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The Amir’s clear statement

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah made a clear statement last week at the inauguration of the new term of the National Assembly, saying: “Motivated by the…

The air we breathe is free: For locals and expats (aka an open letter)

Dear You-Know-Who, You may not remember me. I met you years ago when I was visiting someone who was volunteering at our local orphanage. I recall you mentioning how you…

The abuse and death of a domestic helper

This week, local newspapers published a sad story about the death of an Ethiopian maid in the house of her sponsor. When police checked the body, they found some bruises…

Children of Kuwaiti mothers

In Kuwait, we have been blessed as women have many rights and freedoms that other women in the region have been denied. One thing though that we are yet to…

Is development disabled?

This is really an important question among Kuwaitis. Is development really disabled and why? We hear about future projects but do not see anything concrete on the ground. Everything is…

Sexual harassment in Kuwait’s public spaces

Do the women of Kuwait need to carry weapons to defend themselves from sexual harassment nowadays? Has it gotten so bad that no one even thinks twice or bothers when…

Monster-in-law or angel-in-law?

It’s been a year now since I got married – and the comments that I hear the most are: You got married? Congratulations! So when is the good news? Anything…

The rain debate

Every year the rain comes and the scenario repeats itself with the same complaints. This week saw heavy rain in the Gulf region including Kuwait. On Monday, various parts of…

Water is safe

Congratulations to Kuwait and all its residents for bagging the first place in the Arab world in terms of the high quality of drinking water. Nothing is more important to…

Seeking arthouse cinema in Kuwait

I want to get something out of the way before I begin. Films that are described as ‘Arthouse cinema’ should not be considered great automatically. They might be different, unique…

Expats in private sector

The local press reported that the Public Authority for Manpower is considering the issues of inefficient employment and population structure by imposing a ban on expats with university degrees entering…

No pay, no hello!

I read an interesting report last week that brought back a lot of memories from the past. The ministry of communications called on all users of landlines to pay their…