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Being stateless in a state

Being stateless in a state

 

 

By Chidi Emmanuel

 

Sitting quietly in a shanty house in Sulaibiya, 62-year-old Mohammed couldn’t contain his tears as he narrated his life and family ordeals as a bedoon (stateless resident). “You can see where and how we are living,” he said as he opened a small cubicle where he has been living with his family for over 12 years. In a narrow alleyway near his house, Mohammed’s children (aged 5 to 12) could be seen…

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Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on June 18, 2015 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Domestic violence...Men the victims this time

Men getting battered too

By Chidi Emmanuel

 

It is 9.48 pm and Kadri A is still sitting in his Mishref office with hands on his cheeks. “We close by 8.30 pm, but I am still here, trying to avoid trouble at home,” he said in dismay. Initially, Kadri didn’t want to narrate his ordeal, but after much pressure and persuasion, he opened up.

“I know you will not believe me if I tell you this. My wife is my problem. We have been married for four years now. The first year…

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Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on June 18, 2015 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Consanguineous marriage - pros and cons

Consanguineous marriage - pros and cons

Traditionally in the Middle East, people prefer to marry those with whom they share tribal, clan or lineage affiliations. Cousin marriage is common in Kuwait and the region – encouraged by familial, social and economic ties. It is considered to increase family cohesion, minimize marital burdens (in particular, the financial burden on the husband), assure…

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Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on June 18, 2015 at 3:49pm — No Comments

The Meat Co: A must-visit dining destination

The Meat Co: A must-visit dining destination

By Chidi Emmanuel

KUWAIT: It is hard to resist the luscious aroma while entering the first floor (left side) of the 360 mall. Fresh, quality and healthy foods, blended with samples of creative and juicy cocktails, await you as you glance through the extensive menu at The Meat Co. The interior design of the restaurant is inviting as it welcomes tourists, families, couples, corporate groups and local residents alike. The exquisite…

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Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on April 25, 2013 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Reactions mixed in Kuwait as US votes

Reactions mixed in Kuwait as US votes

 

By Chidi Emmanuel, Staff Writer

 

KUWAIT: From North to the South Pole, all eyes were glued to the television sets yesterday as Americans voted in a nail-biting presidential election marked by the spartanly different visions of the Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. For most American voters, this electioneering campaign was all about the economy and jobs, but for…

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Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on November 13, 2012 at 7:08pm — No Comments

Vintage Wonders by Chidi Emmanuel

Vintage Wonders

 

By Chidi Emmanuel

With vintage four-wheeled beauties ranging from 1904 to 2012, the Kuwait Historical, Vintage and Classic Car Museum is where history meets modernity. Home to a collection of more than 40 historic and classic car models, it is Kuwait’s first museum specializing in vintage cars. According to the Head of Committees of Historical Vintage & Classic Cars Museum Mustafa Ali Makhseed, the museum is aimed at restoring Kuwait to the…

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Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on October 7, 2012 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Being gay in conservative Kuwait

Being gay in conservative Kuwait

KUWAIT: Clutching a handbag with one hand and a male friend with the other hand, Bryan, an expatriate of Asian origin was spotted in one of the shops in Avenues buying clothes and some watches along side with (her) boyfriend. Bryan’s attractive sexy cat walk and body movement could budge any man within the neighborhood. With a quasi-bootylicious and curved figure-eight body, Bryan appears to have all it takes to be a woman. But guess what? He is not…

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Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on July 12, 2012 at 1:28pm — No Comments

EURO 2012 co-hosts prove doomsayers wrong

EURO 2012 co-hosts prove doomsayers wrong

 

 

KUWAIT: First Counselor of the Polish Embassy in Kuwait Roman Strzemiecki has described the EURO 2012 Football Championship co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine as a ‘resounding success’. Speaking to the press ahead of the final match in Kiev, Strzemiecki said it was the biggest event of that kind in Eastern Europe since the collapse of the communist system more than 20 years…

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Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on June 29, 2012 at 2:01pm — 1 Comment

Prostitution trade thrives in Kuwait

Prostitutions, pimps change style amid police crackdown

 

 

Underground ‘flesh market’ booming in ‘staid’ Kuwait

 

By Chidi Emmanuel

 

KUWAIT: Holding a shopping bag, an umbrella and a mobile phone, Jayanti (who claimed to be from North India) could be mistaken as a working class lady who was just coming out of a shopping mall. But after a chat with a Kuwait Times reporter who posed as an undercover ‘customer’, Jayanti revealed her true…

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Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on June 21, 2012 at 3:22pm — 1 Comment

Africans celebrate ‘Africa Day’ in style

African envoys highlight cultural and economic potential

Africans celebrate ‘Africa Day’ in style

 

By Chidi Emmanuel

KUWAIT: Africans, Kuwaitis and expatriates converged at the Regency Hotel on Tuesday to celebrate the Africa Day. It is an annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), presently known as the African Union (AU). Its aim is to celebrate African diversity and success and to highlight the cultural and economic…

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Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on May 31, 2012 at 6:09pm — 1 Comment

Real Madrid, Ronaldo mesmerize Kuwait

Spanish giants blank Kuwait 2-0 Real, Ronaldo mesmerize Kuwait By Chidi Emmanuel KUWAIT: Activities in Kuwait were brought to a halt yesterday evening as the Spanish La Liga champions played with the Kuwait national team at the Al-Kuwait Sports Club stadium in Kaifan. The stadium was filled to capacity as Kuwaiti youths, fans and families struggled to catch a glimpse of the Madrid team. The match, which Real won 2-0, started with lots of pomp and peasantries. There were colorful fireworks…

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Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on May 17, 2012 at 12:20am — No Comments

Pension for foreign workers in Kuwait?

