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What is Going On?

 Back in 1945, the United Nations was created to help countries work together and keep peace. Nevertheless, some people think it's not fair because powerful countries have more say than others. It is like a big club where some members have more power than others.

Alternative Political Bodies

Smaller countries have tried to create their own groups within the United Nations to stand up for their rights. One example is the Non-Aligned Movement, which started in 1961. It is like a smaller club within the big club.

Special Legitimacy

The United States and its friends have their own idea of what's right and wrong in international law. They often use their power to veto decisions that don't benefit them. It is as if they made the rules that work for them.

Consequences

Recently, the United States defended Israel in the Gaza conflict, even when many other countries disagreed. This has caused some tension in the international community. The United States is also not a member of the International Criminal Court, but still tries to use it to cover up its actions.

These choices will have consequences in the future. The world is facing a crisis of legitimacy, and just making small changes will not fix the problem. A big deal needs to be addressed.

Source: American press

 Employee Protest

Recently, Google made headlines when they fired an employee who spoke out against the company's work for the Israeli aggression. During a presentation at an Israeli technology conference, the former Google engineer stood up and shouted, “I refuse to build technology that supports genocide or surveillance.”

Google's Response

Google confirmed the expulsion in an email to The Verge, stating that the employee disrupted an official company-sponsored event and violated company policies. The incident occurred during a presentation by Barak Regev, Google's managing director in Israel.

Project Nimbus

The engineer was protesting Project Nimbus, a $1.2 billion Israeli government contract for cloud services from Google and Amazon. The employee expressed concerns about the project putting members of the Palestinian community in danger.

Criticism and Protests

Google faced criticism over its involvement in Project Nimbus, with hundreds of employees speaking out against the deal. No Tech For Apartheid, an anti-Nimbus organization, condemned Google for silencing workers and hiding ethical failings.

Employees have organized protests at Google's offices in objection to the cloud services contract, and many have signed letters urging Google to stop sponsoring events like the Mind the Tech conference.

Source: websites

Continued Aggressions on Gaza

On the 152nd day of the war on the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army continued to target civilians waiting for food aid and bomb residential areas, resulting in many casualties. The Palestinians in the besieged Strip are also facing starvation.

Recent Aggressions

Two Palestinians were killed and 9 others were injured in a bombing at the Nabulsi roundabout in Gaza City. Another 7 were killed and at least 10 were injured near the Wadi Gaza checkpoint. Additionally, 5 people died in a bombing on a house in the Nuseirat camp.

Starvation Crisis

Dr. Ashraf Al-Qudra reported that 20 people have died due to malnutrition and dehydration. Qatar's representative to the UN called the use of food as a weapon a war crime and genocide.

Israeli Casualties

An Israeli sergeant was killed and 12 soldiers were wounded in an ambush in Hamad Town. 42 soldiers are now being treated, with 9 in serious condition. The total toll of Israeli soldiers since the war began is 587.

Confrontations in the West Bank

Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli forces in Bethlehem. 4 people were injured in Bethlehem and more in the Dheisheh camp. Germany and the Palestinian Authority condemned Israel's approval of new settlement units.

Lebanese-Israeli Border

Hezbollah carried out 3 attacks on Israeli military sites in response to attacks on southern villages. The Israeli army downed a booby-trapped drone launched by Hezbollah.

Houthi Naval Attack

An American ship was attacked in the Gulf of Aden by Houthi naval missiles, resulting in deaths and injuries. The crew rejected warnings from the group.

Ceasefire Talks

US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby mentioned a framework agreement for a six-week ceasefire, with the release of detainees and more aid. The US is working with Qatar to achieve this.

 

Source: Al Jazeera

Kuwait in a Week

March 07, 2024

  Amir opens Abdullah Al-Salem University

HH the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah attended and patronized the inauguration ceremony of Abdullah Al-Salem University (AASU) in Shuwaikh. The ceremony was attended by HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Dr Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council, President of the Court of Cassation Dr Adel Bouresli, and senior state officials. The minister of education and scientific research, Dr Adel Al-Adwani, emphasized the importance of investment in human resources, reforming education, and training youth for a competitive market.

