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Gas stations and Failaka 1/17/2017

A few days ago, I went to a gas station, to fill petrol in my car and I felt I was in a totally different country. The station was clean, well lit and had clean and healthy facilities, with a supermarket, a few mini fast-food restaurants, touch of welcome and smile on the faces of the staff.This was not the case before, but we still don’t find the same outlook at the gas stations owned and managed by the government — National Petroleum Corporation.Unfortunately, we have waited for al ...... read more


‘Just a tip of the iceberg’ 1/16/2017

I always get many mixed feelings each time I read or hear reports about attempts being foiled to smuggle huge quantities of alcohol into the country.Historically, it was not allowed to consume alcohol openly in Kuwait. Even until the issuance of the Law No. 206 in the mid-1960s, alcohol was being sold to non-Muslims in Kuwait through Cree McKinsey British Company.However, the non-Muslims were then re-selling the alcohol to Muslims and other residents, to make money. The selling points were known ...... read more


Look into the real problems – ‘First things first’ 1/11/2017

Former member of the National Assembly Khalid Al-Sultan, a member of the political group ‘Thawabet Al-Umma’ lived a free life all along and we wish him a very long life. There is no enmity between us and him, and all but respect.Al-Sultan decided to change — and this is his right — and become one of the Salafist leaders. We cannot stand against his decision. All what we can say is he has already enjoyed the pleasures of life.But it seems the years he spent studying in Ame ...... read more


The role of men of religion 1/10/2017

A cleric of any religion has a duty to perform and the need for this duty increases or decreases with the degree of progress or failure of society.The ratio of the number of men of religion to the total number of population differs from one society to another and is usually linked to the number of educated people in society, the more educated the people are in society the less clerics are and vice versa.The only exception to this rule, perhaps in history where the number of men has been growing ...... read more


‘Deviates’ spell more chaos 1/9/2017

Abu Ali Sina, quote says, ‘Muslims are plagued by those who believe that they know more than others, and think that God did not guide any people other than them’!At the beginning of the Syrian revolution I wrote in favor of the demands of the revolutionaries and wished President Bashar Al-Assad would consider meeting their demands.A majority of those brave men who criticized our positions today and who earlier lamented the victims of Aleppo, and lament today the victims of Idlib, wil ...... read more


Natural evolution of faith – ‘Change necessary’ 1/5/2017

All the religions of the world, without exception are subjected to change which has been imposed by the circumstances of life, and the proportion of this change varies from one area to another and from one people to another. These changes have lasted for periods longer or shorter, depending on the type of change or development.Some considered the change or evolution, or part of it, a reform in one area, while others departure took it as drifting away from true religion, but the change has been h ...... read more


Slaves of habits, traditions – Flow with the tide 1/4/2017

A man bought a mule, went to a neighbor and asked him for a rope to tie it. The neighbor apologized and advised him to put his hands around the neck of the mule and the mule will believe something is tying his neck and refuse to move.The next morning the man found the mule was in its place. He mounted the mule and set off to work, but the mule refused to move, so he went back to the neighbor and asked for advice.The neighbor told him he must remove the rope from the neck of the mule. The man was ...... read more


Living pleasures of old age – Blessing in disguise 1/2/2017

Those who know life well are quite aware that every age has its beauty and its advantage and splendor. These words are of course addressed to those who have crossed 60 or 70. Young people cannot be compared to the age they have not yet reached but perhaps they can benefit from my words to prepare for the future.There is no doubt a younger person is much better than an elderly. People in their twenties or thirties or even forties and fifties can do what cannot be done by those in their sixties, s ...... read more


The approaching anger – ‘Bad times ahead’ 12/29/2016

It is said the major airline companies in the region are facing significant financial and administrative difficulties and very soon will be forced to lay off a large number of employees. It is said the ratio is close to 25 percent. It has also been reported that the ‘Emirates’ has already granted a number of ground personnel unpaid leave, some up to three months. The chairman of the airline has already predicted 2017 as difficult year.On the other hand, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Com ...... read more


