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Kuwait Censors ‘Terror’ Blogs, Websites

Teeny Teeny Tiny Article in today’s Gulf Times:

Kuwait censors ‘terror’blogs, websites: report

Kuwait has blocked a number of Internet blogs and websites with links to “terror” cells and groups, a top official said in comments published yesterday. “The ministry has blocked blogs … used by some to communicate with terror cells and extremist groups,” communications ministry undersecretary Abdulmohsen al-Mazeedi told Kuwait’s An-Nahar newspaper. He said the ministry had also blocked sites deemed offensive to God and the emir and which undermined what he called national unity, in addition to sites promoting pornography. Mazeedi said the ministry was applying the law and “aims to preserve Islamic values.”

More information, from Al Watan:

Kuwait blocks terrorـlinked Web sites
KUWAIT: Kuwait has blocked a number of Internet blogs and Web sites with links to “terror” cells and groups, a top official said in comments published on Friday.

“The ministry has blocked blogs …used by some to communicate with terror cells and extremist groups,”Communications Ministry undersecretary Abdulmohsen AlـMazeedi told Kuwait”s AnـNahar newspaper.

He said the ministry has also blocked “sites deemed offensive to Almighty God and to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah AlـAhmad AlـSabah and which undermined national unity,” in addition to sites promoting pornography. Mazeedi said the ministry was applying the law and “aims to preserve Islamic values.” However before blocking any site, the ministry takes permission from the Public Prosecution.
A number of MPs have described the ministry”s monitoring of blogs as a breach of the Constitution and threatened to question the communications minister in Parliament.

Last year, the Public Prosecution questioned Mohammed Abdulqader AlـJassem for writing an article on his Web site that was deemed offensive to the country”s crown prince.

In 2007, blogger and journalist Bashar AlـSayegh was detained for two days after comments deemed offensive to the Gulf state”s ruler were posted on his Web site.

The man, who posted the comments, a Kuwaiti citizen, was jailed for two years.ـAFP

Last updated on Saturday 26/9/2009

September 26, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, Bureaucracy, Character, Community, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Social Issues | 3 Comments

BitJockeys Suggestions: Fishermen and Skyline

OK, I made it more panorama by cropping out the excess sky, and I bumped up the saturation a little, and that is about all I can do, other than sepia, which doesn’t look right at all, and some other general effects that don’t enhance.

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BTW, do you notice that the Sheraton – that pyramid shape at about 2/3 way across skyline – has just disappeared? It used to be the most striking building on the skyline and now, it disappears.

September 26, 2009 Posted by | Adventure, Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Blogging, Photos | Leave a comment

Slow Saturday; Yousef’s Take in Fisherman Skyline Photo

I LOVE what Yousef did. It’s a slow Saturday, nothing much going on. If you want a crack at this photo, take it. Play with it. Send it back to me, show us what you’ve done. Keep it clean. :-)

Yousef:
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is that a WOW or what?

So . . . I don’t have all these tools. Go for it. The shot is in the Eid morning photos you will find here so have some fun with it.

September 26, 2009 Posted by | Adventure, Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Blogging, Photos, Public Art | Leave a comment

   

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