The political leadership's continuous support contributed to the establishment of Kuwait University (KU), the nation's first university, during the reign of late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah. AASU, named after Kuwait's 11th ruler, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, was named after him. The university has three colleges: Business and Entrepreneurship, Computing and Systems, and Engineering and Energy, as well as integration studies. The university aims to provide a broad spectrum of scientific and knowledge to support the country's renaissance and development.

  Kuwait PM stresses resolve to continue combating corruption

PM stresses resolve to continue combating corruption KUWAIT -- His Highness the Premier said the government is considering carrying out with the high-speed train project to transport passengers and goods between Riyadh and Kuwait, adding that its cost is reasonable and takes into account environmental safety. His Highness the Amir's visit to the Sultanate of Oman witnessed the inauguration of al-Duqm Refinery, overlooking the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea, the Premier said, noting it is one of the pioneering projects that could be expanded in the future, and pointing out that it links Kuwait's oil exports to the world. His Highness the Amir also held talks with brothers in Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE on enhancing security, political and economic bonds and ties for wider horizons, His Highness the Premier concluded.

  The Kuwait Fund for Development has contributed to financing more than 1,000 projects over a period of 61 years

The Kuwait Fund for Development participated in an event held by the Permanent Delegation of Kuwait to the United Nations at its headquarters in New York, which brought together the Fund and many parties concerned with development affairs in Latin American and Caribbean countries and island countries. During the event, the Fund’s delegation reviewed its development contributions around the world and in this region in particular. In addition to explaining the mechanism for providing loans to finance development projects.

Acting Director General of the Kuwait Fund for Development, Walid Shamlan Al-Bahar, confirmed in a speech he delivered during the event that the Fund, as the development arm of the Kuwaiti government, has contributed to financing development projects for Arab countries and other developing countries for more than 61 years, in order to support their efforts aimed at strengthening social and economic development plans. For their people. In the same context, Al-Bahr added that the Fund has expanded the geographical scope of its operations over the past decades, to include more than 105 countries, noting that these countries have benefited from more than 1,000 loan agreements.

In turn, the representative of the permanent delegation, Ambassador Tariq Al-Bannai, said: Development was and remains the basic pillar of the United Nations system and the national plans of each of our countries. The Fund was established in 1961 to represent Kuwait’s means of contributing to the development of friendly countries around the world, as it symbolizes the support of our people. To improve the lives of others, and today's event is an integral part of our principled foreign policy to promote South-South cooperation and share in the blessings that God has bestowed on our nation.

Next Ramadan crescent Cannot Be Seen in Kuwaiti Skies

The Al-Ajiri Scientific Center has announced that the next crescent for the month of Ramadan will not be visible in the sky of Kuwait. They explained that this year, Ramadan will have a spring-like atmosphere, falling in the winter season for the next 9 years. According to their calculations, Ramadan will start falling in the winter seasons from next year onwards, with a return to coincide with the days of Al-Murabbaniyah in 4 other years starting from 2028. The weather during this time is expected to be moderate and cold until 2034.

Changes in Ramadan Seasons

The beginning of Ramadan during the winter season will bring different seasons, with longer night hours compared to daylight hours. This will result in shorter fasting hours, which are usually longer during the summer months. The year 1445 AH - 2024 AD will mark the last Ramadan in the spring season, with a return to this season after 27 years.

Sighting of the Crescent

The center confirmed that it was impossible to see the crescent of Ramadan this year in Kuwait, based on specific criteria related to its visibility in the sky. The fasting hours this year will be 13 hours and 10 minutes, with the dawn call to prayer at 4:44 in the morning, decreasing by one minute each day. The Maghrib call to prayer will be at 5:54 in the evening.

