Mona Al-Fuzai rapes Kuwait.

07Jun07

As some of you know, Mona Al-Fuzai has written a ridiculous article discussing what not to do in Kuwait (and the prevalence of rape by taxi drivers and bosses). I chose not to directly bring up the issue on my blog as Mark had posted about it here.

The Kuwait Times has decided to pull the article from their website, perhaps the editor decided to actually read it this time around.Mona Al-Fuzai has written a reply in the Kuwait Times to the criticism online. I felt the need to respond to certain parts of her reply, as there are various things i disagree with (in addition to the various inconsistencies).

Mona:
Furthermore, no one could disprove the truth of what I had written, even though it was an exaggerated satire.

You can not use sarcasm and comedy when inciting that rape is commonplace in Kuwait; and then have the article printed in a newspaper. Newspapers are held to a certain standard to provide its readers with credible news backed by evidence. Writing a ‘comedic’ view on rape and being a foreigner in Kuwait in a sarcastic tone is not acceptable by any standards. As for disproving the ‘truth’, I suggest you include evidence or facts as to the number of women raped by speaking to Taxi Driver or Bosses.

Mona:
What is the rule of journalism? Is it to print colored pictures of pretty girls, singers and celebrity news? Is this what many people want to read and learn about nowadays?

From Wikipedia: Journalism is a discipline of gathering, writing and reporting news, and more broadly it includes the process of editing and presenting the news articles. Journalism applies to various media, including newspapers, magazines, radio, and television.

So to answer the hypothetical question, yes, Journalism does apply to ‘printing colored picture of pretty girls’ among other things. Printing a ‘exaggerated satire’ as a newsarticle about women being raped by speaking to men is not really considered proper Journalism.

Mona:
A real press is one who encourages many Kuwaitis to work for the betterment of the country and believe in their abilities to make Kuwait better by their own pens with their real names open for every one to see and not hide behind fake names and fake email addresses.

If a ‘real press’ is about working for the betterment of their country, then why should it matter if they are using anonymous names.

Mona:
How are we supposed to develop and advance if we ignore our nation’s problems and do nothing for our country except hang out in the malls and say, “Wow, how dare he/she talk about Kuwait like that???”

How are we supposed to develop if women (and foreigners alike) are threatened by living in Kuwait due to the ‘exaggerated satire’ article on being raped.

Mona:
For those who sent me nasty emails asking if I’m a Kuwaiti or threatening me or questioning my right to criticize Kuwait, I say shut up.

The title of your article was ‘Free press, free opinion: This is my Kuwait’; therefore your entitled to the same opinion as the people criticizing your article. What goes around comes around, do not expect people to respect your opinion if you start the article telling them to shut up.

Mona:
Giving advice to others in order to help them avoid possible risk or commit mistakes is the Islamic way. You can read more in the Islamic Sunna from the life of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) to learn how important it is to give advice and what blessings you can get out of it.

Interesting, I wonder what is the position of the Islamic Sunna when telling people to ‘shut up’ and writing an ‘exaggerated satire’ about being raped (I am beating a dead horse here) .In short, the original article was by far the most warped and slanted article about life in Kuwait. The reply, to the online criticism, was even worse. I truly hope that Kuwait Times can hold itself to a higher standard and read articles before they print them. To Mona Al-Fuzai, I am sure that you had the right intentions when you decided to write the original article however, you failed miserably. As for the reply, please read over your articles before you decide to submit them.

(FWIW, the majority of people that read my blog know my name and who I am .. chalking this up to another ‘fake name’ is quite petty)



52 Responses to “Mona Al-Fuzai rapes Kuwait.”

  1. 1 bosale7

    الحقيقة
    الكاتبة هذي متناقضة وعارفة انها غلطانة …لكن نزاع الميت كله رفس

    تبي تصلح البلد تحط المشاكل مع الحلول ..مو تنشر كلام مبالغ فيه وتخوف الناس بدون ما توجه وتقترح حلول وتخاف على سمعة البلد واقتصاده
    تفاهة وتافهة
    شكرا لمتابعتك
    تحياتي

  2. Your title is amazing.
    Very chilling.

    (after reading her reply all i can say is she dug herself in a deeper hole)

  3. 3 Adam

    Way to go,

    I wrote a couple of emails to her, but i cant seem to summarise and describe her last article quite as well as u did. I wish she would peer into this blog to get an idea of the way writing should be. You managed to get a point across in defence without being pretentious, rude or aggresive.

