A new kind of Pope

Pope Francis tolerant

Pope Francis thinks the Catholic Church is too hung up on birth control, gay marriages, and abortion. He wants the church to be more of a “House for All”, rather than a smaller purer church like his predecessor. He’s advocating love and serving the poor.

What a lovely lovely plan. You think we can expect something similar from our own religious leaders? I don’t think so. Not when neighbouring Saudi is still debating whether to allow women to drive or not. Not when Syria’s Free Army beheads Assad’s soldiers in the name of Islam. And definitely not when a Sudanese woman gets whipped and lashed for wearing trousers or not wearing a head cover. Not lovely at all.

His surprising comments came in a lengthy interview in which he criticized the church for putting dogma before love, and for prioritizing moral doctrines over serving the poor and marginalized. He articulated his vision of an inclusive church, a “home for all” [link].

The M.O. Youth screws the youth عيب عليكم يا وزارة الشباب

 Fikra M.O. Youth Kuwait Japanese pop culture festival problem 2  Fikra M.O. Youth Kuwait Japanese pop culture festival problem

Kuwait had a Japanese Pop culture festival 10 days ago. It was held at Kuwait’s National Library, and was a smash hit.

The festival was organized by Fikra, a local company, with the help of other Kuwaiti youth. The Ambassador of Japan came to the event because of his prior relations to Fikra, and he was the one who supplied the venue through the Cultural council. While the M.O.Youth just sent an undersecretary, and that was the extent of the ministry’s involvement in thr festival.

Anyways, the M.O.Youth took credit of this hugely successful event, and claimed it organized the whole festival. Reducing the efforts of Fikra and friends to that of associates or volunteers. The ministry later half tried to correct this, slightly amending their claim to a more honest one.

The festival took months of hard work and expenses to get it organized successfully. Contacting people and businesses, getting the cubicles and booths setup, organizing the costume and anime contests and prizes, and getting the display objects. All that took a great deal of effort and money.

If this festival was in Dubai, it wold be the kind that gets the personal appearance of Sh. Mohammad Bin Rashid. But here in Kuwait, the Ministry shamelessly robs the efforts of the young youth instead of supporting them. Shame on you.

GTA V sales top a billion dollars

GTA V Kuwait ban

Grand Theft Auto V was released 3 days ago, and sales have already passed the $1 billion mark.

My nephew played this game with his friend over the weekend, they were shooting with the same handguns we used at Mayadeen shooting range. He was very excited about this little fact. And this was not cool at all, considering he’s only 12. That’s why most shops in Kuwait aren’t selling the game: because buyers here are mostly under 15.

I never let my son play GTA or COD or any other violent game, not when the age rate is adult. They are rated 18+ for a reason. We don’t need that kind of numbness to violence. Let kids be kids.

As an adult game; it’s obviously one of the best, hence the mind blowing sales figure.

Pic credit [Mishooshow].

Link to Kuwait’s reports on WikiLeaks رابط تقارير الكويت على ويكيليكس

Kuwait on WikiLeaks

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]

Britain cancels Visa for Kuwaitis? بريطانيا تلغي الفيزا للكويتيين؟

Rumor Britain cancels visa for Kuwait

Take this exciting news with a huge grain of salt, Al-Siyasa is not a solid reliable newspaper.  It would be nice though to finally be rid of the long and expensive procedure Kuwaitis take to get the Visa.

Extreme parenting

Twerking punishment

 

I don’t believe that this kind of punishment is good. It is double bad when the girl is in the US, where she can and will do whatever she wants in just a few short years. The mother should’ve used another type of punishment, anything would’ve be better than this public humiliation.

Grounds for deporting foreigners over traffic violations

Kuwait deports foreigners over traffic violationsA house cook working for a Kuwaiti family turned out to be a big scrap car trader with 120 cars in his name, 5 red light runs, and 70 other traffic violations. Of course he was deported, those are some highly criminal offenses. So now that we know this, maybe foreigners’ fear of getting deported from Kuwait over traffic violations will be quashed.

Via [AlQabas].

20,000 forged and fake Driver’s Licenses in Kuwait

Forged driver's licenses Kuwait

I had heard this before. What shocked me then was that the M.O.Interior didn’t have files to a lot of dubious driver’s licenses, not a single official data on them. What was more shocking is that they can’t do anything about it. What I don’t understand is why don’t they make those who don’t have documentation or files take the tests and provide the proper documentation again. Unless there’s a reason they don’t want to, like illegally charging them Kd 1,000 a piece to issue them in the first place. Yeah that would definitely explain the MOI’s reluctance to fix this.