 

  “Hofath” Ramadan Celebrations in Mosques

The Kuwaiti Charitable Society (Hofath) is gearing up for its eighth Ramadan project to celebrate Ramadan nights in mosques. The project includes various activities such as Ramadan lessons, Qur’anic competitions, and Iftar tables for fasting individuals.

Preparations for Ramadan

The Hofath Association has completed its preparations for Ramadan, focusing on charitable and Quranic projects. They aim to serve the Qur’an and provide support to those in need during the holy month.

  “Al-Hayat Charity” Ramadan Campaign

Al-Hayat Charity Association is set to launch its Ramadan campaign for the current year, focusing on promoting solidarity and compassion among Muslims. The campaign includes various charitable and humanitarian projects to support communities in need.

Projects and Programs

The association’s projects range from iftar meals to clothing for orphans, aiming to provide a decent life for those affected by economic crises and conflicts. Last year, the association supported over 185,000 beneficiaries during Ramadan.

Donations can be made through the association’s website or hotline.

Kuwaiti Union of Charitable Societies and Foundations condemn Israeli Aggression

The Kuwaiti Union of Charitable Societies and Organizations strongly condemned the Israeli occupation's bombing of a Kuwaiti aid truck in the Gaza Strip. They emphasized the importance of protecting humanitarian workers in Gaza and ensuring their safety and basic human rights. The attack on the aid truck goes against humanitarian values and principles agreed upon internationally.

Support for Relief Efforts

The head of the Federation of Charitable Societies and Organizations, Saad Al-Otaibi, expressed solidarity with charities providing relief in Gaza. He reaffirmed support for their efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to those in need. The Federation is committed to assisting civilians in humanitarian crises.

Kuwait Foreign Minister Demands Occupation Abuse Stoppage

Foreign Minister Abdullah Al-Yahya called for an immediate stop to the occupation's aggression and urged for international protection for the Palestinian people. Discussions at the Arab League Council meeting focused on supporting joint Arab action and addressing the challenges in the region, particularly the events in Gaza and the occupied territories. Cooperation between Arab countries, friendly nations, and international organizations was also discussed.

“Social Reform” launches the “Musnad” Center for Sharia Sciences

The Social Reform Society in Jahra Branch just opened the Musnad Center for Sharia Sciences. This center is all about teaching and spreading knowledge about Sharia, which is super important in their society. Dr. Salem Hamad Al-Qahtani, the President of the Social Reform Society, talked about how crucial it is to focus on Sharia culture.

New Beginnings

The head of the Da’wah and Sharia Education Sector, Khaled Mufarreh, mentioned that this center is just the beginning of many projects they have planned. They want to make sure everyone in Kuwait, especially students interested in Sharia sciences, have access to this knowledge. The center will cover a wide range of topics like hadiths, jurisprudence, principles of jurisprudence, Quran interpretation, and more.

Future Projects

Mufreh also shared that they have more projects in the works to reach different age groups in Kuwaiti society. The first activity at the Musnad Center was reading a book called “The Virtues of the Month of Ramadan” by Ibn Shaheen. It was read by Sheikh Dr. Wahib Khoj Al-Taymi Al-Makki, who is an expert in Sharia and Arabic sciences.

The 27th Endowment Forum kicks off today under the slogan “30 Years of Leadership”

Another exciting event happening in Kuwait is the 27th Endowment Forum. This forum is all about celebrating the 30 years of leadership in the Waqf sector. The General Secretariat of Endowments is hosting this forum to highlight the contributions of Waqf in Kuwait and Islamic societies.

Important Achievements

The forum will showcase the achievements of the Secretariat over the past 30 years, including investment, advocacy, and strategic planning. They want to share their success stories and the impact they have had on Kuwaiti society. The forum will also feature experts from inside and outside Kuwait to share their knowledge.

Charitable societies discussed with the Al-Azhar delegation scholarship opportunities for expatriates to Egypt

Lastly, Kuwaiti charitable societies met with a delegation from Al-Azhar University to talk about scholarship opportunities for students from Arab and Islamic countries. These students faced challenges in their home countries and came to Egypt to study at Al-Azhar University. The goal is to provide educational and rehabilitation opportunities for these students.