    *takes hat off to you*

  4. 4 forzaq8

    nice write up K
    also wanted to add one thing
    she talk about Islamic Sunna , but it seem she didn’t read much of it else she would read

    الجامع الصغير. الإصدار 3,22 – لجلال الدين السيوطي
    المجلد الثالث >> [تتمة باب حرف الألف]

    2606 – إنما هما اثنتان: الكلام، والهدي. فأحسن الكلام كلام الله، وأحسن الهدي هدي محمد. ألا وإياكم ومحدثات الأمور، فإن شر الأمور محدثاتها، وكل محدثة بدعة، وكل بدعة ضلالة. ألا لا يطولن عليكم الأمد فتقسو قلوبكم. ألا إن كل ما هو آت قريب، وإنما البعيد ما ليس بآت. ألا إنما الشقي من شقي في بطن أمه، والسعيد من وعظ بغيره. ألا إن قتال المؤمن كفر، وسبابه فسوق، ولا يحل لمسلم أن يهجر أخاه فوق ثلاث. ألا وإياكم والكذب، فإن الكذب لا يصلح لا بالجد ولا بالهزل، ولا يعد الرجل صبيه لا يفي له. وإن الكذب يهدي إلى الفجور، وإن الفجور يهدي إلى النار. وإن الصدق يهدي إلى البر، وإن البر يهدي إلى الجنة، وإنه يقال للصادق: صدق وبر، ويقال للكاذب: كذب وفجر. ألا وإن العبد يكذب حتى يكتب عند الله كذابا
    التخريج (مفصلا): ابن ماجة عن ابن مسعود
    تصحيح السيوطي: حسن

    part to notice is
    ” فإن الكذب لا يصلح لا بالجد ولا بالهزل ”
    lying is not righted with neither seriousness nor jest

  5. just to make things clear, she is not a journalist, she is a columnist, Journalist don’t have personal opinions and thoughts in the facts they produce…….!!!

    the fact she sabotaged something important like rape, and tried defending herself by saying it was sarcasim is an insult to us and the newspaper……!!!

    that wasn’t sarcastic, nor informing, it was something girls write on bathroom walls, and I’ve seen something like it before…..!!! (don’t ask me how did I get into a girls bathroom)

    are you coming to the bloggers meeting……?!?!

  6. 6 Marzouq

    Its very sad that she is even talking about things in that way, she doesn’t seem to have the basic rules of journalism down, since she isn’t a journalist but your run of the muck tabloid columnist based on what I read.

    She sites no fact, or figures, or anything to back up her “warnings”

    It also seems nobody went over her article before printing it. If she wanted to get a warning across she could have, but that was purely a warped state of things.

    If she was looking to rebuttal people’s remarks then she failed miserably but proved to others her inability to provide correct information.

    Last time I checked I thought Kuwait Times was supposed to be a News Paper not a Tabloid.

  7. 7 Purgatory

    Responses, responses, and comments, I perfer the old fashioned witch-hunt, I need a rababa though.

  8. 8 guessed

    While I understand people’s anger with this article on so many levels (the main one being that rape should never be discussed in a sarcastic manner) this article also highlights some good things in Kuwait at the moment:

    1. The article was ridiculously critical of Kuwait but was printed. Good…it’s shows freedom of press.

    2.Mona’s naivety when writing this article shows an innocence that is missing from more sophisticated news outlets. It is sometimes refreshing to see ideas that do exist but are hidden through a more wily news media.

    3.It showed a growing awareness of how this country is perceived by others. There are many good things I enjoy about Kuwait but some things seem inexplicable to me for a country this wealthy. The original article failed miserably in its intention and shot itself in the foot. However, the reflective nature of the article shows a willingness on the part of many Kuwaitis to face up to the problems that a modern Kuwait faces, including the treatment of guest workers.

  9. 9 cajie

    Great dissection – typical k.thekuwaiti style.

    I do hope Mona reads this blog and learns something from it.

  10. 10 Ansam

    LOVED your title, and your reply! and sa7 ilsanik! I cant believe that she actually said SHUT UP! LOL whatta writer she is! Contradicting herself over and over… did you write her a reply!?

  11. 11 Salman

    Haha….man, there is PLENTY of rape happening in Kuwait. Maids, workers, little kids, little boys…she may be exaggerating, but don’t dismiss how much disgusting shit happens here. In a society which is founded on repression and lack of sexual freedom, it’s obvious it will breed an underworld of scum, which Kuwait pretends doesn’t exist.

    Never heard of the little boys who do sexual favours for chewing gum behind the co-ops? Or the Filipina Maids stranded in dark little shit holes who get abused for a living? I’ll introduce you to a few if you want to hear their stories of torture. Let’s explore how lovely Kuwait really is shall we?