Pension for foreign

workers in Kuwait?

 

By Chidi Emmanuel

KUWAIT: Before leaving Kuwait finally, Charlie Dag was wondering what life is going to look like in his home country Ivory Coast - having spent most of his youthful and useful years in Kuwait. Without a permanent residence or any pension scheme, the future looked bleak as he navigated through the immigration counters at Kuwait airport on his way back home. “I am glad and sad at the same time. I am happy…

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Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on April 21, 2012 at 5:38pm — No Comments

Cousin marriages - Keeping it in the family

Cousin marriages - Keeping it in the family

By Chidi Emmanuel

 

KUWAIT: Marriage between cousins is a very old tradition in this part of the world. It has both cultural and religious ties. In some religions, it is acceptable, for example in Islam. But in others it is forbidden, for example among some Hindus, Christian and Sikh religious groups. There are many reasons for cousins to marry. Marrying in a known family so as to adjust easily, keeping the family’s…

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Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on April 5, 2012 at 4:56pm — No Comments

Cousin marriages - Keeping it in the family

Cousin marriages - Keeping it in the family

By Chidi Emmaruel

 

KUWAIT: Marriage between cousins is a very old tradition in this part of the world. It has both cultural and religious ties. In some religions, it is acceptable, for example in Islam. But in others it is forbidden, for example among some Hindus, Christian and Sikh religious groups. There are many reasons for cousins to marry. Marrying in a known family so as to adjust easily, keeping the family’s…

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Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on April 5, 2012 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Expatriates lament ugly side of Kuwait

Feeling thirsty in an ocean full of water

 

 

Expatriates lament ugly side of Kuwait

 

 

By Chidi Emmanuel

KUWAIT: Oil-rich Kuwait is not an exception to criticisms. Just like other nations in the region, Kuwait has its ugly side. Having been slammed many times by civil society organizations on the issues of human rights, women's rights, democratic rights, religious freedom and bedoons among others, expatriates in Kuwait are voicing their…

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Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on March 17, 2012 at 6:59pm — 1 Comment

Expatriates lament ugly side of Kuwait

Feeling thirsty in an ocean full of water

 

 

Expatriates lament

ugly side of Kuwait

 

 

By Chidi Emmanuel

KUWAIT: Oil-rich Kuwait is not an exception to criticisms. Just like other nations in the region, Kuwait has its ugly side. Having been slammed many times by civil society organizations on the issues of human rights, women's rights, democratic rights, religious freedom and bedoons among others, expatriates in Kuwait are voicing…

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Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on March 17, 2012 at 6:58pm — No Comments

Audi unveils its e-tron quattro

Audi unveils its e-tron quattro,

plans big showroom in Kuwait

 

By Chidi Emmanuel

INGOLSTADT, Germany: Audi has set the bar high for motorsports as it unveiled its latest prototype e-tron Quattro in Ingolstadt, Germany. The Audi R18 e-tron quattro is the first Audi race car which no longer accelerated exclusively by a combustion engine. With its partially electrified hybrid drive e-tron quattro, the prototype hails a new era in LMP1 sports cars. “The project…

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Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on March 8, 2012 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Audi’s Vorsprung durch Technik

Audi records healthy surplus, launches new products

 

Audi’s Vorsprung durch Technik

 

By Chidi Emmanuel

INGOLSTADT, Germany: In the midst of the turbulent global economic woos, 2011 was the most successful year for Audi as it surpasses the 1.3 million mark in the number of new cars delivered to its customers. The auto giant successfully launched 12 exquisite models onto the market ranging from a compact SUV to a full size luxury sedan. Audi sales revenues…

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Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on March 8, 2012 at 5:51pm — No Comments

Audi unveils its e-tron quattro,

Audi unveils its e-tron quattro,

plans big showroom in Kuwait

 

By Chidi Emmanuel

 

 

INGOLSTADT, Germany: Audi has set the bar high for motorsports as it unveiled its latest prototype e-tron Quattro in Ingolstadt, Germany. The Audi R18 e-tron quattro is the first Audi race car which no longer accelerated exclusively by a combustion engine. With its partially electrified hybrid drive e-tron quattro, the prototype hails a new era in LMP1 sports…

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Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on March 8, 2012 at 5:47pm — 1 Comment

Panic, chaos as sandstorm hits Kuwait airport

Tragedy averted as Kuwait-bound flight lands in Saudi

 

 

Panic, chaos as sandstorm hits Kuwait airport

 

By Chidi Emmanuel

KUWAIT: The Kuwait Airport came to a standstill for some hours yesterday after the airport’s navigation systems stopped working due the sandstorm that hit Kuwait in early hours. It was a chaotic scene at the airport as passengers scrambled for information about their flights. Some flights were cancelled while many were…

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Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on March 4, 2012 at 7:33pm — 1 Comment

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