Opinion

France … Presidential elections & variations

OUTCOME of the first round of French presidential elections has affirmed that change in status quo will happen at the party and leadership levels regardless of the result of the second round on May 7. Candidates who will vie in the second round are far-rightist Marine Le Pen and moderate …

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Fault-fishing diseases

“…argue with them in the best manner…” – Almighty Allah says in Quran 16:125 In any community, there is always a sideline of freedom which is populated by people who would fish for faults and mistakes. Such people are usually seeking fame, which is often fake and temporary. Majority of …

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The gagging machine – Authority fails to achieve goals

SIX years ago the government established the Public Authority for Caring and Printing and Publication of the Holy Quran, Sunna and their Sciences. Since everyone has several copies of the Holy Quran, and the Kuwaiti market is basically small, the distribution should have been diverted to foreign countries. However, many …

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Need to set facts right

I consider brother Hamza Abbas Hussein a master and a decent man. He had mastered the art of banking and was secretary of the monetary council. When I was learning the basics of banking he became the first governor of the Central Bank of Kuwait. This honorable personality has a …

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Ex-MP a new man

“You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive, or else a strategy is useless” – French general and statesman Charles de Gaulle (1890 – 1970) Former MP Musallam Al-Barrak was recently released from prison after serving a two-year jail sentence for one of his political speeches, which was …

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People have dignity

Always speak the truth, think before you speak, and write it down afterwards – English writer and mathematician Lewis Carroll (1832 – 1898) There is a traditional proverb which can be loosely translated in this way – “Right is protected by claiming for it”. There is another, which is “Rights …

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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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Al-Barrak’s speech … No consolation for sparrows and their dreams

THE zeal in Musallam Al-Barrak’s tone cannot overshadow the rationality in the way his speech was phrased and the calmness in the way he dealt with major national issues. If this means anything, it means that this man has realized the concept of “if you want your demand to be …

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You are the real culprits!!

THE culprits from DAESH have been spreading destruction in every corner of the world, with clear exception of those who support their bloody ideology and those who rejoice — even silently — over the massacres and miseries they carry out throughout the world. The latest crime of DAESH was when …

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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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