Who will save the Turks?
‘US-Turkey ties deteriorating’
“THE latest statement made by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the successive collapse of the Turkish lira that Turkey is being subjected to a war on its economy reflects the deterioration of relations between Turkey and the United States of America,” columnist, professor at Kuwait University’s Political Science Department and the Assistant Undersecretary for Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Information Dr Haila Hamad Al-Mekaimi wrote for Annahar daily.
“As a matter of fact there are a number of important issues affecting both parties, most notably the American pastor who is under house arrest in Izmir city of Turkey after being accused of espionage in favor of the US administration and the American hosting of the Turkish oppositionist Gulen.
“But the most important concerns of the two parties, is the US-Kurdish alliance, which prompted Turkey to conclude arms deals with Russia and coordination with the Russian-Iranian axis in Syria.
“In this context, Turkey believes that the Kurdish issue is fateful and threatens it with a drastic downfall, disintegration and collapse, as happened with Syria and Iraq. Turks feel it is inevitable that their turn is next.
“For the Israelis, of course, it will be in their interest as further disintegration of any neighboring country will contribute to strengthening the Israeli security.
“In this context, even if Israel has a privileged relationship with some regional countries in the region, as in the past with the regime of Bashar Al-Assad in Syria and with the former Turkish regime where the Israeli-Turkish relations are dated back to many years, distinct and extended.
“However, it is needless to say in spite of the above, nothing can and will prevent Israel from supporting the idea of partition of Turkey and Syria, as this will reinforce the Israeli security and contribute to achieving the Israeli dream of Great Israel, particularly since we know it is difficult to create new regional powers following the collapse of the current regional powers.
“In fact, the Kurdish issue is a common factor between Turkey and Iran and the two countries are currently suffering from the said issue, which has contributed to the rapprochement between the two countries.
“The Russian factor is also important as Russia sees its entry into the Middle East issues is also the protection of its borders bordering this region, especially the northern Caucasus regions where the Islamic factor looks influential and a major player in those Russian areas.
“This is the reality of the regional situation between the competing forces. The main question remains about the real American motives for the loss of this ally (Turkey), which is considered a major ally within NATO.
“Not just that because of US support, the Turks succeeded in bringing Turkey back to life after it was divided by the end of the Second World War?
“Meanwhile, the Asian powers such as China and South Korea have pushed for America’s rapprochement with North Korea, leading to a summit between leaders of the two countries, which Western analysts have described as a victory for North Korea far beyond what US diplomacy has achieved.
“With regard to the US-Russian summit in Helsinki that was held recently, even those close to the US President, have described it as nothing more than complacency for Russian policy.
“But the question is, who will be able to save the Turks and what kind of mediation will the Turks need to stop that American economic war against Turkey?”
“It is America, which is still carrying out its ominous project ‘the new Middle East’, which has formed and continues to be a disaster for the Arab countries, through sectarianism on sectarian and ethnic bases, and the destruction of their armies in favor of Israeli superiority,” columnist and former director of the Culture Department at the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters Waleed Al-Rujaib wrote for Al-Rai daily.
“America is now actually seeking to further engage these countries in wars to deplete their natural and human resources through a new security alliance called the Middle East Strategic Alliance, based on the same old pretexts and lies, namely fight against terrorism in the region.
“In this context, we say in the wake of fighting the Islamic State (IS) or the so-called ‘DAESH’ under the patronage of America and curtailing that organization’s influence in both Iraq and Syria, it is Washington which has sought a new enemy to fight, but this time by placing the responsibility on its allies to bear the brunt of the horrors of war and the material and human losses on its behalf.
“In other words, President Donald Trump wants the Gulf states to bear the consequences of his reckless behavior against Iran by unilaterally abrogating the nuclear deal and imposing economic sanctions against Tehran and because the Gulf countries are nearest to Iran geographically have become easy targets for Iranian missiles, moreover, their oil tankers will be the prime targets in the prospective war.
“However, this alleged coalition will result in the destruction of the infrastructure of the Arab countries and all their development projects, and will expose their peoples to greater security risks than the terrorist groups. The region will continue to burn while Israel remains safe.
‘As a matter of fact, through its foreign policy, Kuwait has made efforts to build normal relations with all regional countries, including Iran, in order to preserve peace, stability and mutual benefit, with the right of States to preserve their sovereignty and independence.
“This ‘Arab NATO’ based on the American intentions will not be a peaceful or defensive alliance; it will increase tension between Washington and the Arab states on the one hand, and Iran on the other, a provocative step that serves American and Israeli interests.
“Now the question is, when the Arabs will know that America is not a protector, rather the US is a big blackmailer and America is the source of real danger for them. When will the Arabs realize that America does not want stability or development?
“That being the case, it is not in the interest of any country to engage in aggressive military alliances to ensure the security, stability and progress of its people.”
“Application of the law on all without exception and confrontation of corruption through transparent methods is the aim of democratic and advanced countries. This means democracy represents one side of the coin and the rule of law the other side,” Mishref Aqab wrote for Al-Shahed daily.