    My friends regularly pull chicks over in the streets, meet up with them a couple of days later, screw them – then move on. Suppose that’s all made up shit too? Lol

    K, stop trying to prove everyone wrong with your intricate dissections, people are allowed to have opinions. I’m Kuwaiti, and this place is a f*ckin shit hole of a country to live in. Is that ok for me to say?

    Oh…and by the way, I have nothing to do with Mona or Kuwait times, frankly I couldn’t give a shit about either.

  12. Journalism by nature is slanted because it is based on one view point either politically influenced or commercially influenced. Its not about telling the story, but how you tell it. Regardless of what view point to take, there is something called journalistic etiquette and this requires a certain degree of thoroughness. If Mona wants to talk about something she veleives is having a high occurance then she should accompany this with published statistics from a good source. A good way to approach her “rape” infatuation is to study the registered rape cases in Kuwait over the past and analyse the situations / genders / nationalities and draw an analysis accordingly with a hypothesis. If her intention is to be an exxagerated satire, then the subject of rape is completely uncalled for. This is an insult to Kuwait and the real rape victims!

    P.S. I wonder how Kuwait Times allows such language as “shut up” to be addressed to its own readers.

  13. 13 Mees

    Equalizer, you really think Kuwait would keep records of rape? A huge majority of crimes in Kuwait remain unreported. That is an undeniable statistic in most middle east countries.

  14. 14 k

    bosale7:
    Exactly .. there are better ways to solve the issues in Kuwait.

    Delicately Realistic:
    Thanks!
    (I wonder if we will see yet another reply)

    Adam:
    If she read this blog I am pretty sure she would say I am using a fake name and tell me to shut up.

    forzaq8:
    Its religion .. people choose to include the parts that support their statement and ignore the ones that don’t.

    EXzombie:
    I might come to the meeting .. depending on my other engagements (sleep).

    Marzouq:
    You would be surprised at some of the things the Kuwait Times print ..

    Purgatory:
    You get the pitchforks .. I will look for a rababa.

    guessed:
    I support any Journalist that directly targets valid points (and issues) with Kuwait in a newsworthy manner. In the case of Mona, she didn’t target the issues at hand. I would have no issues posting (and praising) an article about the abundance of rape in Kuwait and the facts behind it.

    cajie:
    Thanks .. Sadly, as the case with most Kuwaiti ‘journalists’, they are too conceited to admit their mistakes (remember student talk).

    Ansam:
    My title was ‘exaggerate satire’ about the article and its rebuttal. I don’t believe any proper Journalist should tell their readers to ‘shut up’ .. that in itself requires its own post. This my reply to her article, whether she chooses to read or acknowledge my opinion is up to her.

    Salman:
    There is plenty of everything happening everywhere .. and your right, people are not of the issues in Kuwait. If you wanted to write an column based on your opinion of Kuwait .. than thats your choice. However, when the opinion-column is written as a ‘exaggerated satire’ news article then I have an issue with it. Facts are facts .. don’t stray from them and I won’t tear you a new one.

    Equalizer:
    Exactly, I agree with every word.. And In the case of the Kuwait Times, I am not sure if articles are read or edited when printed.

  15. 15 A Liberator of Kuwait

    Oh get off your high horse!

    Ms. Mona is correct and it pisses you off. On top of that, the message came from a woman.

    The continual ignorance and abuses of human rights that go on in this country EVERYDAY will only lead to the downfall of Kuwait in the end.

    Just look at this blog. Ms. Mona speaks,and you, the typical Kuwaiti male rushes to be offended and to spin opinion whil all the while you and the rest of the world know the truth!

  16. she needs therapy ASAP coz she obviously had some anger curbed inside that suddenly burst into her weird article

  17. 17 k

    A Liberator of Kuwait:
    It makes no difference to me whether the retarded article was written by a male, female, transsexual, homosexual or anything in between. The article in itself was retarded, it did nothing to question the ignorance and abuses of human rights .. in reality it portrayed them in exaggerated satirical view (which skews the apparent truth that only me and the world are aware of).

    Commenter:
    Therapy is a bit harsh .. she would benefit from some books on Journalism tho.

  18. 18 Ansam

    I don’t think she was propper! Even if she was upset and/or is angry! She, as a journalist, had to respect her critics and not tell them to shut up. Why after writing that stupid (and silly) article would she want to start a word war? She now came out the loser in the fight. A true Journalist must at all times, at all costs, maintain patience in the midst of criticisms. But Mona Al-Fuzai was clearly easily swayed by her mixed and confused emotions.

