrote a letter asking me why some people are more interested in the tales of Westerners, men and women, who fall in love with Muslim Arabs in particular, to …

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Everyone wins in Turk referendum

THE Turkish nation was once again at the ballot box on April 16 to vote for a constitutional change. The turnout was high and the country was tranquil on the election day, which says a lot about the nation’s viewpoint of democracy. The entire world was watching the election from …

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Twisting the truth – A bridge too far

If you want to know the truth about people look at who represent them in their Parliament and you will know which people deserve a shower of rose petals and who deserve shoes to be hurled at them, according to the British leader the late Sir Winston Churchill. I do …

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Going down the history lane — II

On our way back to the hotel, we met the New Zealander Marguerite van Geldermalsen who had a poster by her shop located at the heart of the Bedouin area. She wore Bedouin clothes in the photo on the cover of Arabic edition of a book she wrote titled ‘I …

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Where do jihadists go now? – Radicalism fails to die

Many might find this question weird but what will those involved in armed organizations or the returnees from the war zone or even those who supported a particular faction do when circumstances change and the war ends? What will the “jihadists” do after the war? What will be the level …

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Going down the history pathway

A friend of mine invited me to a family event held in a hotel off the Dead Sea and extended our stay to nine days. The weather was excellent as we toured Petra and Amman enjoying the exceptional Jordanian hospitality. The tour of Petra was amazing, as we traveled the magical …

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