October 27, 2013 2 Comments
This is a video about the Saudi Women’s campaign to drive of Oct. 26. I saw it over the news here in California, along with the religious guy who decided that driving will damage women’s ovaries.
…………………… Get your buz right here!
October 1, 2013 Leave a Comment
Britain officially canceled entry Visas to holders of Kuwaiti special and diplomatic passports.
Diplomatic passports I can understand, but to cancel it for special passport holders is unfair to other Kuwaitis. Most special passports are held by members of the ruling family, and they surely can afford to pay the fees like us and also wait in line like us. What’s good enough for us should be good enough for them too. If visa is cancelled for non-diplomats, then should it be canceled for all Kuwaitis too.
September 28, 2013 Leave a Comment
September 15, 2013 2 Comments
There are almost 4,000 reports on Kuwait at WikiLeaks, this is the link to all of them [link].
The confidential reports are written by the American Embassy in Kuwait, and cover periods from 1985 to 2010. They include detailed reports for events like the Iraqi invasion, Sept. 11, and transfer of power to Sh. Shabah. They also include thoroughly written reports on the general political climate, both regarding Al-Sabah family and on the Council of Ministers.
The link lists the reports by date, and includes a short topic headline. You don’t have to go through the whole 75 pages, the headline makes it easy to find what you’re looking for.
[Link to Kuwait on WikiLeaks]
September 5, 2013 Leave a Comment
Emiratis can now visit all EU countries without a Schengen visa [Aljareeda]. The decision will be approved by the EU Parliament and go into effect mid next year.
Kuwait still has the strongest Arabic passport, which allows you to enter the most number of countries without a visa. But to be able to visit the EU without a visa, now that trumps our tough passport any day of the week. And twice on Sunday!
Some countries like the UK and Spain do exempt Kuwaitis, but only for special and diplomatic passport holders. Regular Kuwaitis still have to wait in line, apply in person, get bio-metriced, pay huge fees, get approved (or denied), and be questioned for hours at entry points.
Foreign embassies and countries are taking this visa thing too far. One Kuwaiti has been waiting for his student visa from the US for more than a year now, tried the UK but got declined, and is now considering studying in Australia. If you think this is normal and expected for young males, then how about an NBK board member who had his US visa application declined and had to miss his son’s graduation. There are many sorry stories like this, belonging to legitimate Kuwaitis who don’t deserve this low kind of treatment. We’re not immigrants, and we’re not unknowns. The M.O. of Foreign Affairs has to work better and harder, and start standing up for us.
I had a fascinating incident a couple of years ago, and would not wish to have a repeat. And I also remember the days when we used to get visas upon entry, to the UK and other European countries. They truly were Kuwait’s golden days.
A member of the EU parliament told KUNA that this decision can open doors for other countries, like Kuwait, to request the same treatment. So at least that’s something to look forward to. But do you think Kuwait will make a request? I honestly don’t think so. The MOFA doesn’t care about regular people, only about special and diplomat passports.
Yay to the UAE on this wonderful development, but damn shame for Kuwait. We are falling behind everyone in everything. Oh how painful the mighty have fallen. I will end this post with “God Bless Kuwait”.
August 30, 2013 Leave a Comment
أقرت السلطات السعودية للمرة الأولى قانونا جديدا يمنع كافة أشكال العنف الجنسي والبدني سواء داخل المنزل أو في مكان العمل.
وتتضمن العقوبات عقوبة السجن لمدة عام وغرامة تصل إلى ما قيمته 13 ألف دولار [بي بي سي].
Saudi Arabia has, at last, passed an anti-domestic abuse law. Offenders, sexual and violent, will face up to a year of prison or a fine of SR 50,000. Maybe now husbands will finally stop beating their wives, and fathers killing their children.
July 18, 2013 Leave a Comment
This headline was taken from today’s Al-Jareeda [link]. There’s a very easy way to balance this deficit.
Add all these numbers together, and you come to a simple comclusion: get our money back from these countries, and sue whoever caused the Dow penalty.
July 18, 2013 Leave a Comment
I didn’t even know they were making a movie about wikileaks. But I must admit, the trailer looks really intriguing. “The Fifth Estate” is about Julian Assange, wikileak’s founder.
When wikileaks came to the surface three years ago, no one knew it would be this scandalous. WikiLeaks published secret US Military documents, covering military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. It also covered other hot topics; such as Scientology, Henry Kissinger’s Middle East peace talks, and American profiling and investigation of foreign ambassadors to the USA.
Some of the leaks were about Kuwait, specifically covering our Interior Minister’s suggestions on how to handle Kuwaiti Guantanamo detainees [link1 & link2]. It also leaked documents that predicted the Fukushima nuclear disaster, released documents warned that Japanese nuclear plants weren’t capable of withstanding strong earthquakes [link].
The movie will be released in October, but I don’t know if it will also be released here in Kuwait. I personally am very interested in watching this movie, like I’m sure many people are too.