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Kuwait: The Blogging Monster

Are bloggers swimming against the tide? Are officials losing sleep over what is appearing online everyday? Should blogging be controlled? Or is controlling what appears on blogs another form of repression and another way of brushing corruption under the carpet?

Kuwaiti blogger AseeL, from bara7atmbarak (Mubarak's Square), introduces us to the blogging monster in this post (Ar), which discusses some of the questions raised above.

تختلف المدونات في عالم التدوين الإلكتروني باختلاف مجالات التدوين فيها، بعضها غث وبعضها سمين، ويفتقد بعضها للنضج الفكري على الصعيدين الاجتماعي والسياسي مما قد يؤثر سلبا على فكر بعض العقول البسيطة والغضة وعلى القارئ بأن يدرك ويميز، ولكن لحرية الرأي فسحة ولكلٍّ الحق في التعبير وإبداء الآراء من خلال هذه الفضاء الإلكتروني الرحب
“Blogs defer in the world of blogging as much as the topics they cover. Some are good while others are a waste of time; some are not mature on both social and political aspects and this may negatively effect some simpletons. Readers should be aware and able to distinguish between blogs. However, freedom of expression has its place and everyone has he right to express what is on their mind in this huge electronic space,” she writes.
نما الفكر التدويني في الكويت خلال الآونة الأخيرة بشكل كبير لا سيما السياسي منه، وتكونت له شبكات لم يخطط لها مسبقا، وأصبحت منبرا وصوتا شبابيا مسموعا خاصة لمن يتعذر عليهم النشر المطبوع لأسباب مختلفة، وهو ما يشكل بعبعا سياسيا يطل على البعض قاضّا مضاجعهم، وذلك نظرا لما تكشفه صفحات المدونات من حقائق وقضايا وانتقادات سياسية لا تقدر على حملها الصفحات المطبوعة
“Blogging has witnessed a huge leap in Kuwait lately, especially with political blogs. The networks available were not planned and have become a platform for youth to voice their opinions, especially for those who can't use the printed media for different reasons. This is a scary notion for some, giving them nightmares, because of what blogs show and the facts they expose as well as issues they raise and political criticism which the printed Press can't carry,” explains Aseel.
ليصيح بعض المفكرين هاتفين بضرورة فرض رقابة عليها، بينما يرفض البعض التدوين السياسي إجمالا ويفكرون بصمت بحتمية تفعيل ذلك، وضع حلول لنتائج من دون التفكير بالمسببات هي عادة عربية قديمة اعتدنا عليها، وطمر النتائج والجلوس فوقها لإخفائها أمر طبيعي لمن كانت الأسباب بيده وابتغاها عرفا ظالما يعتاد عليه الشعب بالإجبار لجني مكاسبا شخصية وتحقيق أهداف مغرضة، حلول جوفاء وعقليات فاسدة وضمائر ينخرها الدود وسيلتها محاولة نحت المواطن الكويتي قردا “لا يرى ولا يسمع ولا يتكلم” والغاية هم أدرى فيها، عوضا عن المطالبة بتشديد الرقابة على المدونات الإلكترونية السياسية فليشددوا الرقابة على ضمائرهم وعقولهم فلولاها لما شيدت تلك المدونات وما صاح شباب الوطن وما تذمر الشعب
“This has led some thinkers to call for control over blogs, while others completely refuse the idea that political blogs exist. Putting solutions for end results without taking the causes into consideration is an old Arab habit we are all so used to. Brushing results under the carpets and sitting on them is a normal habit for who knew the reasons but kept them away from people in order to make personal gains and achieve their goals. They come up with hallow solutions which are the result of worm-infested mindsets and corrupt consciences, whose main aim is to etch a statue of the Kuwaiti people which resembles the monkey which ‘Sees, Hears and Speaks No Evil.’ Instead of calling for more controls over political blogs, they should ensure control over their consciences and minds. Perhaps they will then discover why people have started blogs, why the youth are screaming and why the masses are disgruntled,” she notes.
سياسة خاطئة وسوء تخطيط وفساد حاشية وسياد مبدأ الكويت واحة فاستغلوها، هي أمور في المجمل حطوا الشباب بسببها كالصقور على حاسوباتهم وانهمكوا يدونون متربعة الكويت في قلوبهم ملكة، بينما لا تزيد عن كونها ضرعا غنيا بالحليب لغيرهم، التربُّع على المناصب يمنح النفس بعضا من سيء الأمور ولكن هذا لا يغفر خطايا جسيمة وهفوات كثيرة في حق الكويت ممن يتربعون على هذه المناصب، يتهمون بعض الشباب بالتطرف والغلو، قد يكون ذلك في أحيان قليلة، ولكن عندما تصب الأمور في مصلحة الكويت لا أرى غلوا يفوق الغلو في حبها والتطرف لها في وجه المستغلين
“What turned youth into hawks tapping away at their computers are a wrong policy, lack of planning, the corruption of the entourage which surrounds officials and the sovereignty of the motto that Kuwait is an oasis, so abuse it for your personal gain. For those bloggers, Kuwait is the Queen of their hearts, while it is an udder which should be milked for others. Being in a position of power could be bad for some but this doesn't excuse their grave sins and the mistakes they have committed against Kuwait. Those in a position of power, accuse youth of extremism and chauvinism, and this could be the case at times. However, when it comes to the interests of Kuwait, I don't see any reason why we shouldn't be extremists and chauvinists in the face of the exploiters,” she adds.
عوضا عن محاولات شكم ولجم الشباب، فليغسلوا ضمائرهم بحب الكويت، وليصنعوا منها وطنا يعتمر بشرف قيادييه وأبنائه، ولينظفوا مؤسسات الدولة من الفساد ويخرجوا الخطط النائمة في أدراجهم للنور، حينها لن يجد الشباب شيئا يكتبونه على جدران الفضاء الالكتروني، وستغدو الخيول الشابة الجامحة أكثر جموحا معهم ولها
طلّ!… صراحة ما عندي أمل فيهم
“Instead of trying to curtail youth and muzzle them, they should be washing their consciences with the love of Kuwait and make a nation out of it, which should grow in the honour of its leadership and its youth. Let them clean up the state's institutions from corruption and bring out the plans that have been gathering dust in their drawers. When that happens, young people will not find much to write on the walls on cyber space and all the young horses will be galloping alongside them. To tell you the truth, I have no hope in that happening.”

1 comment

  • Barrak

    All this rhetorical [obscene word deleted in keeping with commenting guidelines] is a waste of time. Stop complaining do something about it. Organise the blogs into a powerful voice which cannot be stopped. Yet they continue to be separate, disparate voices all squeaking the same old tune.

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