The Charitable Organization in Kuwait appreciates the cultural role of Al-Azhar University and is working with them to support students from all over the Islamic world. They want to provide educational opportunities for those in need and promote a moderate Islamic culture.

  Honoring Winners of Al-Kharafi Quran Memorization Competition

The Al-Kharafi Quran Memorization Competition recently honored its winners in its 25th session. The competition, held annually under the patronage of former Kuwait University Director Dr. Fayza Al-Kharafi, saw participation from 47 nationalities with over 3,500 male and female contestants.

Nada Al-Kharafi's Speech

Nada Al-Kharafi, representing the ceremony's sponsor, expressed her joy in honoring the winners. She thanked Dr. Fayza Al-Kharafi for sponsoring the competition and emphasized the importance of children memorizing the Holy Qur’an. She also thanked various organizations for their efforts in caring for the contestants.

Competition Growth

The competition, initially local, has grown internationally with increasing participation each year. It was initiated by Jassim Al-Kharafi in 1997 and is now organized by the "House of the Qur’an" in Fahaheel.

 

Massacres and Battles Continue

On the 147th day of the conflict in Gaza, the Israeli army continued to commit atrocities, including the devastating "Flour Massacre" that resulted in over 110 deaths and 250 injuries. Battles between the resistance and the Israeli army are ongoing, particularly in the Al-Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City.

Israel Killed its Prisoners

The Al-Qassam Brigades reported that 7 prisoners were killed in Israeli bombings in Gaza, including 3 whose fates were previously unknown.

16 Massacres by Israel

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reported 16 massacres against families, resulting in 193 deaths and 920 injuries in the past 24 hours. The total number of casualties from the Israeli aggression has risen to 30,228 deaths and 71,377 injuries.

Losses on the Israeli Side

The Israeli army disclosed that 5 officers and soldiers were injured in the recent battles, with reports of heavy losses in an ambush in Khan Yunis. Since the ground invasion began, over 240 Israeli soldiers have been killed and 1,400 injured.

Abu Ubaida's Statement

Abu Ubaida, the spokesperson for the Al-Qassam Brigades, revealed that 7 POWs  were killed in Israeli bombings, with the total number of enemy prisoners killed possibly exceeding 70.

International Reactions

Global condemnation of the "Flour Massacre" continued, with demonstrations in various cities expressing solidarity with Gaza. An investigation by the New York Times raised doubts about the Israeli army's account of the incident.

Lebanese Front

Hezbollah targeted Israeli sites and downed a drone, while Israeli aircraft conducted raids in southern Lebanon. Hezbollah claimed to have hit an Israeli force and soldiers in settlements.

American Aid

President Joe Biden announced US plans for an airdrop of food aid to Gaza to address the worsening hunger crisis. Efforts are being made to secure a ceasefire for more aid delivery.

 

 Questioning the Numbers

The military expert  Major General Fayez Al-Duwairi says that the Israeli army's announcements about casualties in the Gaza Strip are false. They are lying. He says that a report from Israeli media shows that around 16,000 soldiers have been killed, which is a lot more than what the army is saying

Recruitment Drive

The Israeli army has reported that over 240 soldiers have been killed and more than 1,400 injured since they started invading Gaza last October. They are now calling for 14,500 more officers and soldiers to join their forces. Al-Duwairi thinks this request makes sense if the real number of casualties is as high as the report suggests.

Field Situation

Occupation Army's Actions

Al-Duwairi also mentioned that the occupation army has been facing losses in battles with resistance groups in Gaza. They recently had to withdraw from a neighborhood in Gaza City after failing to control it. He believes that after such failures, the army often retaliates by committing massacres and causing destruction.

Recent Developments

Just today, the Israeli army announced that 5 officers and soldiers were injured in battles in Gaza. There are also reports of heavy losses in an ambush in Khan Yunis, a city in the south of Gaza.

