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The big test

People love winter and the rainy season, since we rarely get rain. But this year, heavy rainstorms flooded several major roads in Kuwait on Friday and Saturday, for the second…

No dancing allowed!

Missy Elliott sang, “Music makes you lose control, music makes you lose control.” Music does make you lose control, but it does make you want to move, to dance, to…

Are we racist?

Racism often comes in the form of treating some individuals differently – socially and legally – and making distinctions between people on the basis of color or ethnic affiliation. This…

Six thinking hats, anyone?

What are the six thinking hats? And is there a thinking turban for us Arabs? Edward de Bono wrote a groundbreaking series of books that can enhance the effectiveness of…

Intellectual property protection

Last week I was honored to welcome delegates from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to the bar association in Kuwait for discussion on intellectual property rights around the world…

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…

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