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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ARAB TIMES, THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011
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Govt to give each citizen DIWANIYA
KD 200 as ‘Ramadan gift’        a digest of public opinion
                                                                                                                                                                           Elite need to play role as peacemakers
                               Hike in retirees pension pondered
                                                                                                                                             Royals must end infighting for nation’s good
                                                                                                       KUWAIT         CITY,                  “IT IS natural that people get             occurred. This is disgraceful because       the Palestinian Authority to recognize
                                                                                                       June 8: The govern-                   involved in disputes and members of        this happened among the MPs during          Israel as a Jewish state.
                                                                                                       ment intends to                       the ruling family are no exception.        voting on two interpellations and this         “Arab countries had always suf-
                                                                                                       grant KD 200 to each                  This is a natural phenomenon, partic-      behavior of the MPs pitted the mem-         fered from military coups and revolu-
                                                                                                                                             ularly in the face of political moves in   bers of the ruling family against each      tions. Some of those revolutionaries
                                                                                                       citizen as Ramadan                    Kuwait that can be dated back to the       other in the National Assembly.             promised their people freedom, jus-
                                                                                                       gift and it will be                   1930s and until now. We feel these            “However, neither Sheikh Nasser          tice, and development. Some of them
                                                                                                       announced before                      disputes will not end as long as they      Al-Mohammad nor Sheikh Ahmed                even went as far as brandishing the
                                                                                                                                             are motivated by legitimate ambitions      Al-Fahd is to be blamed for this dis-       Palestinian cause and demanding its
                                                                                                       the start of the holy                 of the members of the ruling family        pute, rather the members of the             liberation.
                                                                                                       month, reports Al-                    and no one can oppose these ambi-          National Assembly for their behavior           “All these promises turned out to
                                                                                                       Mustaqbal       daily                 tions,” columnist and Secretary-           because it was the division among the       be mirages and they no longer satisfy
                                                                                                                                             General of Kuwait Journalists              MPs that created the furor because          or appeal to the people. Promises of
                                                                                                       quoting sources.                      Association (KJA) Faisal Al-Qanai          some of them supported Sheikh               freedom and development have
                                                                                                         In another development,             wrote for Al-Seyassah daily                Nasser Al-Mohammad and others               always been broken, while the occu-
                                                                                                       sources disclosed the public          Wednesday.                                 Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahd.                       pation continues to spread. The con-
                                                                                                       sector workers not included              “But what is unnatural are moves           “Such being the case, for these          flict remains between the elements of
                                                                                                       in the KD 100 salary incre-           made by certain political blocs, MPs,      MPs we say ‘you are to be blamed’.          power.”
                                                                                                       ment approved by the Civil            merchants, journalists and advisors        Hence, don’t hold members of the rul-                     ❑ ❑ ❑
                                                                                                       Service Commission (CSC)              who are looking for benefits (political    ing family or Nasser Al-Mohammad
                                                                                                       will receive their pay raise          posts) irrespective of the type of the     or Ahmed Al-Fahd responsible for               “The construction of Mubarak Al-
                                                                                                                                             position in addition to others who         your shortcomings.”                         Kabeer Port off Boubyan Island is
                                                                                                       in July, retroactively from                                                                                                  delayed, seeing that time has been
                                                                                                       April.                                may have criminal intent or those suf-                   ❑ ❑ ❑
                                                                                                                                             fering from psychological disorders,                                                   wasted on its planning and studies.
                                                                                                          Sources added the Parliament                                                     “The topic of reform, anti-corrup-       However, delays should not prevent
                                                                                                       is also contemplating on the          embezzlers, addicts, jobless people,
                                                                                                                                             forgers, naives, thugs and those who       tion, protection of the constitutional      us from implementing the project,”
         The team of EQUATE officials at Souq Sharq ‘Stay Normal’ campaign.                            possibility of increasing the pen-    are in the forefront promoting dis-        gains and fighting every corrupt per-       Dr Yaqoub Al-Sharrah wrote for Al-
                                                                                                       sion of retirees. Sources             putes among members of the Al-             son who is striving to profiteer at the     Rai daily.
                                                                                                       explained most lawmakers                                                                                                        “The port’s location is suitable,
   New sugar, BP cases found in EQUATE drive                                                           believe the retirees are one of the
                                                                                                                                             Sabah family instead of playing the        expense of our constituents, public
                                                                                                                                                                                        funds and the future of our genera-         judging from the geographic, com-
                                                                                                                                             ‘reconciliatory’ role.
