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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

 

 Abu Ubaida's Concerns

Abu Ubaida, the spokesperson for the Al-Qassam Brigades, which is the military arm of Hamas, recently spoke out about the dire situation in Gaza. He mentioned that the famine affecting Gaza has now reached the prisoners of the Israeli occupation. Some of these prisoners are facing serious health issues due to lack of food and medicine.

Deception in Negotiations

Abu Ubaida also addressed the ongoing ceasefire negotiations, stating that the occupation government is not being honest. He emphasized that for any deal to be made, the aggression must stop, forces must withdraw, displaced persons must return, and reconstruction must begin.

Double Standards

American Administration's Response

Abu Ubaida criticized the American administration for showing concern over a small number of Israeli prisoners while ignoring the suffering of the Palestinian people. He called out their double standards and lack of regard for human rights.

Barbaric Aggression

Abu Ubaida revealed that the occupation had planned its aggressive actions before the events of October 7th. He stated that the Palestinian people responded to this aggression with the October 7th epic, standing up against attempts to Judaize and destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Call to Action

Abu Ubaida urged Palestinians in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and occupied Palestine to stand up and protect Al-Aqsa. He also called on Muslims worldwide to mobilize and confront the occupation's arrogance.

Source: Al Jazeera

 

Reflection on the War

Israeli writer Gideon Levy believes that after 150 days of war in Gaza, Israel has not gained any strength or safety. In fact, he argues that the country is not more popular, united, or proud of itself.

Harsh Realities

Levy wrote in Haaretz that the past days of war have been tough and have not benefited Israel in any way. He believes that Hamas has actually emerged stronger, despite losing many fighters.

Public Opinion

Surprisingly, Levy notes that most Israelis still support the war, even after months of destruction and international backlash. Israel is now seen as a pariah and faces economic challenges.

The Darkest Days

Levy describes the past few months as the darkest in Israel's history. The country is now less secure, faces global sanctions, and risks losing American support. The war has also damaged Israel's democratic institutions.

International Standing

Israel's reputation has suffered greatly, and its relations with the United States have deteriorated. The ongoing violence and displacement have only fueled more hatred towards Israel.

The Future Outlook

Levy is not optimistic about the future, as long as Israel refuses to consider fundamental changes. He compares the mindset of continuing the war to that of a gambler who keeps betting despite losing everything.

Moral Ambiguity

Levy questions the morality of believing that killing thousands of Palestinians will bring peace to Gaza. He urges Israelis to reflect on the true costs of the war and consider if it was truly necessary.

Source: Haaretz

 

Intensified Attacks

On the 154th day of the war on Gaza, the Israeli forces increased their airstrikes and artillery bombardment in different parts of the Strip. Meanwhile, hunger is becoming a serious threat to many people trapped in northern Gaza.

Demands for a New Deal

The spokesperson for the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, stated that any new exchange deal must include stopping the aggression, withdrawing military forces, providing relief for the population, allowing the return of displaced individuals, and reconstructing Gaza.

Attacks in the Red Sea

Two explosions near a ship off the coast of Yemen have been reported. The Houthis have claimed responsibility for targeting Israeli ships in the Red Sea, Bab al-Mandab Strait, and Gulf of Aden in recent months.

Increasing Casualties

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reported a total of 30,878 deaths and 72,402 injuries since October 7 due to Israeli aggression. The ministry also mentioned 8 massacres in the past 24 hours, with a majority of victims being women and children.

Hamas Response

Hamas rejected the results of an Israeli army investigation into the "flour massacre" that occurred west of Gaza City. They described the investigation as misleading and false, emphasizing that Palestinians were deliberately targeted.

UN Warning

The UN Human Rights Commissioner warned that expanding settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories is a war crime and hinders the possibility of a viable Palestinian state.

Prisoner Exchange Negotiations

Hamas spokesperson emphasized the importance of a ceasefire in negotiations for a prisoner exchange. They highlighted the dire situation faced by prisoners due to illness and lack of resources.

Expectations of Aid Corridor

An aid corridor to Gaza is expected to start operating soon, following approval from Israel. This initiative aims to deliver much-needed aid to the people in Gaza.

Possible Ground Operation in Lebanon

Hezbollah reported the killing of its members in Israeli bombings in southern Lebanon. Israeli Chief of Staff is preparing plans for a potential ground operation in Lebanon, drawing lessons from the Gaza conflict.

Martyrs because of the fall of aid funds

Something terrible happened on the 154th day of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip. The government media office in Gaza reported that 5 Palestinians lost their lives and many others were injured when humanitarian aid was dropped from planes. The aid boxes didn't land properly and ended up falling on people's heads.

Eyewitness Accounts

Eyewitnesses saw planes dropping lots of aid boxes, but some of them didn't open their parachutes correctly. This caused the boxes to fall quickly on groups of Palestinians who were waiting for them to land. The boxes fell on Palestinian gatherings north of the Beach Camp and on Al-Jalaa Street north of Gaza City.

Tragic Consequences

Witnesses and Palestinian medical sources said that the falling boxes resulted in the deaths of some Palestinians and injuries to others who were eagerly waiting for the aid. This was a heartbreaking accident that shocked everyone in the area.

Source: Al Jazeera

 

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.