  19. 19 leitz

    as far as i can see…. the truth hurts

  20. 20 Ansam

    Commenter-
    She needs a course in etiquette to help her learn to take criticism in a postive way, which all journalist are bound to get.

  21. 21 Cerebral Assassin

    Mona:
    “For those who sent me nasty emails asking if I’m a Kuwaiti or threatening me or questioning my right to criticize Kuwait, I say shut up.”

    I say shut up 😀
    wow..really professional..LMAO!

  22. 22 Sandman

    Whatever the quality of the article or how offended you are all, the fact of the matter is that you are all talking about the issue of rape in Kuwait, the lack of government statistics on such crimes, the way the law is skewed in the favour of citizens over expatriates and the lack of enforcement of the law.
    Be offended. Be pissed off. Be angry. Slam the writer/newspaper all you want.
    But keep talking. From what I can see, the whole point was to get people talking about the issue of rape and other violent crimes against the vulnerable in Kuwait. It may happen everywhere but that’s no excuse for us living here to turn a blind eye.

  23. 23 Muh'd M. Mansour

    wow…its controversial issue. Its her point of view, and we should respect it.

  24. 24 jajaja

    Well, if i’m going to stick to Mona’s rules, here is what I should do (since she included males too in her original article):

    1- No matter what happens to me I should never use the word ‘why’, even if they kill my wife or burn my house. I should never ever ask ‘why’.

    2- Always be satisfied about everything that happens around you, even if it’s gona put you in hell, pretend you can’t be any happier, and never ask ‘why’ (rule #1).

    3- I should never complain to my boss or superior even if I’m getting paid pennies or being treated unequally along my work mates. She also stated “Your residency in Kuwait will be a threat if you complain or if you make fake cases such as a false absence report”; are you defending fake cases such as false absence reports?

    4- I should let whoever attacks me and/or abuses/beats me up go away and never even raise a question mark on it (since according to rule #1, i can’t say ‘why’).

    5- Reject all offers that might get you a better life and better income.

    6- Always say No.

    7- Be aggresive with taxi drivers, else he’s gonna think you are offering him a one night stand (even if you’re a male).

    8- Never accept gifts from your boss or superior. I should also not laugh for any sexual jokes made by my boss unless “if it was okay with me”. Islamic way ha?

    9- Now this part was the best out of them all. Never show your sexiness or the sexy parts of your body; “You may think that you have a sexy body and want the world to see that because it is okay for you, but do not do that here”. Again, Islamic way?

    Now she was aiming at foreigners and since I’m a Kuwaiti, I’m trying to put myself in the position of a foreginer sticking to these rules. I should live in a virtual and ideal Kuwait where everything is perfect, I should never complain/ask/show any kind of criticism. I should always be positive even if im being humiliated. Never say ‘why’ nor ‘yes’ to anything no matter what. Right.. ok I prefer to be back Kuwaiti again.

  25. 25 pearls

    It’s not very professional to tell critics or anyone else to ‘shut up’ if you don’t like what they say about you.

    I read Mona’s original article online and it’s full of generalization which is not even regarded as an acceptable writing or speech technique, at least backing it up with facts would make it look much more credible.

  26. 26 Adam

    salman, first of all. u disgust me with ur disrespect to your own country, you above all should learn to love and appreciate everything it has done for you. You cannot for a second turn around and say that it is a shithole all in all. We are far better off than any other gcc country. Its people like you that gets all the perks and all the stuff in life out of our country and give nothing in return to contribute to our society. All countries have faults, kuwait is not worse than any other country, but in fact far better off by a bunch

    Liberator of kuwait, your personal experiences are unaccountable. You get off your own high horse, stop trying to make a point of nothing. If you are here as a foreigner, the only way kuwait could not be doing you good is if your looking for something within our society that isnt offered at a everyday normal level. I think you are doing a hefty job at defending something even you are blind to the whole truth about.

  27. 27 ja Don

    The question:
    Was she actually raped?

  28. I had no idea that all of that was going on in Kuwait .. we have our freedom to talk and to do whatever we think is right .. may god bless this country that I will not ever replace with any other .. look around you and wake up missy !!! there is problems and wars in this whole world .. but in Kuwait out problems are nearly even called problems .. i know that there is “ wasta “ everywhere , and I know that there is few things that we as citizens won’t like but hey no one is perfect , that dream land of yours is not real . You will find terrible problems and catastrophes around the world in each country. even America the allegedly “ dream land , the country of freedom “ people are suffering over there . You will not realize that unless you live it !
    A) People in Kuwait have the right to speak their minds, they are writing about anything even the government in the newspaper, no one got jailed for that! That’s asking why whenever u feel like it!