                                                                                                       most neglected groups in the             “However, I don’t blame the bad         tions, is a fair issue by all means and     mercial and international points of
Proceeding with its integrated campaign             blood sugar and 38 cases of irregular              Kuwaiti society; hence, the need      ‘pattern’ adopt-                           as such all of us believe in supporting     view, which is necessary for the coun-
“Stay Normal”, EQUATE Petrochemical                 pressure had also been discovered, and             to help them overcome their dif-                                                 it and do our utmost to prove justice is    try’s development and a factor in
Company held its third open day at Souk             had been dealt with and transferred to                                                   ed by the citi-
                                                                                                       ficulties and improve their           zens — playing                             done,” columnist Abdullatif Al-Omair        transforming Kuwait to a financial
Sharq. This was to raise the awareness              health centers.”                                   financial conditions.                                                                                                        and commercial hub. We wish the
among community about diabetes. In coop-               Dr Al-Meili proceeded: “The ratio rate of                                             a dirty and sus-                           wrote for Al-Anba daily Wednesday.
eration with the Ministry of Health,                diabetic adults in Kuwait is 14.6 percent,                                               picious role to                               “In spite of the above, we have          port had been built by now! Even so,
EQUATE team welcomed the campaign                   expected to reach 17 percent, which is                                                   agitate     con-                           observed the manner in which the            we must not lose hope and work hard
site visitors, providing free tests of blood
sugar levels and blood pressure.
                                                    considered as an indicator of serious
                                                    health issue. Globally classified seventh in
                                                                                                       Al-Arabi may                          flicts among
                                                                                                                                             members of the
                                                                                                                                                                                        MPs and some political activists deal
                                                                                                                                                                                        with the issue in question - this man-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to prevent all hindrances to the con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    struction process. The project will not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    only bear economic and commercial
   EQUATE’s Vice-President for Technical
Services and head of its Corporate Social
                                                    diabetes high rate “Type II” Kuwait must
                                                    pay more attention towards controlling this        go off stands                         ruling family
                                                                                                                                             —      rather I
                                                                                                                                                                                        ner is futile and has nothing to do
                                                                                                                                                                                        with the country’s interest.                fruits, it will also be beneficial to
Responsibility (CSR) Team Mohammed Al-              dangerous disease.”                                                                      blame the elite                               “In other words, resorting to such       security and the political situation.
Benali said: “Through utilizing an integrat-           “We thank EQUATE Petrochemical Co               KUWAIT CITY, June 8:                  among the citi-                            manner — shouting, insulting, deri-         Iraq has been and always will remain
ed media strategy “ Stay Normal” cam-               for their great efforts, and we are proud to       After 53 years of being a             zens who are             Al-Qanai          sion, burning pictures and so on — is       a harmful neighbor to Kuwait. No
paign endeavors at delivering its health            support them and all the companies that            beacon of cultural enlighten-                                                    not acceptable for the people of            wonder Iraqis in Basra are against the
messages to society in cooperation with a           support the society.” Dr Al-Meili concluded,                                             known for their sensibility, wisdom,
                                                                                                       ment one of Kuwait’s cultur-          patriotic spirit and keenness for the      Kuwait, because this manner will            construction of the port. Perhaps, they
medical team from the Ministry of Health,           “we invite everyone to join Kuwait Diabetes        al landmarks, the Al-Arabi                                                                                                   still dream about Kuwait being an
this is to increase the awareness regarding         Society to get the membership benefits,                                                  sake of national interest because they     have adverse effects.
                                                                                                       magazine may fail to appear           have failed to play a positive role to        “Not just that this manner will be       Iraqi governorate!