قال مصدر أمني مطلع لــ القبس ان هناك نحو 20 ألف إجازة قيادة مزورة في البلاد.

وقال ان الإدارة العامة للمرور اكتشفت فقدان هذا الكم من رخص القيادة «الخام» من دون معرفة مصيرها. اذ ان الانظمة المتبعة هي ان تستلم ادارة المرور ما يثبت كيفية صرف هذه البطاقات، وهذا ما لم يحدث، اي ان اجازات القيادة العشرين ألفا «الخام» صرفت دون اي اوراق تبين آلية صرفها كإصدار جديد او كبدل فاقد.

إلى ذلك، تعكف اجهزة الأمن على متابعة قضية تزوير نحو 80 إجازة قيادة مزورة، والتحقيق يشمل موظفات اعترفن بإصدار رخص قيادة مزورة مقابل ألف دينار للرخصة الواحدة[القبس].

Traffic will continue to be a mess ماكو حل لأزمة المرور

Traffic Kuwait

It sounds to me that AbdulFattah Al-Ali had some really good suggestions. What I don’t understand is why everyone waited till literally the night before to try and fix the traffic havoc.

 

على أعتاب العام الدراسي الجديد الذي ينطلق إداريا الاحد المقبل ودراسيا منتصف سبتمبر الجاري لم تتوصل الجهات الحكومية، التي اجتمعت أمس مع ديوان الخدمة المدنية، إلى اتفاق حول تعديل موعد الدوام لطلبة المدارس والجامعات.

وبينما اعلن وزير التربية وزير التعليم العالي نايف الحجرف في أكثر من تصريح عدم وجود أي مراسلات بين “التربية” و”الداخلية” حول التنسيق لمناقشة ادخال تعديلات مواعيد الدوام المدرسي بما يساهم في معالجة الازمة المرورية، عقد اجتماع صباح أمس ضم وكيلة وزارة التربية مريم الوتيد ومدير إدارة التنسيق رومي الهزاع مع ممثلي ديوان الخدمة المدنية وممثلي وزارة الداخلية وعلى رأسهم اللواء عبدالفتاح العلي لمناقشة موضوع التنسيق بين هذه الجهات وتعديل مواعيد الدوام.

وكشفت مصادر تربوية مطلعة واكبت الاجتماع أن وكيل وزارة الداخلية اللواء عبدالفتاح العلي عرض مقترحات وزارة الداخلية بشأن حل الازمة المرورية والمتوقعة مع بداية العام الدراسي، موضحة أنه طلب من وزارة التربية أن يكون دوام طلبة المدارس في السابعة صباحا ويكون دوام طلبة الجامعات الحكومية والخاصة في التاسعة، اضافة إلى جدولة مواعيد انصراف الطلبة بحسب المراحل الدراسية، بحيث يكون خروج طلبة الابتدائي أولا ثم المتوسط ثم الثانوي، وذلك لتنظيم دخول السيارات إلى الطرق وعدم إحداث اختناقات مرورية.

وقالت المصادر لـ”الجريدة” إن اللواء العلي شدد خلال الاجتماع على أهمية تنفيذ هذه التعديلات وتطبيقها على المدارس في أقرب وقت لتفادي الازمة المرورية المتوقعة مع بداية الدراسة، مشيرة إلى أن وكيلة وزارة التربية والوفد التربوي المرافق لها اكتفوا بالاستماع لمقترحات وزارة الداخلية دون التعليق عليها.

وأوضحت المصادر أن مسؤولي وزارة التربية طلبوا إعطاءهم الفرصة لنقل الصورة والمواعيد المقترحة إلى وزير التربية، ومن ثم مناقشتها في اجتماع لاحق، مشيرة إلى أنهم اصروا على عدم الإدلاء بأي رأي في هذا الخصوص خلال الاجتماع، وأن مهمتهم كانت الاستماع للمقترحات ونقلها للوزير الحجرف فقط.

وأضافت أن الوزير الحجرف بحث مع وكيلة الوزارة مريم الوتيد ومدير ادارة التنسيق رومي الهزاع بعد عودتهما إلى الوزارة موضوع اجتماعهما مع ديوان الخدمة المدنية ووزارة الداخلية حول تعديل مواعيد الدوام المدرسي واستمر الاجتماع مدة قاربت الساعة، لافتة إلى أن التوجه العام لدى الوزارة هو رفض هذه المقترحات لضيق الوقت، لاسيما مع قرب بداية العام الدراسي الذي ينطلق الأحد المقبل [الجريدة].

No more Schengen Visa for Emiratis in all the EU

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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”.