The endangered species 12/28/2016

Two most senior government officials, most experienced and loyal, have revealed serious facts. Major-General Talal Ma’arafi said that the Interior Ministry procedures in regards to visas for expatriates contributed to the reduction of marginal employment by about 30 percent.He said Kuwait’s population reached 4,250,000 including 2,000,700 expatriates among them 90,000 who are violators of residence laws. These are signs of imbalance in demographics. The Indian community for example i ...... read more


When the West shunned us – ‘Time to end madness’ 12/27/2016

Writing is kind of telling what must be told, and alarm, and also a way to express what is going on in our minds and that includes ideas too. I and hundreds of others had warned leniency shown to the religious extremism. I had also demanded a lot of science subjects to be included in the curriculum and not the theoretical subjects, including religion, which has become a common factor in all theoretical subjects including languages, reading, history, geography.No one listened, either due to ignor ...... read more


Love, peace and tolerance – ‘Merry Christmas to all’ 12/26/2016

In a homily delivered by the Pope some time ago at the St Peter’s Square in the Vatican, His Holiness said ‘I am thinking of some benefactors who come and say they like to give this to the church, but these monetary donations sometimes are stained with the blood of many who are exploited, oppressed and enslaved. To those I say: Please, take your donations with you and burn it, the church does not need such donations.’When I read these words, I remembered the number of mosques w ...... read more


Will I meet you tomorrow? 12/22/2016

“AS a doctor, I had to visit an elderly and helpless patient in his home. According to medical records, he was suffering from cancer and there was no hope of his recovery. After rejecting all type of care, he preferred to remain at home.“When I arrived at his home, I used the secret number to open the lock on the door of the house that was known to us. The patient’s dog was waiting for me and did not make any attempt to bark, but instead looked like it wanted me to find its mas ...... read more


Khaja, Moshe and reading 12/21/2016

Farah Khaja says in a message to me: “I very much enjoyed reading your book, which took me five days. However, it was possible to complete reading the book in less time, but for the work and family commitments.“I’ve always been a fan of your articles, but unfortunately I was not following up, and even more unfortunate is that I did not tell you, even once, how much pleasure it was to see your picture and your article in Al-Qabas, but now the situation is different.“I want ...... read more


‘All same in God’s world’ – Racism and stupidity 12/20/2016

Ruling regimes, groups or individuals believe in racial or ethnic discrimination in order to distinguish themselves from others, if for reasons of biological, cultural, political, tribal, religious or otherwise.Hitler was a racist, because he believed in the supremacy of the Aryan race (the gifted race among others) such as the Germans and Persians, which made no sense.I also think the former South African regime believed in the supremacy of the white minority in that country over the black majo ...... read more


‘Brothers’ enjoyed govt support – Historic calamity 12/19/2016

There is no disagreement, even among the most strictest Brotherhood members, that the World Muslim Brotherhood organization, led by its supreme leader Ma’amoun Al-Hudaibi launched a fierce campaign in 1990, using the term ‘Obedience’ involving all its followers against the presence of the United States of America and its allies in the liberation of Kuwait!Al-Hudaibi ...... read more


Peaceful ‘bombs’ of the Pope 12/17/2016

Voltaire said: ‘We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard’. He added: ‘To hold a pen is to be at war but this war cannot be legitimate if the situation honestly did not support the issue of what you speak or write’.The head of the Roman Catholic Church has exploded ‘several bombs’ since taking over the papacy in the Vatican. ...... read more


Shenanigans of a minister 12/14/2016

The former Minister of Education, Bader Al-Essa, appointed Abdullah Al-Turaiji when the latter was a lawmaker, chairman of the Scouts Department at the Ministry of Education.It is a very well-known fact that the role of an MP is to monitor the performance of a minister and hold him accountable. ...... read more


‘Kuwait ours despite all ills’ – ‘Temptations meaningless’ 12/13/2016

Kuwaitis over the past three decades have not stopped comparing their status with the citizens of Dubai in particular and in a subsequent period, with Qatar and others.The Economist, the discreet British newspaper published a report on Dec 3, saying these constant comparisons and criticism have created a kind of inferiority complex among the Kuwaitis — a situation that is difficult to escape from, although they enjoy the highest per capital income in the region, and the fourth highest inco ...... read more