Source: Al Jazeera.

 

 Deadly Incident

Over 100 Palestinians were killed and hundreds more were injured when Israeli troops opened fire on a crowd waiting for food aid in Gaza City. The incident took place on Harun al-Rashid Street, where aid trucks carrying flour were expected to arrive. Israeli soldiers claimed they thought the Palestinians posed a threat, leading to the tragic event. Many people were also run over by the aid trucks during the chaos.

International Response

Outrage and Condemnation

The Palestinian authorities and witnesses described the incident as a massacre, as people were desperately waiting for food aid. The United Nations and various countries, including Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, and France, condemned the attack and called for Israel to respect international humanitarian laws.

Denial and Defense

The Israeli military denied the allegations of intentionally causing harm and claimed that the situation escalated due to a stampede when the aid trucks arrived. They also stated that the risk of famine in Gaza is due to the lack of sufficient food supplies entering the region.

Political Fallout

The incident occurred during negotiations between Israel and Hamas to cease Israeli aggression and allow humanitarian aid into Gaza. Despite efforts from various countries, including the US, to seek answers and condemn the killings, the situation remains tragic with no immediate breakthrough expected.

 

 Tragedies are revealed

In the 146th Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, a deadly massacre killed more than 112 people and injured more than 250 who were waiting for help in the northern part of the besieged Strip

Despite Israel’s announcement that it is withdrawing the paratrooper unit from the fighting in Gaza, the military has acknowledged that identifying and destroying Hamas’ tactics is proving challenging

U.S. president Joe Biden has said that a ceasefire in Gaza may not happen as quickly as previously expected.

"The dough that killed them."

In the northern Gaza Strip, more than 112 Palestinians lost their lives and another 800 were injured in what is now known as the "Pishta Massacre" when occupying forces targeted them as they congregated for help on the Nabulsi road towards the distance. U.S. the president expressed concern that the incident could complicate hostage negotiations.

Al Jazeera reported that the death toll had risen to 112 due to difficult counts due to heavy Israeli shelling in the area

Distribution of animals

The Jordanian Armed Forces joined forces with Oman and Bahrain to deliver aid and food aid to Gaza twice. In addition, Egyptian and Emirati aircraft dropped aid on the Gaza Strip.

There are uncertainties

The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigade signaled the fate of Israeli prisoners, indicating that Israeli families imprisoned in Gaza are now heading towards Jerusalem, some of whom may have died as a result of ongoing attacks in Gaza so.

 Violence is widespread

Two settlers were killed in a shootout near Eli's settlement in the West Bank, while Israeli forces reported killing a Palestinian near a gas station

A young man was buried after being killed by Israeli soldiers in Nablus. The number of detainees in the West Bank rose to 7,325, with 20 Palestinians now under arrest.

The actions of Hezbollah

Hezbollah attacked Israeli positions in Lebanon, causing casualties on both sides. There is speculation that Israel may conduct ground operations in southern Lebanon in the near future.

International participation

The United States and Britain launched an offensive in Yemen targeting the coastal province of Hodeida. The Houthis vowed to continue their operations in support of the Palestinians in Gaza.

These new developments highlight the ongoing conflict and tragedy in the region.

