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Egypt: Homse marriage on the Nile


At a fashionable hotel overlooking the Nile, two gay Kuwaitis were forged in the anthem's links. As Kuwait forbids gay marriage, the men went to Egypt to be married. The wedding party consisted of gays from the Gulf and lasted until five in the morning.

Al Arabia.net writes that the event sets a precedent in Egypt and the Arab world.

Source: Al Arabia.net

Lebanon: Threatening Mom Restrictions

In the newspaper Al Hayat, Evon El Helo worries about the limitations of working life for Lebanese women: The mother of "Amal" asked her daughter to study mathematics to become a teacher. But Amal chose mechanical engineering at a university in Lebanon. Afterwards she got a job, fell in love and got married.

Before the first child's arrival, she thought about how to combine the mother role with the demanding job. The mother would assist and she could hire an Asian maid, but that would limit her as a family mother. Amal ended up as a math teacher for the sake of the child.

El Helo asks if women must avoid certain occupations, while men can choose and reject because they do not have to take care of the child. This could lead to women writing off family life to save careers, she fears. Women have occupied half of the university places in most areas – even in so-called men's bastions.

El Helo calls for a revision of the labor law to lift the labor market restrictions for mothers. Imbalance will be unfortunate for society, she believes.

Source: Al Hayat, United Kingdom

Kuwait: Slackness against cholera threat

The cholera from Iran is approaching Kuwait. In Iran, 600 have died of the disease. Kuwaiti newspaper Al Seyassah rebukes health authorities for ignoring the danger, while other Gulf states are mobilizing against it. The newspaper has approached the country's health authorities several times. Those who were courteous enough to respond, referred the reporters to others who were not.

The newspaper then contacted the Ministry of the Interior. There, the cholera hazard was confirmed, but no directives were issued to prevent access from Iran or to conduct health surveys.

Source: Al Seyassah, Kuwait

Palestine: Double occupation

Palestinian Khalil Bashir believes his happiness takes the cake when Israel leaves Gaza. For Bashir, the occupation was more than bombs and checkpoints. Soldiers occupied his house for four years, forcing him and seven children to stay in one room while seizing the rest. In vain the soldiers tried to kick him out, but he struggled with fear of the displacement of 48.

The house has three floors, and these years Bashir had to live on the ground floor and have the soldiers' permission to go to the toilet. He and the children were locked in the room at night. Even during Ramadan, they did not allow him to prepare the food until three hours after he was supposed to eat. The soldiers did not speak to the family, but Bashir believes their eyes were gleaming with discomfort at what they were doing.

Source: Al Hayat, United Kingdom

Jordan: Fight against blade smearers

The Jordanian Press Association is taking legal action against magazines they believe disseminate loose rumors, false information and defamatory material. "We will do everything to ensure privacy and for journalists to follow the rules for objectivity, precision and source criticism," says the press association's leader.

Weekly newspapers are now being monitored. Sinners can get everything from warnings, ultimatum, meeting in a disciplinary council, three-year quarantine to exclusion from the union. The union can only punish its own members. Others can be reported to the Attorney General. King Abdullah has also attacked weekly magazines to spread lies in winning intent, even at the expense of national interests. Of the 25 weekly magazines, the press association's leader believes that 7-8 have violated professional ethics and broken the law.

Source: Jordan Times

Edited by Hege Ramson

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