From Kuwait Elections for Parliament to American primaries-a Landscape of News, Self-Censorship, Non-sense, and the Outrageous-along with Governments & Societies Needing Reform
By Kevin Stoda in, the on-line opponent to John McCain and others
After watching the U.S. media make a fuss about Barack Obama's bad bowling this past week, it was refreshing to read some of Kuwait's daily English papers this last weekend.
That is to say--despite some self-censorship and occasional official censorship in this Gulf state, all three daily English newspapers do a better job of reporting a wider spectrum of local and international news and view than over 75 to 85 percent of the various U.S. papers I have ever read.
One article that stands out in the midst of Kuwait's national parliamentary election season was a well-written and critical diatribe from a Kuwait Times editorialist who took on the national government for recently creating an apartheid-like law in the past month, whereby a non-Kuwaiti can be kicked out of the country for driving through a red light.
KICKED OUT OF KUWAIT FOR A RED LIGHT?
The politically timely editorial by Abdallah Al-Otaibi was entitled "Red Light: A Nightmare that Haunts Expats". It appeared in the April 20, 2008 Kuwait Times. The article was targeted at both Kuwaiti citizenry and to the government in support of the 67% of the population who don't hold Kuwait citizenship. The article was in response to an event last week, whereby a Syrian citizen was deported from Kuwait for running a red light.