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Friday , November 16 2018

Insight

It took them 150 days to approve 150 pages

Inevitably, there is something wrong either in my thinking or in the thinking of those who believe that they have the confidence and knowledge, and above all the right to decide on my behalf and for millions of Kuwaitis, what we should read and hear through official and non-official media, …

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Regional tyrants and the stupid nostalgia

Many Libyans are yearning for the days of Muammar Gaddafi, and the Iraqis also are yearning for the rule of Saddam Hussein and other tyrants after they saw the horrors created by those who came to take over after these rulers. These people used to stay silent about those who …

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The tilted scale of truth and justice

A FEW years ago, I wrote about a junior doctor who obtained the title, ‘consultant,’ due to his relationship with a minister of health who had a bad reputation.  The title was used in official correspondences of the ministry and the doctor was appointed as member of an important medical committee.  …

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The heads of foxes

‘Are liberals good enough’ I have no doubt about the sincerity of Hamas and ‘dedication’ of the spokespersons of the Muslim Brotherhood Bloc in Kuwait to defend and respond to anyone who tries to criticize them. In response to our article in which we described those crying over Kuwait as ‘foxes’ …

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Shakespeare balloon

Reaching the top A friend sent me the following text: Quote: ‘Shakespeare wrote in one of his books: If I had a son I would try to make most of his games balloon by buying it constantly. The game of balloon will teach him a lot about life. It will teach …

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State should not overly restrict people’s right to speak

Every September, the world celebrates the International Day of Democracy by finding ways to invigorate democracy and overcome the systematic challenges it is facing. Kuwait’s democracy is at the highest level among Arabian Gulf countries as people can criticize the action or decisions of others. They are free to comment …

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‘Far off drums mellow’

‘Familiarity breeds contempt’ Saudi colleague Fahad Al-Ahmadi, who writes for the Al-Riyadh newspaper, had a funny experience about what he had written. The subject is related to the fact that a famous man – whether he is an artist, writer or singer– is usually seen from a different angle by …

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Labor law takes precedence over conflicting internal policies

Most employee and employer relationship disputes arise from unpaid wages. Some employers are using illegal practices to retain large amounts of money from their staff, such as, not paying employees for public holidays, not calculating salary and holiday time accurately and penalizing for tardiness beyond the labor law restrictions. Employers …

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‘You remain our hope’

‘Truth in lifetime’ This is the third time I write about you although I have not met you before. With all respect to you, I say you do not need me and I don’t have to flatter you. I have got everything I want from life at this age. In …

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Justice delayed, justice denied

‘Complaints abound’ There is nothing more important and more precious than freedom, but freedom should not come at the expense of justice, which supports and protects it, defines its frameworks. A state which has no justice is no better than a jungle, regardless of the standard of living, comfort and …

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