    B) Since when criminals were spotted in Kuwait only?? There is forgery everywhere in this world.. its getting worst and getting everywhere !

    C) One is not stupid to say yes when s/he really means NO ! and believe me WE can take care of ourselves .. women are different now .. they are very well educated .. they can loudly say NO !

    D) a taxi driver won’t just pull over and try to have *** with you just because you were nice and started a conversation .. it doesn’t even make sense !!

    E) ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? do you know that even in the US they are not allowed to wear anything for work ?? There are certain rules that everyone should follow.. I mean when you go out side naked don’t be mad that everyone is looking at you!! And that goes for every where not only in Kuwait!

    This whole list of yours doesn’t make sense at all, to me; its just a pissed off person who got no where to belong.. so ungrateful ..

  29. 29 xpet

    If males didn’t have a problem misunderstanding females intentions, this discussion would not have taken place. I don’t know Mona and I don’t know you, what I do know is that when I first came to Kuwait I was warned about taking a taxi, driving, shopping at Sultan center, being to friendly to my co workers/boss and not to ware a short skirt or short sleeves

    After 4 years of experience I can add a few points to the list: don’t show THE finger to guys in big truck that has tried to push you of the road and followed you for mils. Keep your curtains closed at all times or the neighbor will keep starring at you and vank. Do not act friendly with any sales persons or he will start asking where you from and what you do.

    So why is this? My opinion is that there will always be sexual frustration towards women, has been since cavemen age and will always be. There is in Europe where I come from, it is just in another form. Instead of taxi – bathroom of clubs. Instead of gulf road/marina mall – walking to the park.

    The real issue is that our generation needs to be aware of the rights any women has if she is offended or raped. Rights that has been neglected in Kuwait. The biggest problem and concern of any expiate is the legal system of Kuwait. It is slow, old fashion and corrupt. (I know as I have been fighting there my self) And if you are a poor maid from a country who don’t get the same priority as us in EU, then what can you do. Even me who is from Scandinavia had to use US military to get out of the system, which was bought by wasta.
    I am not angry at the system or I would not still be here. I am just sad for a country that has so much to offer but so slow progress. Why? I ask, is it the heat that has every body working on half machine? Or is it the suffering from the struggle with Sadam? You tell me it is your country.

    Why waist your words on Mona, when she was only committing the crime of sending the message.

  30. some ppl amaze me at their lack of objectivity

  31. 31 Maze

    very well said dude…she isn’t a journalist coz that shows from her writing technique..i guess she should find another job. She learned a lesson from your post hopefully.

  32. 32 Skyangel

    I have read the article written by Mona Al-Fuzai.
    and I have read the online criticism posted on blogs, forums and websites.

    The way she wrote and expression of the article was giving negative impact
    among the public but she wrote the truth which is happening in kuwait.

    The article would have been presented with justifications not rumors
    because it base was on previous history happenings (rape with philipinos).

    I am happy and congratulate Mona Al-Fuzai, There are such bold journalist
    in kuwait specially a women journalist who dares to write truth and tell
    the closing eyes and dead heads as awakening alarms.

    She wrote for the victims, how to prevent, and for newcomers coming
    in Kuwait to know, the tradition, civilization and the new generation of
    kuwait became highly abusive.

    She touched the root causes and truth is always sour. That is why major
    impact on the article replies was negative. Instead of what the writer
    wants to tell you and awake you from the future coming destruction of
    civilized kuwait and its old tradition, hospitality, friendly host.

    I can see the same destruction in coming years.

    The Country (Kuwait) is gone in lust of wealth and it has started eating it.
    New generation is highly abusive and Western Culture has a huge impact
    on Kuwait and we see it every where. Each and Every body part of kuwait
    is fill with daily crimes, bribery, wasta and much more …

    But still i am optimistic there are leaves of hopes in pure civilized educated
    breed of some kuwaitis who can prevent the country going towards self
    destuction.

    My friends and Readers, i am none to Mona but i support her truth.
    I am an independent writer. I love Kuwait. It is my heart. But i feel
    Kuwait is going nowhere but in future i can see a self destruction.

    Lack of Education and Qualification is the result of Negative impact.
    It worth was a million dollar article. Writer should be awarded.

    People who cant do change, always do criticism.
    But i want the public to write, say what they want to say.

    I will end by saying, Give your Children Education.
    Manners. Respect of Law. Freedom of Speech. Liberty.
    Manners of Islamic Civilized Society. Learning of Holy Quran.