Of religion and arts – ‘Propaganda tool’ 12/12/2016

French historian Francois Blofog talked about the motives of militant religious hostility, arts and art forms.He tried to understand the reasons for violent practices against women, such as the destruction of statues and shrines. He stressed that the two religions Islam and Christianity were the most hostile to arts, before the latter became lenient to art.In an interview with AFP, Blofog tried to understand the reasons and motives for the attacks on the Buddha of Bamiyan in Afghanistan in 2011 ...... read more


Hopes alive … not all lost – ‘Support brilliance’ 12/11/2016

ALONG with tens of board chairmen, I pay tax to Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS).  Actually, we have not seen any tangible achievement which can be called scientific advancement in the last 25 years despite the accumulated financial and scientific experiences. ...... read more


‘Group not what it seems’ – Ruinous thoughts 12/9/2016

None of the partisan organizations in the Arab world are linked to evil and ruin except for the World Organization of Muslim Brotherhood. For more than eighty years they have set an example of violence and backwardness since the establishment of the group in 1928. ...... read more


There must be a solution – Misery at airport 12/8/2016

Time will pass slowly, and reform will take years before we see a breakthrough in the development of Kuwait — miserable and sad and desolate and damaged and dirty airport, with all its facilities.If I was the president or director of the airport, I would be ashamed of being at the helm of affairs of this important facility and its dire situation which cannot be accepted. ...... read more


Intellectuals, human rights – ‘Cultural diversity vital’ 12/7/2016

The Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Center (Opera House) organized a lecture on Nov 30 evening under the title ‘Culture of Luxury or Survival’. The speaker at the event was former Minister of Information Saad bin Tefla. The moderator of the event was another former Minister of Information Mohammad Al-Sanousi.Professor Ben Tefla said the culture has several linguistic interpretations. ...... read more


Man, govt-made rifts – ‘Kuwait was not like this’ 12/6/2016

I do not watch TV at all, and therefore I cannot pass a judgment on the performance of Jaafar Mohammad, the presenter of the Al-Shahed TV, except for some video clips on YouTube which I receive on the social media.A video clip which was recently posted is about diseases people of Kuwait are suffering from. Referring to what he has mentioned, I say in my words that the Kuwaiti society— the ruler and the subjects — was secular and tolerant towards those who came and lived ...... read more


Blow to backward forces – Young breath of fresh air 12/5/2016

In the last parliamentary elections some emerged winners and others losers. In spite of all the disadvantages, these elections have set an example and a perfect model to be followed given our surroundings, and put us on par with freedom and peace-loving nations.We have warned repeatedly about the involvement and presence of beards and robes in political corridors. ...... read more


Battle of civilizations 12/4/2016

Israeli Knesset plans to enact a law to ban the call for prayer over loudspeakers in the mosques of Jerusalem, I repeat: ban to call for prayer over loudspeakers. The bill has met the opposition and rejection inside and outside Palestine.But what is frightening and disturbing in the subject is all who have denounced the bill strongly have focused on the prevention of Muslims from calling for prayer, the measure is against Islam and Muslims, and against the freedom of belief, ...... read more


Blow to backward forces – Young breath of fresh air 12/2/2016

In the last parliamentary elections some emerged winners and others losers. In spite of all the disadvantages, these elections have set an example and a perfect model to be followed given our surroundings, and put us on par with freedom and peace-loving nations.We have warned repeatedly about the involvement and presence of beards and robes in political corridors. ...... read more


‘Do more for nation’s sake’ 12/1/2016

For the first time, I felt comfortable and give a lot of credibility to the statement which has been issued by the Interior Ministry.Actually speaking we are not familiar with such kind of statements. I am talking about the statement issued by the Ministry concerning the illegal entry of Sheikh Khalifa Ali Al-Khalifa Al-Sabah into Kuwait. ...... read more