Diabetes in Kuwait overall.”                        such as educational courses and ongoing
   Kuwait Diabetes Society Secretary; Dr            support for the best services, and we              next July on newspaper and            bring about reconciliation among the       exploited by people who are corrupt            “There are claims that their objec-
Thayer Al-Meili stated: “Around 590                 stress the importance of concerted efforts         magazine stands, reports Al-          disputing members of the ruling fam-       and they will blow out of proportion        tion stems from fears that the new
cases were examined in Souk Sharq site,             between government ministries, compa-              Jaridah      daily      quoting       ily at a time when Kuwait is on the        small mistakes to divert the attention      port will affect the Iraqi ports, subse-
wherein 15 cases of blood sugar and 47              nies and community, to avoid the risk of           sources.                              verge of collapse and catastrophe.         of the citizens away from essential         quent to announcement by the coun-
cases of blood pressure were monitored              silent but deadly diseases, such as dia-              The same sources said the             “We blame the Kuwaiti elite             issues of the nation.                       try to build the Grand Fao Port. Well,
for the first time. 42 cases of regular             betes and hypertension.”                           private press that prints the         because they have preferred to remain         “Consequently, we suggest our            you can build whatever you want on
                                                                                                       magazine’s issues has not             silent and for the lack of spirit and      reformist brothers and anti-corruption      your land but you do not have the
                                                                                                       printed the July issue                recklessness shown by them in deal-        people should review their traditional      right to criticize other countries for
                                                                                                       because its contract with the         ing with the events currently taking       method of gathering and demonstrat-         works that take place within their bor-
                     News in Brief                                                                     Ministry of Information               place in Kuwait.                           ing at the Al-Irada Square and look         ders.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “Apparently, those opposing imple-
                                                                                                       expired four months ago.                 “In other words, we blame those         for a new method to highlight local
                                                                                                          However, the ministry has          who support Nasser Al-Mohammad             issues provided this method is con-         mentation of the port do not support
                                                                                                       not taken any measures to             against Ahmed Al-Fahd and vice-            vincing to the people. What the peo-        the new Iraqi regime, and would
   No oxygen killed fish: In contradiction          latter has a vast experience in the sector, so     renew the contract or search          versa, because these supporters are        ple need is evidence, proof and sensi-      rather the Saddam regime reigns. Iraq
   to the statement issued by the Environment       he understands its needs.                          for an alternative. The               not doing so in the interests of the       ble desire to prove the credibility of      is living in a state of terror and sectar-
   Public Authority (EPA) that no dead fish                          ❑     ❑     ❑                     sources say the magazine’s            country, rather their main purpose is      the issue in question so that justice is    ian conflicts. All we want is gratitude
   was seen inside Kuwaiti waters, the Green                                                           management has tried for the          to sow seeds of ill feelings and deep-     done.                                       for Kuwait’s assistance in ridding of
   Light Group confirmed about one and half         Govt attitude rapped: Deputy                                                             en disputes between two prominent             “Apart from the above, the               injustice and tyranny in Iraq”.
                                                    Chairperson of the General Union for               past months to talk to the
   ton dead fish was found floating on water at
                                                    Kuwaiti Employees Ajmi Al-Mutalaqim has            ministry officials to renew           personalities in the ruling family in a    reformists must resort to the devel-                      ❑ ❑ ❑
   the Ras Al-Salmiya beach, reports Al-                                                               the contract with the press           prelude to subvert the entire govern-      oped media to expose the corrupt peo-
   Seyassah daily.                                  denounced the lackadaisical attitude of the                                                                                                                                        “Quarrels among the political fac-
                                                    government towards the workers unions,             that prints 120,000 copies            ment.                                      ple and the so-called ‘political merce-
      Deputy Manager of the EPA Haidar                                                                                                          “These people don’t want to see a       naries’ and establish a popular active      tions became public at the parliamen-
   Murad said samples from dead fish have           accusing Minister of Social Affairs and            distributed locally and inter-                                                                                               tary session debating the referral of
                                                    Labor Mohammad Al-Afasi of neglecting              nationally.                           strong and coherent ruling family in       base to deal effectively with the pro-
   been sent to the laboratories for tests.                                                                                                  the country — still better if I say they   pounded fair issues.                        grilling request against Sheikh
      Officials from the EPA and the Public         the issue and disregarding international and          However, all attempts                                                                                                     Ahmad Al-Fahd to the Legislative
   Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish      local treaties in this regard, reports Al-         have failed because the offi-         don’t want this family to rule the            “If this happens then neither the
                                                                                                                                             country at all.                            politicians nor the government or           Committee,” Dr Haila Ahmad Al-
   Resources (PAAAFR) are expected to meet          Seyassah daily.                                    cials are believed to be care-
                                                       Al-Mutalaqim said the minister is currently                                              “As a matter of fact, genuine, hon-     influential people can defeat public        Makimi wrote for Al-Nahar daily.
   to discuss the issue.                                                                               less enough to leave the                                                                                                        “Some pro-government MPs voted
      According to reports the fish died due to     participating in a conference in Geneva as the                                           est and real — a Kuwaiti nationalist is    opinion. To the contrary they will
                                                    representative of Kuwait and he has always         magazine without a press,             the one who calls on the members of        have no choice but to support the pub-      against the motion, which revealed
   lack of oxygen as a result of summer heat.                                                          the sources added.                                                                                                           the reality in joining the opposition
                                                    affirmed that the Kuwaiti government fully                                               the ruling family to end their disputes    lic opinion and comply with the will
                    ❑    ❑     ❑                    abides by the treaties, but this is not true. He      The magazine’s manage-                                                                                                    and the pro-government majority. It
                                                                                                                                             and narrow their viewpoints and work       of the nation.