“We have a wonderful constitution in Kuwait that organizes the society. The Kuwaiti Constitution stipulates the separation of power among the three authorities in a way that prevents the overlapping of power. On the other hand, separation of power does not mean each of the three authorities work in isolation from others. The Constitution organizes the relations among them in a manner that allows each of them to monitor others and prevent any misuse of power from occurring.
“Philosopher Plato once said distributing power among different bodies prevents dictatorship. The Kuwaiti Constitution defines the duties and rights of citizens as well as their freedoms. According to article 50 of the Kuwaiti Constitution, each of the three authorities is tasked with specific duties. It stresses the importance of coordination among them.
“Nowadays we hear calls for amendments to the Constitution of Kuwait. Actually there is nothing preventing the amendment of any country’s constitution. However, the problem is that our priorities differ from those of the advanced countries that precede us in the adoption of democracy. They aim at more freedoms, more transparency and more laws that enable them to question the executive authority. We uphold any calls for enhancing freedoms, transparency and preservation of the public funds.
“In another development, I will talk about the imposing of travel ban on citizens who suffer some financial troubles that prevent them from paying off pending installments. This action contradicts the right of citizens to travel freely, as guaranteed by the Kuwaiti Constitution. Does anyone really think a Kuwaiti citizen will immigrate and leave his homeland just because he is not able to pay the installments of a car or some commodities? There must be other procedures that can guarantee the right of the banks or companies without violating the Constitution.”
“The government and various State bodies are attempting to call on citizens to strengthen national unity and reject sectarianism and extremism,” columnist Fawaz Ahmad Al-Hamad wrote for Al-Qabas daily.
“At the same time, many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were established on sectarian basis. All NGOs are established by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor with the blessing of the government, hence, it contributes to spreading sectarianism indirectly.
“The current electoral system greatly contributes to the spread of sectarianism. In the National Assembly election, voters often choose candidates according to tribal, sectarian or racial affiliations.
“It seems the government plays a role in fueling conflicts and intensifying competition among citizens and political groups. If the government is keen on implementing reforms, it must change its policies which should start with a thorough review of the mechanism for approving the establishment of NGOs.”
“If you want to receive your new passport in one day only, without any appointment, standing in line and waiting for hours without result, you only have to visit the farm of the director who took a photo of himself in his farm while holding a bunch of passports, in addition to the nationality certificate of a person who lost his passport,” columnist Talal Al-Saeed wrote for AlSeyassah daily.
“It seems he recorded a dialogue with himself and broadcast it on social media, praising himself and showing off his power and position that prevented him from enjoying the weekend in his farm because of the large number of passports without explaining why he had such documents in the farm, instead of putting them in a secure place in his office or workplace.
“It is very important to know who saw the video showing a visitor without a single stamp of exit or entry on his passport, yet he requested for a new passport. This visitor was courageous enough to deprive this great director of his weekend at the farm, demanding to renew the passport that does not carry even a single stamp of travel.
“This video reveals to senior officials of the Interior Ministry the quality of their authoritarian employees who use all means to humiliate citizens and deal with them arrogantly, poor citizens who have no option but to meet such employees to renew their passports and be subjected to such humiliation.”
“The educational issues in any country are not like other issues. They are the most serious and most important for people who want to advance and rise, and are racing against time to learn the different sciences they have missed. Science makes civilization and produces the best in the world,” columnist Abdulrahman Al-Awwad wrote for Al-Sabah daily.
“The issue of education in our country, thanks to God, is one of the top priorities of the government or even the public represented by the Kuwaiti family that insists on educating their children and raising them based on Science.
“Recently, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education assigned a man who appreciates the importance of Science and actively seeks development of education in the country. Minister Hamid Al-Azmi led two courageous campaigns — the first of which was to prevent cheating in different stages of education. This means the man is fully aware of the dangerous impact of intellectual fraud on society. The second was the referral of false certificates case to the Public Prosecution, which means the man is striving to implement reforms.
“In conclusion, we really need pro-reform models that play an effective role in implementing reforms. All of us need to work hard to put this great country on the right path towards civilization and progress, and this can only be achieved by Science and scientists.”
“Now, it has become clear to everyone that the fake academic degrees issue portends catastrophe in social and cultural fields, reflecting the magnitude of moral deterioration in the Kuwaiti society,” columnist Waleed Al-Rujaib wrote for Al-Rai daily.
“It seems clear to the eye that moral deterioration is the characteristic and symbol of the society. But after studying the Kuwaiti characters, we know there is a hidden culture in each society which is more advanced than the prevailing culture, effaced by the prominent and prevailing culture — the culture of immoral and uncivilized deterioration.
“The culture of corruption and theft has worsened in the last three decades. The snowball continues to grow until it became a platform for getting the rights of others and losing values of citizenship and respect for the law.
“Corruption is not limited to education, as it has become part of the social culture. Those engaged in corruption ‘climbed’ to all ministries and State bodies including academic institutions and professions.
“Even disabilities are forged in order to obtain benefits and privileges undeservingly at the expense of the disabled, in addition to the forgery of disease and overseas treatment rights. Security is threated by the national catastrophe — the forgery of citizenship.”
— Compiled by Zaki Taleb