    Because these true things can only stop the destruction.

    Thanks.

    skyangel ( long live kuwait )

  33. 34 A Liberator of Kuwait

    Adam,

    I am not surprised at such a typical reply. As a point of fact, I am not personally benfiting any more than I would be in my own country. As a matter of fact, It is to the benefit of Kuwait that I am here. As a matter of fact, I’ve personally defended Kuwait from her enemies. Meaning I’ve picked up a rifle and let my actions speak instead of my mouth!

    But I suppose that is “unaccountable” to you, you little spoiled brat. I’d like to personally teach you a lesson in respect. Further, I’ll make whatever point I wish to make, If you don’t like it, so what. It’s not like you can do anything about it.

    What have you ever done besides bitch, moan, and defend a system that enables rapists and human rights abuses? Your nothing but an ingrate.

    Your response is so typical of a Kuwaiti. When critized, change the subject. Stop trying to change the subject. You all know what your sins as a state are. And you will be accountable one day.

    Kuwait has a MAJOR problem with rape(which is an abuse of human rights, K) of all genders. Despite the obvious attempts of some people to spin and deny!

  34. 35 Ms.Baker

    After reading Ms. Al-Fuzai’s unprofessional, immature, paranoid, and strange attempt at what she considers “satire” (including her published “shut up” response), my initial and final reaction is this:

    For goodness sake, someone needs to fire the editor who approved the publication of BOTH pieces.

    I am very certain we have far more discerning, experienced and skilled Kuwaiti journalists who have a better grasp of what constitutes a biting journalistic piece of Kuwaiti social satire appropriate for publication in a paper aspiring to be the premier bit of regional newsprint…

  35. God what a dumbass…

  36. 37 Salman

    Hey Adam,

    Who the f%uk are you to tell me what I can and can’t say or think? F%ck you. I’m 100% Kuwaiti and can say whatever the hell I want about MY country. Judging by your name, you are barely related to this place – so STFU.

    It’s repressed, close minded bigots such as yourself who keep Kuwait from changing for the better. You aint looking around at our neighbors? They creating shit that Kuwait can only dream of…..financial centers, trade centers, media hubs, touristic spots….course you would never understand that cause Kuwait is just so perfect. F-Off.

    For the fact, I fully hope to be able to extract every fils I can from this shithole – and then move out. The sad thing is you really think I am the only one who thinks like this? HAHAHA……Blind idiot.

  37. In the back and forth arguments over this article, something got very little attention… and that is the TERRIBLE standard of English written in both her original article and her reply to all the “hate mail” she received… But then this is the Kuwait Times… we can’t reasonably expect anything better. Her byline says By Muna Al-Fuzai, Staff “Colomnist”. Can someone introduce her to the joys of spell-check ASAP?!

    It was a poorly written article by any standard; if it was intended as a serious piece of journalism then it failed miserably on that count, and if it was intended to be a piece of “exaggerated satire” (is there such a thing?) then it wasn’t even remotely ironic or witty. What is “exaggerated satire” anyway? Good (i.e. real) satire stands on its own merits and doesn’t need to be exaggerated. It just seems like a weak defense to me..

    And for God’s sake was it necessary to invoke Islam and Sunna at the end of her reply? Give me a break!

  38. 39 jajaja

    Give him kitkat

  39. 40 S

    No more comments (or “essays”) – pleeeeeeeeease – i think we have encouraged her to write a follow up to her article, ‘Free press, free opinion: This is my Kuwait’ [PART 2] NO MORE! I think a better trilogy this summer would be left for Oceans 13, Spiderman 3, and Shrek 3… (The cencored versions – i dont wants to hear anymore cursing)… thanks K.

  40. 41 amerab

    Although I think her article was well-intended, it seemed to show a certain immaturity and maybe inexperience.

    The true rules of “journalism” don’t really apply in the local media. It really isn’t a matter of professionalism — unless you are talking about the articles pulled off of Reuters. When the average salary for an “editor” is 250 kd a month, you can’t really expect to empower him/her with the authority to make good judgement calls on what to print and what not to (and also on how often they run spellcheck). Most media outlets here don’t even have reference checkers to ensure that what they are printing is correct.

    Furthermore, the number of journalists here are limited and most have never taken a journalism course. For many, they are writing as a pass-time or for fun (as they are only gleaning an average of 20kd per article – not enough to make a living).

    I also wonder: If the article had been written by a man, do you think it would have received so much attention?