   Bill on health sector soon: The                  revealed the union has copies of the interna-      ment is said to have                  as one team and one family for the            “In this context, we would like to       became clear that some of them have
   Ministry of Health will soon submit a draft      tional and local agreements, which include a       approached the government             sake of maintaining the solemnity,         point out that good intentions are not      been the reason behind factional
   bill on the national health sector, including    provision allowing workers unions to form an       press to find a solution but it       position, coherence and persistence of     enough to achieve reforms rather            clashes.
   hospitals and private medical centers, reports   association. He added the general union rep-       declined the request due to           the ruling regime.                         these intentions should coincide with          “Sheikh Fahd opted out of Sheikh
   Al-Anba daily quoting Director of the Legal      resents a total of 13 workers unions.              technical and staff limita-                                                                                                  Nasser Al-Mohammad’s government,
   Affairs Department at Dr Mahmoud                    Asserting the general union can attend the                                               “But those who instigate the            active work, enthusiasm and patience
                                                                                                       tions. Printing July’s issue          Sheikhs against each other and weave                                                   as he was linked to the Halliburton
   Abdulhadi.                                       Geneva conference but it has opted not to                                                                                           if we are to fight corruption and           scandal. Even so, his ouster didn’t
                                                    participate in the international event to pro-
                                                                                                       should have been completed            plots in a prelude to carry out their      achieve our goals — targeted
      According to Abdulhadi, the bill, if                                                                                                                                                                                          lead to political calm because the law-
   approved, will replace law number 49/1960,       tect the image of Kuwait, Al-Mutalaqim             and the copies handed over            malicious schemes are people actual-       reforms.”
                                                                                                       to the distributor last Sunday.       ly involved in devilish acts that not                                                  makers have filed about 20 grilling
   disclosing it includes 60 articles. He said a    pointed out it might be good for Kuwait if                                                                                                        ❑ ❑ ❑                         requests against the prime minister
   committee tasked to study the bill has been      the complaints are laid down clearly,                 The only time that Al-             only target members of the ruling
   formed under the leadership of Assistant         because a government which lacks the abili-        Arabi magazine was not                family but the nation.                        “The coming Friday should be             from that time. The political implo-
   Undersecretary for Medical Service Affairs       ty to implement local laws cannot be trusted       printed was during the Iraqi             “However, my advice to members          called the ‘Friday of Walladah’ (a          sion is not limited to the prime minis-
   Dr Abdullatif Al-Obaid. He confirmed the         with international obligations.                    invasion and occupation of            of the Al-Sabah family ‘Protect your       female Arabic name) in honor of the         ter and his deputy. It also includes
                                                                                                       Kuwait.                               coherence and unity to maintain your       role women played when they took to         many others, according to statements
                                                                                                                                             power’.”                                   the streets to express their opinions,”     issued in the local dailies from time to
                                                                                                                                                                                        Fuad Al-Hassan wrote for Al-                time”.
                                                                                                                                                             Also:                      Mustaqbal daily.                                          ❑ ❑ ❑
                                                                                                                                                “The conflicts among members of            “Women in our country rarely come
                                                                                                                                             the ruling family is neither new nor                                                      “The random and loose freedom in
                                                                                                                                                                                        out to express their opinions and if        our press and media circles has disfig-
                                                                                                                                             exceptional because since the begin-       they do, they get their share of ridicule
                                                                                                                                             ning of world history, royal palaces                                                   ured our journalism,” columnist Nasser
                                                                                                                                                                                        and attacks. Women have been sub-           Al-Mutairi wrote for Annahar daily.
                                                                                                                                             have seen fatal disputes among mem-        jected to all forms of harassment that
                                                                                                                                             bers of ruling families and many have                                                     “That is the real problem, and not
                                                                                                                                                                                        crossed the limits. Therefore, those        the drop in Kuwait’s ranking in the
                                                                                                                                             even been killed as a result, as such      behind the Friday gatherings should
                                                                                                                                             the ruling families in the Gulf region                                                 press freedom index that has been
                                                                                                                                                                                        stand up for women and defend their         published by Journalists without
                                                                                                                                             including Kuwait are not immune to         right to express their opinion. The
                                                                                                                                             disputes,” columnist Hasan Karam                                                       Borders organization.
