‘Move now to foil schemes’

‘Tragic fate stares in our eyes’

Arab Times - - LOCAL - — Compiled by Zaki Taleb

“THE term of con­spir­acy means deeds and agree­ments that may be wo­ven in to­tal se­crecy to as­sas­si­nate in­di­vid­u­als or their rights by mak­ing truth seem in­sid­i­ous and false,” colum­nist Mustafa Al-Sar­raf wrote for Al-Qabas daily.

“Take for ex­am­ple, the Sykes-Pi­cot agree­ment, con­cluded in 1916 be­tween France and Bri­tain, and rat­i­fied by the Rus­sian Em­pire to di­vide the Arab re­gion, which was un­der Ot­toman rule.

“How­ever, fol­low­ing the ex­am­ple of the Ot­toman Em­pire in World War I, the so-called Bal­four Dec­la­ra­tion was is­sued on Nov 2, 1917 by the then Bri­tish For­eign sec­re­tary Arthur James Bal­four whereby the Jews were granted a home­land on Pales­tine land.

“In other words, and based on th­ese un­der­stand­ings Pales­tine was sub­jected to the rule un­der the Bri­tish, French and Czarist Rus­sia, given the fact the rel­e­vant agree­ment was ex­posed only post the Com­mu­nist Rev­o­lu­tion in Rus­sia.

“How­ever, fol­low­ing this de­vel­op­ment, both Bri­tain and France had un­der­taken to im­ple­ment this agree­ment (Sykes-Pi­cot agree­ment) se­cretly through many sce­nar­ios and this was con­firmed by fur­ther agree­ments.

“The Bri­tish colo­nial­ist in­ten­tions were aimed at plant­ing the Zion­ist en­tity to be the spear­head and make a pil­lar to pro­tect the in­flu­ence of Western colo­nial­ism.

“They con­tin­ued to im­ple­ment it, and the Arab world was di­vided into ar­eas of in­flu­ence be­tween them ac­cord­ingly, given the fact this scheme per­sisted un­til the out­set of the Grand Arab rev­o­lu­tion in ad­di­tion to the dec­la­ra­tion of Iraq as an in­de­pen­dent state in 1932, while Syria got its in­de­pen­dence in 1946.

“And be­fore that, Le­banon was de­clared in­de­pen­dent as a sep­a­rate en­tity in 1943. Be­fore the above de­vel­op­ment, Turkey had an­nexed the north­ern prov­ince of Syria (in 1937 dur­ing the reign of the then Turk­ish pres­i­dent Mustafa Ke­mal Ataturk).

“For their part, the Bri­tish re­lin­quished Pales­tine in 1948 and this de­vel­op­ment wit­nessed at the out­set the ArabIs­raeli Zion­ist strug­gle.

“How­ever, through the un­lim­ited sup­port that was ex­tended by Bri­tain, France, the United States and some other Western states, it was ob­vi­ous that th­ese states were at­tach­ing hopes to the role to be played by the Zion­ist en­tity in the re­gion as a pro­tec­tor of the Zion­ist/Im­pe­ri­al­is­tic in­ter­ests in the Arab re­gion.

“Not just that, this en­tity was to play the role of spear­head that shall re­ceive the sup­port and the as­sis­tance from Western Im­pe­ri­al­ism. In other words, when this en­tity achieved its ex­is­tence in the re­gion with Western sup­port, it was ob­vi­ous that the forth­com­ing phase was to be the phase of sup­port for both this en­tity and the Western mil­i­tary bases in the re­gion.

“And this is what was un­der­taken by Is­rael by car­ry­ing out a net­work of high­ways and rail­ways to trans­port the troops as well as for sup­port­ing Western troops and this was what had been planned se­cretly and un­der the ta­ble of un­der­stand­ings.

“But the is­sue was re­vealed and the con­spir­acy be­came a re­al­ity in which we are liv­ing. Such be­ing the case, un­less we move to foil this scheme, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the same shall con­sti­tute a tragic fate for us as well as for the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

“The United Na­tions marks De­cem­ber 10 of every year as the an­niver­sary of The Univer­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights which was ini­tially en­acted by the French Rev­o­lu­tion (that erupted on July 14, 1789),” colum­nist Adel Nayef Al-Mezel wrote for Al-Anba daily.

“How­ever, this dec­la­ra­tion con­tained the right for dig­nity, free­dom, work, equal­ity, jus­tice, be­lief, self-de­fense un­der fair judg­ments. In other words, although this dec­la­ra­tion car­ries a bright pic­ture for the hu­man rights and his/her dig­nity as a hu­man be­ing and re­serves the right to ex­press freely his/her opin­ion and breathe the air of free­dom, the re­al­ity shows some­thing else.

“We say the above, be­cause those who have un­der­taken to pro­tect the hu­man rights through the adop­tion of the dec­la­ra­tion in ques­tion un­der the dome of the United Na­tions, are ac­tu­ally the first peo­ple who un­der­mined hu­man rights and vi­o­late them.

