Monthly Archives: November 2014
A bill calling for the imposition of a five-year residency cap on foreigners in Kuwait and a ban on bringing their families into the country has been cleared by the parliament’s legal and legislative committee.
The bill, submitted by MP Abdullah Al Tamimi, also limits the size of any expatriate community to less than 10 per cent of the Kuwaiti population, now estimated to be 1.25 million. Under the proposal, no community should be larger than 125,000 people.
The Indian community, the largest in the northern Arabian Gulf country, with more than 670,000 members and the Egyptian community, the largest among Arabs with around 520,000 people, would be dramatically affected and thousands of foreigners would have to leave the country.
The Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Filipino and Syrian communities among the largest in Kuwait would also see their numbers slashed.
Under the bill, foreigners will also be banned from brining their families into the country, Kuwaiti media reported on Monday.
GCC, European Union and US citizens as well as consultants and doctors will be exempted from this provision, the committee said.
If you want to grow and make the most of your twenties, do it somewhere overseas. You have your entire life ahead of you to work — and with the way the economy looks now, you’ll be working until you die. Why plow through your best years, hoping to spend your last years doing all the stuff you could have done better in your youth?
I say quit your job and travel the world. Discover yourself on the road. Become a better you. Here are all the reasons why you should quit your job and travel instead.
You’ll regret not doing it when you’re old
No one ever comes back from time abroad and says, “Wow! Traveling sucks!” If you wait long enough, eventually you’ll probably get married, have kids, buy a house, and really set down roots. And those things are great. But you can’t just up and ditch them on a whim when you’re 35.
Travel gives you a better appreciation for what you have and focuses your priorities on what matters most: enjoying life. Don’t waste the freest, most fun decade of your life dreaming of doing something cool. Go out, explore the world, learn, and grow.
For almost 40 years, Carole Hinders has dished out Mexican specialties at her modest cash-only restaurant. For just as long, she deposited the earnings at a small bank branch a block away — until last year, when two tax agents knocked on her door and informed her that they had seized her checking account, almost $33,000.
Critics say this incentive has led to the creation of a law enforcement dragnet, with more than 100 multiagency task forces combing through bank reports, looking for accounts to seize. Under the Bank Secrecy Act, banks and other financial institutions must report cash deposits greater than $10,000. But since many criminals are aware of that requirement, banks also are supposed to report any suspicious transactions, including deposit patterns below $10,000. Last year, banks filed more than 700,000 suspicious activity reports. Owners who are caught up in structuring cases often cannot afford to fight. The median amount seized by the I.R.S. was $34,000, according to the Institute for Justice analysis, while legal costs can easily mount to $20,000 or more.
In one Long Island case, the police submitted almost a year’s worth of daily deposits by a business, ranging from $5,550 to $9,910. The officer wrote in his warrant affidavit that based on his training and experience, the pattern “is consistent with structuring.” The government seized $447,000 from the business, a cash-intensive candy and cigarette distributor that has been run by one family for 27 years.
One story is that he left a book in which he had set out all the secrets of medicine. After he died it was opened and all the pages were blank except one on which was written
“keep the head cool, the feet warm and the bowels open.”
In yet another sign of a growing climate of intolerance and fear in Pakistan, the most popular Westerner in the country has decided to call it quits.
His was easily the most familiar Western face in the country. “George ka Pakistan”, George’s Pakistan, was the name of the reality TV show which first made the British journalist famous. And after George Fulton had travelled all over the country for it, ploughing fields with Punjabi farmers and building Kalashnikovs with the Pashtuns, he was voted a real Pakistani by the audience and obtained a Pakistani passport.
He married Kiran, a Pakistani journalist, and stayed on in the country for nine years. Kiran and George hosted a morning show on television, and he began writing newspaper columns. But the more he identified with his new country, the more he started criticizing its shortcomings.
Time for a divorce
In January, it all became too much. When Punjab Governor Salman Taseer was murdered for opposing Pakistan’s blasphemy law, and his assassin was widely celebrated, Fulton decided it was time to leave. He decided to “divorce” his old love Pakistan.
“The job that I do and work that I can do is becoming increasingly difficult in terms of safety,” he explained in an interview with Deutsche Welle. “If you question a law, you can get shot in Pakistan. If you want to criticize somebody, you never know what is going to happen to you.
“I would love to resume my relationship with Pakistan but it needs to change before I can do that. Because it is a society that is increasingly intolerable to live in.”
For Fulton, Pakistan is very close to becoming a failed state. He doesn’t think democracy will last much longer.
He argues that the roots of Pakistan’s crisis lie deep: Pakistanis are divided by caste, ethnicity and religion and have little to unite them.
“The only thing that has traditionally united them, and that the army has used to great effect, is the hatred of India, which has been propagated quite effectively in the press – and cricket. And that’s not enough to sustain a country.”
Pakistan’s liberals, and he includes himself among them, have today become intimidated by the extremists, he says. However, he thinks the problems started decades ago, when liberals did nothing to oppose the wave of Islamization that started to engulf the country when Pakistan lost its eastern half, today’s Bangladesh.
“After 1971 when the idea of Pakistan as a country for the Muslims of the subcontinent failed, there was no alternative vision for the country created by the intelligentsia. It has been allowed to flounder, and there has been no concept of what Pakistan stands for, where it’s going in the near future,” he said.
He is even more pessimistic about the future: “In the next 20 years, it is estimated that the population of Pakistan will grow by 80 million. Already, three fourths of the population are under the age of 30, half of the population is under the age of 21.
So you are going to have a growing uneducated, unemployed, dissatisfied, angry youth. And that is the perfect climate and they are the perfect prey for extremists, so they can brainwash more and more people within the country.”
Author: Thomas Bärthlein
Editor: Anne Thomas