  41. 42 AbdulKareem

    Adam: “salman, first of all. u disgust me with ur disrespect to your own country, you above all should learn to love and appreciate everything it has done for you. You cannot for a second turn around and say that it is a shithole all in all. We are far better off than any other gcc country. Its people like you that gets all the perks and all the stuff in life out of our country and give nothing in return to contribute to our society. All countries have faults, kuwait is not worse than any other country, but in fact far better off by a bunch”

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    #1 If Kuwait did not have oil, would you still ‘appreciate’ it? If you were as poor as an uneducated Bangali man that worked 10 hours a day just to make $ 25 dollars a month would you ‘love’ Kuwait? No Sir, you would not. The only reason you love this country is because it’s extemely wealthy and that you live an easy life. I am a 21 Year old Kuwaiti-American male, and i’m being realistic here. Don’t lie to yourself.

    Salman: “In a society which is founded on repression and lack of sexual freedom, it’s obvious it will breed an underworld of scum, which Kuwait pretends doesn’t exist.”

    This is the truth, and I couldn’t have said it better myself. Kuwait is a country which appears to be good, and prosporous on the outside. However when you actually enter Kuwait, and see the way things are from the inside, you start to notice how fucked up certain things are. The problem is most people don’t talk about these things because they are either :

    ~ 3aib (not appropriate).
    ~ Will offend the goverment or certain people or groups or families.
    ~Most Kuwaitis are so self centered they couldn’t give a rats ass what happens outside their lives.

    I believe one of the biggest factors which contributes to rape and other sexual crimes in Kuwait is segregated schools and a society which is generally segregated. Some kids that are not exposed to the opposite sex during their transition from puberty to young adulthood won’t know how to deal with the opposite sex. If anything, the urge to have intercourse will be far greater then that of a kid which attended a non segregated school and mingled freely with the opposite sex. I am not saying that the child should be having sex, but that the child should be given the ability to learn how the opposite sex works on a social level, so that he can understand it better and learn how to respect the opposite sex. A sad example of why the segregated goverment schools have failed is those 3agad you see in malls that stare, try to touch, intimidate and harras girls in Malls. I strongly believe that if those 3agad were given the chance to attend a private non segregated school the chances of them harrassing girls would be nil.

    Anyways that was my 0.2c. Mona should learn how to back up her accusations with factual data, and be less harsh in an article which is supposedly printed in a news paper. At the same time people on this blog should learn to respect others oppinions. Rape and drug abuse is something which is prominent in Kuwait, more so then the majority of the other G.C.C countries. Just because the majority of us Kuwaiti’s have an easy life doesn’t mean that we’re obligated to defend it. I’m happy that Mona’s article got printed. Even though it lacked etiquette, it shows that Freedom of speech is becomming a more prominent force in Kuwait – something which is slowly becomming more common place in an other wise conservative, secretive hush-hush society.

  42. 43 white wings

    funny when people who advocate freedom of speech, try to “shut others up” and are insulted at criticism
    well analyzed and responded to

  43. 44 Red Shoes

    I am a professional American woman who lives and works in Kuwait every other month. When I read Muna’s article the first time, when it was published, I chuckled because she was reporting the rules as I know them already for women in Kuwait. These are the rules that a woman coming to Kuwait for the first time will be told by every woman she meets – Kuwaiti or non-Kuwaiti. They are not even “exaggerated satire”, as Muna said in her reply. They are real, unwritten rules women should abide by if they want to have a peaceful, harrassment-free time in Kuwait.

    And, for the record, Muna did *not* report on the “prevalence of rape” by taxi drivers and bosses. What she said was that if you act too friendly, the taxi driver or the boss may get ideas about your sexual availability. Since most likely his ideas will not align with your actual “sexual availability”, a woman can easily find herself in a position of great discomfort, fending off a pass and in some cases worse. This has been true in the relationships between men and women from the beginning of time. Men misread our signals and we (the women) can get into trouble when we say “no”.

    As for the actual prevalence of rape in Kuwait, no-one knows the true figure because many women do not and will not report rape, particularly in this kind of situation where a friendly situation got out of hand. This is true in the United States, where estimates (via confidential survey samples) of prevalence of “date rape” are much higher than officially reported cases of such events. I can only imagine that the discrepancy between the true rates and the “officially registered” cases is even higher in this country, where sexual honor is an issue that concerns not just the woman, but her entire family and where the woman may be blamed for what happened (as is often the case in the US as well).

    If I, as a professional American woman, well past my prime, have been harrassed by men thinking I must be available because I am out by myself in a nice area, I can only imagine what it must be like to be a young Kuwaiti or worse southern Asian woman who needs to take a taxi or the bus or who thinks her boss is really nice.