“They have killed peo­ple and di­vided the world into rich and poor and into black and white, let alone that their jails are full of po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers. In other words, they have de­filed hu­man rights and in­sulted his/her dig­nity – aren’t th­ese states cur­rently in­volved in overtly sup­port­ing Is­rael?

“Aren’t they in­volved in pro­vid­ing it (Is­rael) with equip­ment, weapons, funds and men to de­stroy the Pales­tini­ans homes and turn in­fra­struc­ture into a pile of con­crete and iron and forced Pales­tini­ans to live in shel­ters with­out job, food and medicine? Aren’t the sup­port govern­ments which are in­volved in per­se­cut­ing their peo­ple do­ing this for their self­ish in­ter­ests?

“It is need­less to say, hu­man rights are not just a dec­la­ra­tion, rather rep­re­sent a civ­i­lized be­hav­ior to be prac­ticed by the State for the sake of guar­an­tee­ing the right of every cit­i­zen se­cretly and overtly, but un­for­tu­nately, most of the states which are boast­ing that they have signed the Univer­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Right are cur­rently prac­tic­ing the most bru­tal per­se­cu­tion and in­jus­tice against their peo­ples, let alone th­ese states, can be held ac­count­able for ram­pant ter­ror­ism phe­nom­ena.”

“The French peo­ple’s move­ment, called the ‘yel­low jack­ets’, won the French peo­ple’s man­date to im­prove their stan­dard of liv­ing, stop the new fuel tax and open a six-month na­tional de­bate to re­view the French tax sys­tem for so­cial jus­tice and raise taxes on the rich and wealthy. It is a set­back for French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron, who is in charge of global trade and in­dus­trial power,” colum­nist Ab­dul­mohsen Juma’a wrote for

Al-Jarida daily. “Pres­i­dent Macron, who had spo­ken hours be­fore the man­date with strict rigor against the ri­ot­ers, as the French pro­test­ers called it, re­tracted his tone and his Prime Min­is­ter Ed­ward Philippe, who met rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Yel­low Jack­ets move­ment, an­nounced the sus­pen­sion of fuel price in­creases and the open­ing of a na­tional di­a­logue cov­er­ing the en­tire tax sys­tem which is com­plex in France, while the move­ment spread to other Euro­pean capitals.

“A few days ago, a White House source de­scribed Gen­eral Mo­tors’ de­ci­sion to close four fac­to­ries in the United States, a fac­tory in Canada, and the dis­place­ment of thou­sands of work­ers as a ‘greedy de­ci­sion.’ Th­ese plants were not los­ing, but they were mak­ing small prof­its. With­out any con­sid­er­a­tion for the so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity of that res­o­lu­tion re­flects the great crises caused by un­con­trolled and greedy cap­i­tal­ism.

“The con­se­quences of glob­al­iza­tion and un­bri­dled cap­i­tal­ism are the out­break of so­cial and eco­nomic crises and ex­trem­ism around the world. Amer­ica or ‘glob­al­iza­tion’ is re­treat­ing, re-im­pos­ing taxes and du­ties on im­ported goods, and the Amer­i­can and Euro­pean elec­torate elects those who prom­ise to re­store jobs, even if they are un­bal­anced and ex­treme.

“Amer­i­can ‘ex­trem­ist’ Don­ald Trump and ex­trem­ist par­ties in Europe, who are hos­tile to im­mi­grants be­cause they share their wealth with the Euro­peans, win the elec­tions. Last Sun­day, the ex­treme and hos­tile ‘FOX’ party won the elec­tions in Spain.”

“Ar­ti­cles of the Con­sti­tu­tion are very clear, clauses of laws are straight­for­ward and reg­u­la­tions are firm but the out­come is shock­ing. The first to vi­o­late this Con­sti­tu­tion are some mem­bers of the Par­lia­ment and this has been hap­pen­ing since its first ses­sion in history,” colum­nist Pro­fes­sor Nouriya Al-Roumi wrote for Al-Shahid daily.

“De­spite the per­sis­tence of HH the Amir in his an­nual speeches dur­ing the open­ing of Par­lia­ment with re­gard to re­spect­ing the law and ad­her­ing to its frame­work, there have been many times when mem­bers of the Par­lia­ment start to ex­pose their lack of faith in the law im­me­di­ately after win­ning the seats and pledg­ing to pro­tect the Con­sti­tu­tion and serv­ing in fa­vor of the supreme wel­fare of the coun­try and its peo­ple.

“We stand by MPs who strive to lift in­jus­tice and re­store rights which have been wrong­fully de­prived in any as­pect. How­ever, some have be­come the ‘man­doub’ of their par­ties or even tribes. They roam around min­istries and other gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions, search­ing for ‘wasta’ to im­prove their po­lit­i­cal mileage or serve per­sonal in­ter­ests.

