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Expat remittances fall

Local newspapers published reports on a decline in remittances by expatriate workers in Kuwait by at least 13 percent in the first quarter of 2018, and that the decline has…

WHO in Kuwait soon

The health ministry in Kuwait has begun official procedures for the opening of an office of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Kuwait in the next few weeks. This office…

The challenges of being a divorcee in the GCC

In Kuwait and in other GCC states, unfortunately, there is a cultural stigma around divorced women, yet there are none for divorced men, as if divorced women are somehow less…

Hunger strike

The department of public relations and security information at the interior ministry reported that 600 employees of a cleaning company in Abbasiya gathered in protest because they did not receive…

When disbelief trumps belief

When we speak of racist or prejudiced people, we forget that we are talking about our ancestors, our parents – in some cases, a sister, a brother, a cousin. And…

Cyclone Mekunu

Cyclone Mekunu made landfall on the Arabian Peninsula with extremely severe cyclonic winds. The cyclone continues to weaken, but leaves lessons for all of us in crisis management. In the…

Can we ‘meat’ in the middle?

The other day I read an interesting online article about veganism. The author was a vegan for several years and renounced the lifestyle to go back to eating meat. The…

Animal welfare

The conditions in which livestock are shipped to the Middle East sparked a debate in the Australian parliament after an exposé by Australian current affairs program ’60 Minutes’. Images of…

Prices in Ramadan

With the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, people get into a shopping frenzy and usually complain about high prices. This is repeated every year, but whose fault is…

Palestine blues

Many people claim that Arabs and Muslims only lament for Palestine because they are Arabs and Muslims. And yes, Arabs cry for Arabs, Muslims cry for Muslims, but many non-Arabs…

Ramadan and food

Every year, with the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, some questions come from non-Muslim expats about two things – the working hours during Ramadan and the law against…

Icons of Ramadan

Every year we look forward with excitement and anticipation the wonderful and blessed month of Ramadan. An important time in the Islamic calendar for fasting and prayer, Ramadan is also…

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