    Kuwaiti men need to dig their heads out of the sand and listen to their women.

  44. 45 al6ayar

    Abdulkareem it has nothing to do with being rich or poor its love for ones family and its history of living in a certain area for generations. If you ask this bengali who is ‘working’ ofcourse he is going to hate his job, like most of the population in the world who hate their jobs already, but if you ask him do u love home, he will nod his head and say yes. Why because his family is there and his friends and his hisotry. Nationalism is in every country poor or rich. Money is just another medium of exhange.

  45. oi veh kay what did i miss?

  46. 47 Tufail Shaikh

    Though it will appear that there could not be a generalized condemnation of a whole society, as per discussions with a few friends who had spent long years in Kuwait, I can say that whatever Mona has said about exploitation of people, men and women, in Kuwait, due to a marked division between Kuwaitis and Non-Kuwaitis holed up in a very small country, is just tip of the ice-berg. The worst part is that conditions are fast deteriorating as days pass. Kuwait was a paradise in earlier decades when oil has hit record price increases. People of the old generation, who had seen hard days, carried on a noble character that did not get tarnished by sudden wealth. There was a universal feeling of welcome to foreigners and less endowed people were not looked down upon. As the days passed, general characteristic of the old Noble Kuwaiti character was seriously compromised. Kuwaitis felt, the foreigners have arrived here from their poor countries, to loot Kuwait’s wealth. While Kuwaitis themselves felt the economic conditions for them are not the same, exploitation of foreigners took many forms. The sexual part that goes with the influx of housemaids and single workers in some sectors of economy is not exaggerated. Due to the fear of harsh punishment of the victim themselves, by the uncouth police themselves, rape in Kuwait, by Kuwaitis were never reported. Even if by any chance, any foreign female landed in any jail even for overnight detention, and if she is reasonably attractive, it can be said with some certainty that she cannot escape mass rape by the night duty police people. Any number of ladies will vouch for this account. Since all taxi drivers are by law, have to be Kuwaiti nationals, any unfortunate maid, forced to take a taxi, can be a fair game for Kuwaiti taxi drivers and it was not considered as high crime. No Kuwaiti will ever by punished by Kuwaiti police, for such crimes. This is not supposed to be an exaggeration. Any single lady, in any office, is fair game all the way from the Managing Director to the lowly Kuwaiti farrash (peon). Every one will try to flirt with her, with full confidence that there will not be any punishment for such harassment. A personal driver of a famous film director went over to Kuwait for better prospect, as he had large family here. He came back within 6 months, through spending money raised through loans to compensate the Kuwaiti sponsor, who was not ready to send him back. The reason for this driver to leave his job, was mortal fear that he would certainly land in jail as his employer’s wife forced her every weekend, when her husband went out with the boys, to come to her bed. The man used to shiver when he narrated the forced rape of the driver by the woman of the house. A very respectable and very pious Kuwaiti who was within the circle, that were bank directors, knew and tolerated his wife consorting openly with Lebanese boys, while the whole home staff was daily witnessed to these orgies. The worst part is that the whole society had got corrupted. Leaving aside those who were afraid of their Allah and there count was legion too. One cannot blame Kuwait’s wealth being the sole corrupting element. The whole society interacting with a large and equal population of sub-species, that the foreigners can be branded as, had got the open licence to misbehave and ride rough shod. If people like Mona in Media have been more active with the right mission to reform the society, probably Kuwait would had been a more open society.

  47. 48 k

    Tufail Shaikh:
    Taxi drivers don’t have to be Kuwaiti and orgies have nothing to do with the topic discussed.

  48. I’m a senior at Al-Bayan Bilingual School. My English teacher actually dedicated a whole class to discuss Mona Al-Fuzai’s articles. I dont think she believes in backing her claims with evidence. I’ve written more than once to her, and all I get is my e-mails posted onto her newspaper reader’s column.

    I would just like to emphasize the fact that Mona’s audience is south east Asians. I mean, that does not make it right for her to ridicule our country, but in the same time, she’s trying to win more readers. No way better to achieve that than by patronizing the civil society.

  49. i never read anything yet for her but seriously somebody should say something to her directly!

  50. Came across this post from Forza. (http://www.forzaq8.net/2008/01/11/muna-al-fuzai-should-be-stopped-from-writing/)

    My reactions:

    1. Your responses and opinions were very well written.
    2. I wonder if that authoress has a blog.
    3. The internet is more suited for fiction then a newspaper, yet it often seems the reverse.


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