“Th­ese Par­lia­ment mem­bers failed to ex­e­cute their man­dates ef­fec­tively. As a re­sult, the peo­ple dis­re­gard them for their poor per­for­mance and they lose the trust of the peo­ple, es­pe­cially the youths – fu­ture gen­er­a­tion.”

“The state­ments by the CEO of Touris­tic En­ter­prises Com­pany Ab­dul-Wa­hab Al-Mar­zouq, which he pre­sented through a power point in a re­cent meet­ing at the mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil proved that peo­ple in Kuwait do not have a prob­lem with cash-flow as much as we do with de­vel­op­ment and keep­ing up with the world in terms of ad­min­is­tra­tive ad­vance­ment,” colum­nist

Zayd Al-Zayed wrote for Al-Na­har daily. “In that pre­sen­ta­tion, which was pub­lished in de­tails by the lo­cal news­pa­pers, Touris­tic En­ter­prises Com­pany did not make men­tion of any new touris­tic scheme that keeps up with ma­jor de­vel­op­ment in the con­struc­tion of entertainment cities around the world or even in the coun­tries sur­round­ing us. The UAE and Bahrain have opened world class entertainment cities whereas Saudi Ara­bia is plan­ning sim­i­lar schemes for its vi­sion 2030.

“I wish de­vel­op­ment plan for our lo­cal entertainment or rather touris­tic do­mains would be of rea­son­able cost, so that we can ex­cuse this com­pany from car­ry­ing out new projects- given that it re­quested KD 900 mil­lion from the gov­ern­ment as de­vel­op­ment cap­i­tal for the ‘bal­a­jat’ project and entertainment city projects. Ex­perts say the sum is enough to build scores of new entertainment cities in Kuwait. How shock­ing is that?”

“The poor con­di­tion of roads in Kuwait was no­ticed a long time ago but we have yet to find a last­ing so­lu­tion to the sit­u­a­tion,” colum­nist Ab­dul­rah­man

Al-Awad wrote for Al-Sabah daily. “Nei­ther the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tees nor par­lia­men­tary ques­tion­ing or res­ig­na­tion of some of­fi­cials in charge of af­fairs has been able to bring this very prob­lem to an end. We still see large num­bers of ve­hi­cles on the pave­ments due to tire punc­ture and oth­ers un­der­go­ing re­pair due to the glass be­ing dam­aged by fly­ing gravel.

“Neigh­bor­ing coun­tries have taken ad­vanced steps to­ward es­tab­lish­ing nu­clear re­ac­tors while we bother our­selves dis­cussing the best as­phalt mix to be used for our roads. What ad­vance­ment and de­vel­op­ment are we talk­ing about while our roads are throw­ing stones on the road users – ci­ti­zens and ex­pa­tri­ate – and caus­ing huge dam­age? The dam­age goes be­yond ma­te­rial when the fly­ing stone hits road-users in the head.

“The Ex­ec­u­tive and Leg­isla­tive Author­i­ties are re­quested to meet in the short­est pos­si­ble time. The is­sue is so se­ri­ous that it de­serves al­lo­cat­ing a full day to dis­cuss it in or­der to find the real rea­sons be­hind the is­sue and rad­i­cal so­lu­tion as a mat­ter of ur­gency. It is no longer ac­cept­able that roads in one of the rich­est coun­tries in the world should re­main in such a mis­er­able con­di­tion.”

“Founder of the new global or­der Ge­orge Bush Se­nior whose in­dices we saw hov­er­ing over the global hori­zon in par­al­lel with the cold war his pre­de­ces­sors promised to end when he stood up to ad­dress the world is gone,” Ahmad Bin Bar­jas wrote for AlSeyas­sah daily. “He said, ‘Amer­ica does not act un­less it is con­vinced about the high eth­i­cal prin­ci­ples. To­day, we (re­fer­ring to Amer­i­cans) are a peo­ple with the goal of mak­ing the faces of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity more friendly and the sur­face of the earth more se­cure.’ Ge­orge Bush Se­nior who en­sured cred­i­bil­ity of the United States by re­fer­ring to it as the world su­per power, which saw end­ing com­mu­nism in East­ern Europe with the col­lapse of the Soviet Union, is gone.

“Ge­orge Bush Se­nior who said at the ini­tial stage of the Iraqi in­va­sion of Kuwait, ‘This sit­u­a­tion will not con­tinue, be­cause it is an af­front against Kuwait,’ is gone. Ge­orge Bush Se­nior is gone but he will al­ways re­main in the mem­ory of Kuwait and its peo­ple due to the hon­or­able and sin­cere role he played in chal­leng­ing the crim­i­nal at­tack against our coun­try with strong de­ter­mi­na­tion and con­vic­tion.”

Al-Sar­raf

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