‘Vote for sunny tomorrow’ 11/30/2016

The Arab region has been facing threats from the religious terrorist organizations, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood group — the mother of all of them. These terrorist groups have put the region on the road to catastrophe, unlike at any other time in the Arab region’s modern history.
Most of these religious parties have offended and harmed the human, economic, urban and legislative development and also the security. These parties have not only stopped the wheel of progress but ta ...... read more


Change seen in victory – ‘Practice what you preach’ 11/29/2016

The more the Muslim Brotherhood group and the revolutionaries in the Levant attacked Donald Trump prior to and following his election to the White House, I am convinced that I was not wrong in throwing my support behind the Republican candidate.Although I sometimes found myself hesitant in supporting Trump because we are fed up of over forty years of reluctant US policies and the tricks of Republicans and Democrats, ...... read more


‘End darkness to see light’ – Walk the talk 11/28/2016

The Cabinet approved a draft decree to restructure the Supreme Education Council (SEC), to be headed by the Minister of Education with the relevant ministry undersecretaries as members in addition to independent personalities such as Musaed Al-Haroun, Rashed Al-Hamad and Abdulrahman Al-Ghunaim, Hanan Al-Mutawa, Nayef Al-Mutawa, and Suad Al-Ansari.First of all, we must admit that neither Kuwait nor the education in general has benefited from the SEC since its inception ...... read more


It takes two to tango 11/27/2016

A group of the respected personalities has issued the so-called (Reform Initiative and National Consensus) about the upcoming elections to the National Assembly.The initiative stresses on the importance of the November 2016 elections that confirm resorting to the ballot boxes which represent the people’s will in building political action through democracy.The initiative also stressed on regional developments and the requirements of security challenges and the various implications ...... read more


‘Sick personality, heart of lion, mind of rat, wolf’s conscience’ – Scalpel of the fake surgeon 11/26/2016

I admit I have the courage to break into homes should I decide to do so. I also have the knowledge of how to put those houses under surveillance, climb the walls and open the locks.I also dare say I have the courage to admit that I can fabricate stories and statements and attribute them to others, and impersonate others and engage in false testimonies. ...... read more


Of memories and articles 11/24/2016

After long years of hesitation, I decided to respond, with pleasure, to the wishes of so many beloved readers and write part of my memories in a book containing a number of my published articles.I used to think the issue is relatively easy and will merely mean sitting down in front of a desk and writing whatever comes to my mind — thoughts and memories — and then refer to the Al-Qabas newspaper archive, to select a number of articles, ...... read more


Me and the Interior Ministry 11/14/2016

Because of my nature and for many other reasons, I don’t do not befriend the personnel of the Ministry of Interior in spite of the fact that there are among them those who deserve a lot of love and respect. Not only that, I am not pleased with the way the security establishment works and the methods adopted to arrest violators, or those who asked to arrest them. If we talk about this issue we can go on and on.The security establishment that cannot live in peace without its men and its orga ...... read more


Clear-cut message to all – ‘Join world for peace’ 11/10/2016

During a conference in Herzliya, Israel, in 2013 the former CIA Director James Woolsey stated the West is fighting a ‘third world war’ based on religion.He pointed out on one side there are the religious fanatics — Shiites, Sunnis, who have different concepts about jihad and thereafter.Woolsey said the US administration find it difficult to deal with jihad from religious perspective. The US Constitution allows freedom of religion and therefore seeking victory against the Islami ...... read more


Opera, customs, traditions 11/9/2016

I think that the image of the building of Kuwait Opera, will soon overtake the image of Kuwait Towers as one of the topmost tourist attractions in the country and this does not only mean this edifice of importance but other landmarks such as the water storage tanks and the unaccountable other cultural values compared to the splendor of the unique building in terms of engineering and multi-purpose facilities.The opera site gets distinguished political and social importance due to its proximity to ...... read more


