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Prediction: Kuwaiti Best Sellers

(Whooping with laughter!) I’m on a roll today – again, Kuwaiti Times, page 6

There is no surer way to guarantee books make the best-seller list than to ban them. Imagine the fun you will have smuggling books by Kuwaiti writers Mohammed Abdul Qadar Al-Jassim (Sheikhs of Dignity) and Zaid Jlewi Al-Enezi (25 Constituencies . . . The Best Choice) into the country.

Al-Jassims book is banned because it “discusses taboos concerning Kuwait’s political leadership and the ruling family.” Al-Enezi’s book is banned “for discussing sectarian and tribal issues concerning the electoral system followed in Kuwait.

Even dull books are bought once they are banned. Maybe the Ministry of Information is using reverse psychology?

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October 31, 2006 - Posted by | Books, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Social Issues

6 Comments »

  1. FIRST OF ALL, WHO ARE YOU TO EVEN JUDGE??! YOU’RE NOT EVEN A KUAWAITI!!

    SECONDLY, KUWAIT IS AN AMIRATE COUNTRY. “WE”, THE PEOPLE CHOOSE FREELY OUR DEAR BELOVED AL SABAH FAMILY BEFORE 300 HUNDRED YEARS AGO TO RULE THE COUNTRY! & IT WAS RENEWD TWICE, FIRST WHEN THE IRAQI REGIME INVADED US IN 1990, & AGAIN WHEN KUWAIT WAS LABERATED 1991.

    Politics of Kuwait takes place in a framework of a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, whereby the Emir is the head of government. The State of Kuwait (Dawlat al Kuwayt) has been ruled by the al-Sabah dynasty since approximately 1752.

    The constitution, approved and promulgated on November 11, 1962, calls for direct elections to a unicameral parliament (the National Assembly). Despite the regular holding of relatively free and fair elections to the National Assembly, Kuwait is not a democracy by the usual definition of the term because the prime minister is not responsible to parliament. Nonetheless, Kuwaitis enjoy more civil and political freedoms than the citizens of most non-democratic states. Kuwait’s parliament is the strongest of those found in the monarchies of the Gulf.

    Kuwaitis take some pride in the rarity of political violence in their country, especially given the frequently high levels of violence found in neighboring states and elsewhere in the Arab world.

    You should know BETTER; that we are Muslim country & will die Muslims inshAllah. Don’t you ever think that we’re longing for the so called “democarcy” that’s been adopted from the Greeks & moderated to suite your capitalist countries where the motto is: Kill or be killed!! We are far far more civilized!! More comapssionate!! If you ever read about the Shuraah system or know anything about the Zakat rule you’d understand the beauty of it all!!

    Those who right rubbish; they have emerged so so far from their own religion great teachings.. they are lost like so many who consider democarcy like capitalist dose!!

    You should be more accurate in reading the general Muslim Kuwaiti minds. & Not the sick ones who are abused by their own wrong understanding!

    Good Luck in your next analysis,

    Joan

    Comment by JOAN OF ARC | November 2, 2006 | Reply

  2. Whoa! Joan! This commentary was about CENSORSHIP, and what happens when a book is banned. Books have been banned in my country, too, and what it does is makes everyone curious about what the book is about. As I said, even dull books become best sellers when banned.

    Nothin’ to do with Islam, nothin’ to do with democracy, everything to do with a value we share – freedom of thought, freedom of expression.

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 2, 2006 | Reply

  3. THEN YOU HAVEVEN’T THE SLIGHTEST IDEA WHAT THIS RUBBISH WRITER IS AIMING FOR!!! WHEN YOU SHOULD; BEFORE SAYING THINGS THAT LEADS TO MISUNDERSTANDING & BITTERNESS. WHICH I DOUBT YOU DON’T COMPREHEND!

    IT’S NOT YOU TO BLAME. NO. YOU REPRESENT YOU CULTURE.

    & IF YOU’RE A BIG FAN ON FOCUSING ON THE BANNED FACTS RATHER THAN DOUTING YOURS! THEN HERE’S A LINK TO A GOOD BOOKSHOP IN LONDON CALLED AL-SAQI WHERE THEY DELIVER ALL BANNED BOOKS: http://www.alsaqibookshop.com/

    BEAUTY IS IN THE EAY OF THE BEHOLDER INDEED!

    Comment by JOAN OF ARC | November 2, 2006 | Reply

  4. You may have a very valid point there. Ban anything and you can be assured that it will be a huge success!!!

    Comment by Jewaira | November 2, 2006 | Reply

  5. Jewaira – I am honored, as usual. thank you for your thoughtful input.

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 3, 2006 | Reply

  6. Joan – Whew! Believe me, I am hardly representative of my culture! Thanks for your input.

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 4, 2006 | Reply


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