Insight

Sea charts a course through the soul of Kuwait

The nowakhtha, as merchant shipmasters in Kuwait were called in the end of the 19th century, held positions of high status in society. The government maintained accurate records of boats sailing in Kuwaiti territorial waters, along with the details of their owners, the merchandise carried and the times it was …

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Congratulations to Kuwaiti graduates!

As the academic year draws to a close, I want to congratulate students graduating from US universities— Alf mabrook, Class of 2018!  And congratulations to the parents who encouraged and supported you throughout your academic career and helped you reach this point. You earned what you have accomplished. I like …

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Need for awareness campaign on the rights of animals

A big number of the young generation are not well-educated and violent towards animals. This is not just a theory, it is true. Take a walk on the streets and count the number of children who throw empty juice cans from the windows of their cars at stray cats or those …

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Tale of Saeed Ramadan

How the plot unwinds? In my article of last Monday, I was pondering about the biography of Tariq Ramadan and the secret behind the strength and ability of his father, who was working for Hassan Al-Banna (founder of the Muslim Brotherhood), who had managed to migrate to Switzerland and acquire …

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‘Misuse’ of cat’s eyes

Way too old White metal pieces (for roadside assistance) or cat’s eyes (a cat’s eye is a retro-reflective safety device used in road marking and was the first of a range of raised pavement markers) placed on roads to track vehicle routes and sometimes to ‘warn’ motorists to slow down …

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Body profiteers and ‘El-Sayed Al-Morr’

‘I lived believing that the sick is not merely about the description of the doctor, but of the human. Treatment is not about remembering the prescription, but to understand the pain being shared by the sick and the ears that you give. Practice sincere empathy and compassion which are lost in …

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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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