The need for humanity 11/8/2016

The world having become a single global village, no country can afford to live in isolation especially after seeing what is happening around them and recognizing the global dramatic changes. This is not logical!AbdulRahim, an Afghan Muslim soldier, lost both hands after a landmine explosion which almost killed him. Abdul Rahim lived a miserable life, his life has become unbearable. How he wished to be killed in that explosion. He is living in a society which is unjust and cruel.But Joseph is an ...... read more


A difficult decision 11/7/2016

Iraqi Council of Representatives announced the issuance of a law to ban the sale of alcoholic beverages in Iraq.We do not want to elaborate on talking about the gravity of the decision and the mistake of issuing such a decision and the negative consequences to the security of the Iraqi community which is completely different, in a social nature, customs and traditions, from the Gulf societies.History is witness to answer that question as you might calculate it as an intervention in the affairs o ...... read more


‘Spend cash on better project’ – ‘Reforms don’t come easy’ 11/4/2016

A friend of mine who happens to be a well-known consultant doctor with a good reputation called me, saying he wanted to visit me for discussing an issue that was on his mind. I welcomed him because it was an opportunity to offer consultation to a person who usually offers consultation.As soon as he sat down with me, he delved straight into the topic. He revealed that he wanted to contest the upcoming elections but he wanted to first hear my opinion and my stance. I told him I cannot advise him o ...... read more


Unbeliever and ‘nice guy’ 11/3/2016

One of my friends told me that when he uttered my name in the Diwan of the ‘Wajeeh’, the owner turned away his face and labeled me as unbeliever.In response to my friend I said: the gesture of the Wajeeh and his description of me is a Legion of Honor and I should pin this honor on my chest and the same can be said of those who call me an atheist.I know well ‘my popularity’ such as these, and I am happy to belong to them. I am neither interested in being in the company of ...... read more


Opera House revives dream of five decades – Journey towards light begins 11/2/2016

I LIKED the opera and classical music since my childhood. I do not know why, because neither my mother was a pianist nor my father was a ‘soprano’, with all my love and respect for them. But for some reason I was overwhelmed and gave me goosebumps whenever I heard Maria Callas, for example, singing La Traviata, Norma, or Madama Butterfly.I’m not trying to show that I have vast knowledge in this area since after half a century of listening to opera and world music in general, af ...... read more


Much ado about nothing – ‘Adieu Faisal’ 11/1/2016

Several newspapers reported last Saturday about the decision by the Ministry of Interior to install jamming devices inside the Central Prison and a number of candidates who are contesting the National Assembly elections, particularly those affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood group and the Salafists have voiced their protest, particularly installing such devices in one particular cell.These jamming devices, or similar to them have been installed in almost all mosques and all places of worship. T ...... read more


‘Boycotters entry shocking’ – ‘False promises lead nowhere’ 10/31/2016

Paul Joseph Goebbels was Adolf Hitler’s (Adolf Hitler was a German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945) Minister of Propaganda. He was one of the most prominent members of his Cabinet who played a malicious role to promote Hitler’s thought.Goebbels was quoted as saying: ‘Whenever I hear the word culture, I reach for my gun’. His famous quote was ‘If you tell a lie ...... read more


Shun sectarianism – ‘Govts share responsibility’ 10/28/2016

At the height of apartheid between the white minority and black majority in the Republic of South Africa, the Rev Archbishop Desmond Tutu, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, said of the continued conflict that it was unfortunate that so many people became victims, because at the end of the day the country would be ruled by the majority blacks. ‘So why does the conflict not end?’We write this in light of the Sunni-Shiite conflict that threatens all the countries of the region. This age- ...... read more


‘Time now to reform tax law’ – ‘Deserving should get Zakat’ 10/27/2016

Ten years ago the National Assembly passed the ‘Zakat Tax’ Law or the ‘Baqer Law’, which obliged all joint-stock companies, listed and unlisted to pay tax 1 percent of the net profits to the State.The law allowed the companies to direct this Zakat tax, or part of it to one of the services or public associations through the Ministry of Finance, according to Article 14 of the executive regulations of the law, which also included the security, justice and defense institution ...... read more