                                                                                                                                                                                        above name was chosen to show                  “However, Kuwait’s ranking is still
                                                                                                                                             wrote for Al-Watan Arabic daily            women, who have been abused in any
                                                                                                                                             Wednesday.                                                                             far better than other Arab states, some
                                                                                                                                                                                        away, that their brothers support them      of which are still at the bottom of the
                                                                                                                                                “In other words, the disputes and       and they will not be left alone.
                                                                                                                                             struggles among members of the rul-                                                    index. This has become the norm in
                                                                                                                                                                                           “Another message must be con-            the Arab world — a norm that the
                                                                                                                                             ing family is not a new phenomenon         veyed to those who abuse women:
                                                                                                                                             nor an emergent or intruding aspect of                                                 peoples of this region are resigned to
                                                                                                                                                                                        ‘We will not abandon our sisters.           co-exist with. Nonetheless, the situa-
                                                                                                                                             life, because we know and history tes-     They will not become an easy prey to
                                                                                                                                             tifies that there have been disputes                                                   tion in Kuwait holds major contradic-
                                                                                                                                                                                        injustice and humiliation.’ A message       tions and ironies where we do not dif-
                                                                                                                                             among members of Kuwait’s ruling           is also directed to all of us to recharge
                                                                                                                                             family and the British have docu-                                                      ferentiate between chaos and free-
                                                                                                                                                                                        our souls after our honor was               dom.
                                                                                                                                             mented some aspects of the relevant        attacked. I am not a fortune teller but
                                                                                                                                             disputes and struggles.                                                                   “In Kuwait, the situation is very
                                                                                                                                                                                        I foresee a large number of women           close to chaos which brings patterns of
                                                                                                                                                “In this context, we cite how the       this coming Friday, as if their enthusi-
                                                                                                                                             conflicts and struggles escalated in                                                   political and managerial interventions.
                                                                                                                                                                                        asm has been re-ignited.                    This is the real and objective diagno-
                                                                                                                                             the 1950s and how the then Amir late          “The Ministry of Interior has
                                                                                                                                             Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem contem-                                                       sis of Kuwait’s freedom of press.
                                                                                                                                                                                        always been a nuisance to the people.          “Our journalism and satellite chan-
                                                                                                                                             plated to resign and how he sum-           I am no longer surprised if the same
                                                                                                                                             moned the then Mufti of Kuwait the                                                     nels work in a chaotic atmosphere,
                                                                                                                                                                                        mistakes will be committed here.            add to this the absence of respect for
                                                                                                                                             late Sheikh Yusuf Bin Issa Al-Qanai        However, nothing can change the
                                                                                                                                             and told him ‘You have to seek anoth-                                                  laws. There are also some dominating
                                                                                                                                                                                        people’s insistence to demand               forces that have interests and ambi-
                                                                                                                                             er Sheikh to rule you’.                    reform.”
                                                                                                                                                “Not just that, following the recent                                                tions. All of this has led to unprece-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      ❑ ❑ ❑                         dented upheaval on the political front.
                                                                                                                                             crisis in Bahrain there were rumors
                                                                                                                                             about disputes among members of the           “Israelis have realized the only            “We must admit that loose freedom
                                                                                                                                             ruling family about how to deal with       truth in politics: the truth of the facts   in our media is actually a directed
                                                                                                                                             the crisis.                                on the ground. They know that as            type of freedom. Newspapers and
                                                                                                                                                “In other words, in the wake of the     long as Israeli soldiers remain in the      satellite channels are owned by polit-
                                                                                                                                             Bahraini crisis, the ruling family         occupied territories, nothing will ever     ically and economically dominating
                                                                                                                                             members were divided between the           change,” columnist Khaled Al-Sa’ad          personalities, something that has led
                                                                                                                                             ‘hawks’ and ‘doves’ where the hawks        wrote for Al-Seyassah daily.                to personalized conflicts appearing on
                                                                                                                                             triumphed over the doves.                     “The calls for halting settlement        our media scene. We need a media
                                                                                                                                                “But what occurred during the par-      activities are actually calls to continue   uprising led by the law and a sense of
                                                                                                                                             liamentary session of May 31, 2011         construction on the stolen Palestinian      responsibility that rejuvenates our
                                                                                                                                             during the voting on grilling of the       lands. Prime Minister Benjamin              press freedoms and frees it from the
                                                                                                                                             Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-           Natanyahu stressed his government’s         shackles of people who dominate the
                                                                                                                                             Mohammad and his deputy Sheikh             position regarding the freeze on set-       media sector.”
                                                                                                                                             Ahmed Al-Fahd, should not have             tlement and continued his demands to               — Compiled by Zaki Taleb