Insight

Lighthouse vs ‘dark forces’

Change coming … slowly. My colleague Abdullah Ghazi Al-Mudhaf wrote: ‘Art has amazing control. It solely has the right to tamper with your old memories, explore them, and search between the wrinkles and ring the bells of happy and sad times, and sometimes make you laugh or cry. ‘It is …

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Preachers in a cocoon

Strengths, weaknesses The flamboyant preacher Tariq Ramadan, grandson of Hassan Al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood is one of the brightest preachers in Europe, not only for mastering English and French, but also for his eloquence in debating his opponents. Born in Switzerland Tariq is professor of contemporary Islamic studies …

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‘Bring to book criminals’

‘All born free in dignity, rights’ The Misdemeanors Court put behind bars the Kuwaiti writer Abdulaziz Al-Qina’ie for insulting religion. The two-month jail verdict came after a complaint was filed by the Cyber Crime Department of the Ministry of Interior. What happened to a free writer who did nothing except …

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Law No. 8/2010 on rights of the disabled needs revision

The Ministry of Information organized a ceremony announcing its plan to launch a new audio description technology after Eid Al- Fitr. This new technology will serve the blind, as it will help them know and understand Kuwait TV shows. While people who can see can watch the shows and understand …

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History of mastic gum

Not an Arab commodity Recently I bought a pack of bubble gum or mastic, which we cannot manufacture even the equivalent of it in spite of we constantly boasting about our civilization and beliefs, customs and traditions sometimes we are far better than Japan and Germany. When I read the …

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Distributing oil riches

Case of history failure The oil concessions given to the giant oil companies of major European colonial powers and America was based on the investments of millions of dollars and British pounds these companies made in the exploration of oil in the 1920s and 1930s before actually acquiring profitable returns. …

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‘No room for power hungry’

‘Get rid of radicalism’ I concluded my article entitled ‘Forces of Darkness ….. Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad’ on May 30 by requesting His Highness to strive to make great social, political, moral and human changes as a back for his project, if he wants this huge civilization project to succeed. This …

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Arab Human Rights Court must reform its basic principles

KUWAIT CITY, June 4: The Arab Human Rights Court will walk on the path towards failure if its basic legal system is not reformulated to be in line with the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, nine treaties on human rights, and supplementary protocols. Since the court lacks …

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‘The societies I have lost’

‘Hotbeds of corruption’ In the early 1980s, I was among those residents of Jabriya who sought to establish a cooperative society. I was elected chairman of the board of directors by acclamation. Here lawyer, Mustafa Al-Sarraf, who was one of the founders, asked me if I could give him the …

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Radicalism, brain linked – Questions need answers

Neuropsychology has shown that there is a link between religious extremism and lesions in a brain area called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, and how damage or destruction of certain areas of this cortex weakens the flexibility of cognition, openness, and acceptance of disagreement with the other, and becomes less or …

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