Kuwait in a Week

February 29, 2024

Al-Islah Congratulates His Highness the Emir
Dr. Khaled Extends Congratulations
In the awesome celebration happening in Kuwait called the National Days. Dr. Khaled, the Chairman of the Social Reform Society, sent his best wishes to His Highness the Emir and all the people of Kuwait for Independence Day and Liberation Day. He hopes that God will bring lots of goodness and blessings to the country.
Haffadh Sends Warmest Congratulations
Abdulaziz Al-Rifai's Message
Another cool guy, Abdulaziz Al-Rifai, who is the Chairman of the Kuwaiti Charitable Society, Haffadh, also congratulated His Highness the Emir and the people of Kuwait for National Day and Liberation Day. He hopes that God will protect Kuwait and its people from any harm.
Kuwait Mercy Caravans 3
International Mercy Society's Aid Campaign
Guess what? The International Mercy Society is starting a campaign called "Kuwait Mercy Caravans 3" to help people in need in different countries. Dr. Adnan Al-Haddad, the Deputy Director General, congratulated His Highness the Emir for the country's independence and liberation anniversaries. The campaign will provide food, relief, and medical aid to people in countries like Turkey, Jordan, Yemen, and more.
Awqaf and Namaa Charity Secretariat
2,499 Students Benefit from Sponsorship
Namaa Charity, in partnership with the General Secretariat of Endowments, is supporting 2,499 students with their university education. This project helps students who can't afford tuition fees. It's all about supporting scholars and students inside and outside Kuwait.
Kuwait: What's Happening in Gaza
75 Years of Occupation
In Kuwait, there's a discussion about the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. The Kuwaiti Ambassador to The Hague, Ali Ahmed Al-Dhafiri, spoke about the violations happening in Gaza. He mentioned that the occupation has been going on for 75 years, and it's a serious issue violating international law.

The General Secretariat of Endowments opens an educational complex in Indonesia
Bringing Education to Indonesia
The General Secretariat of Endowments recently opened an educational complex on the island of Java in Indonesia. This project was done in collaboration with the International Mercy Society. The complex, which cost 120 thousand Kuwaiti dinars, aims to provide educational opportunities for students in the region.
What's Inside the Complex?
The complex covers an area of 1,433 square meters and can accommodate around 250 students. It includes a mosque, classrooms, housing for orphans and teachers, a kitchen, and a dining hall. This facility will serve middle and high school students in the area.
“Namaa Charity” concludes its relief trip to Jordan in partnership with “Al-Maali Club”
Helping Those in Need
Nama Charity, in partnership with the Al-Maali Club, recently completed a relief trip to Jordan. During this trip, they distributed 250 food baskets and 400 heating baskets to Syrian refugees. They also visited patients' families to meet their needs and distributed 100 food baskets to Palestinian families. Additionally, they visited schools and orphanages supported by Namaa Charity in Jordan.
Commitment to Helping Others
The Director of the Relief Department at Namaa Charity, Khaled Mubarak Al-Shammari, emphasized Kuwait's commitment to aiding those in need. Through this relief trip, Namaa Charity was able to provide essential support to Syrian refugees and Palestinian families in Jordan.
Promoting Volunteerism
Namaa Charity is dedicated to promoting volunteerism and encouraging community involvement in charitable work. They provide support and training to volunteers to enhance their skills and effectiveness in serving the community. Through educational programs, Namaa Charity aims to instill a love for volunteering in future generations and raise awareness about the importance of giving back to the community.

Celebrations in Kuwait

Today is a special day in Kuwait as the country celebrates its 63rd National Day. The streets are filled with flags and there are military air shows in the sky. Musical bands are marching around, adding to the festive atmosphere.

Congratulations from Around the World

Countries from all over the world  are congratulating Prince Mishal on this important day. The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Meshaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, has received telegrams of congratulations from heads of state and leaders of countries.

History of National Day

The first National Day celebrations in Kuwait took place on June 19, 1962. Since then, Kuwait has been celebrating its independence day on February 25 every year. The late Emir Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah played a significant role in Kuwait's independence.

Constitutional Development

Since 1962, Kuwait has been working on strengthening its political system. A draft constitution was ratified in November 1962, leading to the first legislative elections on January 23, 1963.

Progress and Achievements

Since gaining independence, Kuwait has made great strides in its development. The country has established strong relations with other nations and has played a key role in regional and international cooperation efforts.

Previous Celebrations

Over the years, National Day celebrations in Kuwait have evolved. In the 1970s and 1980s, celebrations took place along the Arabian Gulf Street with the participation of various institutions and school students. In 1985, "Flag Square" was prepared to hold National Day celebrations, featuring the tallest flagpole for the Kuwaiti flag.