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Kuwait: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

This week's posts swing from good to bad .. sometimes just plain ugly.

We will start with the good.

philq8 shares with us news of the Filipino expats celebration of the Philippines National Day in Kuwait.

Filipinos in Kuwait shared a day of fun and games with their families, friends and acquaintances in a day long affair Friday during celebrations held at the Kazma gym in Adailiya on the occasion of their country’s 109th Independence Day.

Fahad Alaskr talks about news he read on the Kuwait News Agency.

أمتعني خبر قرأته اليوم على كونا ودريت إن مستقبلنا بخير، لأن حفيد الأمير الوالد تخرج بامتياز من المدرسة الأميركية.

I was amused by news I read today on Kuna (Kuwait News Agency) and I knew that our future is bright because the grandson of the Elder Emir (Elder Emir is a title that was given to Shaikh Sa'ad when he receded his title as Emir to the current Emir Shaikh Sabbah) has graduated with honors from the American School

يقول الخبر “استقبل حضرة صاحب السمو أمير البلاد الشيخ صباح الأحمد الجابر الصباح حفظه الله بقصر بيان صباح اليوم معالي المستشار بالديوان الأميري الشيخ فهد سعد العبد الله السالم الصباح يرافقه نجله الشيخ عبد الله فهد السعد العبد الله السالم الصباح، وذلك بمناسبة تخرجه من المدرسة الأمريكية فرع دولة الكويت بتقدير امتياز مع مرتبة الشرف وقبوله في جامعة (ام اي تي) بالولايات المتحدة الأمريكية”.

The news snippet says: “His Highness Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah has met this morning in Bayan Palace with Amiri Diwan Advisor Shaikh Fahad Sa'ad Al Abdullah Al Salim Al Sabah accompanied by his son Shaikh Abdullah Fahad Sa'ad Al Abdullah Al Salim Al Sabah on the occasion of his graduation from the American School in Kuwait with honors and his acceptance at MIT in the United States of America.

وبهذه المناسبة كمواطن لي سؤال: البعثة على حساب منو؟

On this occasion, as a citizen, I have got to ask: on whose expense is his scholarship?

intlxpatr snaps a few shots of Kuwait's skyline.

Kuwait in the 1970’s was called the Paris of the Gulf. People who lived here then talk about it with great nostalgia, they call it paradise. Kuwait was an old trading city, full of merchants and traders. Kuwaiti men went out on fishing boats, and pearling boats, and the love of the sea is still deep in the Kuwaiti soul. The women were strong and adventurous, and took care of all the family business while the men were out to sea.

We move on to the bad news.

And on his blog , Z district talks about a strange phenomenon with most Kuwaiti businesses.

I have noticed this in Kuwait, but a lot of businesses face this problem when they are trying to move old stock. The way good businesses think is how to get rid of old stock and when it is more useful to discount below cost.
The one thing you notice in Kuwait is that even if something is old they really don’t lower the price because they don’t want to lose a fils on the item.

yo_ghurt talks about a new kuwait ban on women working after 8pm.

“The Kuwaiti parliament has passed a law which bans women from working at night, Gulf News reports.

“The law, passed unanimously, prohibits women working between 8pm and 7am, with the exception of the medical profession. It also bans women from jobs that “contravene with public morals and in all-men services places at any time.”

Qias over at Io81 talks about more bad news for Kuwait.

Again Kuwait has reached the charts of International Human Trafficking Report, again and again nothing is being done about Human Trafficking in Kuwait and we have been listed in the reports as a tier 3 country.

It's an ugly thing to see dead animals but Mini-R did not stand by when he saw a dead Police dog.

I found this body right outside my building when I looked out the balcony. After calling 777 and reporting it, they asked me to call the appropriate department. Of course, nothing was done about it. So much for our Ministry of InFerior.

Mini-R didn't stop there either .

I decided to pursue the mystery of the dead German Shepherd found outside my building. On my lunch break I went to the nearby Guard & Tracking Dogs Dept. for the Ministry of Interior.

Click on the link to read more about the mystery dog.

That's all from me this week. See you next week!

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